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Graduated Uni, College to Get Lucky

photo credit ipsnews.netAs more and more students graduate university and enter the workforce, they don’t need a pot of gold to afford tailor made work wear. The SF Tailor can make faster, less expensive, better–fitting bespoke suits for women and men than you can find in department stores.

Suit shopping doesn’t need to be frustrating and time consuming.

Before using our website to fully customize your suit from a wide range of colors, fabrics, and styles — take a few minutes to get accurate measurements. You can store your information for future purchases. Simply visit an alterations service. (Note: These individuals cannot necessarily sew a bespoke suit. They do minor changes.)

Our online only presence lets us price personalized suits as low as $254 USD.

Custom tailoring can start at four-figures with the overhead of a brick-and-mortar store, even pop-up shops, new body scanning technology, excessive inventory of fabrics, sales reps and more. We share our cost savings with you, our clients and friends.

The fastest turnaround time we offer is 2-3 weeks.

 With a two-week deadline, we’re focusing on your suit in our atelier studio. We aren’t distracted by walk-ins who debate or doubt if bespoke is for them. We maintain a tradition of hand tailoring and detailing. We enjoy our work — and won’t under-sell staff and their craft.

Did you know top Google-ranked competitors charge at least $450 USD for digital cutting & machine construction, commanding higher profit margins for their investors?

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The SF Tailor presents custom-made, high-quality elegance at an affordable price point for university graduates, weddings on a budget, or new and small business-owners. Our clients feel confident and look good while they accrue success. You might be on the lower rung of the corporate ladder — but you can still look dashing and dapper like Don Draper. After all, you work will them daily.

Til you make your millions, why settle for ill-fitting, poorly-made, disposable suits off-the-rack?

Differently Abled, not Disabled

Dear SF Tailor,

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Some might label me disabled. The truth is I am differently-abled. I use a wheelchair, but it doesn’t keep me from playing basketball or driving. I’m graduating soon but nervous about job interviews. I can’t stand up to greet interviewers, and eye contact can be awkward if interviewers aren’t at my eye level.

My goal: make a GREAT first impression and LOOK as confident as I feel inside.

Mizzou Mechanical Engineering Major

Dear Mizzou Mechanical Engineering Major,

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First, celebrate your upcoming graduation! Most grads and working professionals feel anxious about interviews. You know you have both determination and self-respect needed to be successful. Thanks for letting us help you exhibit that!

You also know off-the-rack clothing is unlikely to flatter you. Measurements should be taken in your chair, not lying down. They are are important to customizing your jacket and tailor-made pants on our site. A two-piece bespoke suit starts at $260, better value than buying the blazer and trousers separately. Please note we don’t specialize in adaptive clothing.

Here are 4 strategies to draw eyes to your face, so people focus on what you have to say

    • Wear a solid monochromatic suit to add bulk to your torso, if your legs narrower than the rest of your frame. For a less athletic / active person who uses a wheelchair, a jacket with vertical patterns may lessen the appearance of that midsection. We have a large fabric selection. We also recommend peaked lapels.
    • Trousers with broad cuffs demonstrate your attention to detail.
      Overlooking your ankles suggests you’re sloppy and inattentive. If you haven’t always used a wheelchair, note that sitting trousers are 3-4 inches longer than standard trousers. You may want to add 3 inches to a previous length of up to 31 inches, 4 inches for a previous length of 33 inches or longer.
    • A vest can hide your waistline, focusing on your strong shoulders and chest. These physical assets project strength and confidence according to MensHealth.com.

You indeed may use a wheelchair but all job applicants should focus on their strengths, skills, and job related assets. By law interviewers cannot ask you about your disability. Impress them by doing your homework; prepare a functional disability statement. Here are tips from the American Foundation for the Blind.

Again we appreciate the privilege to dress you. Comfort with your character and clothes is significant, so interviewers show you the dignity you deserve. Best wishes during your job hunting!

— The SF Tailor

7 Essential Details for Suits

In the blink of an eye January, 2015 has come and gone. We know you’re busy, so here are the most essential details you ought to know about men’s suits… Educate yourself, then take your wardrobe and career to the next level with the personal assistance of The SF Tailor.

fitted shoulders1. Given the opportunity, always opt for custom made or bespoke.
Nothing will fit you better. Nothing will give you the same amount of confidence. Don’t fool yourself. If you don’t have accurate measurements, visit an alterations service and get your stats in minutes… and typically for free.

