As the southern Hemisphere experiences the last of Autumn before Winter in June, I wanted to reflect a bit on the year of tailoring thus far.
In January I wrote a post on my personal blog (saccaggi.me) joking about how difficult it is to even define tailoring as a profession. I continue to describe tailoring as a service more than a product, and thus we’re here to do whatever stylish desires your heart has ;)
If you’ve been following me for a while you know I’ve struggled to find skilled tailors to employ, and have decided to team up with a sewing NGO called Sinikiwe to teach tailoring in Daveton. There’s a long road ahead to train new tailors, but we’re having SUCH fun in the meantime.
That aside; in January I decided to change business tracks a bit, and focus on what I could deliver an exceptional service on: Alterations.
Not only is this service in very high demand, but it allows my two apprentices to work repetitively on simple jobs. Thus they gain valuable tailoring experience, while getting to understand the common construction processes for various garments.
And by uncanny coincidence this service is exactly inline with the sustainable vision of the business
Alterations, the most sustainable thing you can do
There’s no doubt that the fashion industry has an enourmous role to play in reducing humanity’s impact on the environment. In this day and age many fashion brands are producing more ethically, organically, and environmentally conscious. You can check out some killer sustainable fashion in the Shop.
But before you purchase a vegan leather bag made by monks, the most sustainable thing you can do is to make the clothes you already have last as long as possible. There are two parts to this which we’ve become intimately involved with here at The Green Tailor.
The first is to mend, patch, fix etc. your clothes before replacing them. Often small holes or broken zips can be easily patched or replaced, and if you’re wanting to get all philosophical about it there’s always the wabi sabi route.
The second is to alter your clothes to your personal style. The best example I’ve been seeing lately is gents having their old pants tapered to look more modern. So instead of tossing your baggy pants for a brand new sweat-shop produced pair, rather drop in on a Thursday and we’ll modernize them for you for a fraction of the cost ;)
We also very rarely cut excess seams when altering, meaning that you can change the style again when the fashion changes, all while keeping the same pair of pants, ie. saving the environment (PARTY!).
We took this pair of pants from a 42 to a 32 to see if it was possible. You can read more on that story here. You’re also always welcome to drop in for a coffee on a Thursday and we’ll see what we can do for you.
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