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In the five years I’ve belonged to this forum, it’s been a privilege to read about techniques and receive suggestions from people who are professional tailors and custom clothiers. Not long ago, I was able to visit one.
Shirtmaven, a member of the forum, invited me to visit his business, CEGO Custom Shirtmaker, which is on Fifth Avenue, near 28th Street in Manhattan. I went with a friend who’s in the Menswear program at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
As you can see from the website photos, it’s a charming little shop with an eye-boggling array of fabrics: We felt like Daisy in the scene with the shirts in The Great Gatsby. We marveled, but managed not to cry.
Along with custom shirts and other garments, the firm makes costumes for Broadway shows like Thérèse Raquin (starring Kiera Knightley), Beauty and the Beast, and Fiddler on the Roof (jokingly referred to by shirtmaven as “Shetl Style”).
A few weeks ago, I visited another small menswear company in the same area. Tell me, do all men’s shops feature a minibar? It must be fun to amble in after work, sip a whisky and talk about one’s clothing needs while reviewing fabric and mother of pearl buttons.
The lining shirtmaven gave us was very welcome. A person studying menswear can never have too much lining. The pièce de résistance (a French term seems appropriate) was his gift to me of a handmade French jacket owned by his late father. The tailor was Feruch. It has many beautiful details and will be a valuable reference.
We hope this visit marked the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
shirtmaven, again, many thanks!
Edited by tailleuse, 12 November 2015 - 12:07 PM.