MAY 2021 - PHILADELPHIA REAL PRODUCERS MAGAZINE (TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY ISSUE)

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MARCOS MARCOSVARGAS VARGAS Ma Mrakr kV iVc it cotro C r uCsut sotm o mL LLCL C ChC a nh ga en gyeo uy ro ul or ol ko ,o k ch , ac nh ga en gyeo uy ro ul ir f el i. f e . Marcos Marcos Vargas Vargas knows knows it canitbe can that besimple! that simple! This This Philadelphia Philadelphia nativenative has been has been helping helping people people enhance enhance their their image image ever since ever since he was heawas small a small boy, sewing boy, sewing buttons buttons on the ongarments the garments his mother his mother tailored. tailored. Today, Today, Marcos Marcos is a highly is a highly sought-after sought-after tailortailor himself himself who owns who owns MarkMark Victor Victor Custom. Custom. His His luxury luxury clothing clothing storestore specializes specializes in custom-crafted in custom-crafted suits,suits, dressdress shirts,shirts, sportsport coats,coats, casual casual wear,wear, tuxedos tuxedos & outerwear & outerwear for men for and menwomen. and women. But what But what sets itsets apart it apart is how is much how much Marcos Marcos carescares aboutabout his his clients clients and his andunparalleled his unparalleled ability ability to make to make people people look their look their absolute absolute best. best.

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Throughout my career, I Jersey. Throughout my career, I he might have have a higher calling, and and Jersey. “When “When you feel yougood feel good aboutabout yourself, yourself, he might a higher calling, noticed that many that many of myofclients my clients fol- folhe considered becoming a Catholic people people feel that feel vibe that immediately,” vibe immediately,” Marcos Marcos he considered becoming a Catholic noticed lowedlowed me wherever I went, and Iand keptI kept me wherever I went, says.says. “It’s apparent “It’s apparent in theinway the you wayspeak you speak priest. priest. Two months Two months of seminary of seminary up with them.” them.” showed him that his his up with and the andway the you wayact. youMost act. Most people people don’tdon’t quickly quickly showed him wasn’t that wasn’t Instead, Marcos joinedjoined the the realize realize that every that every singlesingle aspect aspect of a suit of aissuit islife path. life path. Instead, Marcos homehome to Philly in 1998, Returning to Philly in 1998, therethere for a for reason; a reason; to make to make you look you great. look great. ArmyArmy National National Guard Guard whilewhile continucontinu-Returning Marcos worked for a for prominent men’smen’s Marcos worked a prominent work in menswear. If you’re If you’re fittedfitted the right the right way, way, you will youfeel will feeling toing to work in menswear. storestore for a for yeara year before before taking taking the leap the leap amazing amazing and exude and exude a confidence a confidence that can that can a store of hisofown. “I saw and opening a store his own. “I saw lead to lead increased to increased salessales and attainments. and attainments. “I was in theinarmy as a week“Iserving was serving the army as a week-and opening howright the right suit could suit could help people help people I loveI helping love helping my clients my clients find looks find looks that that end-warrior whenwhen Men’sMen’s Wearhouse end-warrior Wearhousehow the up inup life, inand life,Iand recognized I recognized a a makemake themthem feel like feelalike million a million bucks!” bucks!” recruited me,” me,” Marcos says.says. “In 1995, recruited Marcos “In 1995,level level void theinlocal the local industry industry for precifor preciI became I became the youngest the youngest manager manager of of void in sion garments at every priceprice range. sion garments at every range. Marcos Marcos grewgrew up inup theintailoring the tailoring business business 350 stores, 350 stores, 17 of 17 which of which I helped I helped suit issuit an is investment, not not A quality an investment, and started and started working working in retail in retail whenwhen he was he wasopen.open. ThenThen I went to work for Gianni I went to work for GianniA quality purchase. a purchase. I’ve always I’ve always underunder16. After 16. After graduating graduating high school, high school, he felt he felt Versace, and then HugoHugo Boss Boss in New Versace, and then in Newjust ajust stoodstood that clients that clients are counting are counting on myon my expertise to help feel their best, best, expertise to them help them feel their whichwhich can translate can translate into real-world into real-world benefits benefits for them.” for them.”

