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The (hopefully) definitive thread on NYC tailors

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by tgfny, Jun 20, 2005.

  1. David23

    David23 Well-Known Member

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    edit: NVM found answer
     
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  2. bfayer

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    Hi all,

    I have like 16 or so brook brothers shirts, half are slim fit and half are extra slim flit. I'm about 5'11 and 155lbs, so pretty skinny. Both sizes billow way too much around the waist, and the slim fit shirts' sleeves are also too wide.

    I want to get them all tailored without breaking bank or ruining the shirt. The whole tailor that I can find on Yelp that doesn't seem to have a noticeable amount of negative reviews that say stuff like "this guy ruined my ____ piece of clothing" is Alterations Master tailor shop. However, they charge $15 per seam per dress shirt, given that I'd need to get both the sleeves and the shirt to be taken in for the slim flit shirts that works out to $60 per shirt, and $30 per shirt for the extra slim fit. I've read in other threads that in other cities it should be around $25 to get both the sleeves and shirt taken in (although I am aware that NY will be the most expensive). Does anyone know of any cheaper/ but still high quality tailors? Preferably in Gramercy area, or if not there, Murray Hill, Kips Bay, Union Square, Midtown East.

    Thanks
     
  3. bfayer

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    EDIT: Don't know what happened here, mods can delete this post.
     
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  4. gyasih

    gyasih Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone used Object Custom Tailoring in Brooklyn?
     
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  5. eotm

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    Would be interested as well. I like patterns and am obsessive about lining up patterns at seams (which is why I love H&K, but their slim fit still billows at my waist).
     
  6. sithjedi333

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    I am in the same boat and would love a recommendation. Thanks!
     
  7. victoremque

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    Wanted to add my recommendation for Pierre. Thanks to some of the posts into this thread, I took in my 3/4 length coat to him yesterday to get the sleeves shortened. He got it back to me within ~4 hours and did a good job IMO, very nice gentleman too.
     
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  8. TonioKroger

    TonioKroger Well-Known Member

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    Whoever is suggesting that Pierre might be writing some of these comments here himself doesn't know Pierre. I am one of those (former) film and television designers who used Pierre for years on clothing for some of the most famous, visible actors in the business. Pierre is a very modest, very talented, soulful man. If you are looking for a fancy dressing room, or your diminished sense of self leads you to require a tailor who has a showroom larger than your condo- this artisan is not for you. Instead, he is a consummate, detail oriented, trustworthy man and one of the finest tailoring talents in NY.

    I have friends in the costume design business who have used him for over 20 years and swear by him.
     
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  9. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Well-Known Member

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    how much did the sleeve shortening run?
     
  10. victoremque

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    $35, much easier to stomach as a college student on a tight budget.
     
  11. TonioKroger

    TonioKroger Well-Known Member

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    Per sleeve or all together?


    I ask because I just tried my new local tailor and they charged me 65 bucks to lengthen the sleeves of a sport coat.
     
  12. victoremque

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    All together.
     
  13. StephenB

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    I'm just curious, has anyone used William Binichi (Binichi Custom Tailors)? I've gone to him for all my alterations since I moved to the city. I've been happy with his work and the one time the break on my pants wasn't exactly what I wanted after his alteration (actually it was my fault, I had lost several pounds since I dropped of my pants and was able to pick them back up so they sat a bit lower on my hips throwing off the break) he redid them and got it back to me a day later without batting an eye.

    I just dropped of a couple suits and he did sleeves on the jacket for $30 and let out the pants and did the hem for $30 as well.

    Anyways, hes in a whole in the wall type shop (100 square feet would be pushing it) on Madison and 30th. I would not hesitate to bring any type of alterations to him. I was considering not posting about him because I feel hes almost a hidden gem, cheap and speedy turn around, but hes been good to me over the years so I thought I'd drop his name here.
     
  14. eotm

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    Any final recommendations on shirts from somewhat who has had many altered?
     
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    Search function doesn't seem to be working for me :( Does anyone have a tailor they would recommend for a wool coat alteration? I want sleeves and hem shortened by a few inches.
     
  16. aspasp

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    anyone have a good tailor for a peacoat, want to get my billy reid bond peacoat altered
     
  17. Timmbo

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    any recommendations for a tailor in Midtown/Murray Hill that knows how to do a false/french cuff on a pair of suit trousers?
     
  18. TravelGuy

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    What does PoP charge for a 2pc suit?
     
  19. Brian Chen

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    Hello, SF.

    I'm from NYC (Queens area, Rego Park) and I am a first-year (freshman) business college student looking to get an OTR suit tailored. It is a claiborne charcoal slim-fitted WOOL suit, that I got for approximately $120.
    The pants actually fit fine, so I am not getting them tailored.

    Otherwise, the college I attend is located near Philadelphia, would you recommend that I get it tailored in Philadelphia so that it is cheaper? Thanks

    Can anyone recommend a cheap, decent tailor for a college student? The suit jacket is worth $80. I need to shorten the sleeves, and take in the waist. I do have rolls at the collar, but I think I will leave them there because getting that tailored is generally expensive, or so I have heard. If you highly suggest I get that tailored for my first suit, feel free to let me know.

    Thanks a lot!
     
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  20. Sam H

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    I just wanted to take a second to recommend Cardelino Tailors. I went to the one on Broadway. I guess another one is right around the corner from it and I don't know their relationship to each other.

    Anyway I had gotten my first suit that wasn't from a place with in-house tailoring (it was a Hardwick Seersucker from AmericanSuitStore.com) and so I was looking here for good tailors. I settled on Cardelino for price, location and recommendation.

    I am extremely happy with the result. When I got the suit, I really liked it's fit in the shoulders but the cut was very American which I expected and desired given the nature of seersucker but definitely required some tailoring. Things like low armholes which I considered to be part of the suits style I didn't want to modify but other things such as a neck roll in the back apparently due to a wide back on my part and an untailored waist as well as large cut trousers all definitely needed to be fixed up. Within a week I had gotten the suit back and the work done was great. I don't have as good of an eye or as much experience as some people do, but I have enough of one by this point to notice issues with a suit's aesthetic appearance and based on that, I am very pleased with the work.

    The bottom line price was unfortunately somewhat high but this is due to me requesting probably every non-major alteration in the book now that I have a better eye for things that are wrong. The seersucker suit was a requested gift for Christmas (recently came in on back order) from my girlfriend and I really wanted to try to a) stop buying sweatshop goods and b) try a Hardwick suit and since their suits are all USA made it seemed to fit the bill (given that a lot of other companies offer "Imported" seersucker suits for maybe 2-3 times as much). So if you are wondering why I would get a suit that needed so many small alterations, that is why. And I still think even if I had bought it myself, it would have been worth it given the suit was only $260.

    Anyway so here is the breakdown:
    Pants waist: $25
    Pants taken in: $36
    Pants shortened: $15
    Jacket sleeves shortened: $45
    Jacket taken in: $55
    Jacket collar moved down (to fix neck roll): $35
    Total: $211

    While the alterations cost almost as much as the suit, the end result was still pretty damn cheap and I really like the result. Obviously, the suit could have been $2000 and the alterations needed the same and the cost would have only been 10% of the suit's cost so it's not really fair to compare a cotton suit's tailoring costs to the suit's price given the relative cheapness of the garment by itself.

    tl;dr I recommend Cardelino Tailors on Broadway between 22nd and 23rd.
     

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