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Title says it all. I'm in Houston and have a rather expensive suit (my first Brioni) that I want to get tailored, have the sleeves finished, etc. I usually just go to Marcello's in the Galleria for alterations, but since I've never had them do anything beyond hemming or sleeve shortening, I wanted to get some recommendations from the Houston members before going anywhere.
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Eerie. I was just logging on to this forum to post a similar question. I'll answer yours first. There are two tailors that I know of who are excellent: Bill Walker Clothiers in Uptown Park (Loop 610 and Post Oak Blvd., where Champps is located); and Nick Lopez Tailoring, which is located directly across Sage Street from the Galleria. You might also try Norton Ditto and Harold's in the Heights.  They aren't "stand alone" tailors, but I would imagine they would be able and willing to perform tailoring services. My question is, does anyone know of a good alterations firm, one that will actually follow my instructions?   I refuse to use Marcello's for a number of reasons, not the least of which is their refusal to make alterations how I specify them to be made; it seems they prefer to impose upon me their idea of what I want. Thanks in advance.
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The best alterations tailors in Houston that I know of are at M. Penner. They'll do alterations of the customer's own merchandise at reasonable rates as a courtesy to established customers, but I don't know how willing they would be to do it for walk-ins.
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HB: Out of curiosity, you mind sharing any examples of your experiences with the tailors you've mentioned (e.g. what major alterations you had, how they turned out)? Mainly I'm just trying to find reassurance that whatever place I go to has experience with both high end clothes and more styled ones than the usual Houston sack suit. I'm also interested in hearing what happened at Marcello's to prompt your comments, as I've never done anything beyond the basics with them. jcusey: I agree with your assessment of M. Penner's in-house tailoring, as I used them the last time I needed a suit alteration. Of course, this was 2-3 years ago, after I had bought a suit from them a short while ago, and I'm hesitant to try to push my luck and impose (the same goes for Norton Ditto, Harold's, etc, where I'm not a regular).
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HB: Out of curiosity, you mind sharing any examples of your experiences with the tailors you've mentioned (e.g. what major alterations you had, how they turned out)? I'm also interested in hearing what happened at Marcello's to prompt your comments, as I've never done anything beyond the basics with them.
Yes, I'm happy to share. Forgive me if I don't exhibit a perfect tailor's vocabulary. Regarding Bill Walker and Nick Lopez, the alterations I had done were fairly major, at least in my experience. Each of them had to recut a jacket for me, and Bill Walker had to recut a pair of pants. Both did an excellent job. I was pleased with their professionalism, particularly at Bill Walker, and with the end result.  Jacket and pants fit me perfect, definitely not the usual "Houston sack suit."  I know what you're talking about when you make that reference. In fact, that's the main source of my complaint about Marcello's: they either don't know how or don't want to create anything but a sack suit.  Each time I've had Marcello's alter a jacket, the end product looked as much like a gunny sack as a suit jacket. Additionally, I have told them, in the past, for example, that I wanted 1/2" of my shirt sleeve to show beneath my suit jacket sleeve. Rather than saying "OK" and making the appropriate mark on the jacket sleeve, they first tried to convince me I didn't really want that look because it was "traditional." After confirming to them that I actually meant that I wanted 1/2" of my shirt sleeve to show, instead of marking the 1/2" point, they would start with approximately 1/8" then 1/4" then finally they would pin it at about 1/2".  Nevertheless, when I got the jacket back it showed only about 1/8" of my shirt sleeve.  
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Eerie. I was just logging on to this forum to post a similar question. I'll answer yours first. There are two tailors that I know of who are excellent: Bill Walker Clothiers in Uptown Park (Loop 610 and Post Oak Blvd., where Champps is located); and Nick Lopez Tailoring, which is located directly across Sage Street from the Galleria. You might also try Norton Ditto and Harold's in the Heights.  They aren't "stand alone" tailors, but I would imagine they would be able and willing to perform tailoring services. My question is, does anyone know of a good alterations firm, one that will actually follow my instructions?   I refuse to use Marcello's for a number of reasons, not the least of which is their refusal to make alterations how I specify them to be made; it seems they prefer to impose upon me their idea of what I want. Thanks in advance.
I used to live in Houston, and used Nic Lopez Tailoring extensively. I can highly recommend the place; Nic is a colorful fellow (and perhaps because of that, not necessarily to everyone's taste...) and a true artisan. Alterations -- from minor to complex -- have always been completed to my satisfaction. Morevoer, NLT has made countless bespoke items for me (suits, jackets, and pants); in fact, today, I am wearing a pair of bespoke trousers that Nic made for me some years ago: light weight olive gaberdine, triple pleat with continuous waistband all the way around. :-) I left Houston some years ago, and continued to use NLT, but later had a "falling-out", so I don't use them anymore for my bespoke needs. Still, I am happy to recommend NLT, as the quality of their work speaks for itself.
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If you are anywhere near the northwest side, I have had good luck with Mario's on FM 1960. They are in a shopping center across from Willowbrook Mall. Unfortunately, I haven't had them do anything that others have described her as "extensive". They have cuffed some trousers for me, shortened sleeves, etc. Nothing more than that. They do have some swatch books in there, and I assume you could order shirts or suits from them, but I haven't looked into it and probably won't . They also have a few ties on a table for sale, nothing remarkable. It seems more like an alterations place, in the sense that when I have been there, I have also seen women getting wedding gowns altered and that sort of thing. I do not know "Mario" (whoever he.... or she, I suppose...might be) but I can say that their people have always gotten the small jobs right. They are very close to my office and I found them more out of convenience than anything. BONUS: they have pictures on the wall of the Rockets Power Dancers, so I guess Mario's must have helped outfit them in their, ahem, uniforms. Purrrr. UNRELATED SPORTS COMMENT: Go T-Mac. Very entertaining Rockets vs. Mavericks game last night. OFF-TOPIC BUT SARTORIALLY RELEVANT COMMENT: Avery Johnson had on a shirt last night that was totally, uh, noteworthy. Dark royal blue, (cobalt?) with a varsity-type collar, BUT it had a small-- maybe 1/8"-- white, "border", I guess you would call it, around the collar and the French cuffs. Kabbaz might have spontaneously and violently regurgitated at the sight of it.
post #8 of 8
Has anyone tried Holsey Custom Clothes for alterations? They used to be located at Kirby and Richmond but I think they've decamped to Richmond and Chimney Rock.
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