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Best tailor in Boston area? any reccomendations?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by pg600rr, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. pred02

    pred02 Senior member

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    I am sorry I have never been to a tailor, but I do need 5-6 shirts that I would like "better fit" and 3 suit pants that I need a simple hem. What should I expect for prices?

    Thanks!
     
  2. pg600rr

    pg600rr Senior member

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    bumpin up the thread to see if there are any more suggestions, I am leaning towards calling/stoppin by Jacks on Tuesday, need to have some slight alterations done to my suit by the 27th so I am hoping to find a tailor that can do that for me.... might be a tough task though,
     
  3. jamesbond

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    I think im going to start using Jack's myself.

    I have been pretty displeased with Joe at Rizzo's lately. He just won't bend to doing alterations how i want. He consistently refuses to take jackets in to create any waist suppression and im not talking ultra tight but minimal suppression. He also doesn't like to shorten sleeves to the point of showing cuff, you have to demand it. Same with pants, way too much break. Im just sick of fighting with him about everything. He can do some great work when he agrees with you, but that is not often. My favorite quote of his lately is "everyone wants to look like a stuffed sausage"

    Although his handsewn working buttonholes are amazing! I might just use him for only button-holes and use Jack's for everything else.

    Anyone know if Jack does handsewn working sleeve buttons? Also, will he alter shirts?
     
  4. porcelain monkey

    porcelain monkey Senior member

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    I think im going to start using Jack's myself.

    I have been pretty displeased with Joe at Rizzo's lately. He just won't bend to doing alterations how i want. He consistently refuses to take jackets in to create any waist suppression and im not taking ultra tight but minimal suppression. He also doesn't like to shorten sleeves to the point of showing cuff, you have to demand it. Same with pants, way too much break. Im just sick of fighting with him about everything. He can do some great work when he agrees with you, but that is not often. My favorite quote of his lately is "everyone wants to look like a stuffed sausage"

    Although his handsewn working buttonholes are amazing! I might just use him for only button-holes and use Jack's for everything else.

    Anyone know if Jack does handsewn working sleeve buttons? Also, will he alter shirts?


    What does Rizzo's charge for working buttonholes? Mario's doesn't do them.
     
  5. HalfCanvas

    HalfCanvas Senior member

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    I think Joe charges about $60 for four kissing buttons on each sleeve, but I might be wrong.

    Jack's alters shirts. I saw a guy go in there once and get the side seams and arms slimmed -- it cost $40 per shirt for this.
     
  6. mikej77

    mikej77 Senior member

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    Jack has done some work on my suits (taking in a jacket, shortening sleeves, hemming pants, etc) and his work was perfect. He will not let you leave with your items unless you are completely satisfied with them. I always thought his prices were good but I guess that is because I pay a lot more now going to Field's in DC.
     
  7. RanMan

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    I have mixed feelings about Joe @ Rizzo. I brought in a blazer that had working buttonholes. The sleeves were long, so a good bit of the alteration came from shortening the sleeve at the shoulder. He did a great job of it, terrific work and was generous with his time and knowledge, answering my questions along the way. A suit I brought in was an entirely different ball game, however. Trouser had too much break and the jacket sleeves were very long. The sleeves were measured and marked, but ultimately remained unaltered at 24" each. I wish I could say this dispute got ironed out smoothly, but it turned ugly and unprofessional.

    I've had good results at Rodolfo's Tailoring, 100 Huntington Ave, Boston, in the small row of Dartmouth St shops near Neiman Marcus. I've found his feedback to be honest and his alterations, spot on. Just precise, crisp work done with a friendly, professional attitude.
     
  8. pg600rr

    pg600rr Senior member

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    so I went to Jack's today because that seems to be the overall best choice after reading everyones posts and checking the reviews on yelp. The suit I am having tailored (or thought I was ) is pictured here: http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=97004&page=3. However after trying it on Jack proceeded to say that jacket fit perfect and needed no tailoring (I happen to disagree but it is hard to argue with a tailor especially someone as nice as Jack). He then marked where he was going to hem the pants and I said I would like them up a bit higher so there isnt all that much of a break. He proceeded to cross out the first mark and make another this time making them even a bit longer!!! at that point I was like whatever so we will see how they come out friday I am pretty sure I will trying them on and having him bring the hem up a bit more. Also he never even looked at the back of the suit or the pants! which is where I think the tailoring is needed. The ass of the pants is where the most help is needed, so overall even before getting it back, I am quite dissapointed..... oh and the hem charge was $18? a bit high no? (I really have no idea, any hemming I have had done in the past has been no more than $12, so maybe $18 is fair).
     
  9. RanMan

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    This is kind of my experience with Jack's. Nice guy, but not a lot of attention spent on details, cleaning up a jacket in back, ect... Dropped off a pair of trousers that came back with a rather chunky hem line, as if an excessively thick hem found its way onto a pair of light weight wool trousers. Sit down and your eyes go to it straight away.
     
  10. jamesbond

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    I've had good results at Rodolfo's Tailoring, 100 Huntington Ave, Boston, in the small row of Dartmouth St shops near Neiman Marcus. I've found his feedback to be honest and his alterations, spot on. Just precise, crisp work done with a friendly, professional attitude.

