Meet the 'Rabbi Tailor', Yosel Tiefenbrun!
Updated: May 19
Tiefenbrun comes from a long line of tailors, fabric merchants and artists. The love of fine clothes, design and exquisite workmanship runs in his blood and has been his passion from a young age. Growing up, his studies took him to France, New York, Israel, and then on to Singapore to become a rabbi. In Singapore he also began to pursue his love of design and clothing, studying design at NAFA while interning at #HarpersBazaar
At the age of 21, Yosel moved to London to study at the Savile Row Academy, where he spent two years training in both cutting and tailoring. He was then chosen to apprentice under Master Tailor Andrew Ramroop of Maurice Sedwell, where he dealt with many high profile clients, celebrity sports players, award winning actors and international royalty.
Upon finishing his apprenticeship, Yosel moved back to Singapore to work as both a rabbi for the Jewish community and a tailor at Kevin Seah Bespoke. In his new role, he worked with many Asian and international clients, gaining a broader sartorial mindset for the various cultures, traditions and unique styles of Asia.
Following his dreams, Yosel moved to New York to open his own tailoring house, and at the age of 28 launched TIEFENBRUN, a bespoke tailoring house located in Williamsburg, New York, that specializes in only the highest-quality handmade garments with a commitment to the finest craftsmanship and fabrics. They create everything from suits, coats and shirts to tuxedos and shooting jackets.
Most recently TIEFENBRUN is working on creating face masks that fit everyone: from the bearded man to the glasses wearers, to support the local community and keep their business and craftsmanship alive. They are also working with a local charity. The mask collection will be available soon online on their website. If you're interested in pre-ordering just DM them VIA their Instagram!
Continue reading so his answers to the @Jews_of_NY questionnaire:
What’s your favorite place in NY?
I love Brooklyn but especially the Dumbo area. It offers a unique combination of old meets new with transformed warehouses , incredible architecture, beautiful townhouses along the cobblestone streets and unmatched city views.
What’s your favorite Jewish Holiday?
I would say Sukkot is my favorite Jewish Holiday. It's a beautiful time of year and Autumn is my favorite season. The trees are changing and there's a lot of vibrant colors around. There's nothing like sitting outside in the Sukkah surrounded by family and friends.
What do you love about NY?
In general I'm a city person I like being where the hustle is and surrounded by diversity and interesting people, and New York has all that x100. You can go from one neighborhood to another and it's almost like you're in a different city. From North Williamsburg to Greenwich Village to the Upper West side there are so many charming and beautiful spots to discover.
What do you love most about Judaism?
There are so many parts to Judaism that I love. I love its values, how Judaism promotes kindness, family, compassion, wisdom and charity.
I love how we are all one big family and always supporting those in need.
What’s your least favorite place in NY? The FDR it's the Wild West.