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post #16 of 19
Originally Posted by lawyerdad
Well, isn't happiness with the initial tailor a pretty critical assumption here? Other than that, I'm in general agreement with your comments.

I could conceive of many situations where one would be happy with the first tailor's work, but would still want to go to a second tailor. For one, different tailors have different styles and might specialize in different cuts or silhouettes. Different tailors might do certain details better, which would make you want to go to different people for different things. Heck, some people might just like sleeping around. It might be convenient for you to go to one tailor at some times and go to somebody else at other times.

I'm not saying that you should defraud the tailor or shirtmaker - of course not. But, it's kind of silly to say that you should only use one tailor or shirtmaker if you are happy with their work and anything less is disloyal.

EDIT: I also believe that it's possible to develop long-term relationships with more than one tailor or shirtmaker at a time.
post #17 of 19
Originally Posted by lawyerdad
At least in Utah . . .

post #18 of 19
i think that it is all about the first impression you get from the tailor on that first meeting that is important- first you look around to find who's style suits your body type and and taste, then you work and developing that style together as each tailor/ shirt maker will have certain things they can and can't do, but everything should be based on you intial requests and conunication should be open, and yes the relationship should develop untill that trust has been broken and why not use 2-3 different tailors "different course, different horse" and all that!
post #19 of 19
As for the initial question, tailors, as compared to shirtmakers, do not have a minimum.

Generally, tailors are no different than lawyers, doctors, grocers, the local bookie, General Motors, or Microsoft. They all want loyal customers who will come back and make referrals.

Some tailors take it as a personal affront when you stray from them. Others know that some customers are fickle and like to experiment.

All tailors (and businesses) need a customer base to keep on going. Every business has its occasional or one-shot customer, but the customer base keeps the business alive and growing.

I would say that it is the unwritten "mission statement" of every tailor (and every other business) that he must delight the customer. This will make the customer return along with his friends.
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