Hey guys, I was casually searching for a bay area tailor on google today; amongst the Seymour's Fashion, the House of Couture, and blah blahs, I came across a local tailor named Jay Hampton. I've never heard of him before. So I clicked on his website (http://jayhamptontailors.com/index.html) and learned that he has been in business since the 60s when his show room was in SF's Union Square. His prices (suits starting at $799 and shirts starting at $69) seems pretty reasonable to me. What's so interesting about this guy is he claims his suits are cut and sewn in the US. His website said, "All of our suits are expertly hand-tailored to your measurements in the United States. We are not a Hong Kong tailor shop."
So I called him and had a brief chat with him. He sounded like a nice guy and was professional over the phone. I mentioned Zegna and Loro Piano fabrics. He informed me he has a full line of Zegna fabrics at his shop in Walnut Creek. They moved shop when their building was torn down in Union Square. He also told me that he thinks those designer fabric are top of the line but so is the price and that he has a few books of less expansive Italian and English fabrics. He also said most of his fabric are either Italian or English and are in the range of s110 to s140 but he does have higher s count fabric. So my impression of that is he doesn't use Chinese made fabric. I could be wrong though. He told me there would be at least 2 fittings with one being the basted fitting. The first suit will have basted fitting and any further suit won't have it unless the client has changed their weight by about 10 pounds. I'm guessing his shop is a made to measure and not a bespoke one.
Has anyone heard or had suits made from this guy? Anyhow, long story short, we exchanged information and I told him I have a MTM 2 piece on the way and I'm interested having him to alter the suit. Also, I told him if I like his alteration, I would have him make a test jacket and eventually a 2 piece suit. He also told me he could fit his clients at their homes but they could also come to his office.
I like the idea of having a tailor not far from me who has the experience to make the clothing I want and does the work in house. I'll keep you guys updated as I make an appointment with him.
Any comments would be great.
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