Originally Posted by wj4
I called Freddy today and unfortunately he is not taking in new customers at the moment. He said I can call back in a couple of months to see if he has more time then. The folks at Richard Lim got back to me. They told me that there are no limits when it comes in ordering shirts and a shirt ranges from $225-275. Should I also inquire with Ascot Chang and Anto? I inquired with Ascot Chang and I was told I need to put in an order with no less than 4 shirts, starting at $200 per shirt. I browsed Anto's website and there are no contact information. I tried to Yelp Anto as well, but no luck. I'm tempted to get one shirt from Richard Lim to see how the quality and call Freddy back in several months to see if he has any openings by then. I don't mind the 4 order minimum for Ascot Chang, but I'm kind of hesitant because I don't know what to expect since it will be my first time requesting their service.
Come to think of it, there is one other shirtmaker I've tried in Los Angeles. Mr. Lee on Fairfax (the block south of Samy's Camera). http://www.yelp.com/biz/mr-lee-custo...op-los-angeles
I used him before Richard Lim and Freddy V, but his prices are very similar. As for the experience, it's a bespoke process with multiple fittings, however, it can't be compared to Freddy's shirts. Top of the list in LA would be Freddy / Anto (from what I've heard). But Anto has a much higher profile location, hence the minimum shirt order and slightly higher costs. Mr. Lee would be a step down, and probably a tie with Richard Lim in terms of quality. However, as much as I love Richard's jackets and pants, the shirts are a bit wanting. My collars were fused (though I'm sure it's possible to get a soft collar) and there were no fittings.
Originally Posted by teddieriley
This. Freddy is straight bespoke. He files the paper patterns for all of his clients in a metal file drawer. Best fitting shirt you're likely going to get in L.A. I'm sure he can get most any fabric you want. Very reasonably priced as well.
Freddy just can't be beat. He's a zero BS guy, yet still comes off as warm and happy to work with you. I had some friends I wanted to steer his way; I'm both happy and sad to hear he's not taking any new customers. I hope he stays in business for a long time to come.