You may not know this, but the main secret to being perfectly presentable at all times is wearing immaculately tailored clothing. Because of this, it is absolutely crucial that you have a tailor on your speed dial for all your new articles of clothing. Lucky for you, MARÍN TAILOR is conveniently here in Los Angeles, Calfornia, and they are the best of the best. MARÍN TAILOR is a family-owned business, which is a dynamic that many can look forward to. In our experiences, we’ve found that a family-run business can easily be more honest, true, and skilled than those big-chain retailers. The VIVA GLAM team was lucky enough to sit down with Diego Marín to discuss all about his past, his inspirations, and the future of MARÍN TAILOR.
Diego, can you tell us what it’s like working with your family? What are the benefits of getting to work with your family and sharing a passion for tailoring with your family members?
It is great working with family. There’s always going to be differences, but at the end of the day, we are all working together to take care of our brand, which is our last name, Marín. My father started the tailor business, and I came in a few years after. I made adjustments to take it to a new level and modernize the businesses. I was very lucky to have my younger brother, Alex Marín, join the family business nine years ago. He has been a very big support and very innovative to make the business what it is today. Each of us brings something to the table which results in a solid team and business.
You mentioned that your father inspired you to get into this industry. Can you tell us how you founded MARÍN TAILOR with your father’s help?
It all starts with someone, and in my case, it was my father. My father has been a tailor since the age of 9 back in Michoacan, Mexico. Every year when I was on school vacation, up until high school, he would take me to his tailor shop to help him out. At that age, all you want to do is have fun and hang out with your friends. On the way to and from his shop, I would get the same talk every day of how it was very important to either get an education or learn a trade. He would always tell me that it’s better to work for myself than to work for someone else. After I graduated high school, I had other plans and worked regular minimum-wage jobs. After seeing my first paycheck working graveyard, I was so disappointed and tried to figure out how people survive with this income. Every payday, I would hear my dad’s voice in my head, “You either get an education or you learn a trade”. It would play over and over in my head. I do think prior jobs prepared me for what was soon to be my future. When I finally decided to start my own business, nothing was going to stop me from working hard and making it work. It took years for the business to flourish and to become what it is today. I give credit to my father, mother and my brother who joined me a couple of years ago.
What were your aspirations before you found your love for tailoring?
I didn’t know what I wanted to do in life; I especially didn’t think I’d be a tailor. I come from a family of entrepreneurs, so I always enjoyed selling products to others. My dad had his business, and my mother had her full-time job, but they always had a side hustle. I was inspired by how they could make something out of nothing.
What are the most common requests you provide for your customers?
The most common requests from customers are suit alterations, women’s dresses, and jumpsuits.
I don’t think many people understand the importance of having their suits and dresses custom-fitted to their bodies. Can you explain the importance of having your clothing fit correctly?
You can buy a very non-expensive suit, and with the right alterations, that suit can look like a custom or designer suit. You can buy a $5,000 suit, but if you don’t tailor that suit, it can look like a simple off-the-rack suit. Just because you buy a designer suit does not mean it’s going to be the right fit. A tailored suit, dress, or any other garment looks a hundred times better with alterations. Once you put on your tailored garment, you feel more confident and you get a swag to your walk.
What do you think is the most stylish look for a man? Can you provide us with a few important styling tips?
A tip for any man out there is to get everything tailored. No matter the size or shape of the person, if you tailor your dress shirts, jeans, or even t-shirts, yes t shirts, so that your clothes don’t look oversized and sloppy, that actually changes the way you feel. A lot of people don’t even know what a tailor is or have no idea what a tailor can do. Do research, call different tailors, and ask questions. A great tailor will listen to what you are looking for and will suggest ideas and will never do adjustments that you don’t want. Many old-school tailors do not understand that times change, trends and people change. As a tailor, you have to be up-to-date with what is in and listen to your customers and deliver. With all that said, I think a man in a suit is a trend that will never go away. A suit is like your armor to go out in the world and handle business.
How did the 2020 pandemic affect your business? What did you have to do to adapt to the changing times?
The pandemic did affect our business since a lot of people are working from home now; we now do online zoom consultations and go to homes for pickups while taking the right safety measures.
What are your aspirations and goals for MARÍN TAILOR in 2021?
Our aspirations and goals for 2021 are to meet our clients’ needs and be the one-stop shop for men’s and women’s wear.
I hope you are as inspired as we are by Diego’s passion for tailoring. Be sure to go out and get your suit (or any outfit for that matter) tailored to perfection so you can take on the world and handle your business with dignity and class in 2021. Be sure to keep up with MARÍN TAILOR by following them on Instagram at @marintailor.
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