Went over to Rizzo Tailor today -- my first visit to the man -- to get some alterations done (a suit and two pants). I've never gone to him before because I didn't know of him till recently. Anyways, I was having my Purple Label suit tailored (I ended up deciding to keep it and to return the Oxxford that was similar). I come out of the dressing room and he immediately notices the quality. "What maker is that?" He immediately asks while opening my jacket to have a look at the tag. So he asks me what I paid, "2500?" I told him I got it on Ebay for 600, he says "Wow, incredibly great deal." So he immediately notices that it would look better if he took the waist and the skirt in about 3/4". And he was right. And he not only took in the pants waist, he made sure to take in the seat appropriate as well. After he was finished I went over to look at some swatch books and he now realizes I'm pretty knowledgeable (as well as owning expensive suits), so he asks me if I've ever gone custom. So, we then start talking about custom made, and I asked him how long it takes him to do a jacket. He says that if he does it all himself -- which he usually will (though on occassion he has a "finishing man") -- it will take him 30 hours if he puts in working button holes. He says that it really is an "art." To show he takes me over to the Purple Label jacket and is showing me how the hand-stitching at the sleeve head etc is done at certain angles so as to give the sleeve its desired pitch, etc. Then he sort of asks if I'd like the working button holes -- only 65 bucks. I of course got them. We then start talking about John Kerry. I jokingly say, "Does he ask not to make them too stylish?" He laughed and said that Kerry really knows what he wants and knows style. Apparently Kerry loves subtle plaids, and he says if you look closely at a lot of his suits (not the debate suits of course), you will notice very subtle glen plaid or windowpane patterns. But you have to look REALLY close. Anyways, this guy (Frank I think is his name) is exceptionally talented and, more importantly, incredibly nice. No snobbery. He certainly didn't know what kind of suit I had when I came in -- and I didn't look the age of a guy wearing Purple Label -- and he was immediately accomodating when I came in. I'd highly recommend him to anyone in the Boston area, if not for alterations, just to browse through his swatch books and pick his brain.
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10/24/04 at 12:58am