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This past Thursday I was invited to attend the launch party for Bloodline Handmade at the First Niagara Center. Bloodline Handmade is a bespoke men’s tailoring company which sources the finest of fabrics and materials worldwide while keeping the manufacturing process right here in Buffalo. With expert tailors, cutters, and seamstresses, Bloodline is looking to create a product that exemplifies the world’s finest tailoring traditions at an affordable price point. Thus allowing every gentleman who cares about his appearance the opportunity to have garments that are completely hand made to his specifications.

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Upon my arrival I spoke with the enthusiastic mastermind behind the company, Jason Edward Blood. A fellow Buffalo transplant like myself, Jason hails from “all over the place, most recently New York” and has just moved into Allentown and is absolutely enamored with this city and his fellow Buffalonians. “Everyone here has been so incredible and welcoming. Through word of mouth alone we’ve already established an impressive client base and we’re just getting started…”

Having been involved in custom tailoring since he was 8, Jason regaled me with tales of yelling at his tailor as young boy about functional button holes and getting his sleeve lengths perfect. I knew right away that I liked him. Jason has made a perfect union with fellow partners Adam March and Dan Valentine; two Buffalonian entrepreneurs looking to change the face of downtown with their much anticipated new restaurant: The Lodge.

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Bloodline has also partnered with the newly renamed J. Norman Men’s Shop in the Tony Walker Center to be their official suit maker and serve as the companies base of operations. Renovations are currently underway to make it a truly unique menswear destination complete with a bar, lounge area and more. New York State Senator Mark Grisanti, Assemblyman Ray Walter, Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw and Mayor Byron Brown were all in attendance and participated in the ceremonial ribbon cutting to welcome Bloodline to Buffalo.

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This was one of the few times in Buffalo I felt undressed as I watched everyone looking incredibly Dandy in their custom suits. But this was a good thing. It makes you want to keep your wardrobe fresh and helped sell the idea that I needed one of these suits. To be able to offer a handmade suit at the fraction of the cost of having one made in NYC is reason enough to be excited about this company. The fact that Bloodline is making these suits right here in Buffalo is even better. Bloodline Handmade is a welcome addition to the #menswear scene in Buffalo and is already turning a lot of heads in town. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for these guys.

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