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Bhambi Custom Tailors, NYC

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Following some advice I picked up here on the forum, I took three pairs of pants to Bhambis today for hemming and having the waists taken in. I was told on here that they were good but expensive. Sure enough, they seemed to know what they were doing, but the prices $20 for hem, $25 for taking the waist in. So, what I thought would be a great Ebay deal on some nice pants has ended up working out to an extra $50 per pair. Anyway, I suppose you are paying for the experience and their near-5th avenue address. Interestingly, their main business seems to be custom clothing, which, believe it or not, seems to be quite a good deal, unlike their alterations. The jackets are fully canvased, buttonholes done by hand, and so on. The quality seemed quite high. Prices start around $1200 for a 2-piece suit. This place may be worth checking out if you are in New York and looking for a cheaper bespoke option.
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I would feel somewhat uncertain about going to a tailor named "Bhambi." I'd be afraid he might accidentally gore me with his antlers during the fitting. (Sorry for the levity, but I'm just feeling impish this morning ) Curious how "Bambi" is sometimes used as a girl's name given that the fictional Bambi was a stag. I get the sense that it is particularly popular as a stage name for strippers and such.
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Don't complain about the cost. My bespoke clothier charged $95 for taking-in the seat and waist.
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Don't complain about the cost.  My bespoke clothier charged $95 for taking-in the seat and waist.
Yikes. You could get a whole new pair of pants for that. Dan
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Hi - for those with experience with Bhambi's, what cost would I be looking at for a pretty simple (I'm thinking) waist suppression of a blazer? Also - what are the odds I could get a one-day turnaround as its a bit of an emergency. Thanks.
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He is pretty expensive. I don't know his price list, but I would guess $40 to $50. But I could be wrong.
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I guess it could be worse, especially if he can do it with quick turnaround.
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I guess it could be worse, especially if he can do it with quick turnaround.

They are relatively expensive. That said, I had the collar on a jacket moved and the shoulders let out a bit and they did a great job on it so, at least in my experience, you get what you pay for.
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Anyone have any quick suggestions in the same vicinity who may be less expensive? I checked the definitive NYC thread and didn't see any that were in the same area. Thanks.
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Anyone have any quick suggestions in the same vicinity who may be less expensive? I checked the definitive NYC thread and didn't see any that were in the same area. Thanks.

About 6 blocks away there is another guy (63rd and Lex or so), name is on the nyc thread, he is a bit cheaper.
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I would feel somewhat uncertain about going to a tailor named "Bhambi." I'd be afraid he might accidentally gore me with his antlers during the fitting. (Sorry for the levity, but I'm just feeling impish this morning )

Curious how "Bambi" is sometimes used as a girl's name given that the fictional Bambi was a stag. I get the sense that it is particularly popular as a stage name for strippers and such.


Bhambi is the last name of the owner. It's a family owned business, he's a nice guy. He's been in the business for 40 years. Actually him and my father acquaintances, their work is very good.
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Bhambi is the last name of the owner. It's a family owned business, he's a nice guy. He's been in the business for 40 years. Actually him and my father acquaintances, their work is very good.

Matt, since you posted and yuor signature is what it is, would you mind introducing your business to the forum, maybe starting a new thread? There is always interest for bespoke clothing on this forum, particularly in NYC. Is your service bespoke or MTM or a hybrid? What is your house style? etc etc. Thanks in advance.
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My clothing is pretty much made in Hong Kong, so Made-to-Measure, not true Bespoke. I didn't want to do any self promotion, as I am hear more as a viewer of this forum. However, we've actually been in business for around 40 years, but still new to NY, we have been in Houston, and just closed our store and moved to New York. Our studio does however do basic Alterations in house for men and women.
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My suit tailor just costed $200, collar lowered/wasit taken in/sleeve adjustment/pants let in/hem/cuffs.......I thought the price is on the high end, but not sure what's the current on-going rate now....
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