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Working Buttonholes in Manhattan

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by darkoak, Jun 6, 2006.

  1. darkoak

    darkoak Well-Known Member

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    Can someone recommend a good tailor in Manhattan who can make working buttonholes for a good price? I know folks have had consistency issues with Peppino, so I'd like to hear other recommendations. Thanks!
     
  2. odoreater

    odoreater Well-Known Member

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    I got mine done by Carlos at Summit Tailors in Summit, NJ. He did an excellent job and the handwork on the buttonholes looks great. I know this isn't in Manhattan, but it's pretty close if you want to take a train ride. The other thing is that he's a little more expensive than some of the prices I was hearing for Manhattan tailors (charged me $120 for 8 buttons). Just wanted to give you another option.
     
  3. chorse123

    chorse123 Well-Known Member

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    Cardelino's on Broadway between 22nd and 23rd will do them for $10 per, by hand. Work is adequate but not great - the shank on the button is too thick, making the hole gape a little.

    Also, Wilfred's will do them for $10 per, but machine stitched I believe.
     
  4. Lint Brush

    Lint Brush Well-Known Member

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    I suggest Bhambis. Nice work, I think $10/button.
     
  5. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Well-Known Member

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    Bhambis or Peppinos. I prefer Peppinos.
     
  6. darkoak

    darkoak Well-Known Member

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    Turns out the old tailor who does working buttonholes at Peppino quit. Peppino's got a replacement but the new guy is not as good. No word on which shop the old pro went to. Anyone knows?
     
  7. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Well-Known Member

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    Actually, I just took a buttonhole job to Peppinos yesterday. So I will report in a couple of weeks.
     
  8. NYCESQ

    NYCESQ Well-Known Member

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    Try Yuriy at Finezza (29 E. 61st Street, 5th Floor - - - 212 751-2088) just across the street from Barneys. He charges $10.00 per button hole which seems to be pretty much standard pricinf in NYC. I've had him do functional button holes on numerous jackets in the past year and he is a perfectionist.
     
  9. polarbear

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    Actually, I just took a buttonhole job to Peppinos yesterday. So I will report in a couple of weeks.

    Z, I know this an old thread, but any update on how this turned out? I'm in the process of searching the archives, weighing the opinions and deciding who to take a tux to that needs working button holes and the pants hemmed and let out a touch. Has Peppino gotten over the "rough stretch" he endured on SF earlier this year?
     
  10. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Well-Known Member

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    Z, I know this an old thread, but any update on how this turned out? I'm in the process of searching the archives, weighing the opinions and deciding who to take a tux to that needs working button holes and the pants hemmed and let out a touch. Has Peppino gotten over the "rough stretch" he endured on SF earlier this year?
    Yes, I think Peppinos does a great job. I am very happy with all my buttonhole work they have done for me. He has done a tux for me too - no problem. I have a new Borrelli suit I'm bringing in to him next time I get a free moment (probably not for some weeks).
     
  11. lawyerdad

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    Actually, I just took a buttonhole job to Peppinos yesterday. So I will report in a couple of weeks.
    For a second, I thought you said you took a buttonhole job at Peppinos . . .
     
  12. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Well-Known Member

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    For a second, I thought you said you took a buttonhole job at Peppinos . . .
    I could use the extra income [​IMG]
     
  13. sygyzy

    sygyzy Well-Known Member

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    Sorry for the ignorance but what does this mean? Working buttonholes where? On a jacket? Which part?
     
  14. grimslade

    grimslade Well-Known Member

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    On the sleeves, where most suits have four nonworking buttonholes, or else just buttons sewn onto the sleeve.

    Whether they "work" or not, they serve no real purpose. Unless you're a "surgeon," I guess.
     
  15. Shirtmaven

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    Z, I know this an old thread, but any update on how this turned out? I'm in the process of searching the archives, weighing the opinions and deciding who to take a tux to that needs working button holes and the pants hemmed and let out a touch. Has Peppino gotten over the "rough stretch" he endured on SF earlier this year?

    I am not a purist, but working button holes on a tuxedo seems a bit much.

    Carl
     
  16. mack11211

    mack11211 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, do you really need them on a formal item?

    I've seen them on bespoke and Brioni but still.

    I still think of them as surgeon's cuffs.

    So, on a tux:

    "Dr. James Bond! Dr. James Bond to Emergency!"
     
  17. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Well-Known Member

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    I am not a purist, but working button holes on a tuxedo seems a bit much.

    Carl

    Actually, in my personal opinion, I think that working buttonholes on a tuxedo and a blue blazer are vital. Because they have those really thick buttons that kind of stand out, I think they look ridiculous hanging off the sleeve and just kind of flopping around at the end there. Having real buttonholes solves this problem. Only the top of the button pushes through the buttonhole, not the base thing that stands out from the sleeve.
     
  18. polarbear

    polarbear Well-Known Member

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    I am not a purist, but working button holes on a tuxedo seems a bit much.

    Carl



    Perhaps, but I was able to pick up a very nice tux (one button, peak lapel, minimal side vents, incredible fabric) on ebay a while back and I thought it would just make a nice personal touch --plus, there is the sleekness factor as described later in the this thread. They just look better to my eye. Besides, no one but me will notice anyway.

    Z--thanks for the update on Peppinos. I think I'll give them a shot.
     

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