Well, I've got a lot to update you guys on. But for now, I'll stick to this.
Today at 8:40 our little Clara was born. Her middle names, "Marie" and "Denise" were taken from the middle names of two amazing women in our lives. One has passed on (my mother, Cynthia Denise), but the other (Janet Marie) is still with us.
I'll update you all very soon with other exciting news in the coming weeks.
Thank you all for your support of our family's business, and we can't wait for you all to meet our new little girl!
Taking a break from my quick in and out of the shop today to say hello!
I apologize in advance for the following blog entry. It's going to sound a bit depressing at parts. But after thinking about it on and off throughout this week, I may as well get it written down.
After the loss of my father last year, it seems like time has flown. Today is his birthday. It marks the second one he's missed since he passed.
Not many of you got to meet my father. He'd come into the shop now and then the year before last, always wearing his sunglasses and "constructively" criticizing the amount of thread/scraps/tools that were left unceremoniously on the floor. Argh! I actually miss that!
My wife and I have two children, as most of you already know. Our 4 year old daughter, Chloe, has a pretty good memory of her "grand-daddy" as she calls him, but our 1 year old son, Jesse, doesn't have that privilege.
Through the beginning stages of their lives, it seems that children have an amazing fortitude. For adults, I believe that the innocence of children is an important thing to analyze. Not innocence when categorized as the opposite of knowledge, but the capability to shrug off painful emotion almost instantly.
I miss my mom and dad. It hurts so much to know that they're gone, and I can't talk to them any more. This pain has eased as time has passed. I can think of my mom now without crying, and it's getting close with dad. Time really does help.
As we grow older, we get attached to our emotions. Our connections to the world, our family and friends, and everything that surrounds us - our beliefs, our rights, our currency. We place a value on those things. Theres nothing wrong with valuing them, but there is something wrong with overvaluation.
The importance of how we value things is shown to us by how our daughter could lose one of her greatest friends, and still easily find ways to be happy. She'll recount things he said or did with her, say how much she misses him, and then she'll move on to something else entirely. Every day I'm amazed as my wife and I watch her and her brother learn to love, and learn how emotion works.
To honor my father's memory in my own way, I'd like to tell you a bit more about how this business got started.
My mother and father worked tirelessly to provide for my sister and I. They had their faults, like any parents, but ultimately they did the best they could with what they were given. An admirable quality, to say the very least.
As my mother sewed in western Kentucky, my father believed that Nashville was the only place that her work would be valuable. "It's where our future is", he would say, so to Nashville he went! With mom's clothes in tow, he drove to Nashville as often as he could, summer and winter, no air conditioning in the summer, and bundled up in the winter. Dad found a place or two to wholesale mom's vests and garments to, and went from there. With every sale, he'd get the itch even more to live in the place he had to drive 5 hours round-trip to. This went on for years!
When I was 9 or 10 (I honestly can't remember), my parents finally uprooted us and we moved to the Nashville area. Mom started sewing in the new house almost immediately, even before we got fully unpacked, and dad scrambled the same way he had before. Nothing had changed, but we did live closer to where we needed to be.
The rest of the story is a slight repeat of the first part, with a little less driving.
My parents sacrificed everything but family to breathe life into the business that I now proudly own and operate. Without them, I wouldn't know you.
What they did for their family can never be forgotten. I'm sure each of you reading this have had problems of some form in your lives. I'm proud that you've made it this far.
Just remember that no matter what happens, the only path is forward. That's our hope, and our future. And it's beautiful in it's own way. No matter who or what you lose.
Happy birthday, dad. When it's my time, I'll see you on the other side.
It's been a few weeks since my last update about the goings on at the shop. So here we go!
After a crazy few weeks of CMA Fest and CMT Awards, it seems that life is settling down to normal pace around here; I can finally sit down to write, so it's obvious!
One of the major things that I want to share with you today is that we have new talent to the work family! Her name is Aja, and she has a history of design and sewing. She's been the boon to our deadline speed that has helped catch us up on the things we have regrettably fallen behind on. I won't go into much more personal detail, but believe me when I say, "She's awesome."
Karen is about to celebrate her 1 year anniversary with us! From the first day she walked into the sewing room, she has exceeded my expectations in so many ways. Her capability and talent with sewing and client relations have grown so well that I can now focus directly on alterations, vastly speeding the process of getting your clothes back in your hands. Thankfully, I'm still able to meet and greet just about every person that walks in our door!
Katie, my wife, has made me so proud the past few weeks. Not only is she carrying our 3rd (AND FINAL, haha) child, she's working directly with the Nashville Sounds to handle patching and general repair on nearly all of their jerseys. How's that for home team pride?! She's also mastering the button sewing machine that we just added to the ranks of our sewing arsenal!
C.McGill Made to Measure is working out to be a beautiful addition. So far we've placed suits and jackets on multiple artists from our Luxury line, and many of you have taken advantage of the Classics line. I have a 2 piece Classics suit, and a Luxury blazer that I wear all the time. Gotta rep your own line, right?
Last but not least, Krystle, who owns and operates Pura Vida Vintage is also about to celebrate her 1 year anniversary in the Only One Tailoring family! Since her grand opening in August, you have welcomed her as our new store-front. For that, we thank you!
To wrap things up, I'd like to tell all current and future customers that it's you who makes our business worth operating. Your reviews, kind words, and your constructive criticism and suggestions are the building blocks of who and what we are.
We thrive on being your doorway to perfectly fitted clothing, and we can't wait to see you all back in the shop!
We're so proud to announce that we now offer a suit that is custom made to your measurements.
Named after my late Mother, Cynthia, C.McGill Made to Measure launched in late April 2014.
As a suit purchaser myself, I have a hard time finding a suit that fits perfect in the style that I want. As a tailor I have a lot of gentlemen come in and end up getting enough alterations on their suits that they end up spending almost what they paid for it. It ended getting the wheels spinning and I decided it was time to launch a made to measure suit line in the Nashville area.
With a starting price of just $549, I've believe we've made it possible that every gentleman can attain a perfectly fitted suit of most any configuration of materials, style, fit, and finish.
This truly is the start of a very good thing.
The video below of our little 3 year old using a needle and thread to make something special of her own made me think.
Last year we partnered with Pura Vida Vintage and helped move them into the front two rooms of our shop. Krystle (the owner and curator of Pura Vida) brought the best quality vintage clothes and accessories available in Nashville. Of course it made perfect sense to partner with a vintage store, as finding that "one-of-a-kind" piece and wanting it to fit perfect goes hand in hand.
This year, Pura Vida Vintage is making even more changes! Krystle will be opening a vintage wedding boutique named "Sweet Tea Vintage Bridal", in a beautiful office below our current shop. It's exciting! It's something no one else in Nashville currently offers.
My business, Only One Tailoring is adding a new aspect to it as well. We are researching and developing a made to measure suit line! It's an exciting venture that I can't wait to reveal more information about!
As a family business, we're so happy that we can bring an affordable suiting line to you with the guaranteed quality, customer care and respect that we've honed over decades of service.
It's nothing less than you deserve.