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Hi, In the earlier thread regarding custom suits posted by chalmers22, laura mentioned Alan Rouleau as a possible option for bespoke work in Boston, Massachusetts. I've only visited his boutique once and inquired about a suit, but I'm aware his tailors are well versed in making other articles of clothing. Has anyone here commissioned work from this tailoring house before? I'm interested in hearing a review of the quality of his work and not just what he's capable of doing regarding suits. Thanks, Tom
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Hi tjmaglio, I endured two consecutive negative experiences with Alan Rouleau. The first time I commissioned an Alan Rouleau suit was in 1996. The lady had promised me at least two fittings, but when I came in for the second the fitter abruptly announced that no more alterations needed to be made. Additionally, I specifically asked for a loose notch--that is, I wanted a slit between the notch and the rest of the lapel--but they evidently ignored me completely. When I informed the lady of their error, she told me they could alter it for another $200. Another $200 on top of the $3,000 I'd already paid. Then, in 2000, after hearing more and more good reviews of Alan Rouleau, I gave it another shot. This time, I wanted a traditional Neapolitan cut--trumpet sleeves, high notches, thin lapels. They fitted me--and I waited. And waited. And waited. To my great relief, the two fittings were enough to make the suit come out decently three months later. Unfortunately, I later found that they had cut some technical corners. The buttons were made of some kind of plastic imitation of horn, and the shirt wrinkled like wrinkles were back in style. $3,500 for something with lasting value less than most ready-to-wears. Where are you in Boston? In my opinion, the best tailor in the Boston metro area is the House of Costas. If you're anywhere near Brookline, I would recommend making the trek out to this family-run shop. The tailor himself has samples of his work along the walls and is very friendly. He offered a number of useful suggestions, such as putting me in a two-button rather than a three-button suit and giving me a boat-shaped rather than straight pocket. Normally he does only two fittings, but he was so nice after the second that he gave me an extra one just so he could get it perfect. All that, and it cost me only $2,200. This was in 1999, so I don't know what he's charging nowadays--it may have gone up. In fact, it went so well for me that the House of Costas now uses my suit as an example. Hope this helps, Arnaldo
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Dear ArnaldoCoia, I'm very sorry to hear about your negative experiences with Rouleau. Thanks for sharing them though. It's funny you mention Costas. His was the first shop I went to while I was attempting to find a tailor in the Boston area. On my first visit to his shop I tried to ask all sorts of questions about his suit construction but his answers were vague and he seemed annoyed with me. I went back a second time and got the same frosty reception, so I left without any intention of returning. I suppose there's no harm in speaking with him again because it'd be great having a tailor who lives so close by. Regards, Tom
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