If you could do one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Most of us don't know how to answer that question. Then there's Aaron McGill, master tailor, and owner of Only One Tailoring and Fior Bespoke.
Aaron has been in business since he was ten years old -- almost three decades of his life. Aaron's late mother, Cynthia, was a tailor to the stars. She and Aaron's late father, Michael, tailored clothing for country legends such as Louise Mandrell, Rascal Flatts, Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, and Brad Paisley, to name a few. She saw talent in the young Aaron and encouraged him to follow his passion. So he stopped going to traditional school after the fourth grade and apprenticed with her.
In 2009, Aaron took over his mother's business and turned it from an un-named "celebrity-only" company into Only One Tailoring. His wife, who he attributes much of his success to, quit her corporate job to take over the business's behind-the-scenes roles of handling the bookkeeping, scheduling, and order tracking. Shortly after, he hired and trained some of the best seamstresses and tailors in the industry, transforming a three-person family business into twelve strong.
The team at Only One Tailoring has a simple mission of handling anything tailor related for their clients. That includes alterations of all manner of clothing such as wedding gowns, leather goods, formal wear, pageant gowns, prom wear, suits, and jeans -- no job is too big or too small, assures Aaron.
Additionally, they sell pocket squares, neckties, bow ties, shoes, cuff links, belts, and wallets -- all accessories needed to complete a memorable outfit. Beginning in 2019, Aaron saw the need to revive actual Savile Row style tailoring in Nashville. With so many options for custom clothing in the area, his desire to differentiate himself as a thought leader and master of the art of bespoke tailoring caused him to start his next venture, Fior Bespoke.
Of course, Aaron couldn't handle this business alone. Recruiting master clothier, Charles Bass, as a partner, was his next move. Charles' pedigree includes a detailed eye for style and a passion for making people look good. He exercised his gift through his college years in Memphis, selling custom clothing. Many feel Charles's real talent is creating one's entire look. He can go into a closet and orchestrate a whole wardrobe from socks to hats. If you're missing a piece, that's when Aaron and his team start building. Together, they bring a dizzying array of custom suiting and shirting selections that fit any budget or style.
The Nashville region has been very good to Aaron and his team, as evidenced almost immediately after his parents passed. In 2014 his building caught on fire on Music Row. Thinking all was lost, a few unnamed friends in the country music industry stepped in to help him. "I've concluded through all my life's trials that who you are is not dictated by where your roots are planted, but by what you do while they're growing," says Aaron. Because of this, when possible, he gives back.
In May, he converted his clothier business into a small mask factory to assist with minimizing health risks from the spread of COVID-19. Collectively, he, his team, and a select group made and gave out over 4,000 masks through client donations. Before that, he and his team organized a massive donation drive for tornado victims around middle Tennessee. Regarding getting back into the swing of life post-pandemic, "We're dedicated to ensuring our clients always have something perfect to wear, no matter where they need to be. Even if that place is a virtual meeting." says Aaron.