By SARAH KLEINBERG – NY Times
Mendy Sacho is a young Lubavitcher tailor determined to give a contemporary twist to the kapote, the black knee-length coat worn by married Hasidic men.
Sacho, who owns Sartoria Sacho in Toronto, trims the kapote in bright hues and lines it in everything from wild paisleys to dark purples.
“‘The younger guys come to me for color on the buttonholes,” says Sacho, who plans to open an outpost of Sartoria Sacho in Brooklyn this fall.
“‘Or they want the inside purple to match the purple in their tie.
“The older guys come to me because I will make them something that fits perfectly.’’
Amazingly, Sacho says his clientele is just 70 percent Jewish — and he’d like the ratio to be 50-50.
If Jean Paul Gaultier could parade Hasidic-looking raiments on the runway, why can’t Sacho?
“We are not all black hat, white shirt,” he says. “You can be religious and still be with the times.’”
Go to kapotas.com.