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C & Y Custom Tailors Washington DC

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by rdawson808, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. rdawson808

    rdawson808 Senior member

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    Is there any chance anyone has used these guys? Not just for alterations but for having something made.

    bob
     
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    Where are they located, what do they deal in?
     
  3. rdawson808

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    They're on Connecticut in Cleveland Park. We happened to eat last night in a restaurant a few doors down (Indique, great food, dodgy service). Just wondered if anyone happened to have used them.

    bob
     
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    I've seen that store window many a time and been vaguely curious. I haven't visited thus far - that is in large part because I can't imagine that it would be much beyond an alterations shop. But it could be a diamond in the rough...

    Did you stop in to be sure that they truly will make entire garments, not just MTM?
     
  5. rdawson808

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    No, they were closed already. I'm going to spend some time on Saturday calling around to various tailors to see how much they do. My regular tailor here in town may just do the full job (he has bolts of cloth displayed etc.) but I've actually never asked.

    I'll call C&Y and a couple other places.

    bob
     
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    I use Field Tailors on Wisconsin Ave. They are the best in the area. C&amp;Y looks more like an alterations shop than a bespoke tailor.
     
  7. rdawson808

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    I use Field Tailors on Wisconsin Ave. They are the best in the area. C&Y looks more like an alterations shop than a bespoke tailor.

    Field does full bespoke? Or even MTM? I thought they were just alterations also. Any idea on prices for a DJ/tux?

    bob
     
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    Field does full bespoke? Or even MTM? I thought they were just alterations also. Any idea on prices for a DJ/tux?

    bob


    Field is a full bespoke service. It's a father and son operation. The father, William Field Sr., is an ex-Savile Row tailor and the son, William Field Jr., now runs the business. I've had one bespoke suit, some trousers, and a number of shirts made from them. The shirts are actually made by Geneva Custom Shirtmakers in NY. William takes your measurements and sends them to Geneva. Field does very nice work; on par with any SR London tailor. I don't know how much a DJ/tux would cost. Best to give them a call.
     
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    Field is, indeed, a full bespoke shop and has generally been well reviewed by those on this board. Will Field is a great alterations tailor and has been trained on SR. He and his father have clothed a lot of the grandees of Washington over the years. Sammy would be better able than I to speak to the silhouette - my sense is that Will is fairly flexible. Sammy - is your gray mohair done already? Care to show it off?

    FYI, Baytok (who is next door) is also full custom. I know that they are not as well-loved on this board, but I have anecdotally heard good things about them. Baytok is, apparently, a bit of a difficult personality, but he does turn out a consistent product also in the SR tradition. You may wish to visit both for reference and ask to see sample garments.

    Both Baytok and Field are likely to be at least $2,500 for a two-piece. Field might be more willing to do CMT (your fabric) than Baytok.

    C&amp;Y and other smaller/grottier tailors are less likely to do proper bespoke tailoring, but one of them might turn out to be the LNC Tailors of DC. If you are at a $1,000-$1,500 price point, you'd likely want to go further downscale than Field...

    Good luck!
     
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    Field's is good people.
     
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    Field is, indeed, a full bespoke shop and has generally been well reviewed by those on this board. Will Field is a great alterations tailor and has been trained on SR. He and his father have clothed a lot of the grandees of Washington over the years. Sammy would be better able than I to speak to the silhouette - my sense is that Will is fairly flexible. Sammy - is your gray mohair done already? Care to show it off?

    FYI, Baytok (who is next door) is also full custom. I know that they are not as well-loved on this board, but I have anecdotally heard good things about them. Baytok is, apparently, a bit of a difficult personality, but he does turn out a consistent product also in the SR tradition. You may wish to visit both for reference and ask to see sample garments.

    Both Baytok and Field are likely to be at least $2,500 for a two-piece. Field might be more willing to do CMT (your fabric) than Baytok.



    Ack, yeah, that's way beyond my price range. Thanks for the info Duveen.

    bob
     
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    Field's is good people.
    I'd like to thank those of you who steered me to Field's. Very personable and professional... even though I was getting RTW suits altered rather than buying bespoke.
     
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    another hearty recommendation for field. I've got another suit and jacket being made there right now. The father is sadly quite ill i believe. But the son is extremely talented and very nice.
     
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    I'd like to thank those of you who steered me to Field's. Very personable and professional... even though I was getting RTW suits altered rather than buying bespoke.

    If you don't mind me asking. What do they charge for alterations? Letting out trousers, inseam, waist suppresion, sleeve length, etc.... I have a few new suits on there way and have been looking for a good tailor in the Annapolis area(no luck as of yet). However with all the great things I have heard about Field's it might be worth the trip to DC. Thanks!

    Gene
     
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    I don't know, because I never received nor requested item-by-item billing.

    I had a number of things done for each suit per Field's recommendation. He gave me a total bill at the end for all the suits.

    I'd say he is a trifle bit higher in price than your average alteration tailor in the area, but -- having tried a few others with dissastifaction -- is worth ever penny... and then some.
     
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    If you don't mind me asking. What do they charge for alterations? Letting out trousers, inseam, waist suppresion, sleeve length, etc.... I have a few new suits on there way and have been looking for a good tailor in the Annapolis area(no luck as of yet). However with all the great things I have heard about Field's it might be worth the trip to DC. Thanks!

    Gene



    I take my stuff to Custom Tailors of Annapolis in the mall. He does good work and it's easier than going to DC. I don't actually know what the various prices are except that it costs about 40 or 45 to get the skirt of a jacket shortened. I took a HSM suit in that I got on EBay for $30 had the sleeves shortened, the skirt shortened, the waist nipped in, and the trousers let out (taken in?) a tiny bit. They were probably shortened too and I think it cost about 130 total.

    bob
     
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    I take my stuff to Custom Tailors of Annapolis in the mall. He does good work and it's easier than going to DC. I don't actually know what the various prices are except that it costs about 40 or 45 to get the skirt of a jacket shortened. I took a HSM suit in that I got on EBay for $30 had the sleeves shortened, the skirt shortened, the waist nipped in, and the trousers let out (taken in?) a tiny bit. They were probably shortened too and I think it cost about 130 total.

    bob


    I have been meaning to give them a try. Maybe I will shoot over there next week when my suits arrive. I just am not a fan of going to DC. If they do good work it is much easier to drive 10 minutes to the mall, than dealing with DC. Thanks for the heads up. I am sure Field's would be a pretty penny(since I have 2 suits and 3 pairs of trousers that I will need to have altered).
     
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    I've used Field's and found them to be first rate. will probably take some more work to them in the fall.
     
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    I had sleeves shortened, shoulders brought in (I think), pants' waist brought in, and chest brought in for $130. Anyway, my point is that I don't recall the details, but it was a full job and worth it. Fields the Younger was conscientious of my pricing challenges and gamely brought up cost for the more expensive aspects, thus sparing me from having to do it myself.

    He's worth the trip from Annapolis. Treat yourself to a day in civilization! [​IMG]
     
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    I had sleeves shortened, shoulders brought in (I think), pants' waist brought in, and chest brought in for $130. Anyway, my point is that I don't recall the details, but it was a full job and worth it. Fields the Younger was conscientious of my pricing challenges and gamely brought up cost for the more expensive aspects, thus sparing me from having to do it myself.

    He's worth the trip from Annapolis. Treat yourself to a day in civilization! [​IMG]


    So it seems like the pricing is in the same range. $130 is not bad at all[​IMG] I have off Friday, and my suits should be here Thursday. So maybe I will join civilization for a day[​IMG] What is the usual turn around time?

    Gene
     

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