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September 01, 1995 - Image 48

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-09-01

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ancy Glass thinks clothing
should be made with a
particular man in mind.
So she took on the task
herself, starting NAMA ("A
Man," spelled backward) five
years ago in her West Bloomfield
home.
For the gentleman with the 16
1/2-inch neck who requires a 30-
inch sleeve, or the client who
loves French cuffs but can't lo-
cate his favorite pima cotton pin-
stripe with them, enter Ms. Glass
with her measuring tape and
myriad shirt, tie and accesso-
ry options.
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represent superior customer
service," says
Ms. Glass, 46. "I wanted to
remove the hassle busy peo-
ple associate with trying to
purchase high-quality busi-
ness or casual attire that fits
and makes them feel good
about themselves."
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styling options like hidden pock-
ets. Prices range from $65 for a
good custom-blend fabric to $120
for the top-of-the-line silk shirt.
A Hong Kong factory makes the
shirts and orders are delivered
within six weeks.
About four dozen styles of im-
ported, 100-percent silk ties are
available from $30 to $60. Ms.
Glass, who has worked as a
weaver and caterer, also offers
an array of suspenders and tuxe-
do wear.
"It's highly unusual for a per-
son to perfectly fit into clothes off
the rack," Ms. Glass says. "Think

of all the elements that need to
work harmoniously: sleeves,
cuffs, collar, chest and hip room.
People aren't cookie cutters."
Good communication with her
clients is essential to a good fit.
Ms. Glass asks about weight loss
or weight gain and whether or
not, for example, they are build-
ing muscles that can alter cloth-
ing size. She contacts clients a
month after they've received the
order to make sure the fit, style
and comfort is satisfactory.

Nancy Glass: Custom clothier.

And she'll do fittings wherev-
er it's most convenient for a
client. That could mean an office,
health club or golf course.
Rob Silverstein, president of
World Wide Financial in Birm-
ingham, says it was a "big con-
venience" when she came to the
office to fit him with some fine
threads.
"I'd say her prices were cer-
tainly comparable to that of oth-
er custom clothiers," he says.
Ms. Glass, a member of Con-
gregation Shaarey Zedek, cred-
its flexible scheduling and a
word-of-mouth network to a 30-
percent growth of business from
1993 to 1994.
"I still marvel over the figures,"
she says. "I ruptured two spinal
discs last year, moved into and

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