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Alterations in Brisbane, AU

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ferguscan, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. Rani

    Rani Active Member

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    neyus and Journeyman I really appreciate your summaries of Brisbane's assortment of alteration shops. Any information on anything to do with dressing right in Brisbane is an absolute God send. I can't thank you guys enough.
     
  2. hammer07

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    I went to pay George a visit and he definitely is a gentleman. He quoted me $120 on the phone to shorten and finish sleeves with working buttonholes but when I got there, he said he could do it for $100. The work done was of very good quality (buttonholes were machine sewn but he attached the buttons with crow's foot stitching) and I will very happily pay the premium to have work done by him in future.
     
  3. Journeyman

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    Hammer, I am glad that George was able to help.

    For any others who might need tailoring, Joe Richards (where George works) has temporarily relocated to the 11th floor of 270 Adelaide St (just slightly up the hill from the corner of Adelaide and Creek Streets) in Icon Place.

    They will probably be there for a couple of months whilst a new, more permanent location is arranged and fitted out.

    When I was there last week, they'd just taken a large delivery of Sutor Mantellasi shoes. Horrendously expensive, but gorgeous to look at!
     
  4. zenbot

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    I just visited George"”Joe Richards are still at 270 Adelaide street on level 11, for anybody like me who thought their listing in the White Pages (old!) or the address listed on their website (super ancient!) might be accurate. I have to assume that Joe Richards has a loyal clientele that knows exactly where they are, because you would never in a million years find the store if you didn't know exactly where it was.

    Coming from the perspective of a complete sartorial novice, George was lovely: easy to talk to, not at all pushy, confident in his taste, but I think completely willing to set it aside to respect a customer's wishes. I wasn't sure if my suit jacket's sleeves needed lengthening, and he was, but he was very keen to prefix his advice with "But if you like it the way it is, it's fine!"

    Feeling way out of my depth I completely forgot to ask what the cost would be (he's taking the sides of my jacket in and letting out the sleeves), but I'll post impressions and the financial damage once I pick up the jacket next week.
     
  5. MaSoB

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    how did the costing go Zenbot?
     
  6. zenbot

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    Apologies, I completely forgot about my post!

    Total cost was $107 to have the sleeves lengthened and the sides taken in.

    The quality of the work is excellent and the jacket has gone from looking like it belonged to a fatter, shorter-armed ancestor, to something that actually fits.
     
  7. jaygee

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    Resurrected this thread in an effort to see if anyone has used George of Joe Richards lately. Since the phone #'s from the website & white pages are not operational, I can only assume he's thrown in the tape-measure.

    If so does anyone have any current critiques/recommendations of Brissy tailors re some shoulder alterations to a jacket?
     
  8. Journeyman

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    Resurrected this thread in an effort to see if anyone has used George of Joe Richards lately. Since the phone #'s from the website & white pages are not operational, I can only assume he's thrown in the tape-measure.

    If so does anyone have any current critiques/recommendations of Brissy tailors re some shoulder alterations to a jacket?



    Jaygee,

    No, George is still busily sewing and cutting - or at least he will be, when he gets back from holidays.

    He is away until early September, from memory.

    When he returns, he will be working out of the new Richards & Richards store (a joint venture between Joe Richards and his sons), which will be located on the corner of Edward and Elizabeth Streets.

    The store is expected to open on 01 September, but I don't think that George will be back at work for a few days after that.
     
  9. jaygee

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    Journeyman,

    Thanks for the info. I'm not sure how they do business. None of their phone #'s work, not listed under Joe Richards in the white pages and their website is years out of date. It must be all word of mouth! Damn they must be good!
     
  10. Journeyman

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    Just an update on George's whereabouts:

    He is back from holidays and is based in the about-to-open Richards & Richards store, which is at the corner of Elizabeth and Edward Streets in Brisbane City. The very corner of the building is to be a Hermes store, and the Richards & Richards store will occupy the ground floor just along on Elizabeth St and upstairs as well.

    The phone number is 3211 1000.

    The Richards & Richards will hopefully open for business this coming Tuesday, 21 September.
     
  11. thanos

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    Just an update for brisbanites. Just gave Richards & Richards a call, its appears George no longer does alterations... at least for suits not bought instore. Anyone else (particularly his regular clientele) found this?
     
  12. dvt328

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    Try "orange mode clothing & alterations" in Fortitude Valley. I follow them on facebook. Opposite the RACQ building on St Pauls Tce. Great service and top quality work. Hope that helps for anyone in need of this work done. I realise the thread is old but when I find a business I like dealing with, I tell the world!!
     
  13. gwabell

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    I'm going to resurrect this thread again, has anyone else found the same thing as Thanos? It seems Richards & Richards have also moved again to the Valley.
     
  14. lukejackson

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    Where have they moved to?

    I got a jacket taken in at the sides, (was too big in torso, slightly to big in chest) and sleeves taken up at Regents Tailors in the city recently. Was happy with the service.
     
  15. Journeyman

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    Yes, that's right. Once R&R opened in its new premises and started to get busy, George only did in-house alterations.

    R&R recently moved from the corner of Edward and Charlotte Streets in the city down to somewhere just off James St in New Farm. I haven't been to their new premises as yet but I assume that the situation concerning no outside alterations will unfortunately be the same as previously.

    Tony at Regent Tailors is good. I've used him a couple of times now that I can't use George and have been very happy with the results, although I do miss George's humour.
     

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