Last December I wrote of my disappointing and costly experience in searching for a quality bespoke tailor in Montreal. After that episode I was wary of the self accolades of their various websites and tested those waters a lot more carefully when I again ventured into this territory. After a few 'phone calls and exchange of emails with those listing themselves as 'bespoke' I selected one of them to make a sports coat. I chose Rudolf Popradi and couldn't have made a better choice. He is a genuine, European trained master tailor whose work proved to be, in a word, superb. The cut and fit both proved to be excellent as is the workmanship. Probably the former qualities emerge from Popradi being both the cutter and maker so that once he has cut the fabric he shapes the making of the garment to a client he has personally measured and studied. What is really impressive, however, is the standard of workmanship. As he said to me during our initial discussions: "when you have been trained correctly by masters of their chosen profession then you only know one way of doing things and that is 'the right way' ". Although I had to wait a little while to get on his books and then wait for the garment to go through the fitting stages and the process of total hand construction I have a garment that will be with me forever and in which I can take pride. It is satisfying to know that for those of us who put a value on being well dressed and wearing clothes whose quality is readily apparent there are still genuine craftsmen who take satisfaction from practicing the highest standards of their trade and in giving their clients the best available. Therefore, after a rocky start a year ago I am happy to conclude: "search concluded'
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10/10/11 at 11:17am