In the Field: Martin Greenfield for J.Crew Ludlow
For our latest Ludlow suit collaboration, we turned to master tailor Martin Greenfield, who started out in 1947 (as a floor boy) at the Brooklyn factory that now bears his name. His dedication to the craft of tailoring has attracted presidents and entertainers—and now us, for a special-edition suit tailored in Brooklyn using wool from a Connecticut mill.
THE TAILORED LOOK
While the walls of the factory reception room are crowded with nearly a half-century’s worth of photos capturing dignitaries, politicians, musicians and actors in Martin Greenfield suits, he is quick to point out that a brand-new generation has also discovered the benefits of his meticulous approach to tailoring. “Today, people are interested in a shorter, slimmer jacket and a suit that fits closer to the body, so it makes sense that they would come to us,” he explains. “It’s a look that lends itself to a handmade suit.”
A LOCALLY MADE LUDLOW
We partnered with Martin Greenfield’s expert patternmaker to develop a suit, based on the signature trim cut of our Ludlow, that uses a refined wool fabric from the American Woolen Company in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, and features all the bespoke details that come with a handmade Martin Greenfield suit. “Close to 100 people handle each of our suits,” points out Martin. “Some steps of the production process take up to six people each. No one really makes suits like this anymore.”
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