I think it's Modernize. They're the only tailor with a proper button hole machine in Vancouver AFAIK.
I think it's a bit unknown as to what state of retirement all the fellows are at as they're getting on but I think they're still open.
Yeah, you're right. I had a brain fart on the name. I'd heard the same thing about the buttonhole machine being the only one in Vancouver as well but wasn't entirely certain. Just seemed a little odd to me.
I'm not sure if anyone's tried Main Tailor (it's on main street). It may or may not be the same place as "May Sun" tailors mentioned earler in the thread -- May Sun apparently used to exist at the same address (3673 Main).
I went in there to order a shirt. The owner seems to be an affable man. I picked out some cotton broadcloth, which seemed fairly nice. I asked what the thread count was, but I may have been asking the wrong way -- I said "you know. like 100s, 120s, etc." He told me that this was only for wool. At which point I let the matter drop, since I liked the feel of the fabric well enough. Also, I may have been asking the wrong way -- I assumed that it's pronounced "one-hundred-ess", but maybe it's pronounced "one-hundreds"? (I'm new at this.)
The workmanship on the finished shirts that he had in the shop looked quite nice to me, so I'm optimistic. The options available seemed to be fairly standard for MTM shirts:
1. Several collar types: point, semi spread, spread, cutaway. I think five in total.
2. Placket, french placket, no placket.
3. Pocket or none.
4. Tapered fit or not.
There might be some options that I'm missing.
I tried to ask if the collars are fused or not; here again, I may have asked the question the wrong way, because he didn't seem to know what I meant. But he did tell me that the collar would be stiffer than mine (I was wearing a shirt from Ratio, my previous foray into MTM, which has a fused collar.) So I infer that this will be a fused collar. Which is fine with me, I was more curious than anything else.
Anyway, I like the guy, and notwithstanding some miscommunications, I'm optimistic about the place.
The price for my shirt was 140, and I'm told it'll be ready in three weeks. I hope to post pics then.