January 11, 2010

There are no young tailors...only old ones

This photo by Steve Bosch links
to the Vancouver Sun
story. Read the Vancouver Sun
article by Gerry Bellett
newspapers matter!

With apologies to Rory Duffy (27) of Henry Poole and Co. and David Wilkes (29), bespoke tailor, young tailors are hard to come by.

And when an old tailor retires a light goes out in the sartorial firmament. A star disappears.

Renzo Montagliani (75) is calling it quits this month. Trained as a tailor in Italy at the tender age of 11, Renzo has become a fixture on Commercial Drive in Vancouver.

(His retirement was covered in the Vancouver Sun, here.)

With nothing more than a jerry-rigged straight stitcher and one order to alter ten double breasteds into singles for $10 a pop, Renzo started the business that lasted 50 plus years.

I visited him today:

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