Luxe Beat Magazine MAY 2015 - Page 94

beginning to invest in pieces for the long-‐ run. So while the art of tailoring may have been lost, I think people are starting to realize its importance and the added benefits that a good tailor can bring to a look. In addition to this, historically, many established tailors were self-‐taught and often started sewing as a hobby. With the growing presence and influence of technica l trade schools, which utilize modern technique, machinery and technology, are produce expertly trained professionals. SW: What type of sewing and/ or tailoring technology does STITCH utilize, or is everything done by hand? AH: Everything is done by hand. There are a number of companies, usually made-to-measure suit 94 companies that are based online, and do not have a brick and mortar store. Most these companies use ‘technology’ to try and find the perfect fit. This is usually computed with the use of an algorithm and 10,000 or so data points that produce an analysis of your body. While technology can get close, it is nowhere near as accurate as having a trained and experience seamstress or tailor measure and make the needed alterations. SW: What type of training do your STITCHERS go through? AH: All of our lead seamstress have a combination of technical knowledge (i.e. they went to some sort of trade school) and 10+ years of experience in the industry. Right now, being one location, all work is overseen by our master seamstress. With an eye for expansion, we are developing a training program for new recruits that will standardize our methods. SW: Who is the STITCH client? AH: STITCH serves a broad customer base. Our everyday walk-‐in clients are locals in the surrounding area who alter their day-‐to-‐ day clothing; jeans, skirts, suits and occasional evening wear. Additionally, we work a lot with brides-‐to-‐be and their wedding party. STITCH Bridal offers in-‐home