Fall Tailored Clothing Event

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Update your professional wardrobe during our semi-annual Tailored Clothing and Custom Event, September 15 – 25.

Preview our curated fall 2016 collections from fine brands like Byron, Hart Schaffner Marx, Jack Victor, Ballin, Riviera, Enro, Forsyth of Canada, David Donahue, Allen Edmonds, Cole Haan. Many brands available in big & tall men’s sizes. Expert sales associates and on-site tailors help you build a great wardrobe and get the right fit.

Introducing a new line of luxury sport coats by TailoRed

Enjoy special pricing during this 10 day event:

20% off // Suits, Sport Coats, and Custom Clothing
15% off // Dress Pants and Dress Shoes
ADD ON // St. Croix Knitwear. 20% off when paired with tailored clothing.

As your local clothier, our goal is provide an easy shopping experience and a quality assortment of men’s fashions. Meet our team of professionals.

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Closet Refresh: Tips, Tricks, and Inspiration for Guys

Perhaps you are not the organizing type and the thought of “cleaning house” makes you want to fly away to the ocean (if the polar vortex has not already put this idea in your head). Now, in the dead of winter, with spring hopefully around the corner, is a good time to assess your wardrobe and do some rearranging. Getting your closet in order doesn’t have to be painful or take forever. Here are a few tips, tricks, and ideas to inspire a little closet revamp or perhaps complete makeover. I guarantee the outcome of either will be well worth any effort you put in. Not only will the results make your morning routine more pleasant, but the process is sure to reveal items needing to be replaced, tailored, or mended.

While sorting through things, you will want to assess the state of your clothes as you go. When you buy quality, timeless clothing like we sell at The Foursome, just because you have had something a few years doesn’t mean you have to toss it. There are ways to fix and update apparel. So in “The Foursome Tailor Shop” pile, place items that have missing buttons, minor rips along the seams, etc. Also, suits or button down shirts that need an updated look can have a few inches taken in to give them a current fit and you a modern look. (Just be sure to bring them in clean.) But there does come a time when items need to go. You are sure to find white under shirts and dress shirts with yellowed collars and pit stains that you have had a few too many years. These can go in the “Donation” pile. Just dust off your hands and purchase a new set of basic Enro or Forsyth dress shirts for every-day wear and a few new packs of Jockey undershirts (3pk for $29.50 at The Foursome). While you’re at it, give your underwear and sock drawer a quick overhaul. Throwing out the old and replacing with 7-10 new pairs of socks and underwear will make you feel like a new person.

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Declutter
Start around the edges and get rid of things you no longer use or need. (They are often things you wonder how they made it into the house in the first place) If you haven’t used it in the last year, it is a good sign it is time to purge it.

Organization Trick: Try this hanger rotation trick for a painless way to weed out your clothes and identify what you actually wear on a regular basis versus what you think you need to keep.

Instant Closet Boost
Just getting rid of mismatched plastic and wire hangers will make your closet look like a million dollars. So take the plunge and purchase simple wood hangers for all of your hanging clothes. This alone will help the quality clothes you buy stay and look nice in your closet. Here are few options and price ranges out there.

Woodlore Cedar Pant Hangers, Tie/Belt Hanger, and Sweater Box

Woodlore Cedar Pant Hangers, Tie/Belt Hanger, and Sweater Box available at The Foursome

Color Code
Organizing your clothes by color may seem a bit over the top, especially for some guys, but it is not as hard or time consuming as it may seem. Initially it may take 20 minutes or so to group your blacks, then grays, blues, etc., but once they are hanging in color order maintenance is a breeze. Just putting it back where it goes does not take any extra effort.

Seasonal Swap Out
Especially for smaller closets but to simplify any closet, storing out of season clothing items in a plastic bin will free up a lot of space in your drawers and hanging closet. Storing what you wouldn’t wear anyway helps in selecting what to wear in the morning much more quickly.

Surprise Yourself
Sometimes you have a handful of timeless items you just haven’t worn in a while but can’t seem to part with for whatever reason. One idea is to pack a surprise bin, where you store these items out of sight for a while. Then, when your wardrobe feels tired and you want something “new” to throw in the mix, open the surprise bin and see if anything strikes your fancy. What’s left, time for the give-away pile.

