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Best denim tailor in LA?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by DGP, Dec 10, 2006.

  1. DGP

    DGP Senior member

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    Who is the best tailor to take jeans to in LA for alterations? I just need them shortened, but I want the best possible looking hems, whether they make new hems or use the originals, I'm not sure which is in vogue at the moment. Who would I go to? As far as area of the city and price, I am very open.
     
  2. whodini

    whodini Senior member

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    I've taken several pairs to be altered at a tailor on Sunset near Normandie. This guy does a lot of custom work, primarily for wedding attire, but is extremely knowledgeable/reliable. He's done frankenhems on at least a pair or two for about $5-10?

    If you're really interested, I'll get you the contact info.
     
  3. Get Smart

    Get Smart Senior member

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    Denim Doctors on 3rd st? Never used em, or been there, but have heard good things. There's a cleaner/alteration place in Pasadena on Lake Ave, just north of California (across from Burger Continental) that has a sign advertising they specialize in hemming denim keeping the original hem. But again, never used them.
     
  4. PG2G

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    I think the real Denim Doctors are now apart of HTC on Beverly. I'd probably trust them to do the work, considering the kind of stuff HTC sells.
     
  5. whodini

    whodini Senior member

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    Denim Doctors on 3rd st? Never used em, or been there, but have heard good things. There's a cleaner/alteration place in Pasadena on Lake Ave, just north of California (across from Burger Continental) that has a sign advertising they specialize in hemming denim keeping the original hem. But again, never used them.
    Not to start another Pas food hijack, but man I miss the vibe at BC. Service is usually horrible but the atmosphere makes up for it in dividends. Also miss apple pie ala mode from Pie 'n' Burger.
     
  6. Get Smart

    Get Smart Senior member

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    Not to start another Pas food hijack, but man I miss the vibe at BC. Service is usually horrible but the atmosphere makes up for it in dividends.

    Also miss apple pie ala mode from Pie 'n' Burger.


    2 great eating spots. esp BC, been going there since i was like 13.
     
  7. Coulomb

    Coulomb Senior member

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    Denim Doctors on 3rd st? Never used em, or been there, but have heard good things. There's a cleaner/alteration place in Pasadena on Lake Ave, just north of California (across from Burger Continental) that has a sign advertising they specialize in hemming denim keeping the original hem. But again, never used them.

    i would avoid that place on 3rd. it's now called denim revival. i had them hem my jeans and specifically requested chain stitching and also requested to have the excess fabric preserved (for future repair work). of course they jeans weren't hemmed correctly because they just used a regular single stitch and the excess fabric was thrown away. i will never go there again.

    denim doctors on beverly and martel are excellent. they hemmed my jeans perfectly and also remembered to keep the extra fabric. i highly recommend them and their service is fast and friendly.
     
  8. Maharlika

    Maharlika Senior member

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    i would avoid that place on 3rd. it's now called denim revival. i had them hem my jeans and specifically requested chain stitching and also requested to have the excess fabric preserved (for future repair work). of course they jeans weren't hemmed correctly because they just used a regular single stitch and the excess fabric was thrown away. i will never go there again.

    denim doctors on beverly and martel are excellent. they hemmed my jeans perfectly and also remembered to keep the extra fabric. i highly recommend them and their service is fast and friendly.


    Beverly/Martel..... are you talking about Hollywood Trading Company?
     
  9. DGP

    DGP Senior member

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    Beverly/Martel..... are you talking about Hollywood Trading Company?

    That's it. They do good work.
     
  10. jufros

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    BC is awesome, good friends with the Hendoyan family who own the place. There's a place on Hillhurst called the Golden Needle that hems my jeans. They've tapered and repaired some too. Really professional work and nice people.
     
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    That's it. They do good work.

    love denim doctors at HTC. im going to bring in a pair to get the thighs taken in on friday. ill let you all know how it goes.
     
  12. AnotherVictim

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    Always good to learn of some good tailors in the LA area... but does anyone know of any quality tailoring places in the southland? (read:Orange County)

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  13. soultek

    soultek Well-Known Member

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    When denim doctors was on 3rd street I had one good and one bad experience there.

