During the epidemic, Mo Rabiu quit her job in finance to take over a tailor business because she needed something new every day. She enjoys the challenge and considers sewing to be a special trade. Only 13 of the 57 tailors, dressmakers, and sewers operating in the eight-county Capital Region are located in Albany County. The master tailors who emerged in the 1950s and 1960s were a significant chapter in the business, but the current generation is different, according to Luke Mayes, vice president of the Custom Tailors and Designers Association. When Rabiu was a young adolescent, she initially developed a passion for fabric design after seeing her mother use bold color and pattern combinations at her store in a busy Nigerian marketplace.
While working as a sales associate for Ralph Lauren in New York City, she acquired the tailor's skill set from a wedding seamstress. She couldn't pass up the chance to transform the Pearl Street nook into her dream when the world came to a standstill due to an extraordinary worldwide epidemic. She has been able to maintain the business during difficult times by converting the company into a dual alterations and consignment shop. Her originality attracts attention from passersby and has been known to spark conversation. She looks forward to the time when local state employees, who make up the majority of her clientele, will fully return.
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