TREND CUSTOM TAILORS 141 Spadina, Suite 202, 416-596-8744 www.trendtailors.com Rating: NNNNN
The world of bespoke men's tailoring comes with its own fashion vocabulary, and a new generation of dapper guys is picking up terms like "sleeve head" and "collar stance." A visit to Trend Custom Tailors on Spadina's old garment district strip introduces "chemisier" (a shirt maker) and "tagua" (a hearty little seed perfect for carving out unbreakable buttons) to our style lexicon.
For owner Don Fabien Lee, the most important term to define is "bespoke." Lee and his international staff of cutters, embroiderers and soft tailors don't see bespoke, or made-to-order, shopping as a decadent luxury (a custom suit can start as low as $850), but a personal wardrobing experience producing a piece of clothing that puts the wearer centre stage. European-sourced bolts of navy pintripes, mossy wools and dove grey glen checks are ripe for your picking, and after an average of three visits you end up with a classic high-quality piece.
Lee bought the 36-year-old business from his tailoring teacher, Tom Battista, and carries on the tailoring tradition by adding hidden details like embroidering the client's signature onto a jacket's inside pocket.
Trend Custom Tailors picks: Shirts inset with botanical embroidery and a lino-block-printed undercollar are created by chemisier Ronghua Liu, $420; try on more basic bespoke-on-a-budget classic shirting, $95 each when you buy three; perfect pants are hard to find, so scoop up a well-fitting pair of button-fly trousers, $250.
Look for: A change of address when Trend relocates to its new headquarters at 306 Sherbourne in May.
Hours: Monday to Friday 10 am to 6:30 pm, Saturday 9 am to 2:30 pm.