As a New York trained designer, I have spent the past two decades carefully studying how the most successful men and women present themselves, learning what styles look good on different bodies, and how to design clothes that fit perfectly and instill confidence.
Having worked with hundreds of discerning clients, I can tell you that none of them are alike in terms of body type, frame or style preference – but all of them have left my studio ready to dress confidently for the moments that matter the most in their lives.
Trust me to do the same for you.
— Mary Zarob | Founder & Designer
A standard of excellence
The exquisite nature of the custom clothing we design and produce is a result of our collective appreciation for the brilliant traditions of the past combined with our fascination with the emerging methodologies of the future.
FABRICS & STYLES
Over the years, I have cultivated close relationships with three of the leading fabric mills in the industry, the same ones that premium fashion brands use. These mills predict the fabric styles that will be relevant over the next five years, permitting me to make thoughtful and lasting recommendations to my clients about color, print, pattern and style shifts for future seasons as well as allowing my designs to stand the test of time.
TAILORS & CRAFTMANSHIP
With regard to production, I work exclusively with world-class tailors who consistently execute my designs to my exacting standards. In fashion, the gap between vision and execution is expansive, and, it is through communication and collective problem solving that we deliver clothing items that beautifully complement the unique anatomy of each of our clients.
WELL-FITTING QUALITY CLOTHING AND POSITIVE EXPERIENCES BRING US JOY.
A standard of excellence
Making a good first impression is so important.
"Mary has custom made both shirts and jackets for me. In addition, she has helped me find the right accessories to pull my look together. She carries amazing fabrics and patterns for both shirts and jackets, and her attention to detail is unsurpassed. Mary is professional and working with her is a pleasure. I asked her to speak to my executive team about dressing professionally. Her knowledge and insight helped inspire and guide them to dress in a more professional and polished manner at the office. I would highly recommend Mary."
Tim O'Neal, CEO - Goodwill Industries
The Quality Of Her Shirts Is Top Of The Line, And I Enjoy Wearing Them.
"I enjoy working with Mary. She has a great eye for fashion and always helps me select fabrics and patterns for my custom shirts. I’m super busy and appreciate that she meets me at my office, thereby eliminating the need to go to the mall. The quality of the shirts she makes is top of the line. I enjoy wearing them."
Michael Lieb, President - Michael Lieb, Ltd.
Every Time I Wear Something Made By Mary, People Always Ask If I’ve Lost Weight.
"I have been buying clothes from Mary for about five years now, and I wish I would have met her years ago. She does a great job selecting patterns, styles and clothing for me. Every time I wear something custom made by Mary, people always ask if I have lost weight."
Bo Calbert, Retired - Former President of McCarthy Southwest
I Enjoyed My Entire Custom Suit Experience With Mary.
“She’s very knowledgeable regarding the latest fabrics and styles. I highly recommend Q. Contrary and Mary.”
Ryan Sarbinoff, Vice President, Regional Manager - Marcus & Millichap
She is the BEst!
“I strongly recommend having Mary help you with your business or casual wardrobe. You will be glad you did.”
Jay Thorne, Assistant Vice President Media Relations - Arizona State University
Feeling Good And Looking Good Are Tied Intrinsically.
"Q. Contrary and Mary Zarob have helped me achieve both with her expert wardrobe advice, perfect fitting custom made shirts and her “superpowers” that give her the ability to tell you exactly the right look for any event."
Ben Smith, CEO - BioXSkinCare
Making a good first impression is so important.
"Making a good first impression is so important. Mary has helped custom make me shirts, jackets and find the right accessories to pull my looks together. She has amazing patterns, fabrics, and attention to detail. Mary is professional and a joy to work with. I had her speak to my executive team on dressing professionally. Her knowledge and insight helped inspire and guide my team to dress professionally and polished for the office. I highly recommend Mary."
Tim O'Neal - CEO Goodwill
The quality of the shirts is top of the line and I enjoy wearing them.
"I enjoy working with Mary. She has a great eye for fashion and always helps me pick great fabrics and patterns for my custom shirts. I'm super busy and appreciate that she meets me at my office and I don't have to go to the mall. The quality of the shirts is top of the line and I enjoy wearing them."
Michael Lieb - President Michael Lieb, Ltd.
Every time I wear something made by Mary, people always ask if I have lost weight.
"I have been buying clothes from Mary for about 5 years now and wish I would have met her years ago. She does a great job picking out patterns, styles and clothes for me. Every time I wear something made by Mary, people always ask if I have lost weight."
Bo Calbert - Retired President of McCarthy Southwest
She’s very knowledgeable regarding the latest fabrics and styles.
“I enjoyed my entire custom suit experience with Mary. She’s very knowledgeable regarding the latest fabrics and styles. Highly recommend!”
Ryan Sarbinoff - Vice President | Regional Manager at Marcus & Millichap
Have Mary help with your business or casual wardrobe. You will be glad you did.
“She is the best. Have Mary help with your business or casual wardrobe. You will be glad you did. (It’s not really like shopping!)”
Jay Thorne - Assistant Vice President Media Relations at ASU
Feeling good and looking good are tied intrinsically. Q. Contrary and Mary Zarob have helped me to do both.
"Feeling good and looking good are tied intrinsically. Q. Contrary and Mary Zarob have helped me to do both, with her wardrobe advice, custom made shirts and her superpowers to tell you exactly the look for any event."
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Privacy first, always
I have been fortunate to work with high-profile clients, and I remain committed to protecting the integrity of their privacy.
For clients that prefer the highest level of privacy during fitting appointments, I offer in-home or after-hours sessions at my store. All of your measurements are taken by me personally.
During fittings, the photos I need to collaborate with my tailors are always taken from the shoulders down to prevent identification, and unless you provide me with your explicit consent, I will not share any photos for promotional reasons.
Call me old-fashioned, but I also refuse to use cloud-based tools for my client records to avoid unwanted eyes on their information. Any personal information is stored on a private device and securely kept on premise.
Quite frankly, we’re not your father’s or grandfather’s tailor, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have extensive experience in designing and tailoring custom clothing.
At Q. Contrary, we believe that regardless of style, our role is to design custom clothing that is the perfect fit for your body type and lifestyle, in a color that compliments your skin tone, is comfortable and makes you feel confident that what you’re wearing reflects your good taste and personality.
It can be a struggle to find clothes that fit perfectly, but we are problem solvers with decades of experience in the design and fashion world. To that end, we guide our clients through the whole process, from your fitting to selecting the right fabric and style that not only are best for you but appropriate for the occasion. We know it’s critical to sweat the small stuff -- like buttons, thread, color, and all the details that make your custom clothing from Q. Contrary an investment with longevity and give you the confidence and peace of mind knowing you’re dressed for whatever the day may bring.
In today’s fast-paced lifestyle, we all have a wide variety of “occasions” from work to weddings to date night and even the golf course that require different types of clothing. Q. Contrary stands ready to help you select what’s appropriate not only for you, but for each different situation that requires a “change of clothes.”
We regularly update the Q. Contrary YouTube channel with new videos to inform and educate our customers. It’s our way of making sure they know about the latest styles and new clothing releases as well as providing seasonal shopping ideas and other tips and information regarding Men’s and Women’s fashions.