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putthison:

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Coincidentally, I was recently talking to the owner of a custom clothiers shop in NYC last week, and he told me that he’s thinking about shutting down the tailoring side of his business next year (after being in business for about 50 years) because he can’t find people who can make clothes as good as he needs. His current head tailor is 85 years old and won’t be around forever, but finding a replacement has been tough. I hear this a lot from custom clothing shops, although some — such as Rubinacci — seem to be able to attract talent without any issue. 

I’ve always been curious about this topic myself. I can’t tell if the lack of skilled labor in the US is a factor of an information asymmetry (in other words job seekers not knowing enough about available positions), lack of willingness for employers to hand train (meaning not willing to pay money to invest in individuals to gain the skills), or flat out insufficient pay rates.
The thing about tailoring is it isn’t something they teach to a advanced level in any schools. That certainly wasn’t available in my local community college and we have one of the best systems in the nation in Northern Virginia. So where is someone going to get the experience to be skilled enough as stated (in bold) above?
You have to train them. And here is the rub, to train them you have to invest a lot of time and money. And unfortunately the only places where demand would be high enough to do this would be major cities. Major cities like New York, LA, DC, Chicago, San Fran are all hyper expensive to live in. Which means salaries would have to be sufficiently high to entice people to train for such a career while still being able to meet some minimal living standard.
Something tells me because the US lacks the historical tradition of tailoring as part of a national identity (like the British, French and Italians) that salaries in those large cities simply would not be high enough to induce anyone to take on the work. Tailoring is a losing proposition at the current price levels for work and demand/capacity of a tailor.
I love clothes and am fascinated by making them, but I am not going to take a job as an apprentice tailor making 20k max (just a guess of what they would be willing to pay) out of school when starting salaries for IT professionals were 60k+ and climb quickly after that.
The statements from tailors often seem like the US simply isn’t interested in the trade, and shame on us. But the reality is more than likely the economics simply don’t make sense in the vast majority of cases. The opportunity cost for educated and skilled individuals is too high.

putthison:

Coincidentally, I was recently talking to the owner of a custom clothiers shop in NYC last week, and he told me that he’s thinking about shutting down the tailoring side of his business next year (after being in business for about 50 years) because he can’t find people who can make clothes as good as he needs. His current head tailor is 85 years old and won’t be around forever, but finding a replacement has been tough. I hear this a lot from custom clothing shops, although some — such as Rubinacci — seem to be able to attract talent without any issue. 

I’ve always been curious about this topic myself. I can’t tell if the lack of skilled labor in the US is a factor of an information asymmetry (in other words job seekers not knowing enough about available positions), lack of willingness for employers to hand train (meaning not willing to pay money to invest in individuals to gain the skills), or flat out insufficient pay rates.

The thing about tailoring is it isn’t something they teach to a advanced level in any schools. That certainly wasn’t available in my local community college and we have one of the best systems in the nation in Northern Virginia. So where is someone going to get the experience to be skilled enough as stated (in bold) above?

You have to train them. And here is the rub, to train them you have to invest a lot of time and money. And unfortunately the only places where demand would be high enough to do this would be major cities. Major cities like New York, LA, DC, Chicago, San Fran are all hyper expensive to live in. Which means salaries would have to be sufficiently high to entice people to train for such a career while still being able to meet some minimal living standard.

Something tells me because the US lacks the historical tradition of tailoring as part of a national identity (like the British, French and Italians) that salaries in those large cities simply would not be high enough to induce anyone to take on the work. Tailoring is a losing proposition at the current price levels for work and demand/capacity of a tailor.

I love clothes and am fascinated by making them, but I am not going to take a job as an apprentice tailor making 20k max (just a guess of what they would be willing to pay) out of school when starting salaries for IT professionals were 60k+ and climb quickly after that.

The statements from tailors often seem like the US simply isn’t interested in the trade, and shame on us. But the reality is more than likely the economics simply don’t make sense in the vast majority of cases. The opportunity cost for educated and skilled individuals is too high.

O’s at Wrigley. You can check that off the bucket list.

O’s at Wrigley. You can check that off the bucket list.

It’s here! #38/60 Squale x @pageandcooper diver w/ NOS bezel from the 60s! Lelelelelelegitttt.

It’s here! #38/60 Squale x @pageandcooper diver w/ NOS bezel from the 60s! Lelelelelelegitttt.

New swim trunks on sale at thecorner.com. Picked up the internet menswear standards and something a bit more fun for over half off.

Can’t wait for Vegas now.

New swim trunks on sale at thecorner.com. Picked up the internet menswear standards and something a bit more fun for over half off.

Can’t wait for Vegas now.

Friday lunch break. Teleworking is the bees knees

Friday lunch break. Teleworking is the bees knees

Good thing this hotel comes stocked. Possibility I require all these by tomorrow morning is high.  (at Hotel Erwin)

Good thing this hotel comes stocked. Possibility I require all these by tomorrow morning is high. (at Hotel Erwin)

Good fucking god. This makes me want to vomit acid all over my dick so I can’t have children.

THE FUCK are these guys doing? Dress your kid up like some god damn hipster version of a Ken doll? And we are supposed to find connection with the Mr. Porter brand and want to buy this shit? GTFO.

