Category Archives: Workmanship

Is “Made in America” Important?

The closing this past week of the last American company which manufactures flatware, as noted in the NY Times, Sherrill Manufacturing Closes New York Plant, got me thinking whether or not it matters where a product is made. Is it just … Continue reading

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Adrian Whittaker–Master Rigger

In the era when a man was expected to wear a  suit practically every day, men’s clothing stores played an indispensable role in the life of a community.  Even the smallest town in the US had at least one men’s specialty shop and in New York … Continue reading

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Custom Suits versus Ready-made Suits

For years, Kozinn+Sons Merchant Tailors sold ready-made suits in addition to custom suits.  We also wholesaled ready-made suits to fine specialty stores around the country.  How could we (my grandfather, father and me) perpetrate such a barbarous practice? The concept … Continue reading

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How to Get the Most out of Your Builder (of Custom Suits or Custom Kitchens)

Having done a lot of construction personally and as a builder of custom suits at Kozinn+Sons Merchant Tailors in New York City, I would like to share with you the lessons I have learned in the hope of making your life easier.  … Continue reading

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What is the Difference Between “Bespoke”, “Custom” and “Made-to-measure” Suits?

The definitions of “bespoke”, “made-to-measure” and “custom” suits are, in my opinion, the most misunderstood terms in the tailoring universe, especially when it comes to evaluating which is “better.” Sometimes clients see the ultimate suit as one “made from scratch.”  What … Continue reading

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