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post #1 of 12
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Does anyone have any recommendations for a tailor to make a custom made suit in the $800 price range in the NYC area?  I was particularly wondering if anyone had any experience with La Rukico.  They advertise a lot in the NY Times.  Comments on them or on anyone else would be appreciated.
post #2 of 12
Chan is in that price range and comes to NYC regularly. I have not heard a single bad thing about them yet.
post #3 of 12
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Thanks, but I prefer to have multiple fittings and to be able to take my time choosing fabric, rather than to have an appointment in a hotel room for a one time meeting with the tailor. I have had a suit made for me by Mr. Ned in NYC in that price range. Unless another tailor is recommended, I will probably go back there.
post #4 of 12
I'm afraid I don't have an answer, but there was a thread on AskAndy about a member's experience with custom tailors in NYC. Also, I'd be interested to hear about your experiences with Mr. Ned.
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Hi--i think my recent experience is on point. I just took delivery of a suit from Kris Ramani of Wall Street Clothiers, and I'm pleased with the product. It's not true bespoke--he took my measurements, took a number of digital photos and I selected a fabric, and then the suit is made in a foreign factory (either in Canada or Hong Kong--trying to figure that out). Anyway, I had a fitting with the basted suit and made some adjustments (lapel width), but for $850 there was full canvas construction, working, handsewn buttonholes, nice lapel roll, pick stitching. I chose a Dormeuil gray nailhead, but I think the suit could be less expensive if a less expensive fabric was used. The owner seems very capable. I also had two shirts made, but I haven't picked those up yet. I certainly would use them for another suit, although I may try Alexis next, just for variety.
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Does anyone have any recommendations for a tailor to make a custom made suit in the $800 price range in the NYC area?  I was particularly wondering if anyone had any experience with La Rukico.  They advertise a lot in the NY Times.  Comments on them or on anyone else would be appreciated.
I've seen those ads too. Was wondering how the chap got about with needle & thread. "Mr. Kelly", I think he calls himself.
post #7 of 12
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I'm afraid I don't have an answer, but there was a thread on AskAndy about a member's experience with custom tailors in NYC. Also, I'd be interested to hear about your experiences with Mr. Ned.
It was a true custom made suit experience. They have many bolts of fabric to choose from and books of samples as well. I went there three times for the suit: once to be measured and make choices; the second to try on the work in progress (I seem to remember it was just the jacket shell and the pants with unfinished hems); and the third to try on the finished suit. The suits are made on the premises. They were accomodating to my ideas and the fit was very good. I had some issues with the workmanship, but I was told that the light colored fabric was difficult to work with, which was confirmed to me by another custom tailor.
post #8 of 12
Thanks for the info. I'd be interested to hear how Mr. Ned compares with Chan for quality, from anyone who has used both.
post #9 of 12
montmorency, i dont normally post but since i have gotten great advice here i thought i would throw in my 2 cents.  i dont usually say negative things about places but you need to hear this.  la rukico or mr. kelly as he is called is a saleman and thats basically it.  i have gotten stuff from him and had bad experienced...you will not get mutiple fittings, he has a tailor measure you and takes pics then its you get your stuff and they can only fix little things, like the waist..if you are not satisfied its your problem.   now for shirts i can say depending on your price point...you cant go wrong with carl at cego.  he is a pleasure to deal with and does his best to ensure that you are satisfied as a customer and his product is great.  i highly recommend him.
post #10 of 12
Many years ago, I ordered an overcoat from LaRukico and, despite providing a photo of the style, the finished product did not remotely resemble what I had requested. They admitted their failure and I moved on. I suggest the same. I ordered some a suit and shirts from WW Chan, a few years ago. The shirts' collar was not as I requested; however the fit was good so I kept them. The fabric for the suit I had ordered was no longer available, so I can not comment on their suits. They were quite reluctant to credit my charge card and several months later sent me a cheque. They also insist on full payment at the time of order; so you have paid long before you get your garments. I did not care for their business style and have not been back. I recently visited Wall St. Tailors, also in response to their advert. in NY Times. On the first visit, they told me they had a factory in Canada. On my second visit they quoted a price, then said there would be a shipping charge in addition to sales tax. When I questioned this; the response was that the garments were made in Hong Kong. I did not feel comfortable with this and again moved on. Last spring. Mr. Ned made me a linen suit. It is a good deal at $600. As stated earlier, not all the details are as good as one hoped. Their work on the sleeve button holes is obviously by machine and must be avoided; have them left open and take them elsewhere for finishing or skip the working buttons, like Anderson & Sheppard.
post #11 of 12
Hmm..Wall St. Clothiers didn't charge me for shipping, although I had the same experience in which the proprietor told me the factory was in Canada, but a staffer later told me the shirts and suits were made in Hong Kong. Curious. I'm going to clarify the point when I pick up my shirts. Still a good value, I think.
post #12 of 12
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I knew that there had to be people who post on this board who have had experience with La Rukico. I very much appreciates the comments. Uts, as to Cego, I had a shirt made there. I am not altogether thrilled with it and doubt I will go back.
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