tailor is a person who makes, repairs, or
alters clothing professionally, especially suits and men's clothing.
Although the term dates to the thirteenth century, tailor took on its modern
sense in the late eighteenth century, and now refers to makers of men's and
women's suits, coats, trousers, and similar garments, usually of wool, linen, or
The term refers to a set of specific hand and machine sewing and pressing
techniques that are unique to the construction of traditional jackets. Retailers
of tailored suits often take their services internationally, traveling to
various cities, allowing the client to be measured locally.
Traditional tailoring is called bespoke tailoring in the United Kingdom, where
the heart of the trade is in London's Savile Row, and custom tailoring in the
United States and Hong Kong. This is unlike made to measure which uses
pre-existing patterns. A bespoke garment or suit is completely original and
unique to each customer.
Famous fictional tailors include the tailor in The Emperr's New Clothes and
Brave Little Tailor. A more recent title is John le Carré's The Tailor of
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