A couple of months ago, I introduced you all to Orlando Williams by featuring one his custom made waistcoats, seen here. Since then he has continued to work on his craft, all while expanding his tailoring business. Therefore, I wanted to follow up with him so he can provide some style inspiration as well as share some of his goals and new endeavors for the new year.
“I’ve recently made a couple of changes to my business such as changing the name from Williams Tailoring to Sartoria Tailoring. I also started creating accessories such as ties, bow ties, and pocket squares. Currently, I work at JCPenney’s as a sales associate in their suit department and I noticed they had a lack of options when it came to accessories. Therefore, I felt like I could produce some quality choices for them because as a salesman I try to make sure my customers leave with the complete package.”
“Ralph Lauren was a huge inspiration for me when I decided to add accessories to my line, because he started his empire by selling handmade ties out of Bloomingdales and the rest is history.”
Waistcoat by Sartoria Tailoring, Cardigan by Arizona, Trousers by Dockers, Sunglasses by Ray Ban, Watch by Bulova, Suede Loafers by Kenneth Cole
“This paisley waistcoat with a shawl collar and flannel lining is my take on formalwear. I’ve been straying away from the traditional tuxedo look and instead I’ve been going with my own vibe all while staying within the formal realm. I might actually wear this waistcoat as a 3-piece for this New Year’s celebration.”
“This black tie is actually the first tie I ever made. I made it with the extra fabric remaining from a waistcoat I made for a client. At the time, I figured I didn’t have much to lose so I gave it a shot and it came out pretty nice. Since then I’ve been working tirelessly on creating quality ties (and waistcoats) in order to perfect my skills.”
Waistcoat by Sartoria Tailoring, Shirt by Vintage, Top Coat by Stafford, Tie by Sartoria Tailoring, Watch by Movado, Shoes by Vintage
I am always more intrigued with one’s creative process, especially after I learned how to sew earlier this year. Therefore, I wanted to know more about Orlando’s creative process and get more insight on how he does what he does.
“My design process all starts at the fabric store, even though that has become somewhat of a struggle for me lately because so many different combinations come to my mind while searching for the perfect combo. There have been times when I went to the store with a combination in mind and ended up leaving with something completely different. However, after I choose my fabrics and buttons, it’s time to go to work. During the first day, I basically just focus on cutting and marking since that’s the most time consuming stage. The cut is extremely IMPORTANT, and most people really don’t understand just how important a quality pair of scissors can be. The next step is marking and that’s when you have to be extremely focused because a bad mark can throw everything off once you start sewing. For me sewing is like riding in a nice car on cruise control, it all just flow’s from there. Once the waistcoat is put together, I start with the final touches by hand sewing the details and adding button holes and buttons. I usually use the remaining fabric for ties or pocket squares. In fact, I am going to start offering package deals to my clients by adding a matching tie and or pocket square to their orders.”
Waistcoat by Sartoria Tailoring, Turtle Neck by St. Johns Bay, Loafers by Duke and Dexter, Bracelet by Michael Kors
I read an article earlier this year and the author made a claim that the art of tailoring was a dying trade because some of the world’s best artisans are getting older and their not passing down the knowledge they possess. However, thanks to young men like Orlando, I think the future of tailoring is in good hands.
As always, thanks for reading and special thanks to Orlando for participating!
The Dapper Advisor
Photography by Kapstone Productions