Sep 9 - This Man Makes Beautiful Suits, But He Can't Afford To Buy One

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 09-09-2012, 09:06 AM         #1
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Sep 9 - This Man Makes Beautiful Suits, But He Can't Afford To Buy One
 

 
Peter Frew is one of a tiny number of people left in the United States who can — entirely on his own, using almost no machinery — make a classic bespoke suit. He can measure you, draw a pattern, cut the fabric and then hand-stitch a suit designed to fit your body perfectly.

Frew spent more than a decade as an apprentice for a remarkable tailor in his native Jamaica. He now sells his suits for about $4,000. Since New York is filled with very rich people who see their suits as an essential uniform, Frew has all the orders he can handle.

It turns out, all the orders he can handle is not that many orders. It takes him 75 hours to make just one suit. He makes about two suits a month. And after expenses — fine English wool costs a lot — Frew takes home less than $50,000 a year.

That's not even enough for Frew to buy one of his own suits. In fact, Frew doesn't own a suit at all — he can't bring himself to buy a suit off the rack.

Most of us, though, are happy to buy mass-produced suits. They might not be perfect, but they're decent and they keep getting better. The big suit-making factories in China, Bangladesh and Pakistan use advanced sewing machines and chemical applications that are nowhere near as good as bespoke, but are a lot better than they used to be. And every year, they get better.

The traditional methods, on the other hand, don't change. And they cost a fortune. Frew hopes that someday, he'll have a store in Manhattan and a staff of tailors making suits. But he says he's fine if his big dreams don't come true.

He just loves what he does. He loves hand-making perfect suits.

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 This Man Makes Beautiful Suits, But He Can't Afford To Buy One : Planet Money : NPR

60 comments for "Sep 9 - This Man Makes Beautiful Suits, But He Can't Afford To Buy One"

 5 years ago '04        #2
MosDefinition 19 heat pts19
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Hes not charging enough for his suits then. He should be charging double if theyre that good and he can only make 2 a month
 5 years ago '08        #3
foestacks 13 heat pts13
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shhiiieeet I wanna cop one
 5 years ago '06        #4
nightmare 429 heat pts429
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nice to see a man passionate and not only thinking about money
 5 years ago '08        #5
RokkyRok 50 heat pts50
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One of my friends was telling about this guy's work. For all the investors he does work for, you would think that one of them would take the opportunity.
 09-09-2012, 06:21 PM         #6
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thats what he get for not getting employees
 5 years ago '11        #7
Broseph Stalin 29 heat pts29
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still making most than most americans
 5 years ago '10        #8
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Wow 2 suits a month. Thats crazy..

Much respect to him and his talent.
 5 years ago '11        #9
Deuterion 2 heat pts
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 Sam Rothstein said:


The problem is that he's thinking like a Self-Employed person and not as a Businessman/Leader. You can only do so much as one man so he should be a.ssembling a team of skilled people who can replicate these suits so that he can produce more than two a month. Once you build a working system you start setting yourself up for the day where you can walk away from your business but still have it generate money.
 5 years ago '10        #10
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Safe to say hes a dumb a.ss.... you selling suits for 4k a month and there has to be a waiting list.

1. do like any club and charge to cut line

2. Propose a business venture to one of the wealthy or even n*gga rich buying your suits

3. Charge more

not saying any of them are that easy, but after 2 years of 50k when one sentence can change that.... n*gga you stupid
 5 years ago '11        #11
GrindPOWER$ 389 heat pts389
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i'm sure he will get some investors soon and go into mass productions its only right or get a few tailors who is willing to work with him for a less rate than he makes.
 5 years ago '04        #12
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Easy problem to fix!

-Charge more
-Create more of a business. Hire employees so production will speed up.
-Buy more of the cotton to create less cost


Hes in New York City. Im sure some type of tailor would highly appreciate a n*gga like this working in their store. He should be making at least 100k a year

Maybe he should consider moving somewhere cheaper then scheduling 1 week per month to fit people that wants suits in the city.
 5 years ago '06        #13
Manny05 1 heat pts
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Good for him but he needs to expand..
 5 years ago '09        #14
Toss 
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you never know i wouldn't call him a dumb a.ss he might just love doing this sh*t. Not everyone is money hungry the article is making it seem worst then what it is he might just like making suit and not really motivated by money it happens
 5 years ago '08        #15
ExNihilo 49 heat pts49
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 Deuterion said:
The problem is that he's thinking like a Self-Employed person and not as a Businessman/Leader. You can only do so much as one man so he should be a.ssembling a team of skilled people who can replicate these suits so that he can produce more than two a month. Once you build a working system you start setting yourself up for the day where you can walk away from your business but still have it generate money.
If see the pro's and con's of that statement. If he hired workers he could increase production, more money. If he keeps doing it alone, it will always be a true craft. It's hard when you're really passionate about something, you may not want to share your techniques for fear it might be stolen.
 5 years ago '05        #16
Martel 18 heat pts18
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smh @ calling him a dumb a.ss. some of you people are sooooo stuck up on money it's ridiculous. there are far more important things than that. dude is working for himself and doing what he loves, while offering amazing quality. his day will come. this is a great comment i saw on that website

It's interesting how all these people are commenting about how he should work more hours, or hire apprentices, or whatever, so that he can make more money. You're all missing the point. The man is a master craftsman. Mastery is one of the most basic human drives. Yes, maybe he could work more hours or attempt to train someone and make $60k or $75k. How will that change his life? Will he still love what he does? Will he still be the best? Will he still have the serenity and peace of mind that comes from not just doing what you love but doing it better than anyone else? Or will he become just another stressed-out money grubber trying to maximize his profits? All you people giving advice are totally missing the point. Most likely you are working at jobs you don't love and where you don't feel a sense of mastery.

Instead of giving advice about how this guy can increase his profits, maybe you should ask what you can learn from him.

Just a thought.
true sh*t
 5 years ago '10        #17
Trilluminati GA 433 heat pts433
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"do it all for the love never all for the cheese" Big Rube
 5 years ago '04        #18
PrisonRules 70 heat pts70
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this n*gga is hustling backwards. you got a craft, charge for it. 75 hours tho?

if he gives me 3 suits, ill give this n*gga free consultation and have his couture shop really popping.
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PrisonRules 70 heat pts70
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 ODD Success said:
i'm sure he will get some investors soon and go into mass productions its only right or get a few tailors who is willing to work with him for a less rate than he makes.
how do you mass produce tailor fit?
 5 years ago '07        #20
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 Martel said:
smh @ calling him a dumb a.ss. some of you people are sooooo stuck up on money it's ridiculous. there are far more important things than that. dude is working for himself and doing what he loves, while offering amazing quality. his day will come. this is a great comment i saw on that website



true sh*t
lol nah... it's not true.. Because it says in the article that his dream is to have his own store and to hire a staff of tailors. He's honestly not charging enough, and he should realize this. His work is amazing... and his price isn't reflective of that. Plus making only $50k a year he's holding himself back from attaining his dream. I wouldn't call him a dumbass... But I would definitely say some things need to change so he can attain his goal.

And to the people talking about mastery and all of that.. Sure mastery is great.. But it is common for a master to take on an apprentice and teach him the art as well. Hell it even says in the article that he himself learned from a master craftsman.

The guys applauding him for not being hung up on money are only partially right... Because it's not being greedy to charge more to allow yourself to live comfortably. And it's definitely not greedy to charge more to get enough money together to open up a store and give himself the opportunity to fulfill his dream
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