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Fashion Crimes Podcast

May 17, 2024

Welcome back, Fashion Friends!

This is Holly Katz, your favorite personal stylist,
bringing you another thrilling episode of the Fashion Crimes Podcast. Before we get  started, please follow along on YouTube to visually following along with this episode!

Today we're diving deep into the intricate and mesmerizing world of pleating
with a true master of the craft, George Kalajian. George is a fifth-generation fashion artisan and the creative force behind Tom's Sons International Pleating in New York City. His family’s legacy and dedication to the art of pleating have not only preserved this ancient craft but have also propelled it into the future of fashion.

Get ready to explore the rich history, the delicate artistry, and the cultural significance of
pleating all while understanding why this endangered art form still matters today.

- George Kalajian represents the fifth generation of his family in the pleating business.
- Tom's Sons International Pleating was founded in the early 20th century, showcasing a rich history of craftsmanship and innovation.
- The company specializes in various pleating techniques, including accordion, box,
crystal, and sunburst pleats, serving high-end fashion designers and major fashion

Some of the designer brands George Kalajian has worked with include:

 Christian Dior

 Oscar de la Renta

 Carolina Herrera

 Khaite

 Proeenza Schouler

 Alexander McQueen

 Brandon Maxwell

 Sergio Hudson


The Art and History of Pleating

-Pleating dates back to ancient civilizations, where it was used for both functional and
decorative purposes in clothing.
- Throughout history, pleating has been a symbol of elegance and sophistication, seen
in garments from Egyptian robes to modern haute couture.
- George shares fascinating anecdotes about how pleating has evolved over centuries
and the meticulous handwork involved in creating these intricate designs.

The Significance of Handmade Fashion Items

- Handmade items, including pleated garments, represent a unique blend of artistry,
tradition, and sustainability.
- George emphasizes the value of supporting artisanal craftsmanship in an age
dominated by machine-made products.
- The conversation highlights how handmade fashion items contribute to a more
sustainable and ethically conscious fashion industry.


Challenges Facing the Pleating Industry

- Despite its rich heritage, the pleating industry faces significant challenges in the
modern era.
- The rise of fast fashion and mass production has led to a decline in demand for
handcrafted pleated garments.
- George discusses the impact of these changes on traditional artisans and the
importance of preserving these skills for future generations.

Why Pleating Matters Today

- Pleating is not just a technique but an art form that adds depth, texture, and
movement to fabric.
- It plays a crucial role in the world of high fashion, allowing designers to experiment
with form and structure.
- George explains how pleating continues to inspire contemporary designers and its
relevance in today's fashion landscape.

Looking to the Future: Innovations and Sustainability


-George shares his vision for the future of pleating and how innovation can help
sustain this endangered art form.
- Tom's Sons International Pleating is exploring new techniques and sustainable
practices to keep pleating alive and relevant.
- The episode concludes with a hopeful outlook on how the fashion industry can
embrace and preserve traditional crafts.

Final Thoughts

What an enlightening journey into the world of pleating! We’ve uncovered the intricate
artistry behind each fold, the historical significance, and the current challenges
threatening this beautiful craft.

Please check out George’s new fashion artisan collective at

George Kalajian's passion and dedication to preserving his family's legacy remind us ofthe importance of supporting artisanal craftsmanship. So next time you see a pleated
garment, you'll appreciate the centuries of tradition and the skilled hands behind it.

Thank you for tuning in to this episode of the Fashion Crimes Podcast.
Remember, fashion is not just about what you wear—it's about the stories, the heritage and the artistry behind each piece.

Stay stylish, keep in touch with us on social, and stay informed – see you next week!

Holly Katz
Your Favorite Personal Stylist