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Good tailor in Vancouver?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by office drone, Sep 16, 2006.

  1. Spatlese

    Spatlese Well-Known Member

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    I had been planning to take a Chan suit (made last November) with me back to HK for alterations when I visit later this year. Specifically, these include having the trouser waist and legs taken in for a slimmer profile and altering of the jacket for more a slender sleeve fit. When I inquired with Chan recently, they indicated a cost of $500 HKD for the work (~$75 Cdn at current exchange). The cost isn’t the issue, because I am asking for significant changes, but bringing the suit back is because I was planning to travel very light.

    So my question is this: would anyone consider using a local tailor like Oakridge or Modernize as opposed to taking the suit back to HK? I’m sure either can do the work fine, although I haven’t yet inquired about price (based on the substantial work that JeffsWood had done at Oakridge for instance - see above - I’m guessing ~$150?). The other reason for possibly not bringing the suit back to Chan is that I was originally planning to have another suit made with them while in HK, so could kill two birds with one stone, but circumstances have changed and I won’t be this time around.
     
  2. bapelolol

    bapelolol Well-Known Member

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    where's a good place to buy shoe trees from?
     
  3. dclloyd

    dclloyd Well-Known Member

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    I had been planning to take a Chan suit (made last November) with me back to HK for alterations when I visit later this year. Specifically, these include having the trouser waist and legs taken in for a slimmer profile and altering of the jacket for more a slender sleeve fit. When I inquired with Chan recently, they indicated a cost of $500 HKD for the work (~$75 Cdn at current exchange). The cost isn't the issue, because I am asking for significant changes, but bringing the suit back is because I was planning to travel very light.

    So my question is this: would anyone consider using a local tailor like Oakridge or Modernize as opposed to taking the suit back to HK? I'm sure either can do the work fine, although I haven't yet inquired about price (based on the substantial work that JeffsWood had done at Oakridge for instance - see above - I'm guessing ~$150?). The other reason for possibly not bringing the suit back to Chan is that I was originally planning to have another suit made with them while in HK, so could kill two birds with one stone, but circumstances have changed and I won't be this time around.


    I think that Oakridge could do the pants no problem - there have been several people who have had them remove pleats (not easy to do successfully) with good results. I'd wonder about the jacket though - if they're slimming the sleeves what's going to happen with the arm holes on the body? That might be better to take to Chan, but certainly take it in to William or Joy at Oakridge and discuss with them.
     
  4. dclloyd

    dclloyd Well-Known Member

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    where's a good place to buy shoe trees from?

    Assuming you're asking in this thread because you're in the Lower Mainland? Ingledews sells a decent cedar shoe tree and they've basically got a store in every major mall here ...
     
  5. JeffsWood

    JeffsWood Well-Known Member

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    I think that Oakridge could do the pants no problem - there have been several people who have had them remove pleats (not easy to do successfully) with good results. I'd wonder about the jacket though - if they're slimming the sleeves what's going to happen with the arm holes on the body? That might be better to take to Chan, but certainly take it in to William or Joy at Oakridge and discuss with them.

    +1 - Joy would be worth talking too.
     
  6. JeffsWood

    JeffsWood Well-Known Member

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    Assuming you're asking in this thread because you're in the Lower Mainland? Ingledews sells a decent cedar shoe tree and they've basically got a store in every major mall here ...

    I have never had luck around, I have no problem finding them, but they are overpirced. I bought a large lot off ebay of Allen Edmonds shoe tree's a while back and it worked out to under $10 per tree including shipping etc. It took about a month for the right deal to come up though. At the mokent I have more tree's then shoes, but I am sure I can resolve that problem.
     
  7. Spatlese

    Spatlese Well-Known Member

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    +1 - Joy would be worth talking too.

    Thanks gents, I will inquire with her. To dclloyd's question, maybe a better way to put it is that I'd like the sleeves slightly tapered (from, say, the mid-upper arm down), so I'm thinking that would not affect the arm hole. I could actually live without this alteration, but getting it done would make the jacket even better.
     
  8. 2Scoops

    2Scoops Well-Known Member

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    I had Steve Samson make a suit and some shirts for me over the summer . The results were pretty good I think. The suit is probably better fitting than anything that I've tried on. I even had some surgeon cuffs done up. No real big complaints. The shirts I think are good, but still a work in progress. Overall I would probably go back. In fact, I'll probably get some more shirts and probably another suit in the future.
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  9. Doc4

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    Shifting gears slightly ...