    Might have to try them myself, Is Rodolfo the tailor or is it run by other people?

    so I went to Jack's today because that seems to be the overall best choice after reading everyones posts and checking the reviews on yelp. The suit I am having tailored (or thought I was ) is pictured here: http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=97004&page=3. However after trying it on Jack proceeded to say that jacket fit perfect and needed no tailoring (I happen to disagree but it is hard to argue with a tailor especially someone as nice as Jack). He then marked where he was going to hem the pants and I said I would like them up a bit higher so there isnt all that much of a break. He proceeded to cross out the first mark and make another this time making them even a bit longer!!! at that point I was like whatever so we will see how they come out friday I am pretty sure I will trying them on and having him bring the hem up a bit more. Also he never even looked at the back of the suit or the pants! which is where I think the tailoring is needed. The ass of the pants is where the most help is needed, so overall even before getting it back, I am quite dissapointed..... oh and the hem charge was $18? a bit high no? (I really have no idea, any hemming I have had done in the past has been no more than $12, so maybe $18 is fair).

    Hmmm, this is exactly the service i don't want and am fed up with and I'm a pretty straightforward customer. Why is it so hard to find a tailor that understands modern proportions?
     
  11. RanMan

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    Rodolfo's is a one man shop and everything is done in house. Good luck, i think you'll like his work.
     
  12. Gordon Geeko

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    Another one worth checking out is Raymond Personal Tailor (also does bespoke) in the Financial DIstrict at 160 Federal. He trained on Savile Row and has an excellent eye for detail.
     
  13. pg600rr

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    Might have to try them myself, Is Rodolfo the tailor or is it run by other people?



    Hmmm, this is exactly the service i don't want and am fed up with and I'm a pretty straightforward customer. Why is it so hard to find a tailor that understands modern proportions?


    I dont know either, this has been my experience with past tailors, always set in their ways how they want it and not how the customer wants it... if I dont like it, Ill just have him fix, a waste of both our time, but atleast it'll be how I like it. I even brought a picture to show exactly how I wanted the pants to be!
     
  14. free man

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    I think tailors probably get pretty set in their ways because most people don't care. When they get a customer who knows what he wants, they don't like it.
     
  15. Absolute Beginner

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    I will be giving Jack's a try on the next few things, just to see if the outcome is more reliable.

    Bill, I'm curious if you've had an opportunity to try Jack's yet.

    Thanks.
     
  16. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Senior member

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    Bill, I'm curious if you've had an opportunity to try Jack's yet.

    Thanks.


    Yes. I had some simple to moderate things done, and he did an acceptable job.

    I have some much more difficult things with him that are in process yet, so judgement is still pending.

    To his credit, there were a couple things that I wanted done that he said were beyond his ability. I much prefer that to someone who will say that they can do it, and then botch it.


    - B
     
  17. Absolute Beginner

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    I totally agree, and appreciate that candor. Unfortunately, the latter is exactly the situation in which I currently find myself.

    I think I'll give Jack's a try as well.

    Thanks,

    e
     
  18. HalfCanvas

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    I got a pair of trousers finished at Raymond Personal Tailor in the financial district. Raymond was an apprentice at Huntsman as a teenager (he's originally from London). He still does bespoke work, with the jackets apparently done in house (not sure if the pants are). His shop is very nice, with a comfortable changing room and nice carpeting. Raymond himself is very nice and was enjoyable to be around. It was a very professional transaction.

    As for the work, it was top notch with quick turnaround. The dropped the trousers off on Thursday and had them back in a week. The length was perfect, and Raymond understands that the amount of break needs to take into consideration the bottom width. For $15, I couldn't be happier.
     
  19. Boston Tweed

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    I've lived for a number of years in the Boston area and I've tried probably 10 tailors, usually with minimal success. There are only two that I have been impressed with, both for their quality of work and for their ability to listen and deliver what I'm looking for.

    In Cambridge, I'd recommend Jack in Porter Square--he was the first good tailor I found and I only stopped going to him when I moved into Boston.

    In Boston, I very highly recommend Rodolfo of Rodolfo's tailoring. He has tailored 10 jackets and numerous pairs of trousers for me (including a significant recut on a full cut Brooks jacket) and I've been nothing but satisfied. Additionally, he will willingly admit his limitations (like buttonholes) and recommend others who can do an excellent job.

    You can't go wrong with either of these gentlemen.
     
  20. Matt44

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    Hi folks . . . just a few thoughts about my recent experience with Rizzo. I had a John Varvatos overcoat that needed to be sized down from a 44R to a 42R -- so it was a somewhat complicated alteration. I also had the sleeves shortened and the hem raised. The total cost: $180.

    On the whole, I'm impressed with the work. The shoulders came out nicely and the torso was taken in with a subtle touch. The area under the arms towards the back didn't turn out as well. But the work there is still satisfactory.

    Joe was friendly and took an interest in his product, which I liked since this wasn't a particularly sophisticated brand of clothing. From our quick interaction, I can see how he'd have his own strong opinions about how a garment should be cut.

    Anyway, I think I'd return to Rizzo if I ever need complicated work done.
     

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