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.
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.