Many are the times I kept my dad company watching him cuff a pair of pants or shorten the sleeves on a suit and he liked to talk about the old master tailors who taught him. They were mostly Germans who survived the concentration camps. They had the tattoos. But there were other immigrant tailors as well and he learned from many. He told me one time of his observations on how the tailoring traditions of the old tailors he had known varied by what country they were from. He said the English tailors, Saville Row, had the best woolens but their styling was always stodgy. Solid and functional. By contrast he said the Italian tailors always had the best designs and style. He said German tailors would always use three stitches where one would do. And then he said he admired Swedish tailors the most. He called their style "soft tailoring." Their hand stitches were supple and could move and were mostly angled so that they could give a little. "Soft tailoring" he said, "that's what I've always tried to do."Joe
This is great stuff. I’m sure others will agree that your dad had talents and skills that have fallen by the wayside in today’s automated world. When I was a kid, I grew up in the Italian section of South Philadelphia and there were families of skilled tailors , who skills were past on from generation to generation within a mile of each other. They would make custom made Italian silk suits for those who were able to afford their services . Of course In my area these were basically mob guys who wore suits everyday and you could see them pull up to the tailors in their Coup DeVilles and Eldorado's . Such a shame that we’ve lost people like your dad who had theses talents, their trade craft passes with them . Thank you once again for sharing your stories with us.