The Taylors, the tailors
StoryCorps participants Jack and Bonnie Taylor are opposites. Bonnie loves to dance; Jack has two left feet. Bonnie can talk to anyone about anything; Jack prefers silence. But put the two together in their tailor shop, and they’re a team.
We recently visited them at “The Jack Taylor Shop” in Beverly Hills, which has been creating men’s suits for more than 50 years (Jack and Bonnie have been married for 65). Each custom-made suit contains a little label inside the jacket pocket with the customer’s name and the date it was stitched. Some of these dates go back decades, and the Taylors have a loyal fan-following.
We asked the Taylors for the secret behind their longevity–both in their marriage and in their profession–and Bonnie promptly replied, “We’ve worked because we make it work. It’s that simple.” Here facilitator Jackie Goodrich receives a custom fitting by Jack.