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Bespoke Tailoring in Montreal; locating the best.

post #1 of 25
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Last December I wrote of my disappointing and costly experience in searching for a quality bespoke tailor in Montreal. After that episode I was wary of the self accolades of their various websites and tested those waters a lot more carefully when I again ventured into this territory. After a few 'phone calls and exchange of emails with those listing themselves as 'bespoke' I selected one of them to make a sports coat. I chose Rudolf Popradi and couldn't have made a better choice. He is a genuine, European trained master tailor whose work proved to be, in a word, superb. The cut and fit both proved to be excellent as is the workmanship. Probably the former qualities emerge from Popradi being both the cutter and maker so that once he has cut the fabric he shapes the making of the garment to a client he has personally measured and studied. What is really impressive, however, is the standard of workmanship. As he said to me during our initial discussions: "when you have been trained correctly by masters of their chosen profession then you only know one way of doing things and that is 'the right way' ". Although I had to wait a little while to get on his books and then wait for the garment to go through the fitting stages and the process of total hand construction I have a garment that will be with me forever and in which I can take pride. It is satisfying to know that for those of us who put a value on being well dressed and wearing clothes whose quality is readily apparent there are still genuine craftsmen who take satisfaction from practicing the highest standards of their trade and in giving their clients the best available. Therefore, after a rocky start a year ago I am happy to conclude: "search concluded'
post #2 of 25
I'm in montreal myself. I'm Wondering what the pricing was like?

Also the fact you have two posts makes this look like spam, so it's hard to take your word for it.
post #3 of 25
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I can assure you that my commentary and experiences are genuine.
post #4 of 25
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"when you have been trained correctly by masters of their chosen profession then you only know one way of doing things and that is 'the right way' ".'

facepalm.giffacepalm.giffacepalm.gif

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I can assure you that my commentary and experiences are genuine.

Pics?
post #5 of 25

Hello Papito,

 

Please what's Rudolf Propadi's phone number/email?

 

Thanks

post #6 of 25
Pics of the garment, or garments in question, would be appreciated.
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http://dailyxy.com/article/rudolf-popardi-master-bespoke-tailor/  Here is a link to a story about me, Rudolf Popradi, in the Daily XY, Canada leading online men's magazine.  In the story there is a link that takes you right to my website. The story is entertaining and well written from an aspiring freelance  writer Chris Riddell from the Daily XY.   He contacted me and asked if he could to an  interview about how I started, where I was trained and how the industry has changed since I started. I am always more than happy to talk about my craft.  I hope you enjoy the story. 


Edited by Rudolf - 2/15/14 at 12:41pm
post #8 of 25

I find to many people are calling themselves a bespoke tailor. I asked a tailor whats bespoke and he said its another way for saying tailor...sad.

 

This is from Rudolfs article link,

"True bespoke”, what he does, is one hundred per cent handmade. But today, bespoke can just mean that the suit is made to your measurements and the cutting and stitching are done by machines. There are very few true bespoke tailors left in the world, even in London, England where the profession began in 1790."

 

Again, 'sigh', This shows that the tailor nor the writer of that article knows what bespoke is.China can make a full suit by hand, does that mean its bespoke!

Im not saying Rudolf is not good, but i feel that this word is loosing its true essence. Any minute now Bespoke will be in the next Moore's commercial.

post #9 of 25

I absolutely agree with you that the term Bespoke is loosing it true essence. “Bespoke” which originated from Savile Row, London, the Golden mile of tailoring and has meant one thing since 1790 having a full floating canvas, basted fitting and detailed hand finishing. Only fully bespoke suits are created, with functioning handmade button holes, canvas and horsehair layering in the chest plate and no fusing or glue anywhere.

 In June 2008, everything changed, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), a British advertising regulator, ruled that “Bespoke” could be used when selling made to measure suit as long as it was cut and sewn by machine.  The previous standards went out the window. Tailors in Saville Row fought in court to keep the term Bespoke as it was used from 1790. They lost and the high standards which were associated with Bespoke after 2008 went out the window.  In the article link you mention the writer uses the word “True Bespoke” so that the reader will understand that what Rudolf produces is 100 per hand made. In China they can make a full suit by hand, this is like comparing Michelangelo to someone who just came from art school They both use oil and canvas but the craftsmanship is where the talent lies. It is like saying that all tailors are the same, and they are not.  

