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. . . I commissioned him to make me a discounted sportcoat--the construction of which I'm documenting with a series of videos produced for both Rory's own promotional purposes and general #menswear interest. (Full disclosure: I'm a filmmaker who's previously done stuff for Put This On and A Suitable Wardrobe.)
. . . Rory has nothing to hide, and neither do I. . . . Sniffing around for sinister motivations is a tedious waste of everyone's time and goodwill.
Although I can't speak for others, I can say for myself that I'm not suggesting there was a bad motive. But would you not agree, in retrospect, that the entire situation amounts to circumstances that, in the interest of full disclosure, probably ought to have been revealed in your initial post on the subject? You can't entirely blame people for taking a dim view of your comments when you start out by praising this fellow effusively, while telling only part of the story behind your relationship with him, and only later reveal that you are involved in menswear marketing/promotional activities by trade and that you're receiving financial consideration from him for preparing promotional materials concerning his services. I think most folks would view that as information they would like to know in deciding what to make of someone's opinions about a tailor (or other service provider).