by Matthew Schneier, 05/01/2012
Courtesy, Brooklyn Tailors
Made to Measure
Ever since the suit went from working-stiff staple to something even the most indolent hipster is proud to be photographed wearing, there's been no shortage of purveyors offering versions tailored—both literally and figuratively—to the after-hours lifestyle. The patron saint of Brooklyn clothing is the legendary Martin Greenfield, whose Bushwick factory has been making fine suits since the '70s; he's now the producer of choice for hot labels like Band of Outsiders, Rag & Bone and Freemans Sporting Club. If Greenfield is the icon, Brooklyn Tailors' Brenna and Daniel Lewis are the young Turks. From their shoe box–size Grand Street shop and atelier, they sell a few versions off the rack, but the real draw is the customized service they offer on suits, pants and shirts. They'll tweak existing styles or start from scratch, creating fully bespoke pieces to clients' specs.