Stanley Hostek grew up enjoying the refreshing Spring Creek water in the quaint town of Lewistown, Montana. He spent his summers and weekends learning the trade in his father’s tailor shop on Main Street. At that time, a customer could have their 3-piece suit cleaned and hand-pressed with a 20lb iron for 75 cents, it was complimentary for any loose lining to be fastened and for any loose or missing buttons to be secured or replaced.
At the age of 18, Stan left Lewistown for Seattle, Washington where he apprenticed under a local tailor. After marrying his wife, Dorothy, and serving in World War II, he graduated from the Tailor & Cutter Academy of London in 1946. When he returned from overseas, Stan opened a tailor shop in Seattle and began his teaching career at Edison Vocational School (later to become Seattle Community College). Stan originally taught a pattern drafting class and later came to run the school’s tailoring and pattern drafting department. He continued his career there until he retired in 1978.
After retiring, Stan spent many years in his home-based “tailor shop”, creating custom suits and drafting patterns for clients around the world. Stan is currently in his 90‘s and resides in Seattle with his wife Dorothy, very close to their children and grand-children. He still fires up his antique Singer sewing machine from time to time.