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What is Bespoke?

 

Our process is special because it’s owned and operated by a real Master Tailor.

What happens when you combine over 100 years of tailoring expertise with one of Nashville’s beloved alterations and tailoring shops? You get Fior Bespoke.

To paraphrase one of my articles on LinkedIn, we live in a world where, for some reason, artisans have to qualify themselves as real or true. What’s even worse is that in the world of custom clothing, people use those terms flippantly. Even though they don’t deserve to take on the title of Master Tailor.

So what exactly is bespoke?

Below you’ll find information on what bespoke clothing is. We’ve quoted the “Bespoke Tailors Alliance“, because they have thoroughly listed what is required to be a bespoke tailor. This organization has been created to discredit charlatans who only outsource their work, and qualify those that keep traditions alive. We as well are dedicated to keep the terms Master Tailor and Bespoke Tailoring sacred.

  • All bespoke garments should be made from an individually cut paper pattern created specifically for the client by the qualified Master Cutter
  •  The qualified Master Cutter should oversee the process of producing the bespoke garment
  • Provide fittings and adjustments before completing the garment
  • At least one salaried apprentice should be employed on the premises
  • Complete a two-piece suit with at least 55 hours of hand work. Including hand canvassing and handmade button holes
  •  Provide the services of a knowledgeable cloth consultant with access to a reliable(appropriate) selection of fabrics suitable for the garment
  • Offer a premium aftercare service to include pressing, repairs and expert information regarding maintenance of the bespoke garment.
  • Ensure that the clients full details are kept for future reference
  • Use only high-quality fabrics and trimmings

 

Bespoke Standards

Coats

  • Inlays allow adjustment to the body seams
  • Chest and collar canvases are hand padded
  • Top collar is draw stitched by hand on to the facings
  • Breast pocket is slanted with hand stitched border
  • Front pockets have hand top stitching
  • Vents and front edges are prick stitched by hand
  • Cuffs have an opening vent with fully functioning hand sewn buttonholes (Surgeons Cuffs)
  • Sleeves are set in by hand
  • Armhole linings are eased and hand felled
  • Coat linings are felled by hand
  • Buttonholes cut and sewn by hand in silk thread
  • Silk flower loop behind lapel button hole
  • Horn buttons sewn on by hand with cross stitch

Trousers

  • Waistbands allow 3” to 4” for adjustments
  • Buttonholes cut and sewn by hand in silk thread
  • Fly is hand stitched
  • Seat seam is backstitched by hand
  • Half lined fronts if cloth is coarse
  • Band lining and back curtains sewn by hand
  • Hand bar tack at pockets to reinforce

 

 

FAQs

What qualifies you as a bespoke tailor, and why should I care?

 

To keep it simplistic, we have the ability to make and grade patterns in-house as well as fully finish garments from beginning to completion through the hands of my elite team of tailors. When you purchase a bespoke suit from us, you get true Nashville artisan tailoring work.

Aside from a salaried apprentice, we tick off every single one of those bullet points you just read.

Each of my employees are skilled at their work. We treat each other as a family at my shop. I expect and give nothing less than my everything when I step into the door – and these amazing people do the exact same.

In a time where so much work is simply outsourced with no benefit to the working class right here in Nashville, we do our best to make sure that not only your needs are taken care of, but also the needs of our employees. Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

Why does preserving bespoke tailoring matter so much to you?

 
Honestly? It’s simple. I’ve spent my entire life as a tailor. From age 10 I began learning how to sew as an apprentice under my mother. And she started at age 6 under her mother. I have a lineage of tailoring that not many people in America can boast. I’m extremely proud of the ecosystem I’ve created, and the team I’ve put together.
 

I love tailoring. When you enter my storefront at Fior Bespoke or Only One Tailoring, you’re entering a sacred place that has had my entire life poured into it.

Tailoring is a part of me. Nashville is my home. And when you experience the difference of working with a real Master Tailor, you’ll never need or want another.

That’s my goal, and the Fior Bespoke difference.

Are you ready to build your next piece?