It doesn’t really matter what you call it Bespoke, True Bespoke, made to measure or custom made, if you are happy with your suit and you feel like a million bucks when you put it on, that’s what counts.    

 

Rudolf Popradi, Master Bespoke Tailor 

Montreal, Canada  

 

post #10 of 25

@Rudolf, nice to see a Canadian tailor on these forums. I'm very interested in what you do. How would you describe your 'house style' or 'house cut'? I've seen the pictures on the website and to be honest they are not very illuminating. I'm also not very familiar with Central European tailoring traditions, so I'd be interested to hear what you have to say about either.

post #11 of 25

Hi,

Again, im sure Rudolf is good tailor that uses all the techniques, but again, China can and does also sew suits that way and it doesn't make it bespoke. With respect, from my experience and research (fascination) bespoke is the tailors capability to understand fit and balance on that persons particular posture, accommodating this with of-course, hand made. There are many size 42's on the 'of the rack' market and they all fit different because how the pattern maker or fitter decided to balance the garment.

 

I will quote Pellegrino Castronovo, a Montreal bespoke suit tailor , "there are 3 things a real bespoke tailor must be a professional in, the fit, the making and the fabric. Two out of three just don't do."

http://www.pellegrinocastronovo.com/ check out his Bio, its sick..

Pellegrino keeps on talking about the fits, I guess thats why @FlyingMonkey felt there was a connection missing on the website and the word bespoke.

How i see it its like an architects who builds homes, who's skilled in engineering and design.  But he is not the brick layer nor the professional tile installer, the architects is a totally different person and adds a element that makes it a masterpiece. A besoke tailor is not just a great tailor, he has the element of design and of human architect.

Rudolf your suits look well built like Audi but they don't scream Ferrari. There is nothing wrong being a Audi at all but the title of this blog is "Bespoke Tailoring in Montreal; locating the best." and im just not buying it from the threads above, sorry.

post #12 of 25
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I will quote Pellegrino Castronovo, a Montreal bespoke suit tailor , "there are 3 things a real bespoke tailor must be a professional in, the fit, the making and the fabric. Two out of three just don't do."

http://www.pellegrinocastronovo.com/ check out his Bio, its sick..

 

Ralph, I am asking Rudolf a serious and polite question and I don't think anyone here needs you to keep attacking him, let alone before he has even had a chance to answer for himself.

 

And to be honest, that website you linked to looks ludicrous with its corporate style, bad taste titles, vague boasting, name-dropping, promises to help a man 'channel his inner James Bond' and so on. If you think that's a good example of a bespoke tailor, you really shouldn't be going around trying to tell others what bespoke is about. I'd recommend watching the series of videos made by Andrew Yamato with Rory Duffy for rather more insight and less bling: http://asuitablewardrobe.blogspot.jp/2013/10/the-making-of-coat.html

post #13 of 25

that might be the douchiest website I have ever seen.

post #14 of 25

Lol, I meant more about the message of the fit and balance then the review of there website. Rereading my message i apologize to @Rudolf that it came out 'attacking' I have never tried your suit before. Excuse me for my bitter tone, just had a lot of bad experience and wasted money of tailors promising the moon.

Thanks @FlyingMonkey for the Andrew Yamato link.

post #15 of 25

Apology accepted : )  It takes a big man to apologize. Even though the title for this thread is called Bespoke Tailoring in Montreal, locating the best, I never claim  to be the best and in no way is my website.  My only claim is that I am a Bespoke Tailor working out of Montreal. The website can definitely use an upgrade with recent pictures maybe a few more bells and whistles but again it seems to be bringing in business.  Since you are interested in Bespoke tailoring, and have taken the time  to research, if you have a chance please  take a look at my youtube videos it gives you a better understanding of what I do and my passion for this beautiful craft. There is a new youtube video  just uploaded  which might even make you laugh and take away the bitterness.  Just enter my name in youtube.  

 

 

Rudolf Popradi, Bespoke Master Tailor

Montreal

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