Today, we sit down with another one of our favorite designers: Mike Maher of Taylor Stitch. The boys over at Taylor Stitch have been on a mission to make men look good and wear clothes that fit… and they have been successful. Taking on an attitude of “I have nothing to lose but a little bit of money” the gang jumped in full bore and have been in the custom shirtmaking business for over a year now.

The Guys at Taylor Stitch - Mike Maher (Center)

Mike and the gang have worked hard on collaborating with some of their peers and make clothes designed for everyman. After hosting a recently hugely successful event in San Francisco called “Man Up!” with Durable Goods Concern. Mike sat down to answer our questions about what the goals of Taylor Stitch are for the upcoming year and big trends in menswear to be looking out for in 2010.

Twitter Sized Biography

We live in San Francisco, enjoy nice things, the great outdoors and being friendly.

What got you started doing this?

My business partner Barrett and I could never find shirts that fit us. We are what we think to be rather standard sized guys at 5’9″ 165 lbs. We wanted interesting details and incredible construction so we started seeking that out. Whether it is the fabrics or the subtle intricacies that make it a great shirt, we just became quickly obsessed over how great it is to have something that is so nice fit you so well.

 How long have you been doing what you do?

We have been doing it for a year or so developing our manufacturing relationships and making sure we are producing garments of the highest possible quality. It took us a little while to find people we were happy to have manufacturing our goods in the U.S.A.

Made in Uh-Merica

-Rapid Fire Section-

 If you could do a collaboration with anyone who would it be?

Beckel Canvas because I am already doing an undercover project with Pierrepont Hicks. I’d also like to do something with Monocle because they put out the best magazine in the world right now.

Biggest accomplishment thus far?

Putting together one hell of a Man Up SF event with the Durable Goods Concern because it really slingshotted TS along with it

Favorite flavour of ice cream?

Ben and Jerry’s Limited Edition Key Lime Pie. I hope they keep it around for a while.

Song of the moment?

I can’t begin to name one song. Discovery – Osake Loop Line is playing in the background right now. Does that work?

Favorite musician of the moment?

I’m plugging my boys Assembly of Dust for Reid’s nasaly voice and great lyrics.

Check part II for the rest of the Taylor Stitch Exclusive interview as Mike tackles questions about his favorite designers, where he takes his inspiration from and what to be on the lookout for in 2010. In the meantime follow Taylor Stitch on Twitter.