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Tailor's Pattern Book, plus assoc. documents, from a Master Tailor!


Call Me a Cab
Pattern Book--and more! Formerly the Property of Paul Cicchini, Master Tailor.

Paul Cicchini is one of only five recipients of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Custom Tailors and Designers Association.... and this was his pattern book in the 1970s, when he was the owner and operator of Paul Cicchini Custom Tailors in Birmingham, MI.

Cicchini arrived in the United States from Italy in 1940. After serving in the US Army he returned to Detroit, and in 1949 opened his own tailoring shop in the Kales Building in Detroit. Business boomed, as Cicchini offered high quality tailoring at reasonable prices, and in the early 1970s he moved to Birmingham, MI, where his business continued to flourish--in part because of the attention that he paid to his customers, both in and out of the shop. Cicchini was a master at both tailoring and marketing, following up prospective and current clients with frequent letters.

This was his pattern book--and it's an excellent choice for a tailor, offering clear and detailed instructions on how to produce a wide range of garments--including an Ivy league blazer! (Although whoever drew the illustration for this should have been told how a 3/2 sack jacket actually looks when worn--do NOT button the top button!) It's in excellent condition.... and as a wonderful bonus comes with a set of documents dating from Cicchini's first few years in Birmingham, including drafts of letters to send current and future clients (a MTM suit could be had for just $250 starting October 31st, 1977!), a copy of his in-house newsletter, a circular enjoining him to devote a portion of his shop to "Individualized Shirts", an unsent Florida postcard, and, oddly, a map of the Balkans.

This wonderful piece of tailoring history--a lovely snapshot of what it was to be a first-rate custom tailor in the mid 1970s--together with the pattern book that's still current and useful today, can be had for just $25, or offer, shipped in the USA!


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