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Is a Faster, Cheaper, Better Suit Possible?

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When some of our clients receive their first – ever custom tailored suits, they often feel like Neil Armstrong on the moon: one small step for man, one giant leap for man’s self-esteem 

Let’s rewind and review how we got here together:

At first these individuals were hesitant and doubtful of online custom tailors. Which online tailor is the best? Can I trust Google search results? I’m ordering online but prices are still expensive. Other online tailors’ suits are even cheaper. Maybe I’ll go back to the department store…  

Can The SF Tailor really make a faster, cheaper, better – fitting suit for me?

Before your suit is tailored by hand, take a few minutes to get your measurements. Simply visit an alterations service. (BTW these individuals cannot necessarily sew a bespoke suit. They focus on minor changes.) With accurate measurements, fully customize your suit at theSFtailor.com.

The fastest turnaround time we offer
is two weeks.

Bespoke services can start at four-figures when you consider the overhead of a brick-and-mortar store, excessive inventory of fabrics, client service representatives, and more. With a two-week deadline, we’re focusing on your suit in our studio — instead of getting distracted by walk-ins who aren’t sure custom-made is for them. We share our cost savings with you, our clients and friends.

Our online custom suiting is more accessible, starting at less than $250 USD.

Even top Google-ranked competitors charge at least $450 USD for custom online suits. They use digital cutting and machine construction, commanding higher profit margins (for their investors) than we do. They’ll offer discounts to spur sales. On the other hand, we maintain a tradition of hand tailoring and detailing. We enjoy our work — and won’t under-sell our staff and their craft.

What you get is custom-made, high-quality elegance at a affordable price point. 

From college and university graduates to small businessowners and entrepreneurs, our clients want to feel confident and look good. They haven’t made their millions — yet. Til then, why should they settle for cheap, poorly-made, disposable suits off-the-rack?

5 Tailoring Tips for Petite Women

We’re celebrating Short Girl Appreciation Day with five tailoring tips for petite women — who are 5’4″ and under, or 163 cm and under.

First, petite doesn’t mean short and slim. Department stores and pret-a-porter (ready to wear) brands however cut fabric and patterns with that in mind. Narrower shoulders and shorter inseams can be uncomfortable and unflattering for short ladies with larger proportions.

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Empire waist lengthens petite legs & compliment curves.

    • A balancing act is needed if you’re a bustier, well-endowed woman.
      An empire waist cuts the torso just below the bustline. This will create a great visual effect — lengthening those petite legs. Pair a fitted top with a high-waist skirt, trousers or jeans… and even ballerina flats to network your way around the city. Don’t hide what you’ve got! Extra baggy or extra long shirts will only call more attention to your top half.

      BONUS: Empire-style waists designed for regular sizes are easier to find than exclusive petite sizing. Cut that pity party short, and get out the door to shop!

  • Layers can fake a perfect fit.

Invest in a custom tailored jacket. Every woman should have a black blazer in her wardrobe.

Dress it up for business meetings and presentations. Inspiring confidence, it makes a powerful statement. Dress it down with a trendy camisole or a t-shirt for a flirty evening on the town, or fun weekend brunch with your entourage of besties.

If those tops don’t fit your form in some places, your bespoke blazer will still make you look fabulous! Cuff long sleeves to instantly lengthen arms.

BONUS: A fitted shirt under a cropped sweater also lengthens the torso. Longer necklaces can draw eyes downward away from your face, as well as drawing eyes upward away from thicker hips and thighs.

faux pas! These trouser hems make a short woman look shorter.

faux pas! These trouser hems make a short woman look shorter.

  • Your legs are not the problem. Ill-fitting pants are.
    Department stores & popular brands don’t design clothes with you in mind. Proportion is key! Trousers should break atop shoes. Bunching and cuffed hems are quick — but poor fixes. Also vertical patternsdraw eyes upward; choose from a large selection of fabric for you to fully customize your trousers and skirts

  • Pair shoes and bottoms that are similar in color.
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    A monochromatic look gives the illusion of a longer silhouette. Stock your closet with shoes similar in color to your skin tone as well as your stockings / nylons.

Be mindful of your coat as well. The SF Tailor hand tailors clothing for every client. Select your fabric and lining to personalize one of four popular styles. We like the Picadilly: It’s cropped and especially complimentary for petite ladies.

Better yet — send us your measurements and a photo of a coat worn by your favorite celebrity. We specialize in these types of orders.

  • Last but not least, be CONFIDENT.
    Don’t resent your body. Embrace what you’ve been given. Know what can make you look good… and know we can make you look good! So you feel confident when you wear what you love.

Easiest Question to Answer for Newly Engaged

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Katherine Heigl reveals her excitement and engagement ring.

