Ali Cheaib – otherwise known as The Birmingham Tailor, 139 W. Maple Road in Birmingham, is expanding into a new venture, one that is close to his heart. Cheaib, who is a master tailor and designer by training, is taking over the space across the hall to offer custom men’s tailoring for suits, shirts and coats. “It’s my passion – what I truly do,” Cheaib said. “It’s what I learned in French schools in Lebanon” as a youth, before emigrating to the United States. He said he and his staff of tailors decided to expand into custom men’s clothing after repeated requests from long-time customers, many of whom are high-profile people. “We were recommending our customers to other people and companies, and they were being taken advantage of. The prices they were being charged were astronomical – really being ripped off. We will be doing comparative pricing with superior styling, similar in quality to Brioni, Ermenegildo Zenga, Tom Ford and Loro Piana. We will be using only high-end fabrics, all from Italy.” He anticipates strong support from the community he has made his business and home for the last 18 years. “I’m a tailor, and I know how to make it perfect,” Cheaib said. Construction begins in January, with orders beginning soon.
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