Entrepreneur snips away at women's 'fashion frustrations'
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Tailored West owner Nanci Kezar poses at her downtown Colorado Springs store Tuesday, November 24, 2015 with her African Grey Parrot, Pierre. She says Pierre comes to work with her every day. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Riding a rapid three-year rise of her Cañon City-based business, Nanci Kezar hopes to find similar success with her women's clothing store in downtown Colorado Springs.

Tailored West, 103 N. Tejon St., was born out of Kezar's love of sewing, designing clothes, and helping women find the best items to fit their bodies.

"I love what I do," said Kezar, 54. "I love helping women look beautiful and I love to sew."

While the name may suggest Tailored West, which opened Nov. 12, is a Western clothing store, that is not the case.

Shoppers can find cowgirl boots and jeans, but that is amid blouses, headbands and pants. Some of which Kezar designed herself under the Ver'e'ne label.

"Tailored" comes from Kezar's goal of combating women's "fashion frustrations" when shopping, she said, by altering clothes in-house to fit the wearer.

Kezar does not take in walk-in alteration requests for clothes purchased at other stores, she said, so she can provide the quickest service to her customers.

"I'm an expert tailor and I'm going to make sure your clothes look perfect on you when you leave here," she said.

After years of designing clothing and attempting to get the word out without a storefront, Kezar decided to open the first Tailored West location in Cañon City in February 2013.

She was at the 900-square-foot space for six months before moving. The business is now at 224 Main St. in Cañon City.

And Tailored West is not the only Cañon City clothier that moved to downtown Colorado Springs during the holiday season.

Kezar's son Wyatt Reed opened up his own business called Unbranded, 109 N. Tejon St., at the beginning of the month as part of the area's Holiday Pop-Up program. Unbranded's Cañon City store is at 328 Main St., a short distance from the other Tailored West store.

While Kezar hopes to be in downtown Colorado Springs for a long time, she signed a five-year lease for the approximately 1,300-square-foot space, and for the new location to bring increased business and traffic to the Tailored West website, the goal is to not shift away from its Cañon City location. "This has nothing to do with leaving Cañon City," she said. "It is about strengthening it. That's the hub."

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