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Design Your Own Disaster: The Pitfall of Online Custom Clothing

Online custom clothing for men is booming. We have more handsome, well-made, workable and affordable options for full custom clothing than ever before, which is wonderful… in theory.

In this episode of the podcast, I talk about a hidden pitfall in the online custom clothing world – a pitfall that puts too many design options in the hands of non-designers, i.e. us. While it’s a nice idea to be able to choose your collars, cuffs, fabric, color, thread and button options, an inexperienced customer without the guidance of a seasoned professional could end up creating a mess.

Without an understanding of things like color, proportion, fabric and fit as they relate to the unique needs and qualities of the customer – things like hair color, eye color, skin tone, height, weight, width, posture, lifestyle and so on – full, unfettered custom options invite an uneducated and unsupervised customer to design a real disaster.

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How To Sew a Button on a Shirt, Coat or Jacket

When it comes to sharing useful information, I have a personal “non-compete” clause with respect to other individuals or companies who solve the problem brilliantly. Instead of being redundant, I would simply rather applaud the good work of others and carry the message, much like I did with “How To Tie a Bow Tie” by The Hill Side. Continue reading

Raising the bar without raising the budget.