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post #1 of 140
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Has anyone here had experience with Vaish tailors in New Delhi: http://www.indiamart.com/vaish/ I saw this post on AskAndy's and fired off a message to Vaish asking if they would do MTM work, or if they've considered a tour to the UK/US. I might try to have them make or copy a moleskin jacket, and might even send the material myself. It feels a bit silly to have someone like Chan tailor a moleskin hacking jacket when my budget is limited. But Vaish could be a worthy, cheap experiment. Here's an article from the New York Times about them, from three years ago: http://www.indianembassy.org/US_Medi....ice.htm Any thoughts? Experiences?
post #2 of 140
I do not know them, I use a tailor in Mumbai called kachins. When I was introduced to them, I was told that this was one of the best tailors in Asia. having used tailors in hong kong and bankok, as well as in a couple of other places, I would say they could very well be. certainly much better than the work I had seen in those cities. The big problem is fabric, India has some decent fabric, but the really inexpensive suits are made of indian fabric. the imported is heavily taxed, so what you want to do is buy good fabric and bring it. Kachins would do 4 or so fittings for a suit, they had a trouser guy, a waistcoat guy and a coat guy, as well as a master who would over see the whole operation. It wasn't a fast cheap suit, but they did exactly what I told them, and did very nice work. not up to par with either saville row or italy probrably, but I would bet as good as anything you could get in asia. I was very demanding, with a lot of specific details, 4 pieces (2 pair pants, waistcoat, coat) for about $150 in labor, plus the fabric. I have been rotating 6 suits for about 4 years now and they are all still in good shape. I am counting on not having to buy any suits for another 2-3 years. There are probrably thousands of tailor shops in india. I know kachins in good, similar story, 3 genrations, founded pre-indipendence, huge building in a good part of the city. Vaish may be the equivilent in New Delhi. If you want shirts, I would say that there is consensus on the place - Maharajas. They do great work, for about 15 bucks a shirt, with fabric.
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I do not know them, I use a tailor in Mumbai called kachins. When I was introduced to them, I was told that this was one of the best tailors in Asia. having used tailors in hong kong and bankok, as well as in a couple of other places, I would say they could very well be. certainly much better than the work I had seen in those cities. The big problem is fabric, India has some decent fabric, but the really inexpensive suits are made of indian fabric. the imported is heavily taxed, so what you want to do is buy good fabric and bring it. Kachins would do 4 or so fittings for a suit, they had a trouser guy, a waistcoat guy and a coat guy, as well as a master who would over see the whole operation. It wasn't a fast cheap suit, but they did exactly what I told them, and did very nice work. not up to par with either saville row or italy probrably, but I would bet as good as anything you could get in asia. I was very demanding, with a lot of specific details, 4 pieces (2 pair pants, waistcoat, coat) for about $150 in labor, plus the fabric. I have been rotating 6 suits for about 4 years now and they are all still in good shape. I am counting on not having to buy any suits for another 2-3 years. There are probrably thousands of tailor shops in india. I know kachins in good, similar story, 3 genrations, founded pre-indipendence, huge building in a good part of the city. Vaish may be the equivilent in New Delhi. If you want shirts, I would say that there is consensus on the place - Maharajas. They do great work, for about 15 bucks a shirt, with fabric.
so is this kachins suit canvassed? i think it is run by the akbar shahpurwala who also runs gabbana. and where is this maharajas - in bombay? finally - where do you usually get the fabric - both for the suits and shirts?
post #4 of 140
so is this kachins suit canvassed? sorry, does this mean does it have a canvas substructure? yes. in each case they made a suit out of a cotton burlap type of fabric, then after the initial fitting of that (not just on the first suit) they built up a suit with a full lining and the jacket has minimalistic shoulder pads and a canvas substructure. i think it is run by the akbar shahpurwala who also runs gabbana. could be, it is run by muslims, although I believe that the Kachin family is still involved. and where is this maharajas - in bombay? yes. finally - where do you usually get the fabric - both for the suits and shirts? most of the suits from london, also from italy, and the shirts the shirtmaker provided the fabric.
post #5 of 140
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so is this kachins suit canvassed?   sorry, does this mean does it have a canvas substructure? yes. in each case they made a suit out of a cotton burlap type of fabric, then after the initial fitting of that (not just on the first suit) they built up a suit with a full lining and the jacket has minimalistic shoulder pads and a canvas substructure. i think it is run by the akbar shahpurwala who also runs gabbana. could be, it is run by muslims, although I believe that the Kachin family is still involved.   and where is this maharajas - in bombay? yes. finally - where do you usually get the fabric - both for the suits and shirts? most of the suits from london, also from italy, and the shirts the shirtmaker provided the fabric.
thank you so much for the answers. one last question - can you tell me where this shirt place is located in bombay? i'd love to stop by on my next trip.
post #6 of 140
the shirtmaker has an office in the Taj, the main taj by india gate. the tailor is in the "old airconditioner market". god help me, if you tell a driver that, they will find it.
post #7 of 140
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the shirtmaker has an office in the Taj, the main taj by india gate. the tailor is in the "old airconditioner market". god help me, if you tell a driver that, they will find it.
thank you so much. and sorry for the series of questions - just excited that i might be able to get a lot of reasonably priced tailored clothes on my next trip. were the shirts any good?
post #8 of 140
I got about 100 of them, I am very happy with them (I know I won't be going back for a while, so I put about half away for the future, I still haven't retired any of the shirts, with the oldest about 4-4.5 years old). Some of the fabric is fantastic, some is pretty good. I'll see if I can take some pictures over the weekend. The detail work is very good, in my opinion. this is the 3rd shirtmaker I have used, and the best.
post #9 of 140
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About 100. That's impressive. Do you know if they have a website?
post #10 of 140
Any good tailors in New Delhi?
post #11 of 140
I am pretty sure they don't have a website. I forgot to mention, Maharajahs also made me some very nice silk dressing robes. I don't remember how muhc they were, but they were quite reasonable. and, sorry, I don't know the tailors in Delhi.
post #12 of 140
OK, thanks.
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OK, thanks.
didn't this thread start with the mention of a great new delhi tailor - vaish.
post #14 of 140
I should have clarified what I meant. I took the first post as a request for information to confirm the tailor was great. I was looking for other tailors who could be confirmed, on here, as great.
post #15 of 140
Apparently my father uses Vaish. I'm not sure when he last used them. The only things he gets made in India are safari suits. He'll wear a safari suit anywhere. Loves the damn things.
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