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We Hand Tailor Carmelite Habits for sale to the general public, traditional, authentic monks, Friars and nuns habits of the Roman Catholic and Anglican Church traditions in the Benedictine, Franciscan, Dominican, Carmelite, Cistercian styles etc., Including monastic and medieval style capes and clergy cassocks.

We also tailor traditional monastic and clerical garments, Rasa and habits of the Orthodox Churches and Byzantine and other Eastern Rites as well as certain Byzantine and Latin/Western and Anglican liturgical vestments.

We can tailor and customize to your garment/habit specifications, and may be able to serve your special projects, events, ceremonies and monastic/religious profession ceremonies.

St. Teresa of Avila, (1515-82) With St. John of the Cross, founded the discelced, reformed branch of the Carmelite Friars & Nuns

Born at Avila, Castile, Spain, on March 28, the daughter of Alonso Sanchez de Cepeda and his second wife, Beatrice Davila y Ahumada, she was educated by Augustinian nuns but was forced to leave their convent at Avila in 1532 because of ill health. Long attracted to the religious life, she became a Carmelite at Avila in 1536, was professed the next year, left in 1538 because of illness, but returned in 1540.

She experienced visions and heard voices, 1555-56, which caused her great anguish until St. Peter of Alcantara became her spiritual advisor in 1557 and convinced her that they were authentic. Despite bitter opposition, she founded St.Joseph Monastery at Avila in 1562 for nuns who wished  to live an enclosed spiritual life rather than the relaxed style so prevalent in monasteries of the time. In 1567, Fr. Rubeo, prior general of the Carmelites gave her permission to establish other monasteries based on the strict rule followed at St. Joseph’s; in time she was to found sixteen monasteries.

While establishing her second monastery, at Medino del Campo, she met a young (Carmelite) friar named John Yepes (John of the Cross), founded her first monastery for men (the first reform Carmelite monastery) at Duruelo in 1568, and then turned the task of founding Carmelite reformed monasteries over to John (who had earlier thought of joining the strict, cloistered Carthusian Order)