Style Spotlight: Bloodline Handmade
blog by Avery Hartmans • June 18, 2013 @ 10:15am
When it comes to men’s suits, it’s not always easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. Adam March, Dan Valentine and Jason Blood agreed, so they created Bloodline Handmade.
Bloodline Handmade is a bespoke men’s tailoring company located right here in Western New York. The line offers custom suits for any occasion, in any cut, any style and any fabric. Bloodline Handmade launched June 6 and already has orders stacking up.
The guys behind the line all have an interest in fashion. Blood, a New York City native, is the creative force behind the line, while March and Valentine, both of Tonawanda, can add Bloodline Handmade to their list of other successful business ventures in Buffalo and beyond — according to March, the pair are “serial entrepreneurs.”
“We’d been talking to Jason whose been a good friend of mine for many years. He’s always been interested in fashion and one thing led to another,” said March in a recent interview. “I put together a concept and it was something that Jason was more than capable of taking off on. So he kind of took the ball and ran with it.”
Both March and Valentine cite Blood as one of the most fashionable guys they know and their inspiration for the line, and it’s easy to see why: Blood easily pulled off a purple checked shirt with a gray striped suit. We all know mixing patterns is no easy feat.
“I’ve always, since I was a kid, been way too involved in how I look and how my friends look,” Blood said. He said gets his fashion inspiration from icons like Sean Connery, Steve McQueen and Cary Grant.
For clients looking to purchase a suit from Bloodline Handmade, Blood himself offers numerous options. Clients can:
- Check out the line’s retail location at J Norman & Co. Men’s Shop inside the Tony Walker Center
- Ask for Blood to visit at home or the office
- Visit one of the line’s upcoming trunk shows
- Go directly to the the line’s headquarters in Amherst
The guys agreed that ease and convenience is a priority for the brand and they make every suit one of a kind — or, as March put it, “one of one.”
“Everything from contrast stitching color on the interior linings to the type of lapel you’re using to the type of pockets, whether you want cigar pockets inside your jacket or an iPhone pocket — we’re able to do all these special little customized things,” March said. “Everybody has different lifestyles, everyone carries different things.”’
Though the fabrics for the line are not locally produced and are typically purchased from well-known manufacturers in Italy, all the labor is done in the greater Buffalo area, making Bloodline Handmade about as local as it gets. Tailoring, cutting, sizing, measuring — the entire production of the suit is done right here at home.
Bloodline suits run anywhere from $1,250 to $1,800, depending on the suit itself. Though that may seem pricey to some, Blood said that a bespoke suit made in New York City costs roughly triple that.
“We’re not in this to try to make a fortune off our clients,” he said. “What we’re trying to do is establish long-term relationships with them, their friends and their family where we can build a nice business in the community. Our clientele runs the gamut. We have athletes, we have small business owners, we have attorneys.”
Blood said that while he understands the Buffalo isn’t exactly the fashion capital of the world, potential clients shouldn’t be scared off by the idea of purchasing such a one-of-a-kind piece.
Said Blood: “Even people that say to themselves, ‘I don’t really need a nice suit, I wear a suit once a year,’ if that’s the case, my feeling is wouldn’t you want to feel as comfortable and proud of yourself in that suit as you possibly can?”
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