Magazine article Black Enterprise

Customer Officer: Haberdasher Frank Pena Dresses Clients to Suit

Magazine article Black Enterprise

Customer Officer: Haberdasher Frank Pena Dresses Clients to Suit

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The goal is to get up in the morning and not have to worry that Something is not going to fit right," says Frank Pena, haberdasher for Tom James, an international company specializing in bespoke items for men and women. Custom clothing addresses personal tastes, comfort and lifestyle Naturally, it costs more. Custom suits like those from Tom James can range from $700 to $12,000, but a prospective client should make sure the price is backed by fine craftsmanship, Pena offers tips on what to look for and how to wear it well:

Know Your Options. Aside from a perfect fit, suits should be constructed based on the type of work you do, your travel schedule, and the setting in which you conduct business. I'm always updating my clients about new fabrics that wear better and/or breathe better," says Pena.

Cheek for Glue Traps. The chest piece in between the fabric and lining is best when floating, says Pena. Many manufactures use glue to hold it in place, Which will cause the jacket to ripple and bubble after several dry cleanings Glue in shirt collars will eventually cause the shirt neck to shrink

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