There was once a time when everyone made their own clothes, from underwear to outerwear. In fact, some people even made their own fabric. Although tailors and seamstresses have been around for centuries, the average family simply could not afford their services. Therefore, all men and women knew the basics of sewing and making clothes. Today, we are beginning to see a resurgence of young men and women creating their own clothes from scratch in order to obtain unique, custom made garments!
Long time supporter and reader of the blog, Orlando Williams is a second generation tailor and has been creating custom made waistcoats and dress shirts for the past three years. He recently reached out to me and offered to make me a custom waistcoat, and since I’ve always appreciated custom made clothing, I had to accept his offer. After going back and forth about the design, we came up with the denim double-breasted waistcoat. I wanted something versatile and completely different from anything else in my wardrobe and I believe he was able to achieve that goal. So here is a brief backstory on the man behind the brand and how he made his start in menswear.
“My name is Orlando Williams and I was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. I was officially introduced to the menswear game in 2011, but it was actually quite some time before that. I used to compete with my uncle on being the best dressed at church on Sunday’s, but eventually I wanted to dress that way all the time. So I ended up coming across men’s style blogs like Street Etiquette, The Style Blogger (Articles of Style) and The Dapper Advisor. As a result, those blogs basically became my style bible. In the beginning, I really didn’t know what the hell I was doing so I basically just copied whatever I saw those guys wear until I came into my own and developed my personal style.”