First, congrats to all newly engaged couples!

We know serious thought and time has been spent on planning proposals. We also know some money and thought have been spent on that bling of a ring!

Let The SF Tailor answer the easiest wedding planning question: Are suits or tuxedos the way to go?

Here are some considerations for you to decide:

  • What time is your event? Evenings are more formal than afternoon affairs.
  • Will the event have an Oscar-nominated red carpet ambiance?
    Want guests to confuse your groom with James Bond?
  • Rustic wedding in the country or modern loft wedding in the city?

Whatever your budget, our custom-tailored suits or tuxedos will lessen the stress of the men who are most important to you — from the father of the bride to the groom, from groomsmen to the ring bearer.

  • Rental tuxedos remind them of bowling alley shoes and/or roller skates.
    These men get high-quality clothing they can choose to wear to other special occasions. 
  • Rushing to pick up and return the tux days before and after the wedding isn’t fun.
    We conveniently deliver the bespoke clothing to your doorstep.
    As the organizer, everybody’s already checking in with you.
  • Relaxed, confident and comfortable is how men feel in custom-made clothes.
    These clothes are tailored to personal measurements, presenting men at their personal best.

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Messenger Bag or Backpack?

As far as the boxers or briefs debate goes, we just want men to be comfortable. If you can’t feel secure in your skivvies or pants, we can’t make you feel confident in a bespoke suit or tuxedo.

On the other hand, The SF Tailor team can help you answer the ‘briefcase or backpack’ question. Our studio discussions can get heated about pairing our high-quality work with a thoughtless choice in accessories. You already saved yourself time and money by suiting up with us — instead of running around to the department stores, trying on ill-fitting suits, and ordering alterations.

Deal or No Deal? Do you want Howie Mandel’s briefcase?

Let us save you even more time and money by sharing insights regarding work-appropriate bags.

It’s inexcusable for any professional to carry papers, tablets a/o laptops, wallet, etc. in a clumsy manner. We know you don’t want your father’s bulky briefcase … unless it promises to bring you thousands of dollars. Here are the facts on professional, practical and stylish work bags:

Boconi - Tyler slim leather briefcase

Boconi

A briefcase or commuter portfolio remains the most popular. It’s classic, sturdy, and a leather one gives you a sophisticated appearance. It needn’t be boxy or resemble an antique doctor’s bag unless you want it to. Everybody can personalize accessories.

The messenger bag / tech bag has risen in popularity. It’s hip with its single shoulder strap to hold your documents and electronic devices. It’s a trendy briefcase. We’re a bit old school and prefer cowhide, but tech and sport fans like a padded, quality nylon laptop attaché. We advise against canvas, which looks collegiate. 

Ben Minkoff - Core Bondi leather backpack

Ben Minkoff

The backpack does not necessarily suggest immaturity. If you carry a heavier load, divide that weary burden over two strong shoulders. Again leather (or suede) will give you a more polished look, instead of those nylon Jansport bags from high school. Whatever you choose, do not use your college or continent-trekking backpack.

Don’t forget the duffel or sports bag if you prefer to hit the gym and workout after work. You may have wonderful memories with your old (smelly) Nike bag… but it’s time to move up with those job promotions.

Note: be careful when you accept freebies at trade shows. There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Do you really want to advertise and affiliate yourself with that brand and logo, especially when you’re wearing your go-to suit of confidence?

Messenger bag or backpack? You’ve got more than two options — and remember that the SF Tailor offers you fully-customizable bespoke suits or tuxedos at the most affordable prices.

Dear SF Tailor

Graduate seeks custom fit clothes, entering workforce with confidence

Dear SF Tailor,

I’m graduating college soon, so I’m on the lookout for two main items:

(1) dark brown sportcoat with soft shoulders, a lapel of approximately 3 inches, and a relatively modern cut. I like ____ but it’ll cost me $700. Also ____ had only brown plaids. I’ve looked at a large number of retailers… but my budget is $400. I’m willing to compromise a bit if its something perfect.

(2) office appropriate trousers. I’ve tried _____’s essential cut, but it was too baggy on me, and the next cut down was too slim in the thigh and seat. I’m in limbo since I prefer a slimmer leg opening, which rules out brands like _____ with its 9-inch design.

Eager Eagle at Auburn

Dear Eager Eagle at Auburn,

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! Best wishes with the job hunt after the celebrations and holidays are done.

We’re glad you know exactly what you want. How soon do you want the sportcoat and trousers? We could fulfill your order in 15 days.

Take time to see how much you can customize your jacket on our site. The price costs under $180. We also provide tailor-made pants for less than $90. A two-piece bespoke suit starts at $260, which is a much better deal than buying the blazer and trousers separately.