Door Storage
Depending on the size of the closet, it is often necessary to store things up off the floor. There are many inexpensive over the door hooks out there that can be very handy for hanging things like your leather bag or dry cleaning items. Shoes are one thing easily strewn here and there but check out this attractive over the door shoe organizer to keep pairs together. Need extra hanger space? Check out this nifty over the door hanging rod.

– By Beth Dougherty, Inspiration and Display Coordinator at The Foursome

The Right Fit

Tailoring Tips from The Foursome’s Expert Tailor Hyo Shik Chong

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Neutral spools of thread crowded in a shoe box, a row of coats with raw-edged sleeve linings waiting for their turn in the tailor’s hands, snippets of fabric and thread gathered in clumps like hair on the floor of a barber’s shop, a group of shirts draped over a chair ready for pressing. . . The tailor shop was quiet, except for the low humming of the machine that started and stopped abruptly as Hyo Shik turned the coat he was working on under the needle. He stopped sewing and sat slouched in his chair as he answered my questions. I walked away from our informal interview with a greater appreciation for the quality clothing we sell at The Foursome and learned a number of practical things for helping men discern how their clothing should fit. A few tailoring tweaks to your wardrobe can make a big difference in your personal presentation.

Check out the latest interview with our expert tailor Hyo Shik for helpful tips and a glimpse into how our tailor shop ticks. He has been a part of The Foursome team for 39 years!

Suits waiting to be tailored

What do you look for when altering a suit?
When I come to a man standing in the mirror with a suit on, I have an immediate judgement. Just by looking I can see how to make it fit right. I look at the man’s body, does he have an athletic body? Does he have broad shoulders? Etc. Each person’s body determines what should be altered. A suit should not pull in any areas, nor should it be loose fitting. A well fitted suit feels very comfortable to the customer when he moves, sits, or stands.

What is the appropriate coat sleeve length?
Usually 4 inches from the end of the thumb. Some men prefer to show their cuff, which makes it 4 1/2 to 5 inches from the thumb tip.

What is the appropriate pant length?
I generally determine a man’s pant length by his age. A younger guy, perhaps 35 and under, I mark a 1/2 inch from the floor. But for someone over 50 I want to see a slight break in the pants and mark them 1 1/2 to 2 inches from the floor. However, it is really up to the customer and what length he prefers for his pants.

What alterations can be done to an existing pair of pants to help them fit well?
For example, when someone has an athletic body, the waist is often smaller and needs to be taken in. The maximum amount that a pair of pants can be taken in is 4 to 5 inches. On the contrary, most pants are made with an extra 2 inches of fabric that can be let out. This will help someone determine whether they should get an alteration done or buy a new pair of pants.

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How easily can someone change an existing dress shirt into a slimmer fit shirt?
We do a lot of shirt alterations in the tailor shop. These days men are wearing slimmer fit dress shirts. A lot of companies have redesigned shirts in this way but we can always tailor shirts to fit well. On average, I would take a dress shirt in 4 to 6 inches.

What item of clothing do you think is most often ill-fitting on men?
If I were to walk into an event with a lot of men dressed in suits and sport coats, I can tell just by looking how well a garment fits. I can tell what clothing is cheaper and lesser quality because it does not fit well. So it is not just one item of clothing that I notice not fitting well, but the quality of the garment that makes it ill-fitting on men.

About how many pants do you hem in one week?
We hem 300-400 pants a week so about 60 a day and approximately 25-30 coats a day.

What is the most time consuming alteration for you as a tailor?
It takes the most time and skill to adjust the collar/shoulder of a garment. I have to start from scratch. It is like making a new piece of clothing because I have to take apart the collar, make adjustments and then re-attach the collar. This is why it is important to have an expert tailor who has the skills to do good work.

What item of clothing do you enjoy altering most?
I most enjoy working with luxury garments like Hickey Freeman and Hart Schaffner Marx because of the exceptional quality of fabrics, linings, and details that are worked into the clothing. I find handmade elements when I open up the suit to make alterations and I appreciate the individual components of these well constructed garments. I have to do less work on them because they are made to fit the body so well.

The Foursome offers one of the best full-service tailor shops in the Twin Cities, conveniently located onsite in their men’s clothing store in Plymouth. From complex suit alterations to mending to replacing hardware on garments, our proficient tailors enjoy serving our customers with care. We are pleased to alter both men’s and women’s garments – whether you purchased the garments at our store or elsewhere. See a list of services and competitive prices.

Interview and written by Beth Dougherty