    I've since been going to Dr. Blue Jeanns on Van Nuys in Sherman Oaks. He's done some amazing stuff for me including two crotch patch jobs, taking in the waist on a pair of jeans, and even making belt loops on a pair of trousers with the leftover hems.

    Not sure if he chainstitches, but I would think so.
     
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    I highly recommend HTC (aka Denim Doctors) on Beverly. I took both my 5EPs (straight & LDB) to have them hemmed. They chainstitched my jeans and am very happy with the results. Also, the service was great.
     
  15. hollaforadolla

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    i wish i discovered this thread earlier. I dropped my jeans off at denim revival last tuesday and havent heard from them yet.. :/ they told me it would take 2-3 days buttt..

    i asked to keep the extra fabric too i hope they pull through.
     
  16. revival

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    Just to set the record straight, I am from Denim Revival and we have the original tailors. I split with the owner of HTC and he kept the name. He has set up shop in his store on Beverly. We do everything onsite unlike HTC where they take your clothes offsite to be worked on. Our turn around time for hems is (depending on how busy we are) is usually 2 to 3 days. Major alterations is usually 6 to 10 days. Repairs anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks depending again how busy and how large the repairs are.I understand some of these posts are from people on HTC's payroll but to those that aren't it seems weird that if you "asked" for a chainstitch or the extra fabric and didn't receive that when picking up that you didn't say something so it could be fixed on the spot? I know I would. So I think this might be an attempt to badmouth on HTC's behalf? If I order a beer and the waiter brings me a sprite I am going to say something, not run to a website and talk trash.Sorry to sound harsh but let's be fair to all parties. By the way if you have taken hems to other places and are unhappy we do redos other tailors all the time.
     
  17. josephrex

    josephrex Well-Known Member

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    I usually only lurk here, but I just have to say something...

    The correct way to defend your business is not to belittle your dissatisfied customer or rag on about a rival business that has received better reviews than your own. When a tailor does a bad job on a piece of mine or doesn't listen to my specifications, I take it and never return. If you can't listen properly the first time, why would I let you near my expensive clothes again with scissors? First impressions are everything.

    I live 2 blocks away from HTC on beverly and they have always been super nice and done good work.

    And aren't you talking trash on a website?

    I understand some of these posts are from people on HTC's payroll but to those that aren't it seems weird that if you "asked" for a chainstitch or the extra fabric and didn't receive that when picking up that you didn't say something so it could be fixed on the spot? I know I would. So I think this might be an attempt to badmouth on HTC's behalf? If I order a beer and the waiter brings me a sprite I am going to say something, not run to a website and talk trash.Sorry to sound harsh but let's be fair to all parties. By the way if you have taken hems to other places and are unhappy we do redos other tailors all the time.
     
  18. modernarchitecture

    modernarchitecture New Member

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    I too just joined and usually do not involve myself on chat forums but I was googling info on denim and somehow wound up on this site. I noticed this thread and felt I needed to add my two cents on the matter.I was along time customer of Denim Doctors and a couple of months ago I received a phone call from them. Hollywood Trading Co. offered me a free hem. I took them up on the offer.I have to say I was very dissapointed by the original hem.It was done in the manner that my local tailor would have done by just folding it under and restitching it. It was definately not the way they have always done so. I took it over to the store on 3rd and they redid the hem the way I was used to. So I can personally tell you they have the original hems and I recognized the sewers in the back. Also I don't believe the owner of the Denim Revival was attacking anyone or belittling their competitors or people posting. I would for sure bring it to the attention to fix whatever was done wrong: food,tailoring, ect. I would never just walk away.
     
  19. josephrex

    josephrex Well-Known Member

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    I too just joined and usually do not involve myself on chat forums but I was googling info on denim and somehow wound up on this site. =

    I'm sure.
     
  20. jet

    jet Senior member

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    I'm sure.

    at the perfect time I might add

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