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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I was wondering if tailors can remove some shoulder padding from a jacket? I got a new suit, and it's a great suit except for some minor fit adjustments (needs the waist taken in a bit, like always). Also, there is supposedly a very good tailor in the La jolla area. Anyone know who that is? Thanks
post #2 of 13
Full Canvas has posted about tailors in La Jolla. The shoulder padding can be removed.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Yea, I know all the padding can be removed, but how about just some?
post #4 of 13
If it is a single piece pad, then it will need to be replaced with the tailor's own, lighter padding, preferably not a one-piece. If the padding is in layers, then yes, some can be removed.
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by whoopee
If it is a single piece pad, then it will need to be replaced with the tailor's own, lighter padding, preferably not a one-piece. If the padding is in layers, then yes, some can be removed.

Thank you much!
post #6 of 13
San Diego tailor post: http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=12425

Suppoesdly the tailors at Margaret's Cleaners aren't half bad either. I've used them for dry cleaning, and they're pricey but excellent.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by Brian SD
I was wondering if tailors can remove some shoulder padding from a jacket? I got a new suit, and it's a great suit except for some minor fit adjustments (needs the waist taken in a bit, like always).

Also, there is supposedly a very good tailor in the La jolla area. Anyone know who that is?

Thanks

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Originally Posted by whoopee
Full Canvas has posted about tailors in La Jolla.


Felice Custom Tailors
7853 Herschel Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037

(858) 454-8205
speak to Romeo Singca (row-Mayo Sing-kah)

Romeo has made many bespoke suits, odd jackets, overcoats, and trousers for me in the last few years. Romeo provides both bespoke and MTM with fully canvassed or fused jackets. He gained my trust after working on my OTR and supposedly MTM Oxxford, Kiton, Brioni, Barbera, and ancient Sulka (by Brioni and Saint Andrews) items.

His alteration prices are reasonable - not cheap. He is not a mind reader. You must tell him what you wish to achieve. Don't expect him to do more or less than you request. Unless you ask for it, he will express his opinion only when you are asking for the ridiculous, absurd, or impossible.

For what it's worth, in a casual conversation with the North American representative for some of the very best cloth mills, that fellow opined to me that Romeo is one of America's top tailors. It might surprise some SF members to see some of the sartorial cognoscenti that quietly cross the threshold of Romeo's unassuming, but purposeful, establishment.

Uniquely, Romeo has no distinct house style. He is not a designer; he is a copyist of the highest order. Don't scoff. Gainsborough and Constable began their careers as copyists.
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Originally Posted by Brian SD
Thank you much!

Good news for me, too. I just got an unworn (?) Samualsohn b/w houndstooth DB suit off eBay for (drumroll please) ten bucks. The ONLY problem is the shoulder pads are too damned big for my taste. I'll talk to my tailor soon!
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by mbc
San Diego tailor post: http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=12425

Suppoesdly the tailors at Margaret's Cleaners aren't half bad either. I've used them for dry cleaning, and they're pricey but excellent.

BrianSD is asking about shoulder padding. John (the owner) or Chuck (his nephew) at Margaret's Cleaners will refer the alteration to Romeo's shop mentioned in my previous post. Margaret's revolving staff of alterations people provide only basic alterations.

Margaret's Cleaners three locations in La Jolla, Del Mar/Rancho Santa Fe, and Newport Beach are on the same level of quality as Hallak Cleaners in NYC/Hackensack. No cleaners are better nationwide in my opinion.
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post #10 of 13
Full Canvas, thanks for posting. I was actually considering sending you a PM to ask for your tailor's name. I'm in San Diego for a year and this may be my only opportunity for many years to establish a relationship with a tailor to have custom jackets made. I've also just bought a Luciano Barbera Collezione Sartoriale suit OTR and need a tailor for alterations who can do it justice.

If I were to ask Romeo to make a jacket with a Brioni silhouette, do you think he could do it?
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by thinman
Full Canvas, thanks for posting. I was actually considering sending you a PM to ask for your tailor's name. I'm in San Diego for a year and this may be my only opportunity for many years to establish a relationship with a tailor to have custom jackets made. I've also just bought a Luciano Barbera Collezione Sartoriale suit OTR and need a tailor for alterations who can do it justice.

If I were to ask Romeo to make a jacket with a Brioni silhouette, do you think he could do it?

I'm in La Jolla for a board meeting now. I go back to Minsk in a few days.

When are you thinking of introducing yourself to Romeo? He may or may not have any Brioni items in his shop now. So, I could leave a Brioni with him until my wife and I return to La Jolla at the beginning of June. Let me know if that would help you and I'd be happy to assist.

I've seen his Brioni copies made for a certain sports team owner and for a real estate developer. So, I think it would not be a problem for Romeo to produce the jacket you want.

If you don't wish to go "the whole nine yards" fully canvassed with basted and forward fittings, the combination canvassed/fused MTM items are still verrrrrrrrrrry good.

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post #12 of 13
FC, thanks for your very kind offer. I need to take stock of my finances before I commit to anything other than alterations from Romeo. I've been on a major buying spree since hitting San Diego, since it's a unique opportunity for me. Other than an Oxxford MTM blazer and a pair of EG shoes, everything I bought was from outlet stores or consignment shops (for example, I paid $439 for the Barbera suit), but it does add up.

I'll probably visit him within the next week with a request for alterations, then he and I can talk about a custom/MTM jacket. I can PM you if it might be useful for him to have a Brioni as a model. BTW, do you (or anyone) know the differences between the various Brioni models? I think the question was posted, but didn't get a lot of responses.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by thinman
BTW, do you (or anyone) know the differences between the various Brioni models?

Most, if not all, of my Brionis came from the recently closed (2004?) de Lisi store in NYC. So, I am familiar only with the Roman Style design as it was cut for that store.
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