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Boyle Heights tailor is the master of mariachi suits
Boyle Heights tailor is the master of mariachi suits

Those with big bellies tend to ask: "Jorge, can you please make me look thinner?" The tailor's answer is always the same: "I don't think so. But when I'm done, trust me. You're going to look good." For 30 years, Jorge Tello has dressed Los Angeles' most stately and most picky performers — the mariachis. He takes their measurements, tweaks their bow ties, hems their cuffs and stitches on their greca, or suede embroidery. They serenade him and tell him their adventures — of the countless weddings and funerals they've sung at, of the women who tempt them, of the love they have for an art that most months hardly pays the...

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