Hodges-LeClaire’s interest in living history took root in his childhood. His dad, mom, and brother often joined him in historical reenactments across New England. He pursued a degree in modern history from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Photo by Hannah Green/BU News Service
Hodges-LeClaire and his mother, a fashion designer, share a studio space above the family home in Lincoln, Mass. The studio is filled with fabrics, furs, and four 19th century sewing machines. Photo by Hannah Green/BU News Service
The family studio houses dozens of colorful rolls of fabric sourced from craftspeople in England, Sweden, and several other countries. Hodges-LeClaire said he goes to great lengths to find historically accurate materials. Photo by Hannah Green/BU News Service
The process of sewing a standard military jacket, such as the one Hodges-LeClaire works on here, involves cutting out the pattern, pinning, and sewing. Hodges-LeClaire said the process usually takes 24 hours. Photo by Hannah Green/BU News Service
Hodges-LeClaire learned the trade of tailoring during an apprenticeship at Fort Ticonderoga in New York. He currently creates custom garments for historical reenactors and museums.
Tim Abbott is a frequent customer of Hodges-LeClaire. During the week, Abbott is the director of a conservation organization; but in his free time, he is a historical reenactor and researcher.
“I met Adam when he was barefoot in a blizzard at Fort Ticonderoga,” Abbott laughed, recalling the pair’s initial meeting at a historical reenactment.
Since their first meeting, Hodges-LeClaire has created waistcoats, pants, jackets, and other garments for Abbott.
Abbott said that sourcing garments from trained tailors are crucial to bringing history to life.
“People can see when you put together something that feels authentic,” he said.
Photos by Hannah Green/BU News Service