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Boston Custom Tailor (Any options?)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by joseanes, Apr 21, 2005.

  1. joseanes

    joseanes Well-Known Member

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    I want to get a custom suit (plain navy or gray), and potentially a custom navy blazer. (MTM, not ready for bespoke - finantially). I would preffer to keep the cost below the $1000. I live in Massachusetts (close to Boston). So far I have seen these options: * WW Chan - $800 to $1000??? Recomended by several members of the forum. Comes to Boston on July 11. Two months to receive after placing order? * My Tailor - $700 to $1000??? Haven't seen as many recomendations as wwchan. Comes to Boston April 30. Two months to receive? Sooner than Chan. * Boston Post Road Clothier (a local outsorcing custom clothing place) - Told me it would cost around $1400 to $2000 for a MTM suit, for 130s or better fabric, built in USA or Canada (thus the price difference?). Half canvased, buttonholes, partially handmade. One Month wait. * Drive to NYC about 3 times to see Mr. Ned on NYC and get a suit for around $800 for a 120 fabric. (seems fair price given that people suggest he does the work in NYC). * Brooks Brothers Custom Event - $1400 for a 120, with a custom shirt thrown in on the offer. Saw this on Ask Andy. In Boston Now until saturday 22. Do I have any other options? Preferably someone like Ned, but in or close to Boston? Or some other business that would do a MTM suit but below $1000? The motivation: I haven't had too much luck with RTW suits (maybe I am looking on the wrong places). The suits I have don't look as good as I would like. Having a 36" chest, I would expect a 36R would work. But ussually they are tight somewhere else. If I go to a 38R, then the shoulders are too wide (and probably waist as well, depending on the maker). I do not use a suit every day - more likely 2 to 4 days a month on presentations to customers or overseas business, but I would like to have something better than what I have right now (and a better fit).
     
  2. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Well-Known Member

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    If you want to go true bespoke, go to Rizzo Tailor in Harvard Square. For not much more than the Brooks MTM, you can get a truly handmade bespoke suit (multiple fittings) and have a wide array of swatches. Top grade English fabrics -- such as a J & J Minniss 99% wool 1% cashmere 2x2 ply 10 oz -- can be had for about $1800 to $2000. There were some Scabal fabrics for even less than that.
     
  3. PeterMetro

    PeterMetro Well-Known Member

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    Mr. Ned only charges $800 for a Super 120s suit? Fully canvased?
     
  4. boston

    boston Well-Known Member

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    Is Rizzo good? What's the house style?

    Lords tailor, on Huntington Ave underneath the Greenhouse appartments, will do a fully fused MTM for around $1000 using Scabal cloth.
     
  5. chorse123

    chorse123 Well-Known Member

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    Do some more reading in the archives here. I think you'd be much better with Chan given those prices, but it might be worth coming to NYC to check out Mr. Ned. EDIT over MyTailor.com, no idea on Rizzo's but his work sounds excellent from JN3
     
  6. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member

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    Go to Rizzo's. I don't own one of his suits, but have seen them in person (impeccable) and the guy is very down to earth.
     
  7. drljva

    drljva Well-Known Member

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    I've used Rizzo for many years... I've written before (either here or on AA) about Rizzo's "house style" -- or at least my sense of it. So, you might want to do some searching for those posts...
     
  8. gracian

    gracian Well-Known Member

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    Andover shop in Harvard square does MTM starting at about 800 to 1000.
     
  9. Shirtmaven

    Shirtmaven Well-Known Member

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    Tony Ayala is an excellent tailor. He is in Norwell.
    I do not know what he charges.

    Carl
     
  10. richardcharles

    richardcharles Well-Known Member

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    in my oppinion, and I live in Boston, Tony Ayala is the best tailor in the area.
     
  11. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member

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    Yes they do. Regretably, there is a two to four hundred dollar markup for the value added condescension.
     

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