This is the furthest from connection I could possibly feel. Reading that article is like talking to Tea Party supporters about income inequality. You get the idea that they both have no idea what they are talking about and are inadvertently working against their own interests.

I’m sure fatherhood is a really wonderful thing, and more than likely something that I would like to have in my future. And man does everyone want their kid to be smart and interesting. But let your kid develop their own personality. This treating your kid like some play toy to show about in public is fucking absurd. These kids are probably going to be either traumatized or cunts by the time they are 21.

Now a feature on their clothes and a few play toys doesn’t really show what kind of childhood these kids actually have. But if you are willing to gallivant your kids around for a commercial spread on an internet retailer, I will take it as shorthand and make assumptions.

Kids don’t get fashion because there is no such thing as kids fashion. Kids do not give two fucks about fashion. There are only adults who wish to push their interests onto children who do not know better. But holy shit if these aren’t the most chill, cool and fashionable kids ever.

Except in reality kids get dirty as fuck. And if your kid isn’t getting dirty as fuck, your kid probably sucks. Let the kid wear shit that is meant to get dirty as fuck and you can throw it in the wash and not care. I do not wear nice clothes when I know I am going to get dirty. And kids should be dirty like 90% of the time.

The other thing about kids is they keep not staying the same size. Let the kid wear clothes that are easily replaceable because they are GROWING LIKE HOLY FUCK. In two months that Goodwill bin will be the bees fucking knees with these clothes that don’t fit anymore. So you are either a rich, elitist dick showing off or you are very questionably making value judgments on where to allocate your limited resources on behalf of your children’s future. You can buy coolness or you could, you know, save for college.

Enjoy the slideshow below while I continue to barf into my organic soy latte from a local cafe. Oh wait, I mean my Starbucks. Grow up internet.

nbaoffseason:

Lance had that, “C’mon, work for me just one more time!”, blow game goin’.
(via @justinace)

Ahhhh. Soo good. These jokes write themselves.

nbaoffseason:

Lance had that, “C’mon, work for me just one more time!”, blow game goin’.

(via @justinace)

Ahhhh. Soo good. These jokes write themselves.

This growler only beer store is pretty legit… (at The Beer Growler Savannah)

This growler only beer store is pretty legit… (at The Beer Growler Savannah)

Doing my part. Go give blood people.

Doing my part. Go give blood people.

Game time!

Get fucking pumped

Hopkins v. Shumenov,

It’s not that often DC gets a legit fight in town, so my friends and I could not pass this up. The actual main event was a bit of a dud, but the undercard fights were spectacular. Shawn Porter showed up big and we just happened to have his home town friends right behind us losing their damn minds. Great night.

I almost never have an excuse to pull out a one-button, peak lapel, black suit that isn’t a tux, so it got dusted off tonight. Same goes for the black wholecuts. Good showing at the fight.

Details: suit - Phineas Cole, shirt - Hugh & Crye, tie - Drakes, shoes - C&J

Wizards Playoff eve!!!

Tonight is the first time in a long time the Wizards have made the playoffs so I might as well drop the pictures from last week’s game I never got around to posting.

Looking forward to it, so to continue the rant from Andrew Sharp’s excellent piece on Grantland:

Fuck Chicago,
Fuck the Bean,
Fuck the Sears Tower,
Fuck the Chicago River,
Fuck Lake Michigan,
Fuck Common,
Especially fuck Noah,
Fuck Noah’s tennis playing dad,
Fuck Noah’s busted ass mom,
Fuck that bama Boozer,
And while I’m at it Fuck Alaska,
Fuck the Bulls,
FUCK THE BULLS

Details: sport coat: Lardini, shirt - Ovadia & Sons, tie - Drakes, PS - Hugh & Crye, pants - Incotex, shoes - Harrys of London

Wizards v. Bobcats

That game that tells you where you stand in the playoff pecking order; yeah we lost that. Horrible fucking game. Made me want to punch the shit out of the gift blimp.

I was expecting a win so I wore the party suit. This suit has been through hell. The lining is stained red from too many cranberry and vodkas being thrown at me by myself or people I have insulted. The pants look like shit up close because they were my first personal tailoring job.

But if you don’t know better and examine it too closely, it looks great. And it is that specific color of blue that in non-direct sunlight looks like navy but in the sun is airforce blue. Wonderful fabric and for the price I paid at SuitSupply has been worth its weight 3x over.

Details: suit - SuitSupply, shirt - Boss, tie - Drakes, PS - J Crew, shoes - Carmina

Late post on this one. This is from last week against Boston. Big game and the first time as a season ticket holder the Wizards have clinched a playoff birth. It took five years, but we are here now.

I would like to say my ticket value is increasing but Stubhub prefers to disagree. The only thing increasing is what Teddy charged me for the pleasure of watching mediocre basketball next year. Fucking DC.

I’m not sure how this outfit worked out. I bought this blue chambray formal dress shirt with French cuffs from Phineas Cole in NYC when I got my black suit from there a few years back. I love this shirt, but it goes with practically nothing so I almost never wear it. Cutaway collar, casual fabric in dark color with French cuffs? Sure. Fucking rock that. Stupid purchase, but the heart wants what the heart wants.

Details: jacket: Gant, shirt: Phineas Cole, tie: Drakes, ps: Hugh & Crye, slacks: Epaulet, shoes: Meermin