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Best Bespoke tailoring in New York City

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by RobertP77, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    Funny, I thought David was plugging for Logsdail.
     
  2. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    Carl, Corvato used to make for Brooks back in the day, correct? Does this mean he does more of a sack style? Could be the more American style if that is what the OP is looking for. Also. what about Ercole? I thought they had a lot of fans on here.
     
  3. David Reeves

    David Reeves Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    I was endorsing Len. We don't make suits like A&S.

    Len is a good guy and he's all for young people in the business, last week he very kindly offered me the use of his show room to fit my own clients.

    Its really shameful and poor form when the older tailors do nothing but complain about the business dying out and then in the next breath they put down the new generation. Sexton still describes his detractors from the 60s as "old cunts" and Richard James was told he'd be bust in a year. Sadly this is usually how it goes but fortunately this isn't Lens outlook. Not that I'm saying he's particularly old:D

    I think its great that Len takes up a leadership role in the tailoring community here in NYC and like a responsible leader he nurtures, as well.
     
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  4. comrade

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    His reputation is for Ivy-derived clothing, I think.
    I've never actually seen his work "in person",
    but I've seen many photos of it. He makes David
    Letterman's clothes. At a lower price-point for an
    American style, SF - affiliate Winston Tailors (Chipp)
    might be worth looking at. I am a former client of
    theirs- MTM, and liked their interpretation of Ivy
    Style. In my case, very natural shoulders, nipped
    waist, and two vents. This was in the 80s and 90s.
    When I moved to CA and didn't get to New York
    much, I stopped using them- with regrets.
     
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  5. Benjamin E.

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    I meant entirely by hand. Anyone worth their salt will sew the shoulder, neck, and armhole lining seams by hand, but I meant the long seams as well. I've seen it on Huntsman, Edward Sexton, Maurice Sedwell, Fallan & Harvey, and a few random off-Row tailors, but I've mostly seen machine sewn long seams. Not that a machined lining makes a bad suit.
     
  6. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I endorse Ercole, Frank is certainly younger than Len. Most people who want to spend $5,000 for a jacket don't want to use Frank because he isn't as expensive despite the handwork and no outsourcing.
     
  7. Shirtmaven

    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    NIno makes a soft shoulder but it has a nice expression.
    some time ago, a customer of mine stopped in. I immediately asked him who made his suit, because
    I liked the way the shoulder looked. It was NIno's suit.

    Frank's father made me a great suit years ago.
    I wore it for at least 10 years.

    great people. I have seen a couple of suits on my customers. They have looked good.
     
  8. F. Corbera

    F. Corbera Senior member

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    Not all the guys being discussed are taking on new customers.

    To my eye, no one makes a No. 1 anymore. The old Press, Chipp, and Hilton didn't make it, so their current true or false successors dont make it either. It's dead and gone except on eBay.

    These choices batted around this thread are all over the field.

    Decide on the style first, then ask who does the best job with it.

    Then, you have your answer.
     
  9. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    +2
     
  10. Shirtmaven

    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    but how do I know if it is really Bespoke?
     
  11. David Reeves

    David Reeves Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Lolz.

    I thought about putting up a live stream so you could see everything we do, but I thought it may be a bit invasive when I put my hot wife over the cutting room table.
     
  12. msart84

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    David,

    This is a bit much. Please don't take this the wrong way, but for someone whos' backhanded "compliments" have disagreed with a few posters on this thread, you seem to make very awkward posts that cannot help your business.

    I am in sales myself and I often read on SF, despite a low post count, but since I have posted on this particular thread, I have kept up with it. I think it is great that you have a passion for what you do and are going out of your way to expand your business through the posters on this site, but the fact that more than one poster has to comment on the inappropriate nature of your posts should be concerning. Many of the other vendors have greatly expanded their business' through SF, without so much as a single controversial post. Professionalism is important.

    If you don't care what I, or anyone else on this board thinks than feel free to ignore all of my points. However if you are here to expand your business, you should care about how your posts are perceived, and consider refraining from any comments that are controversial. Best of luck!
     
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    I think Mr. David is here to express his opinions, as we all are. He should certainty be allowed that, businessman or otherwise...
     
  14. F. Corbera

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    Use Amex. It will be a subcategory in the year end summary.
     
  15. msart84

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    100% agree. However, I felt compelled to point out how he was coming across to me, as someone in the market for tailored clothing in NYC. I also thought it worth mentioning, if he does not care how his comments may be perceived, please ignore my concern. I wish him nothing but the best.
     
  16. David Reeves

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    Its not meant to be a serious post to be taken literally of course. It is a comment about unrealistic expectations of openess and access to information/ business practices that some people have. Sometimes this can become invasive, annoying and inappropriate. I am reminded of the Portlandia sketch were they are about to order chicken on the menu of a restaurant, ask a million questions and then go to the farm to check it out before they order (which they don't).

    In the end you will probably never know your getting a bespoke suit unless you take it apart (destroying it) or sit with your bench tailor for 40 hours while he makes it. Fundamentally you have to trust the maker because you cant and probably shouldn't know everything.
     
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  17. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Well, I don't want any suspicious stains on my bespoke suits. MTM is a different story...


    They screw up those categories very often. Since when is a bag of chips at a gas station considered, "Transportation". Clearly it should be under "Restaurants".
     
  18. Rudolf

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    Hi Robert

    I saw that you were looking for a Bespoke Tailor who does not outsource so I thought I would introduce myself. My name is Rudolf Popradi and I am a Bespoke Master Tailor located in Montreal. I know how much you British chaps appreciate fine quality and true craftmanship. I can guarantee that I produce 100% Bespoke suits and that I do not outsource. If you would like more information I invite you to see my video on youtube, just enter Popradi. I explain everything in 4 short videos. "My suits never leave my hands". Enjoy your stay in America.
     
  19. scottcw

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    What was controversial about David's post? Who are you to police the forum?
     
  20. msart84

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    You clearly did not read my de facto disclaimer that I included. I wrote as a potential client, and I do not find that type of joking to be professional. I intended my comment to let him know that a potential customer could be put off by that type of joking, and that if he didn't care, he could ignore my concern. No one is pretending to police anyone, but if I see an elephant in the room, I call it out.
     

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