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Written by Linda Palacios   
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 05:11

Addressing Your Specifications
Your wardrobe should fit your style, but more importantly, it should fit you. Learn how one local lady works her magic to make that happen.

Every woman has been there. You're in the dressing room, and every hanger offers yet another piece that just doesn't fit. As the clock ticks away minutes you don't have to waste, your shopping spree turns into a pile of rejected clothes lying next to a frustrated you. Alterations are always an option, but they just add more items to an already endless to-do list.


Enter Danielle Battaglia, professional clothier at Tom James Company. As a part of Tom James, Battaglia comes to you in your home or at your office to provide an alternative to the above scenario. "The two main reasons [customers] use us is that they either hate to shop or that they just don't have the time to shop," Battaglia says.


As a company, Tom James offers custom-tailored professional pieces for both men and women. The company also offers ready-made pieces for men, but because women have curvier bodies and more fitted fashions, Tom James only offers customized clothes for them. To better serve customers, the company offers five different custom lines of clothing, ranging in quality to meet almost any budget. The first line starts at $599 for women, and the top of the line, made of handmade garments and fabrics, starts at $4,000.


With five different lines and each line featuring hundreds of fabrics to make multiple pieces, the process could easily be overwhelming, but Battaglia works with customers and asks many questions to help narrow the selection based on their individual wants and needs. At the beginning of the first consultation with a customer, Battaglia explains the process and the background behind Tom James as a company.


Then she discusses the customer's desired price points and current wardrobe. "Some people are buying because they need things, and some people are buying because they want things," Battaglia says, and she can make recommendations on what additions might work well with the current wardrobe.


Also during the initial consultation, Battaglia takes the customer's measurements, which entails much more than just bust, waist and leg length. She takes 32 to 34 different measurements for women to achieve a well-fitted product. "The result is usually that it fits them better than anything ever has before," she says. And Battaglia keeps detailed records of each customer's individual preferences, current wardrobe and measurements so that each subsequent consultation can go more quickly and easily.


After measurements, Battaglia works with customers to determine a specific style and fabric for the desired item. "It's fun to be able to see something through from start to finish, so it's kind of fun when people get to see the swatches and decide that that's what they want," she says.


For more information or to set up a consultation with Battaglia, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it her or call her at (859) 743-3034. To learn more about Tom James and their products, visit the company's Web site.


Photographer: Neysa Ruhl Photography
Model: Danielle Battaglia
Hair and Makeup: Cura Bella Salon
Location: The McAlpin

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