    I have a nice shearling jacket that needs some significant tailoring work done on it to make it fit properly. Is there a good (high quality rather than cheap-and-okay) leather specialist in the Lower Mainland you folks can suggest?
     
  10. bapelolol

    bapelolol Well-Known Member

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    Assuming you're asking in this thread because you're in the Lower Mainland? Ingledews sells a decent cedar shoe tree and they've basically got a store in every major mall here ...

    yes vancouver.. comparable to woodlore + J&M cedar trees?
     
  11. dclloyd

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    I had Steve Samson make a suit and some shirts for me over the summer . The results were pretty good I think. The suit is probably better fitting than anything that I've tried on. I even had some surgeon cuffs done up. No real big complaints. The shirts I think are good, but still a work in progress. Overall I would probably go back. In fact, I'll probably get some more shirts and probably another suit in the future.
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    Been wondering about trying a MTM suit for me, thanks for the photos. The back photo looks like the center vent isn't quite center and is pulling a little. Is that just the way you're standing? Shoulders and chest look great!
     
  12. Mildly Consumptive

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    So, have any Vancouverites tried this fellow?

    davidthetailor

    He's posted a few times at the LondonLounge site.
     
  13. hipinion

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    I'm also very interested in this,but there is too little info on his website.
    *bump*
     
  14. Mildly Consumptive

    Mildly Consumptive Well-Known Member

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    I'm also very interested in this,but there is too little info on his website.
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    He has a few posts over at the LondonLounge
     
  15. combo3010

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    anybody know who is the best LEATHER tailor in vancouver?

    i need shoulder n chest alteration on a LEATHER DOWN jacket....

    so i guess only the most experienced would be up for the task...

    any suggestions would be appreciated! my first post here! woot
     
  16. Siwash

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    anybody know who is the best LEATHER tailor in vancouver? i need shoulder n chest alteration on a LEATHER DOWN jacket.... so i guess only the most experienced would be up for the task... any suggestions would be appreciated! my first post here! woot
    You could try ACE Cleaners over at Commercial and Venables, they are the best leather cleaners in town and if they don't do the work they will know where to send you.. welcome to the board!
     
  17. ijung

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    I just realized that I ripped a hole in my RL jeans that I just purchased maybe only months ago. Anyone know a place that does denim? Or will all tailors be able to patch up denim holes?
    Thanks for any advice!
     
  18. contaygious

    contaygious Well-Known Member

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    For patching up Denim try Joy at Oakridge Custom Tailors. That's where I take everything to be fixed/atered.

    After my MTM nightmare at Harry's Zegna store I'm going to check out Samson finally since I live right down the street. I need a ton of shirts and at least a few jackets.

    I ordered my zegna jacket from the Harry store back on September 20th and they shortened the sleeves instead of lengthening them. Now it's December 14th and my Jacket is still in Italy being worked on. My Thanksgiving jacket won't even be ready for Christmas. Has anyone actually ever received their MTM item in the 4-5 weeks promised by Harry?
     
  19. Siwash

    Siwash Well-Known Member

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    Honestly I never buy anything at Harry's anymore.

    I do stroll through to see things in person, but with the internet I can always find better prices for the same things. I don't waste the SA's time trying on items I wont purchase. I have worked retail so I am sympathetic,even though they can follow you around like a lost puppy sometimes!


    I like the staff and discount's at Holt's much better.I'm holding out for the 70% off after Christmas sale. Last year it came in February I'm hoping for January this year.

    I have had good luck with Angelo Papa on the drive, for shirts and tweed sportcoats MTM. He has made me 2 Sportcoats from Zegna fabric that were significantly less than OTR at Harry's.

    The 2 suits I have from him are nice, but in hindsight the cut may be a bit stodgy, nothing losing 30 lbs and some alterations won't hurt. He's very reasonable and open to negotiation on prices for volume. He has some really great shirtings,on fabric in stock the turn around time is about 2 weeks.

    I also had 2 pairs of pants MTM from Modernize in Chinatown last month, from old heavy flannel from their "vault" really nice pants,that fit very well, too bad they won't be around much longer.

    Cheers,

    Siwash
     
  20. contaygious

    contaygious Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the info, I'll give Steve a try first since I live so close and then go from there. At least my Zegna jacket is half off because of the wait, but from what I hear it's just a similar price to what I would find at a tailor now with similar fabric.

    OTR is not even an option for me due to my height unless I buy shirts from shopthefinest and Joy tailors it, but I have already ordered everything I liked there that fit me and I'm waiting for more shipments to come in-do they always have the same stuff?
     

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