Edward Baumann Gains Legendary Tailor

Bob Baumann and Edward Martin. Photo courtesy of Edward Baumann Clothiers.
Bob Baumann and Martin Greenfield. Photo courtesy of Edward Baumann Clothiers.

Edward Baumann Clothiers is committed to quality clothing and exceptional service, which is why they are proud to have legendary tailor Martin Greenfield as their premier tailor of men’s fine clothing. In fact, Edward Baumann Clothiers is the exclusive clothier in the South providing Greenfield’s outstanding workmanship in their top tier clothing.

Martin Greenfield has dressed countless celebrities and athletes, including Jimmy Fallon, Robert de Niro, Paul Newman, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jerry Lewis, Denzel Washington, Leonardo de Caprio, Johnny Depp, Ben Affleck, James Spader, Lebron James, Shaqel o’Neil, Koby Bryant, Jon Cusak, Conan O’Brien, Ben Stiller, Kevin Bacon, Al Pacino, Michael Dougles and the list goes on and on. He also made all the suits for the movie, “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Great Gatsby” among others, and has dressed several United States Presidents.

“I believe without a doubt that Martin is truly the best tailor in the world,” said Bob Baumann, owner of Edward Baumann Clothiers. “Nothing goes out of his factory until it’s perfect. That was a quality instilled in him, and it can’t be changed. I respect the way Martin runs his company, and he respects the way we run our company – that everything has to be right. We don’t let anything out the door unless it’s right.”

Greenfield learned how to work hard, fast and accurately during his time in concentration camps during World War II. “I don’t think anybody can imagine what he experienced,” said Baumann. “He saw, on average, ten people a day killed for sport or just out of anger. When you see a guard ask for water, and the boy is killed because he tripped and spilled the water, you learn quickly not to make any mistakes.”

When American soldiers and Dwight D. Eisenhower finally came and opened the gates, screaming that the war was over, Greenfield and many others stayed for months, afraid that it was all a trick and they would be shot if they left. Fast forward 18 months, and Greenfield finally left and moved in with a distant relative in New York. He got a job sweeping floors in a suit factory, where he impressed the boss after just three days because he had never seen someone work so hard and accurately at sweeping floors before. From there, he had a new job at the suit factory every two weeks, because he was that good. Eventually, Greenfield is the second guy in command of the suit factory, going out to Los Angeles and dressing movie stars. One day, the owner tells Greenfield that he has a special job lined up for him – and he travels to the White House to dress President Eisenhower, the man who saved him from prison. That moment when he saw Eisenhower, he dropped to his knees and started weeping, because he said that man was the only reason he was alive.

“Martin doesn’t understand the path he was given, and neither do I,” said Baumann, referring to the many tragic deaths Baumann has experienced in his own life. “But the second he got to the U.S., Martin literally made the best of it. We both believe in God, and the Bible says that he will only give you what you can handle.”

If you want to order a bespoke suit from this exceptional tailor, make an appointment at Edward Baumann Clothiers today. Step into the private showroom while an experienced stylist will start by taking a few measurements. Then, try on different jackets and pants and let the stylist know your fit preferences. After a few more measurements, the stylists will listen to exactly what you want in a suit, a sports coat, pants or shirt. Once everything is ready to go, walk through the store to pick one out of 2,500 suit fabrics, 1,500 shirt fabrics, 700 sport coat fabrics and more than 500 pants colors.

“We will have the suit made however you want it,” said Baumann. “If you want eight buttons down the front of the coat, then we will probably try to talk you out of it. But if you want it, then we will absolutely do it for you.”

Once the garment comes back, you will go in for another fitting to make sure everything is right. If minor adjustments need to be made, then you will come back for a third fitting. Overall, it’s not uncommon for 50 measurements to be taken during this process. It’s important to Baumann that everyone leaves with the perfect suit.

“The beautiful thing about what we do is that men, for the most part, don’t like to shop,” said Baumann. “So when we get that garment down to where we know exactly how you like it, and it fits how you want it, then you can come in and pick fabrics and you are in and out the door in about twenty minutes. In fact, we take care of about half of our clients over the phone once we’ve built a good relationship with them. We take a piece of the same fabric of every single item a customer buys from us and put it on wardrobe cards in your file. So if you call me and ask for a blue shirt, I can open your file and tell you that the last three shirts you ordered were blue and suggest you try lavender.”

Martin was introduced to the Dallas business community, friends and clients of Edward Baumann Clothiers at a Dallas Business Journal private event in April. During that meeting, he thanked everybody in the room and said that he owes his freedom to their grandfathers and great grandfathers. He also told them that he honored them and he honored America.

Greenfield is an inspiration to us all, and we are excited to see the work he will do with Edward Baumann Clothiers in Addison!

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