Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Man Makes The Clothes.

Mr. Greenfield at work in his Brooklyn factory.

Martin Greenfield is an arbiter of more than just phenomenal style; he's the designer's tailor. His work ethic is the stuff American Dreams are made of--he started at Brooklyn's GGG Clothing as an entry-level floor boy in 1947, and by 1977 the Czechoslovakian Holocaust survivor bought out his bosses and renamed the place after himself.

Martin Greenfield Clothiers has been the go-to New York manufacturer for fine, tailored garments for over three decades now. Greenfield pops up now and again--whether in The Times or on a fashion site--as a reminder that he is still the man making the clothes that make the man. His talents are obvious in the area of business, but don't let his head-honcho position fool you. Martin knows how to set the perfect pocket, shape the perfect shoulder, and chalk the perfect seam. His team of seamstresses, patternmakers, and alteration specialists are the best hands in the field and are sought out by big name private clients like Bill Clinton and the late Michael Jackson. Greenfield Clothier's work is impeccable and trusted by everyone from Isaac and Donna, to more contemporary houses like Boy by Band of Outsiders. The Selby recently featured the master tailor in his studio/factory, and captured all of the good Greenfield stuff on still film, just like The Selby always does. Here are some of my favorite shots:

P.S. That video above is about 8 minutes long, but it is phenomenal. I wouldn't miss it if I were you. This post makes me wish I had a need for a tailored suit. I feel an Annie Hall phase coming on...

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