Irish Tailoring: Worth Will Tell


Fine tailoring lasts for generations, as shown at a recent wedding I attended outside Dublin. To complement his morning dress, this gentleman wore a top hat made for an ancestor in the late 1800s. Inside the hat, a signed tailor’s label shows his great-grandfather’s name.

Equally stylish, his wife wore a striking hat with veil.

Now down in Kilkenny, there is a sign on the outside wall of clothes shop in High Street capturing that spirit: “Worth will tell”.

Unfortunately, worth does not mean that a business will last. Bourkes’ clothes shop went out of business ten years ago after serving generations in the area.

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