If you know your measurements, you’re even closer to that perfect fit you mentioned. Let us know how we can further assist you.

Breathe Easy in Summer Linen Suits

custom tailored linen wedding suits for summer wedding ceremonies receptions and parties groomsmen in comfortable fashionable suits

Linen suits are a great way to beat the heat during summer. The main reason is linen breathes so well. It provides exceptional coolness and freshness while you look dapper.

Linen suits are no longer just the mark of vacationing gentlemen from the American South or Mediterranean. Your dad might wear Tommy Bahama, ironically based in Seattle! but you don’t have to. The new generation of linen suits come in more colors and is cut to be dressier.

Bear in mind linen suits wrinkle rather easily. Don’t get scared or frustrated though. This gives linen suits their character. Think of it like the creases, lines or wear marks in your favorite pair of jeans.

The bottom line: linen suits in summer are the best way to travel, celebrate semi-formal birthdays or attend weddings.

Custom Holiday Fashion for Women

green custom made women's suit jacket peaked lapels by San Francisco Tailor

Tailor made fashion for women is gaining momentum worldwide. Prepping now for what you should wear to all the holiday parties will save you time. Down the road you’ll have one less thing  to worry about during all the rush.

Holiday fashion is expected to be awash in glittering gold and pink hues.  While an all black ensemble is still expected, lighter colors such as camel and sand are breaking through the monotony.

For the party season, we suggest 5 holiday looks that can be created and handmade for you by The San Francisco Tailor studio for the modern woman:

 

1.  Stand out in a custom vest. What makes this stylish is the element of surprise. It’s unconventional at holiday parties, where women resort to dresses. Make a chic statement in a classic silk ivory or black vest paired with dark trousers or slim fitting blue jeans.

 

2. Wear a tailored tuxedo. Party the night away as you rock a tuxedo jacket. For a true party vibe, opt for a midnight blue tux with a satin shawl collar. Pair with a tube top, silk blouse or shell underneath. Bold enough to mimic celebrities? Get tape & watch this video tutorial to prevent any wardrobe malfunctions.

 

3. Dare to shine and sparkle. If you’re getting a tuxedo jacket, take it up a notch. Opt for one with tails. Shine in that social spotlight. Or sparkle in a sequined dress matched with a black tuxedo jacket with tails. Wallflowers might shy away from this style adventure.

 

4. LBD. A party is never complete without a phenomenal LBD, or little black dress. It’s pretty predictable. So stylists recommend a tuxedo jacket over your favorite little black dress. Other women will cover up with typical shawls, scarves or cardigan sweaters.

 

5. Short suits are a popular trend now. The patterned fabric looks chic and provacative at any given occasion. Matching shorts and tailor made suit jackets seem a bit cheeky whereas skirt suits and trouser suits are more conventional.

Timeless: Custom Tailored Clothes

grey double breasted suit made to measure suit for men by San Francisco TailorPutting  together  a  wardrobe  day  in,  day  out  may  seem  effortless  for  fashionistas  or  a  runway  model  sashaying confidently  in  the  latest  haute  couture. But  fashion, bespoke tailoring­ wise,  is  not  made  haphazardly  in  just  one day.

It needs to go through a process of quality control and collaboration with clients to complete a suit, shirt, or whatever the client desires. It isn’t a one size fits all approach.

Each garment makes each suit or shirt as unique as the individual wearing it.

“Fashion  forward”  may  be  the  chief  goal  of  fashion  designers  and  stylists,  but  timeless  elegance is what customized tailoring represents – then and more so now.

While tech­ driven economies have fused tradition and innovation today, old and new processes have increased the buying power of working professionals. Highly personalized fashion now has more global reach. It’s not exclusive to the rich and wealthy.

Tailor made suits and fashion are exclusive to your personal measurements.

Made to measure suits can now be purchased online with effective DIY, custom made, and personalized marketing from online tailors.

Back  in  the  day, local  tailors had limited accessibility. Today, coupled with the influence  of  online branding, visiting tailors constantly travel the world to meet clients.

The business of custom tailoring has successfully evolved. It adapts to changing fashion. Mass production is certainly unbecoming and unattractive given the time to tailor one impeccable suit. We’re thankful to have a deep portfolio of old, loyal and a steady flow of new clients. Bespoke today includes classic accessories, from custom made cufflinks, boutonnières and even footwear.

The old adage that nothing ever stays the same holds true even — especially for personalized tailoring because tailors and  artisans  never  compromise  on  quality. In this aspect, quality  alone makes  the  creation  of  bespoke fashion timeless and a cut above the rest.

