Mens Suits on CBS
CBS with Doug Dunbar and Steve Pickett bring you the best mens custom suits made all by hands. Model Tailors designs and makes custom suits for celebrities, reporters, news anchors and television personalities. People of taste and style. A Century of tradition from Model Tailors since 1916.
These days you can get a suit at any department store but the tradition of custom made clothing has always had an audience. There is one woman who carries on the tradition to this day and her dedication shines as a well woven art. Steve Pickett takes us to Greenville avenue to meet Domenica.
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She sits with silent Singers all around. Stitching threading cutting and crafting with the soundtrack of her homeland as background.
This is all by hand
Domenica Sciortino’s forty plus years inside this Greenville avenue business is tailor made from Italian culture and American skill.
Hand made that is much better. When you make it by hand you make it for the body for the person.
Sciortino the suit maker. A tailor of new clothing.
Model Tailors is well woven in Dallas history built in 1916 and known for tailor Alberto Cercone.
And I came to this country just to come to visit. I have been blessed to come to United States to seek out this business.
But its been Domenica arriving in the US in 1969. Still at the table, her fabrics, her thread. Still doing it by hand. In the past few years she has essentially worked in this back room alone. And frankly clientele has been shrinking. But now there is new help and new life here. There is an additional custom tailor. The Cercone label remains stitched to the pockets of every blazer borne here. With the hands that helped maintain the Greenville Avenue shop are the same hands tailoring suits today. It is Domenica’s domain still.
Steve Pickett CBS 11 News Dallas.
Mens Custom Suits on News 8
15110 Dallas Parkway Suite 120,
Dallas Texas 75248
Cynthia Izaguirre: And while American Airlines has been in business for 90 years.
A tailor shop in Dallas has them beat
News 8 David Schecter takes you to a place where everything is made by hand
Just like it used to be.
DAVID SCHECHTER: Taste’s change. But a well dressed man never goes out of style.
And that’s what’s kept Model Tailors in business for one hundred years. Beautiful
This was its original location in Deep Ellum. Linda Rogers is a long time employee.
LINDA: Absolutely the best workmanship. The best quality.
And as I say: A Century of Tradition.
ANNA: Sixteen and one half
DAVID: Anna Loya bought Model Tailors two years ago and she continues the tradition
ANNA: Some of the customers they have a different length of the arm
DAVID: I have different length arms.
ANNA: You have … You have … You’re perfect. So …
DAVID: They’re the same? Both arms are the same?
DAVID: While Anna took my measurements we shared some history about the earliest customers.
ANNA: Gamblers and Blues singers. Mafia. Local mafia bosses.
DAVID: Other customer have included the guys from ZZ TOP. Stanley Marcus who started Nieman Marcus. Those are his receipts.
MR. PEPPERMINT: Good morning. Welcome to Peppermint Place.
DAVID: And Jerry Haynes the star of the long running children’s show on WFAA TV, Mr. Peppermint.
That’s the actual bolt of fabric they used for his costume.
I had children who watched Mr. Peppermint. I have a son who juggled on Mr. Peppermint.
In any era, a custom made suit is always a luxury.
If it fits right, it gives you … It gives you … Success. And victory in business. You just feel better. You feel better once you put it on.
And a hundred years later it’s a feeling that people are still willing to pay more for. David Schechter channel 8 News.
Imagine the most luxurious fabric in the world. Now picture yourself wearing the coat or jacket made of this material. A Model Tailor vicuña coat is be the most beautiful and luxurious clothing you could wear.
What is vicuña you ask? It is a camelid (or camel type of animal) that lives high in the Andes mountains of South America. The biological camelidae family includes the dromedary camel, Bactrian camels, wild camels, llamas, alpacas, guanacos and of course the vicuña. A mountain bred animal suited to cold climate, makes the vicuña fleece the finest and rarest natural fibre in the world. Designers who handle vicuña describe the fabric to be ten times softer than the best cashmere. The only natural fibre softer than vicuña is silk. The little animal produces small quantities of its fleece, making the fabric extremely rare. The animals typically are shorn only once every two years because their hair grows slowly. Each shearing yields about 200 grams of fiber –meaning that it takes five adult vicuñas to produce 1 kilo of wool.
The hair from the vicuña is so rare that for many years, trade in this exclusive material was prohibited. This animal was reduced to almost extinction between the end of the Inca empire in 1572 and the 1970’s as the species was systematically wiped out by Spanish conquistadors and poachers seeking the animal’s precious fleece. By 1974 the vicuña population was decimated, only about 6,000 animals were left and were declared endangered.
In recent years though protection and conservation efforts the animal has begun to thrive. The ranching and sheering process of this creature is strictly adhered to and monitored by the Peruvian and Argentinian government and a consortium of local communities and ranchers. Peru is the national animal of Peru and its emblem is used on the Peruvian coat of arms, made strong effort of conservation. Today the vicuña population has recovered to about 350,000 and thriving in Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina.
What was once known as the “Fibre of the Gods” in the Inca Empire for use only by the emperor is now available to you. Even today vicuña coats are typically sought by Hollywood stars and the super-rich. Fortunately, through Model Tailors you may now purchase the softest and most luxurious fabric in the world to make your custom coat.
Model Tailors designs, cuts, and tailors your coat to exact specifications providing you the finest vicuña clothing in the world. And because we work directly with the Peruvians, MT is able to provide you with the highest quality and finest fabric available. The finest and most beautiful clothing in the world is not reserved only for the super-rich –but also available to you through Model Tailors.
Custom Suits for Veterans
For 100 years Model Tailors has maintained a legacy of supporting veterans and helping wounded warriors. Our master tailors are uniquely skilled at fitting service men that have suffered the scars of combat. We understand the importance of honoring our veterans with a custom suit that overcomes the visible and invisible injuries of war. The well designed MT suit will give a serviceman the pride and esprit de corps that his sacrifice deserves.
Model Tailors salutes all our soldiers, sailors, and airmen like disabled veteran, Colonel Jack Tuder, wounded warrior, Michael Jernigan, and many others. We thank you for your service to our great country.