Originally Posted by MunnyGuy
Has anyone tried Levonian The Custom Shirtmaker 1015 WELLINGTON ST ???
I am a former resident of Ottawa and had 3 shirts made by Rachel at Levonian about 2 years ago. Overall, I found the experience very positive. She is very down to earth and easy to communicate with, especially compared to the bluster of some Toronto tailors and shirt-makers I've interacted with lately. She listened very carefully to what I said I wanted for the shirt, and then executed it exactly as I had specified.
She doesn't have a minimum order for shirts. As well, she takes measurements and then supplies a finished shirt. She did not offer a fitting, but I did not ask for one. It came with high arm-holes and shanked buttons as a matter of course. I asked for a soft lining in the cuffs and collar and it came with exactly that. She said she had three different stiffnesses of lining she carried and could execute stiffer collars if the customer wanted. During the measuring, she asked if I wanted a split-yoke and mother-of-pearl buttons, stating that many of her clients are indifferent to these details (it is Ottawa
after all). The split-yoke does not cost anything extra but the MOP buttons are $10. The shirts come with small, elegant labels which she places at bottom of the
She has a good number of fabrics in-stock in the show-room. Some fabrics are $175, some are $195 (this is 2 years ago). I believe most of the fabrics are Testa. I knew very little about fabrics at the time, so didn't know to ask about Thomas Mason or other better quality shirtings. As well, she made me a pleated-front dinner shirt at very short notice (7 days) for, I think, $275.
The first shirt I got from her fit very, very well. I specified some minor changes for the second shirt (slightly slimmer placket, slightly higher collar band in front, slightly longer collar points, and slightly narrower collar spread) and she executed them all perfectly.
Part of what made the experience so positive is that she is very passionate about the craft of shirt-making. As an example, my first shirt came with thin mother-of-pearl buttons, which I lamented, and she explained was all she could get from her Canadian supplier. I believe this is true as I've ordered shirts from a Toronto shirt-maker that came with the exact same buttons. When I went to see her for a second shirt, she had just returned from a vacation in the States and brought back a supply of first-rate, full thickness mother-of-pearl buttons such as are seen on quality British shirts and was excited to show them to me. Subsequent shirts all came with these very good buttons.
Overall, I would say Levonian represents very good value and I intend to go back and buy more shirts.