5 Advantages of Buying Custom Made Suits

single breasted suit black lined lapels bespoke grey suit custom tailored suits by San Francisco TailorWe cover 5 major advantages to buying men’s custom made suits:

  1. Immaculate & Dapper Fashion
    If you fall into the category of an immaculate dresser — someone very pedantic about his clothing and doesn’t like a single thread askew — then it’s necessary to get your suits tailor-made. Ready-made suits rarely fit people. They often need to be altered. Even after alterations, this business wear may not leave you satisfied. Made to measure suits however will fit so well you feel satisfied. Confidence looks good on you.
  2. Get the Perfect Fit
    Men’s custom made suits are tailored after your exact measurements are meticulously taken. Thus, tailors get the fit right. More importantly, they usually leave a small margin in case you gain or shed some pounds. Hence, your fittings are not affected dramatically. This is a serious advantage over ready-made, off the rack clothing.
  3. Styled to Your Taste
    You can customize your suits to your preferences and personality. In contrast, a retail shop features ready-made suits flawless in design but colors are trendy or fabric is not to your liking. Perhaps the different store stocks your favorite color and an acceptable fabric, but the design doesn’t compliment your body shape. Should a suit catch your eye, you still leave the store disappointed because your size wasn’t in stock — or it was beyond your budget. Hence, it can be almost impossible to find the perfect combination of design, color, fabric, fit and price — but online men’s custom made suits meet your demands easily.
  4. More Convenience, Less Hassle
    You’re busy. Everyday you’re hussling. When you send your measurements and suit specifications to us, we deliver your tailor made suit to your door. Upon arrival, you need not alter it. Personalized business wear fits you like a second skin. Plus, you already saved yourself time from on public transport or finding a parking space, and fighting crowds at the department store, where nobody can find good help from courteous sales associates.
  5. Good Quality at an Affordable Price
    The quality you get with men’s custom made suits will be to your liking since you choose the fabric and details. When you decide the theme and design, you call the shots. And even after getting all these benefits, you get the suit tailored at very affordable prices.

All these factors warrant you get your suits tailor-made and delivered to your front door — instead of getting a headache when picking them up from retail shops.

Tailor Made Suits for Men: Blunders When Making Your Choice

custom tailored tuxedo cobalt blue with black satin shawl lapels black pocket detailing by San Francisco TailorTailor-made suits for men are gaining popularity among average Joes. For several years the SF Tailor has been bringing affordable elegance to ordinary men. These days you don’t need to be Warren Buffett, Bill Gates or Manjo Bhargava to order bespoke suits. Since we established our studio, demand for made to measure clothes has grown… and so has the supply. Today we aware of certain mistakes or faults in choosing your personalized suits or tuxedos, pictured left.

Just as clothes make a man, man makes clothes. Despite the fact fully customized suits are a masterpiece of craftsmanship, those who buy them may commit errs in design or they can blunder the taking of measurements. If a suit doesn’t fit a man, it’s a useless purchase.

Custom fit suits should meet the exact body type of the men who wear them. The rogue and style that comes with a particular suit instills a great sense of confidence (and attraction). So tailor-made suits that are designed to match to a man’s exact needs are the best choice among all. A so-called gentleman identifies himself with decorum and maintains a good standing within society.

With a bespoke suit, an individual can maintain a healthy and admirable position — standing  against all evils that prevail in the world.

Tailor-made suits for men are tremendously popular on the web and even purchased in bulk. (We’ve had the privilege of dressing teams of restaurant waiters and members of men’s choirs.) Most of these suits fit the buyer’s requirement because the customers define the fashion consistent with their own needs.

One common mistake when ordering is a lack of attention to details. To suit the highest level of perfection, focus on different characteristics related to the suit you want to buy. Take a look now at the many specifications that allow your suit to be as unique as you are or you want it to be. Without a proper understanding of the product, you’ll bound to make some thoughtless decisions.

Collect info about reasonable prices for suits from department stores and online tailors. Is it an off the rack or custom tailored suit?These errs often cause discrepancies in price. Some customers can feel cheated before they even buy a suit. First, understand the real and competitive price. How much would you pay today for the same product in a brick-and-mortar store? a department store or a boutique? In this regard, collect info from different sources to know what fair prices are — and what sort of purchase you will make.

We stay up to date with the latest style & fashion trends. However making a sensible choice, choosing a suit that reflects your personality to your community, is your choice, not ours.

Tailor-made suits for men we make available to you are unique. They are one-of-a-kind, designed to give you a customized, comfortable and confident look. Be the dapper gentleman you dare to be with the cloth you select. Does it fit your personality type? Also be careful about the price you pay, so your investment returns a sensible quality to you.