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Known as The Sartorialist of people's homes, blog The Selby takes a break from photographing the tchotchkes of tastemaker apartments for a look inside the factory of Brooklyn suitmaker and tailor Martin Greenfield. If you're curious to see where your Rag & Bone jackets get made, then this would be it.

Having designed for everyone from Michael Jackson to Michael Bloomberg, Greenfield is part of the old guard who still keeps it real in the East Williamsburg/Bushwick factory where he's been a fixture since the late 1940s. He bought the place in 1977, and now his two sons help run the business alongside their father. It's one of those heart-warming stories of a family business that are so rare these days.

The Selby's images appear in the December issues of GQ, but meanwhile he pays tribute to Martin's impressive history with this:

Martin and his sons Tod and Jay have a wonderful hand-tailored,
union-run garment factory in Brooklyn. They make their own custom
suits as well as suits for many of my favorite American designers.
Martin started working at the company as a floor boy in 1947 and
worked his way up to the top. He is a super styling dapper gentleman,
a testament to the American dream and a true inspiration.

And Hypebeast points us to this mini-documentary on the business, filmed last year.

Lessons from a Tailor. Directed by Galen Summer from Ed David on Vimeo.


· Martin Greenfield at his factory in Brooklyn, NY [The Selby]
· Greenfield Clothiers [Official Site]

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