a couple of projects I had Al do for me that I wanted to share (and unlike UC's experience, I was extremely
happy with the results
in the past year, Al has hired a number of young assistants and used more order automation / photographs to make sure he gets your order right and it's made a BIG difference to the end result over prior years. They now take lots of pictures not only of you but of the details you want on the garment so they don't get forgotten or missed and I highly recommend you tell them each detail you want and make sure it gets photographed so there is no misunderstandings. There were small issues with two of these projects, but all were made right by the end. I love using these guys and will continue to use them for many more projects in the future.
For the longest time, I tried to find a brown waxed cotton cafe racer jacket and never could so I had Al make me one out of Dark Tan Martexin waxed cotton I sourced myself and the fit in just incredible as are the attention to details. The vests were made out of tweeds I sourced in Ireland or Scotland and look amazing and fit great.
(my next project will be a brown Donegal wool pea coat and possibly another cafe racer jacket made out of Horween black/brown leather)
btw, the San Francisco Chronicle ran a nice story on Al: http://www.sfgate.com/style/article/Al-Ribaya-of-Al-s-Attire-From-cobbling-to-custom-2352320.php
(a) waxed cotton cafe racer jacket w/ vintage Buco and Talon hardware (Dark Tan Martexin waxed cotton fabric)
(b) tweed vests: 1) brown fleck Donegal; 2) brown/olive/rust 5 thread weave Harris Tweed; 3) grey melange Donegal - all with vintage looking linen backs to keep them cool and Al's vintage deadstock 1930's buttons
(c) horsehide leather vintage-looking suspendersEdited by NorCal_1 - 7/3/13 at 4:30am