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Laura Serino

After visiting Maine only a handful of times, Laura Serino packed up her studio apartment in New York City and headed north for "the way life should be." After a summer on North Haven island, she and her boyfriend, a Maine native, settled in Portland, Maine. Serino is a former magazine editor who has been published in national and regional publications. When she isn't blogging, she spends her time antiquing, scouring thrift shops, exploring new places in Maine and cozying up to her cat Jasper. She recently completed her first book, "Twentysomething Girl, 1001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier." Reach her at info@forefrontfashion.com Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

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Fore Front Fashion with Laura Serino
Posted: April 8, 2013

What is Maine style? Michael Maher from Taylor Stitch weighs in!

Next up in our Maine Style series is Michael Maher, founder of San Francisco label Taylor Stitch. Though he may hang his hat in California now, this fashion mogul was born and raised in Cumberland, Maine. Here he weighs in on growing up down the street from L.L.Bean and why he thinks a bs-free approach to dressing is the way life should be.

Tell us a bit about your background in fashion. How did Taylor Stitch come about?
The company started when by best bud from college and now business partner stole his old man’s custom tailored shirts that he brought back from his business trips. He would then bring them up to college. We were studying entrepreneurship at Babson at the time and thought that the options for a guy to get well fitted shirts that are made well at a reasonable price weren’t very great. We went west after school in search of everything San Francisco had to offer and started the company out of our apartment. We partnered with one of the oldest custom shirt makers in the USA and modernized their fits and style. One risk led to another and now we essentially have a full line of men’s clothing and a little shop in San Francisco. Women’s goods are on their way this summer too.

Are there any classic “Maine” styles that have inspired your personal fashion? Or that have inspired your fashion line?
I grew up about 10 minutes from L.L.Bean. We do our own version of the classic chamois shirt which we call our Yosemite Shirt with our friends from Buckshot Sonny’s and it is bar none our best selling product every single year. It gets worn by most everyone in the company pretty regularly.

How does the way people dress here differ than elsewhere in the country?
It differs less and less than you think. Especially right now. People have fairly recently looked to more functional, longer wearing items than things that will go out with the next season.

What’s your favorite thing about how people dress here?
There’s no bullsh**. In the winter things need to function in Maine. In the summer it’s the same thing you just have to deal with the mugginess.

If you had to dress as a stereotypical New Englander for Halloween, what would you sport?
Ha. I guess too take it to an extreme I would wear Bean Boots (I never liked people calling them Duck Boots), some hunting overalls and a buffalo check jacket.

Thanks Michael. Be sure to check out his brand Taylor Stitch here and follow them on Facebook and Twitter too!

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