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Sam Lambert and the New Way Store is a hidden gem among the vast realm of books dedicated to the art and craft of clothiers. Authored by an unknown writer, this book provides a refreshing perspective that sets it apart from similar works in the genre. While lacking a title that adequately represents its content, the book succeeds in delivering valuable knowledge and guidance for both experienced clothiers and their clerks.

One of the book's standout qualities is its ability to captivate readers with its engaging storytelling. Through the character of Sam Lambert, the author weaves a tale that draws us into the world of the New Way Store, a renowned establishment in the field of clothing. As we follow Sam's journey from an aspiring clothier to a mentor figure, we become engrossed in his experiences, challenges, and triumphs. By intertwining practical advice with a compelling narrative, the book effortlessly keeps readers immersed from start to finish.

The insights and guidance provided by the author are another aspect that makes this book a valuable resource for those working in the clothier industry. From the basics of understanding different fabrics and materials to the intricacies of tailoring and garment construction, the book offers comprehensive coverage of essential clothier skills. What sets it apart, however, is the emphasis on the often-overlooked aspect of customer interaction and satisfaction. Sam Lambert's interactions with his clerks and customers serve as teaching moments, imparting crucial lessons on building successful relationships, providing excellent service, and fostering a flourishing business.

Despite its strengths, there are a few minor shortcomings in this book. The lack of an identified author limits our ability to explore their expertise and delve deeper into their background. Additionally, the absence of a proper title can make it difficult for potential readers to identify this book as the hidden treasure it truly is. A title that reflects the spirit and substance of the content could significantly enhance its visibility and attract a broader audience.

In conclusion, Sam Lambert and the New Way Store is an exceptional book that should be prominently displayed on the shelves of clothiers and their clerks alike. The combination of engaging storytelling and practical wisdom makes it an enjoyable and enlightening read, offering valuable insights into the world of clothiers. While it may lack a title that adequately represents its content, the merits of this book far outweigh this minor flaw. Here's to hoping that this undiscovered masterpiece finds its way into the hands of anyone seeking to excel in the noble craft of clothiership.

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E text prepared by Barbara and Bill Tozier


A Book for Clothiers and Their Clerks

Published by Grand Rapids Show Case Co. Grand Rapids: Michigan

Copyright, 1912, Grand Rapids Show Case Co. Grand Rapids, Mich.


Sam Lambert had the best clothing store in Medeena County a corner store on the main street of Medeena opposite the Court House Square.

Medeena had four clothing stores, not counting The Blue Front, down by the Depot, with its collection of cheap watches in the window, a yellow guitar, two large accordions and a fiddle with a broken E string.

Everybody in the County knew Sam Lambert.

As a merchant and a citizen he was a whole bunch of live wires. A big boned, free hearted fellow lucky enough to just escape being run for sheriff, as some thought he was too good natured, the "gang" was afraid he was not pliant enough, and Sam didn't want to be away from the store.

Sam took great pride in his clothing business and kept pace with the most advanced ideas in the trade.

He was awake to the marvelous development of the ready to wear business. He carried the best and took a positive delight in each season's new models.

He recalled the old days of "hand me downs," and he had lived to see the two best tailors in Medeena take to bushelling "ready" garments, with less and less of that to be done principally changing a button or shortening a trouser's length... Continue reading book >>

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