A Decent Tailor in Philadelphia?

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  1. haithman

    haithman Member

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    Hey everyone,
    I attend college in Philadelphia and will be buying two suits in the next week or two for interviews and when I start to work. I am a pretty slender guy and on a budget so no MTM or anything for me.
    Anyways, I am looking for a decent tailor in Philly preferably downtown because I do not own a car. Probably just some hems, bringing shirts/coat in etc nothing too drastic and I don't want to spend much because my suits will probably top out around $400.
    Any recommendations?
     


  2. hooker4186

    hooker4186 Senior member

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    check out the royal custom tailor at juniper and walnut.

    123 S Juniper St
    Philadelphia, PA 19107
    Phone: (215) 732-6760

    nice guy, i've had several pairs of pants hemmed/taken out etc. and he's always been great.
     


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    check out the royal custom tailor at juniper and walnut.

    123 S Juniper St
    Philadelphia, PA 19107
    Phone: (215) 732-6760

    nice guy, i've had several pairs of pants hemmed/taken out etc. and he's always been great.


    he's pretty expensive imo, but maybe i'm just spoiled by cheap chinese tailors. I'd give richard chae a try, he's gotten good reviews on this forum. 142 S 15th Street,
     


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    I'm drawing a blank on his name right now, but I've used the tailor at Westbury Cleaners on 15th and Spruce (215.735.2938). He's a nice, old school Italian guy -- he does all of the tailoring, and seems to run the place with his wife. I called BB downtown and asked for a recommendation, and that was where they sent me.

    He does a very nice job -- I've taken 4 suits and 1 topcoat there, and been pleased with all.
     


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    IF you can get a ride somehow, try Joseph Centofanti. He is regarded as one of the best in the area. It's about a 20min ride out of the city. There is also a train station right behind his shop.


    Centofanti Custom Tailors
    7 Station Ave.
    Ardmore, PA 19003
    Tel: 610-642-1926
     


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    Thanks for all the recommendations. Phillyesq what are the general rates at Westbury cleaners?
    May also check out that place in Ardmore I think the R5 stops right there (take it to get to the apple store and coldstone)
    Thanks
     


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    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Try Ventresca's. Don't know their location. Ask for Len
     


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    I am actually looking for one in the area as well and Ardmore is closer to my current location then Philadelphia so I appreciate this information too. My family used to go an old school Italian tailor back in the day who has since retired and since then I haven't had a go-to. How are his prices?

    I found this article on Joseph Centafanti (which I believe is the same as the one listed above) for those interested.

    http://www.robbreport.com/archived-i...?article=12007
     


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    I go to Cappelli Tailors in wayne right on lancaster ave. He hand-sewed my rlpl sc sleeves beautifully, for a very reasonable price. i've taken dozens of items to him and never had a complaint, either on performance or price.
     


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    Thanks for all the recommendations. Phillyesq what are the general rates at Westbury cleaners?
    May also check out that place in Ardmore I think the R5 stops right there (take it to get to the apple store and coldstone)
    Thanks


    I believe that I paid $30/suit last time I was there. That include hemming the pants and adding a cuff, sewing buttons onto the jacket, and perhaps minor alterations to the sleeves. I've had some more significant alterations on suits (taking in a jacket, taking in waist, hemming and adding cuffs, and adjusting sleeves) for about $55, if I recall correctly.
     


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    Try Ventresca's. Don't know their location. Ask for Len


    They have moved from their original place in Elkins Park to Doylestown, PA. Quite a hike, more than an hour away from Philly. But I did hear good things.

    I am actually looking for one in the area as well and Ardmore is closer to my current location then Philadelphia so I appreciate this information too. My family used to go an old school Italian tailor back in the day who has since retired and since then I haven't had a go-to. How are his prices?

    I found this article on Joseph Centafanti (which I believe is the same as the one listed above) for those interested.

    http://www.robbreport.com/archived-i...?article=12007



    Yes, he is the same tailor from your link. His prices are kinda high. But Centofanti does fantastic work. I have brought 4 suits to him and each have cost around $200 (w/ working button holes). I am still waiting for a suit to be done and it's going to cost me around $250 (w/ working buttons).
     


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    Centofanti never charges more than other tailors so far as I know for the same thing. But he ends up doing more to make the results perfect. I have wasted good clothes going elsewhere. The guy in the Westbury is very good, but very moody and difficult, as are supposedly most Neapolitan tailors. Chae is not so hot.
     


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    They have moved from their original place in Elkins Park to Doylestown, PA. Quite a hike, more than an hour away from Philly. But I did hear good things..

    They are two brothers, Len and Frank. Frank closed his store and relocated to Lens location.

    (215) 348-3139

    145 West State Street
    Doylestown PA 18901
     


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    ^^ Sounds interesting


    Anybody know of a good tailor in the Suburban Wilmington area, or West Chester?
     


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    I don't recommend Royal Custom Tailors. He did a bad job with tailoring a SC. He fought me over sleeve length and didn't want to fix the bunching problem in the back. I had to ask him three times to raise the sleeves and he barely did enough. Even though he has fabric and seems to be able to make suits, I asked him about canvassing and he seemed to not know what I was talking about. And by the handiwork that he did with tailoring my suit, I would think twice about using him again. On the other hand, the in house tailor at the RL store did a great job. Maybe you can find out who she is.
     


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