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Despite Despite having having a clientele a clientele of athletes, of athletes, entertainers, entertainers, and other and other Philadelphia Philadelphia elites,elites, the market the market crashcrash of 2008 of 2008 eventually led toled Marcos closing all all eventually to Marcos closing sevenseven of hisofhigh-end his high-end retailretail stores. stores. He moved He moved to New to New York York to work to work for a for a London London menswear menswear company. company. In 2017, In 2017, he decided he decided to return to return homehome and work and work in a brand in a brand new industry, new industry, real estate! real estate! “A lot“Aoflot myofclients my clients werewere real estate real estate investors, investors, so I switched so I switched gearsgears and and became became a realaestate real estate agent,” agent,” Marcos Marcos explains. explains. “I enjoy “I enjoy real estate real estate salessales

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and still andwork still work with with investors. investors. ManyMany of them of them are are my custom-clothing my custom-clothing clients, clients, and they and appreciate they appreciate my passion my passion for customer for customer service service and attention and attention to to detail. detail. And IAnd willIforever will forever be grateful be grateful to another to another agent,agent, a real-life a real-life angel,angel, who came who came into my intolife myatlife theat the right right time time and pointed and pointed me back me back to mytotrue my calling.” true calling.” In 2019, In 2019, Marcos Marcos opened opened MarkMark Victor Victor Custom. Custom. “Dressing “Dressing well is well both is both an artanand artaand science,” a science,” he he says.says. “We sit “We down sit down with with clients, clients, get toget know to know their their career, career, personality, personality, bodybody structure, structure, and mannerand mannerism. Then ism. Then we focus we focus on the onstyle, the style, design, design, fabric, fabric, and and priceprice pointpoint that’sthat’s best for bestthem. for them. Our suits Our suits rangerange from from $495$495 to over to over $3,000, $3,000, and we andoffer we offer everything everything from from ready-made ready-made to bespoke, to bespoke, whichwhich are 100% are 100% hand-made, hand-made, hautehaute couture couture garments garments for the formost the most discerning discerning client. client. Current Current zoom-inspired zoom-inspired trends trends that appeal that appeal to both to both men and menwomen and women include include com-comfortable fortable stretch stretch fabrics fabrics that are thatwrinkle-resistant are wrinkle-resistant and stain-resistant. and stain-resistant. The options The options are limitless.” are limitless.” As a nod As ato nod histoold-school his old-school roots,roots, Marcos Marcos created created the Custom the Custom Clothing Clothing Lounge. Lounge. The luxuriously The luxuriously comfortable comfortable spacespace provides provides a spota for spothis forclients his clients to to relax,relax, catchcatch up, orup, meet or meet with with clients clients of their of their own. own. “I designed “I designed the space the space to include to include all the allamenities the amenities a boutique a boutique real estate real estate firm might firm might offer,offer, including including plushplush sofas,sofas, spirits spirits served served in crystal in crystal glass,glass, internet internet access, access, a coffee a coffee bar, and bar,aand private a private meeting meeting area.area. It’s It’s the perfect the perfect placeplace to bring to bring a client a client to have to have a discusa discussion or sion treat or treat themthem to a high-end to a high-end closing closing gift. Igift. loveI love collaborating collaborating with with otherother agents agents and will andmeet will meet themthem halfway halfway whenwhen they want they want to give to their give their buyers buyers and and sellers sellers an unforgettable an unforgettable experience.” experience.”

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For those For those shortshort on time, on time, Marcos Marcos also offers also offers com-complimentary plimentary fittings fittings at their at their homehome or office or office and will and will deliver deliver the final the product final product straight straight to their to their door.door. He He even even flies around flies around the country the country to take to care take of care hisofloyal his loyal clients. clients. Marcos Marcos nevernever stops!stops! WhenWhen he isn’t he creating isn’t creating masterpieces masterpieces out ofout cloth, of cloth, he’s with he’s with his daughters, his daughters, Ymani Ymani (17) and (17)Alyssia and Alyssia (15). “We (15). enjoy “We enjoy hikinghiking and and spending spending time outdoors,” time outdoors,” he says. he says. “Nature “Nature walkswalks in Green in Green ValleyValley are our arefavorite. our favorite. My girls My also girlslike also like designing designing clothing. clothing. EvenEven at their at their youngyoung age, they age, they understand understand that people that people perceive perceive you based you based on how on how you dress. you dress. If youIfwant you want to be to thebeperson the person in theinroom the room who looks who looks like they like have they have all theallknowledge, the knowledge, then then khakis khakis and aand poloa won’t polo won’t cut it.cut Looking it. Looking your your best best reallyreally can lead can to lead your to your best life, bestand life,the andmost the most crucial crucial thingthing in custom in custom clothing clothing is theishand the hand that measures.” that measures.” To learn To learn moremore or to or schedule to schedule an appointment an appointment online, online, please please visit https://markvictorcustom.com. visit https://markvictorcustom.com. 62 • May 62 • 2021 May 2021

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