Friday, January 18, 2013

B. Black and Sons: Tailoring Destination

Well, I'm home safe and sound in Beacon! I had a fabulous time exploring L.A. One place I made sure to go was B. Black and Sons, a tailoring supply shop located in the heart of the L.A. garment district. I've ordered from their website before, which has a fine supply of hard-to-find tailoring accoutrements. But I wasn't prepared for their massive and truly amazing array of goods in their brick and mortar store.

First of all, the fabric selection was huge, spanning two floors. Here's a view from the upper balcony.


Being a tailoring supply house, it's no surprise that much of their fabric is suiting in business-like shades.

But there was also an amazing selection of bright colors, all appropriate for tailored garments.


I fell in love with some ice blue wool crepe and bought enough to make a pencil skirt.

Most of their inventory is wool, but they also have plenty of other choices like silk matka in every color of the rainbow, lovely linens and cottons, as well as synthetics.

Enticing as the fabric may be, the real wonder of this store is the selection of tailoring supplies. They have many esoteric items, like felt for undercollars, either pre-cut or by the yard.


Here are skeins of waxed thread, for basting and hand stitching.

You can also buy ready-tailored hair canvas for men's jacket fronts. How cool is that?


They also sell shoulder pads, interfacings, buttonhole twist and gimp, buttons, buckles . . . I could go on and on.




Long story short, don't miss this place if you're heading to Los Angeles. It's a tailoring nerd's dream come true!

27 comments:

  1. I could spend hours in there! Not that I'm an expert tailor, but I have a little knowledge and the craft fascinates me.
    I envy you Gertie!

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  2. I bought the red melton that I'm using to make your suit (Craftsy) at this store! Truly a great place, and the gents there are very nice, even to novices like myself.

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  3. Wow, that's awesome. :D

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  4. wow! bookmarking the online shop. wish i would have found this site when i was making my winter coat a while back, they have all the stuff i had a hard time finding! i would looove to see it all in person.

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  5. I didn't know about this place and I live in LA! Thank you for the introduction, can wait to go!

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  6. When I studied tailoring this was our first stop. I have been visiting (and buying) from their store for years.

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  7. I also don't know about this place! I just had a fabric shopping weekend in the Fashion District not too long ago, and this place is sooo much better organized than most of the places I saw.

    You can see what I picked up, and although it's pretty, nowhere near the quality you would want for a tailored look.

    http://vintagezest.blogspot.com/2013/01/fabric-shopping-weekend.html

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    1. I went to BB&S on the fabric trip... but it is about five blocks off the area where most of the other fabric stores are, and where our bus dropped us off. If my BFF hadn't had a GPS on her phone, and I hadn't roughly rememered the name, I would be wool-less!

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  8. I visited this store when I attended the ASG conference in LA summer 2011. Far and away the most impressive store for the serious tailoring/sewist. I wish we had some place as cool as this in Seattle!

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  9. That is such a wonderful store. I have been looking everywhere for a tailor's ham and a sleeve roll. I even bought a pattern to make my own, only to have trouble finding sawdust to stuff it with.

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    1. I got sawdust from the woodcutting area from my local hardware store for free. They don't mind if you take some, just make sure the bag you haul it away in doesn't have any holes or else it will spill all over the place!

      My homemade tailor's ham & sleeve roll turned out pretty well, even though it was one of my first projects!

      http://vintagezest.blogspot.com/2013/01/sewing-rewind-sewing-basket-edition.html

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  10. Come to Australia and see how much fabric and stuff we don't get. Totally jealous that you have access to all of this stuff.
    One day I may get over there :(

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  11. Wow, looks amazing! Would love to be able to go there!

    Linda; I too had trouble finding sawdust for my tailor's ham, until I realised it's what they use as flooring in cages for small animals! So basically any petshop or wellsorted supermarket should carry it. Good luck!

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  12. Wow that looks like heaven!! Such beautiful fabrics!! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. This looks like a great destination for a summer road trip. I live in a tiny town in Oregon, but I bought a vintage teardrop trailer last fall. And the plan is to restore it and drag it around with my trusty wiener dog, Wilson. Looks like it could be a fun trip for this summer! Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Did you check out the skirt length table? Usually I can find a nice length enough to do a jacket for pennies. When I was at FIDM out penthouse workroom was 1/2 a block down and I used to hotfoot it to B Black and Sons on my lunch break.

    The guys who work there are adorable. Go enough times and they'll start asking you when you are going to make them a suit.

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  15. It's amazing, and very much out of hand for me. :D Still, a very enjoyable post.
    BTW, I think you accidentally posted a different photo instead of the waxed thread one - it shows bolts of fabric.

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  16. Next year we probably travel to California... I have to stop by this place!!! Thank you for sharing ;)

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  17. OMGoodness! It's like when I'm watching Project Runway and they are shopping at Mood! I wanna shop there!

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  18. nice page very happy with what youve done
    sohbet

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