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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hi all,

I was wondering if anyone has experience having custom made garments in the city of Pittsburgh? I am on relatively low budget, definitely under $1000 for a sport coat, and was wondering if this would be possible and who people would recommend. As noted, I would not be able to spend over $1000 and would like some sort of unconstructed sportcoat/blazer, something similar to a Boglioli. I could do MTM, if possible, and would be willing to settle for lower end fabric.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Best,
Sam
post #2 of 17
I have not looked into getting bespoke in pittsburgh but for MTM you can always go to Brooks, Saks, Larrimors, or Nordstroms.

For bespoke you might be better off going to DC or NY.
post #3 of 17
Frank Cicco Custom Tailors & Shirtmakers |
133 West North Street Butler, PA 16001-5256
(724) 287-5814

These guys are the real deal
post #4 of 17
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Frank Cicco Custom Tailors & Shirtmakers |
133 West North Street Butler, PA 16001-5256
(724) 287-5814
These guys are the real deal

So you know of a good custom tailor in Butler, PA, but you can't recommend a good alterations tailor for me in Dallas! lol8[1].gif I have to revisit the tailor search because the tailor I've been using extensively the past year is moving half an hour away frown.gif.
post #5 of 17
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Frank Cicco Custom Tailors & Shirtmakers |
133 West North Street Butler, PA 16001-5256
(724) 287-5814
These guys are the real deal

Very cool. Thanks, I will have to check them out, was just planning on ordering some more MTM shirts from Brooks.
post #6 of 17
Alberto & Pasquale‎
2025 Murray Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217-2103
(412) 421-5515

Best place I know in Pittsburgh (run by two tailors who grew up in Italy and have been in the business for over 30 years). Been using them for over a year and everything they've touched has been perfect.
post #7 of 17
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Alberto & Pasquale‎
2025 Murray Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217-2103
(412) 421-5515
Best place I know in Pittsburgh (run by two tailors who grew up in Italy and have been in the business for over 30 years). Been using them for over a year and everything they've touched has been perfect.

I moved to PIttsburgh about 18 months ago and use Alberto & Pasquale for alterations after trying two others, because they have been good, but not great and they are close to my home. The work I've given them has been primarily altering and cuffing trousers and slimming shirts, so I haven't yet asked them for anything challenging, not even a jacket alteration. Though their work has been good, I did not like their suggestion to put darts in the back of a checked shirt and twice with the same job they promised to have it ready by a particular time and failed to deliver on time (IIRC, slimming 4 shirts took about a month). When I asked about custom-made shirts, they told me that their shirts are MTM, since they take measurements and send them out to have the shirts made. Their house style for jackets is also not to my tastes, though others here tend to like a soft-shouldered look and might give them a try. Patience may be required.

Chris, thanks for suggesting Frank Cicco. I've known about them, but hesitated to make the drive. Your recommendation may prod me into giving them a try, if only to ask about shirts.
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much for te response. Does anyone have information on pricing? Any info on shirts or sport coats woulda be greatly appreciated
post #9 of 17
The Cicco's have gotten very good reviews on the Board. I have no personal experience with them, but my colleague bespoke a blazer by them.

They ascribe to a more traditional cut, shoulder pads, roping etc... IIRC.

Since the OP wanted a 'soft' look, it would be wise to ask this upfront and ensure that there are no surprises.

Another place for MTM is Hong Kong Tailors in Monroeville. They do good work, once again, more traditional British style. I have my wedding tux from them, and it is quite nice. They can accomodate most requests, but don't expect a Boglioli replica.
post #10 of 17
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The Cicco's have gotten very good reviews on the Board. I have no personal experience with them, but my colleague bespoke a blazer by them.
They ascribe to a more traditional cut, shoulder pads, roping etc... IIRC.
Since the OP wanted a 'soft' look, it would be wise to ask this upfront and ensure that there are no surprises.
Another place for MTM is Hong Kong Tailors in Monroeville. They do good work, once again, more traditional British style. I have my wedding tux from them, and it is quite nice. They can accomodate most requests, but don't expect a Boglioli replica.

Thanks for this information. I prefer a slightly roped shoulder, so I'm getting closer to making the drive to Butler. I currently work with a tailor in La Jolla, CA and only make it to the San Diego area every several years (this may be good for my wallet, though).
post #11 of 17
Please do let us know how your experience goes. There are not a lot of options in PGH (area), so if Cicco's is as good as it seems, we'd all drive up to Butler.
Also, Cicco's will come to you if you prefer. Thats another option... I always feel bad not ordering if I make a service come to me.
post #12 of 17

the guys I know in Pitt swear by Larrimor's in PNC Plaza. Better everything than the department stores, including MTM. Don't know about true bespoke though, but you could always go to Chicago or the tri-state area if you are looking to spend big.

post #13 of 17
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the guys I know in Pitt swear by Larrimor's in PNC Plaza. Better everything than the department stores, including MTM. Don't know about true bespoke though, but you could always go to Chicago or the tri-state area if you are looking to spend big.

I stopped by Larrimors in the South Hills yesterday. They offer Hickey Freeman and Oxxford MTM. I priced a Hickey starting at $1495.
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by AlexInExile View Post

Alberto & Pasquale‎
2025 Murray Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217-2103
(412) 421-5515
Best place I know in Pittsburgh (run by two tailors who grew up in Italy and have been in the business for over 30 years). Been using them for over a year and everything they've touched has been perfect.

+1. I've been working with Pasquale and it has been a pleasure. His old-world handwork and attention to detail are a rarity and it is the best I've seen. He will work with you until both he and you are happy.
Edited by yywwyy - 6/21/12 at 5:25pm
post #15 of 17
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+1. I've been working with Pasquale and it has been a pleasure. His old-world handwork and attention to detail are a rarity and it is the best I've seen. He will work with you until both he and you are happy.


Just went to him to have some pant alterations done. He seems like a nice guy. Have you or anyone on this thread had Pasquale make a jacket or pants (his shirts are MTM and are made in China, so not made on premises)? Rough cost and details?

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