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Recommend a Tailor for Working Sleeve Buttons

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
I want to get working sleeve buttons put on the Hickey Freeman Hand Tailored suit that I bought. Can anyone recommend a good tailor to do this work in either New Jersey, or New York City (preferably close to the Upper West Side). Thanks.
post #2 of 20
I've used Peppino for working buttonholes--he charges $52 for 8 working buttonholes, handmade. That's an unbeatable price.

I know a few other members have had problems with him, and he is gruff. I haven't had a problem with him though. Just be very clear what you want, and make sure he notes your requests down on a piece of paper pinned to the sleeves. Also insist on the most senior tailor there to personally do the work for you.
post #3 of 20
Peppino really screwed up and took a well deserved hammering here recently but he normally does a good job. He is grumpy but there's a lot of room for humour in there, too.

I'd advise that you get him to baste the sleeves (if you're going to get them shortened) and wear a shirt that fits you so you can judge the length. This has been mentioned here a few times but I think it's an element that demands prominence. One final point is to be sure you ask for kissing buttons. You'll end up with some handsome workmanship that probably only you will notice and that won't break the bank.
post #4 of 20
Echo the Peppino.
Other option is Bhambi (sp.) at $10 a buttonhole
post #5 of 20
Summit tailor in Summit (NJ). I forget how much Carlos charges.
post #6 of 20
What about in GA? Athens would be nice, but anywhere between here and metro ATL is fine. My regular tailor doesn't do buttonholes, and I recently bought a jacket at NM last call - a grey peaked-lapel 2-button Luciano Barbera of lush S100's CB fabric - that is crying out to have the sleeves finished properly.
post #7 of 20
hope you'll consider my favorite source, Custom Clothing in Atlanta. let me check the quick-dial on my cell....ah, here it is 404-843-3765, i usually work with Mr. Ron Katis.

actually, should you call them would you post how it went/ most current price (i need to send at least one more jacket their way)? they used to do it for $100, which included return to you via UPS in a proper suit-box, bagged and on a hanger. they are a VERY professional enterprise, always had a great experience. if you live near them, hope some of you guys will check them out for custom clothing, i'd do it myself if i wasn't so far away.

here's my basic 'note' i include with my jackets:

Please have your excellent tailors hand-stitch functional buttonholes on the enclosed jacket's sleeves, ensuring that the buttons "kiss" when fastened. Enclosed is a money order for $100 to cover the charge and shipping.
post #8 of 20
Thanks, Foxx. That was the name I was looking for. You PM'ed it to me before the crash but I forgot to write it down outside of the PM. I talked to Glenda at ATL Custom Tailors today - Ron Katis is taking a few days off - and I'll be stopping by their shop on Friday morning. It is basically 3/4 the way to my mother's house from my home. The cost is now $100 + shipping, and their current lead time is about two weeks. Obviously I'll know more on Friday. One of the other things I'm going to bring to them is a sportcoat (Armani Collezioni) that has a great cut for my body but horrible fabric and construction quality, to see if they could do something similar for me.
post #9 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the replies everyone. I think I'm going to give Summit Tailors a try because it would be easier for me to use a tailor in Jersey (I live in NJ, but go to school in NYC). I"ll let everyone know how it works out.
post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by The_Foxx
hope you'll consider my favorite source, Custom Clothing in Atlanta. let me check the quick-dial on my cell....ah, here it is 404-843-3765, i usually work with Mr. Ron Katis.

actually, should you call them would you post how it went/ most current price (i need to send at least one more jacket their way)? they used to do it for $100, which included return to you via UPS in a proper suit-box, bagged and on a hanger. they are a VERY professional enterprise, always had a great experience. if you live near them, hope some of you guys will check them out for custom clothing, i'd do it myself if i wasn't so far away.

here's my basic 'note' i include with my jackets:

Please have your excellent tailors hand-stitch functional buttonholes on the enclosed jacket's sleeves, ensuring that the buttons "kiss" when fastened. Enclosed is a money order for $100 to cover the charge and shipping.

Foxx,

Do you get the sleeves fitted first or do you send them your sleeve length when you send the jacket?
post #11 of 20
Yes, let us know how it turns out. I am sure you will be very happy. Carlos is a real find. You don't need to go to Manhattan for top level tailoring. While you're there, talk to him about how he makes suits - almost entirely by hand. He loves talking about his work. His shop is on Maple Street.
post #12 of 20
well, i think in the past i have included requests for VERY MINOR sleeve shortening, as you can't shorten very much and still add functional buttonholes (unless you want them to mess with the length from the shoulder....makes me nervous). I have a jacket to send for about a 1/8" to 1/4" shortening, plus add functional buttons-- mostly, my jackets are perfect in the sleeve length as is for me to show 1/2" of shirt cuff; this jacket is cut a little differently.
post #13 of 20
Thread Starter 
Well, I got my suit back today from Carlos at Summit Tailors and here are the pics:







post #14 of 20
funny 'kissing' story - I picked up a nice Burberry suit at a thrif store for $20. It was missing the lowest sleeve button on one sleeve. I luckily realized the button for the lower inside lining pocket has the exact same style and size of button for its flap (I never use those anyway).

I figured as this was a thrift shop find I'd take it to the local cleaners - they have done minor repairs, such as hemming jeans, shortening dress shirt sleeves, etc. for us and always done a decent job.

I was disappointed when my wife brought it home as I discovered the button they sewed on was clearly (to me anyway - my wife said she couldn't see it) too far away and a hair further than the the other three were apart from each other (admittedly not quite touching).

I marched right back out and was about 20 feet from the shop when I had a moment of clarity and looked at the other sleeve - it was spaced the same way!! (last button standing more 'alone')

I guess the cleaners' tailor figured that was the "burberry' way and copied it ..... so much for quality control at the ol' Burberry factory.....
post #15 of 20
The range of prices for working buttonholes is interesting here. I took a new suit to Geoffrey Lewis in DC today and was told $120. I'd read in another thread they charged $80, so I mentioned that and, though the price seemed flexible based on the extent of the other alterations I am (still) considering, it seemed like the price was pretty firm if I was only having the pants let out an inch and hemmed.

should I shop around more (anyone know what field's charges?) or is the going rate going up now that this seems to be "trendy"?
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