Taylor Stitch was started in 2009 for the sole purpose of making a better fitting button-up shirt for guys. They’re classically styled but modernly interpreted. Taylor Stitch say they're just guys making clothes for other guys, and have no intention of becoming a fashion brand.
The three founders began working out of their apartment at the corner of (believe it or not) Taylor & Clay Streets in San Francisco—perhaps the street name was a foretelling of things to come. “The three of us set out to create the best custom shirt possible. We partnered with a family business that has been manufacturing custom shirts in the U.S. for over 85 years. Working closely with the factory and our customers, we trimmed fits and modernized style details to create a more versatile shirt.”
To design their first line of ready-to-wear shirts, they used the hundreds of measurements on file from their custom shirt customers to pattern their first collection of button up shirts. Then it was time to leave the apartment and open a number of pop-up shops across the city. They eventually grew confident enough to open a more permanent shop on Valencia Street in the Mission District of San Francisco, which was built-out using plundered and found materials. They also sell online.
“We are relentlessly focused on fit as well as construction and will continue to slowly develop new offerings,” they say, “working piece by piece to modernize classic staples that are both rugged and refined.” Every Wednesday morning, they release a new collection of products.
They are also about to start having ladies making clothes for other ladies. “I want people to be able to reach into their closet and grab a Taylor Stitch piece and know innately that they are going to walk out the door and it will fit in effortlessly with whatever else they are wearing.”
From custom shirts made out of an apartment on the corner of Taylor & Clay, to the first of many storefronts to come, Taylor Stitch is on its way.
They say their success is based on really caring about making a better product, and investing a lot of money back into fabrics and construction. “It stresses us out when one customer has a bad experience or something doesn't work out the way they want it to. The clothes are great but we believe mostly in people. Our whole customer service ethos is based around 'The Golden Rule.' People are the lifeblood of any company, whether they are making, selling or buying the product. The inputs are easier to control than the other parts and that's where we spend a lot of time.”