29th, January, 2018

1st, September, 2017

Though in times of melancholy, he feels like a dinosaur, fastidiously turning out true hand-made, sculpted suits in an era of fake designer hype and casual Fridays that desperately pretend to capture a lot more weekdays, Garcia is heartened by those trends.  But none of that matters, really.  He surveys his team of authentic tailors, every one of them a veteran of the craft since childhood, and he muses, “Entire long lives dedicated to this.  They all have tried to leave but they can’t.”

“Every tailor tries to leave tailoring.  It’s part of the curriculum of this tedious craft and not particularly well remunerated.  And they all come back.  You can only be a tailor”.

A Fitting Tradition The Miami Herald -Enrique Fernández

15th, September, 2016

THERE IS MUCH TO SUPPORT THE VIEW THAT IT IS CLOTHES THAT WEAR US, AND NOT WE, THEM; WE MAY MAKE THEM TAKE THE MOULD OF ARM OR BREAST, BUT THEY MOULD OUR HEARTS, OUR BRAIN, OUR TONGUES TO THER LIKING.

-Virginia Woolf's novel Orlando

15th, July, 2016

"Actually, fewer than two dozen United States tailors are considered so adept with needle and thread that their suits can surpass the quality, at least in some men's eyes, of the finest ready-made brands from America, England, and Italy. Such tailors-including New York's Fioravanti* and Leonard Logsdail, Miami's Christian Garcia, and Los Angeles' Giacomo Trabalza*-carry on a tradition begun in the early 19th century, when wealthy men had standing seasonal appointments with tailors to select new fabrics and be fitted for suits. Like their mentors, who in many cases were their fathers and grandfathers, these men cut the pattern, fashion the muslin prototype, presided over the two or three required fittings, and oversee the hand-cutting and sewing of each suit as true bespoke requires."

- William Kissel's Sew Fine, Top Ten U. S. Tailors article for the Robb Report magazine

*Messrs. Fioravanti and Trabalza have both passed away.