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this may have already been posted but, In the new GQ there is a pretty interesting article on the hollywood tailor "Jack Taylor" i thought what he said about the guys suit from A&S was interesting. anyone else read this?
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"i thought what he said about the guys suit from A&S was interesting." ... and then GQ plugs A&S in the next column.
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yeah i know, i think they felt they had to after what he said about them. it is sad though, with whats happening to saville row and all the old tailors. there just arent enough people who want to sew button holes for a living.
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I think there are enough aficionados on these fora that we could start a round of apprentice tailors working during their spare time for the Savile Row tailors. I am sure that the London Lounge, with its near-pathological love for the old ways, would produce such a circle, with spalla instructing on the rarest of Neapolitan techniques (or not, he seemed pretty closemouthed about them).
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yeah i know, i think they felt they had to after what he said about them. it is sad though, with whats happening to saville row and all the old tailors. there just arent enough people who want to sew button holes for a living.
I think its like all of the trades no one thinks about how important they are.  To much emphasis on college education to be sucessful.  
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Yet it's possible to make good money as a tailor. Six figures is not out of reach. Guys who run largish operations can make a lot more.
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I think its like all of the trades no one thinks about how important they are.  To much emphasis on college education to be sucessful.  
yes but that trend is starting to reverse itself. i cant tell you how many freinds of mine who went off to collage are now working at a pizza restaurant because everyone has the same degree of education. today you either have to be an entreprenuer or go to collage for 100 years to be successful.
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I read the article too, but found it interesting that the author, "Styleguy" Glenn O'Brien, who wrote about his devotion to Brooks Brothers and Peal shoes in the '60s ("college prep", as it was then called), now seems to relish going over to the "dark side" (i.e. the Continental style of the Rat Pack including flat front pants with no back pockets- which was supposed to remind you of late nights in 1962 in Las Vegas with women who were supposed to look like Ann-Margret). Well, it was always more fun being bad than "trad", even though it's been 40 years since these distinctions had much vitality.
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(demeis @ April 25 2005,15:54) I think its like all of the trades no one thinks about how important they are.  To much emphasis on college education to be sucessful.  
yes but that trend is starting to reverse itself. i cant tell you how many freinds of mine who went off to collage are now working at a pizza restaurant because everyone has the same degree of education. today you either have to be an entreprenuer or go to collage for 100 years to be successful.
Very true i have no idea what i'm gonna do with my education, well have an idea. I've actual thought about going into tailoring but really have no idea how to go about it.
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I read the article too, but found it interesting that the author, "Styleguy" Glenn O'Brien, who wrote about his devotion to Brooks Brothers and Peal shoes in the '60s ("college prep", as it was then called), now seems to relish going over to the "dark side" (i.e. the Continental style of the Rat Pack including flat front pants with no back pockets- which was supposed to remind you of late nights in 1962 in Las Vegas with women who were supposed to look like Ann-Margret). Well, it was always more fun being bad than "trad", even though it's been 40 years since these distinctions had much vitality.
How about Bad & Trad, a la Lawford? Or in another way, Chet or Miles.
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How about Bad & Trad, a la Lawford?  
I read Lawford's biography, "The Man Who Kept the Secrets" (a continuing soap opera of self-indulgence). Lawford's style seemed to oscillate depending on the company he kept (gray flannels/blazer as a "lord" with Fred Astaire in "Royal Wedding" but Continental in company with the "Rat Pack"). But I agree that he was always "bad".
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RJMan - what's the URL link to LL? I googled but did not find it.
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It is the equivalent of the Streetwear forum for bespoke enthusiasts and spalla groupies. I think it's on invitation, I think they're going to revoke mine soon.
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yeah i know, i think they felt they had to after what he said about them. it is sad though, with whats happening to saville row and all the old tailors. there just arent enough people who want to sew button holes for a living.
Thanks for heads up, I'll have to check out the article. You're right about the aging of tailors. As far as I know, Taylor and Giacomo Trabalza are the most well-known tailors in LA - they're both fairly advanced in age. Incidentally, I visited Mr. Taylor recently and described the visit in my blog if you're interested. I'll have to see how my impressions square with the article.
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yes but that trend is starting to reverse itself. i cant tell you how many freinds of mine who went off to collage are now working at a pizza restaurant because everyone has the same degree of education. today you either have to be an entreprenuer or go to collage for 100 years to be successful.
Totally untrue. First of all, how are you defining successful? Second of all, if your friends are working at pizza restaurants despite having college educations, then maybe they need to reevaluate their goals in life. While this isn't totally unheard of, I can think of plenty of people who have become quite successful after only getting their undergrad degrees.
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