2. A good fit starts with the shoulders.
If you send unusual measurements when you place an order with The SF Tailor, we will confirm them. We want to craft the best possible fit an online tailor can provide you. We’ve already minimized the overhead, passing along our cost savings to you.

3. Lapels should match the width of your torso.
Only wear peaked lapel suits if you are relatively fit, as they accentuate your torso. A slender chest needs skinnier lapels.

4. Opt for sleeves cuffsa quarter-inch (0.63 cm) longer than your jacket sleeve.
This is a hallmark of a well made, well-thought customized suit. If you’re a man of shorter proportions, expose a half-inch (1.27 cm) of shirt cuff. It’ll make your arms appear longer.

5. Cuffs look traditional on suit pants and add weight to the fabric.
As an extension of this, your trousers will drape better. Again if you are not average height, trousers that sit high on the waist and ‘break’ atop shoes also lengthen the body. Uncuff those trouser hems.

complimentary (diagonally across) colors to mix and match6. When wearing a tie, three patterns rarely work together. Choose two solids and a pattern, or a solid and two patterns.

If you don’t have the knack or aptitude to pair colors, use a color wheel when mixing and matching. To use the wheel, choose colors that are diagonal or complementary. The colors should form an equilateral triangle (three equal sides).

7.  When using a wide spread collar, wear a half Windsor or full Windsor tie knot.
The former is also known as the single Windsor knot. It works well with light- and medium-weight fabrics to produce a neat, triangular knot (smaller than the full Windsor). The technique only brings the tie around the loop on one side, not both. Watch a video demonstration, here. 

Full Windsor KnotThe full or double Windsor is pictured here. It produces a wide symmetrical triangular knot. Watch a video demonstration, here.

Now that you’re better informed, The SF Tailor team can personalize your suits and prime you for your job promotion.

Suit Up for Success

As friends and family brine turkeys and prepare for Black Friday shopping sales, the team at The SF Tailor thanks several not-for-profit organizations throughout the U.S. for helping disadvantaged and/or previously homeless men and women who are want to find jobs and remain employed.

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He’s overcome adversity. Lack of a suit shouldn’t set him back.

Like them, we also want to promote economic independence of our neighbors, and often veterans who have defended our personal freedoms. Not everybody will share the million dollar success story of Chris Gardner, portrayed by Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness.

However men and women who learn job skills have overcome much adversity…

yet something as small as the lack of a business suit can still set back these individuals.

Domestic violence shelters, job training programs, and family services providers typically rely on career clothing donations. So choices are limited — especially for clients of larger proportions.

Imagine an ill-fitting suit when the job candidate already feels nervous, intimidated, doubtful.

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How do you feel in an interview? And how comfortable is your suit?

Consider the gift of a custom tailored suit for one of these beneficiaries. By providing professional attire, any of these men or women can feel confident and better positioned to thrive in work and in life. Help them towards self-sufficiency. Dress them for success.

Use this Black Friday 2014 promotion upon check-out for $25 off the already lowest prices for fully customized suits: 100152TJM43NDA18

This code is valid through 31 December 2014.
Why not buy an additional suit for yourself?

Young Doctor Now Engaged

young doctor medical student and school teacher celebrate engagement now shop for custom tailored suits for groom, groomsmen, father of bride, father of groomFirst, congratulations are in order for our friend who is a young doctor at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) who proposed to his extremely patient girlfriend of 6 years.

The medical student and his fiancee are concerned about their student loans. Even with some financial aid from their parents, they want a high-quality wedding for their limited budget.

So they contacted The SF Tailor on Facebook to ask if suits or tuxedos are the way to go. We posed a few questions; they decided.

  • What time is your event? Evenings are typically more formal than afternoon affairs.
  • What kind of feel will the event have?
    Will your guests confuse your groom with James Bond, or an Oscar-nominated actor at the Academy Awards ceremony?
  • Is it going to be a rustic wedding in the country or a modern loft wedding in the city?
    The romantic music teacher / bride-to-be chose a mountain-top winery in Saratoga. Her face lit up, as she expressed her love for Northern California since she was from the East Coast. 

With all this in mind, they know custom suits for their Sunday afternoon celebration is the answer. The look would reflect the youthful energy and relaxed personalities of the groomsmen.

Most of all, the couple is excited to help their relatives and childhood friends with their career prospects. (Their gift registry even lists their preferred charities!) Soon the young physician will interview with hospitals along the West Coast, while his friends also gain more work experience. However all of them can feel confident and share memories from a special wedding day.