Carolyn Finlayson is a fashion designer and tailor and a new member of the WCC.
What is your business?
Sew on Set Tailor
Where are you from?
Originally from Naples, FL, I went to college for Fashion Design in Los Angeles, New York and London.
If not Miami, why/how did you come to Miami? After 6 years in London, I missed the sunshine and the Florida way of life.
What is your professional/business history? I started sewing in Home Economics in high school, studied Fashion Design and opened a club wear shop featuring my own designs and London streetwear styles on South Beach from 1995 until 2001. From 2003 until 2013 I worked as the cutter/draper for the Florida Grand Opera and worked backstage for the Broadway musicals.
I also started to do alterations from my home but since I didn’t want everyone coming to my house, I went to them. This mobile service turned out to be quite a niche that many professional, busy people needed. By offering such a convenient service, I established quite a distinguished clientele.
I finally opened Sew on Set Tailor in the Miami Design District in 2013. I started with one seamstress and now I have 7 employees. Our second location will be opening soon in the ‘Upper Buena Vista’ development.
It’s quite exciting to be opening a second location! This store will cater to all the Design District stores who are already established clients. We are the exclusive tailor for: Pucci, Prada, Dior, Miu Miu, Versace, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton, YSL, Berluti, Marni, Theory, Max Mara, Celine and the list grows each day.
What makes your business successful/unique? Anything you take special attention to or pride in?
Another part of my business deals with production jobs and celebrities— SEW ON SET: SOS TAILOR. We work on photo shoots and film. We go on location to sew as models/talent arrive and get it all ready for the next shot.
We work with celebrities and red carpet events. For these larger projects, we do the fitting, bring the clothes back to be altered by the entire team and deliver it all back to the location, just in time!
A few of our regular clients are: Marc Anthony, Puff Daddy, Jim Carrey, Katy Perry, Beyonce, George Clooney, Janet Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., Kevin Spacey, Kanye West.