I have been negligent. An early and cherished friend of OTC was recently part of a remarkable project…and I missed it.
Jon Green is perhaps the most preeminent custom clothier in the United States and quite possibly the world. His clients happily dispense with upwards of $9,000, and subject themselves to on average, six fittings, for a single suit of clothes. Jon’s suits are bespoke in the truest sense – completely handmade even down to the interior components that will never see the light of day. Every piece is hand cut and every thread hand sewn.
Jon operates in what one might call a rarefied atmosphere. His clients are the types of men who fly to New York for a single fitting in their private jet (actually private – none of this time-share stuff), turn around, and then fly home. They’ll order two or three suits at a time.
One would reasonably think that in dealing with such celebrities, millionaires, billionaires and masters of the sartorial universe, Jon would be a bit full of himself. Quite the opposite actually; he is a thoughtful teacher passionate about tailoring to the point of animation. He is a gentleman and a literally, a scholar.
Now, are many of us going to run out and order a few suits from Mr. Green, probably not. But men of any means can learn much from men such as Jon Green and Alan Flusser, Ralph Lauren, Michael Drake and the other outstanding craftsmen-cum-teachers who love to impart knowledge and experience. Price is not the point here, learning and becoming your own sartorial authority is.
I’ve had the chance to spend some time with Jon on a few occasions and wished that I had taken the time to film him. Well, LVMH beat me to it. As part of their “Art of Craftsmanship” campaign, conducted in partnership with Parson’s School of Design, Jon was selected to represent the craft of Bespoke tailoring. I was privy to the beginnings of this project – which included his crafting a suit for LVMH’s North American CEO – and am incredibly happy to now show you LVMH’s visit with Jon Green.