Chicago Tailor? Official Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by smazo, Jan 2, 2004.

  1. Tomasso

    Tomasso Senior member

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    For minor alterations/repairs I've used Oscar's Tailor Shop in the lobby of 203 N La Salle St.
     


  2. Shirtmaven

    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Paul chang also on N. Lasalle.
     


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    There is only one real tailor in Chicago

    DESPOS
     


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    Whenever I get asked this question, I am a bit hesitant, in that Mr. Despos really does alterations as a kindness to the forum members here. I don't think those of us who see him for alterations account for even a little bit of his business but he still treats all customers nicely and kindly.

    Frankly , I think it is a great way to find someone you might eventually have make you your first bespoke suit. If they are rude and mean to you over little things or do not listen where you want your break or cuff size,... then it is good way to see if this is the person you want to work with for something bigger or special.

    I would without a doubt say Mr. Despos is an incredible artisan and tailor and more importantly a nice , smart person who loves what he does.
     


  5. Tomasso

    Tomasso Senior member

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    Mr. Despos really does alterations as a kindness to the forum members here. .
    IIRC, Chris once stated that outside alterations were welcomed as they served to keep his tailors busy. Mind you, bespoke tailoring expertise comes in at a higher price than that of an alterations tailor so for simple tasks it may not be worth the premium.
     


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    I would without a doubt say Mr. Despos is an incredible artisan and tailor and more importantly a nice , smart person who loves what he does.

    +1

    He was very generous with his time when I visited him for some outside alterations a short time ago.
     


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    IIRC, Chris once stated that outside alterations were welcomed as they served to keep his tailors busy. Mind you, bespoke tailoring expertise comes in at a higher price than that of an alterations tailor so for simple tasks it may not be worth the premium.

    Is that true for in all cases? The alternations charge will be higher if you go to a bespoke tailor as opposed to alteration tailor? I've been trying this guy lately , trying to test his skills to determine if I want a custom suit from him. I had him alter a OTR suit, he quated me 140+ (pants waist and cuffs, Jacket waist, sleeves and armholes alterations), I thought it was a bit high...........
     


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    Is that true for in all cases? The alternations charge will be higher if you go to a bespoke tailor as opposed to alteration tailor? I've been trying this guy lately , trying to test his skills to determine if I want a custom suit from him. I had him alter a OTR suit, he quated me 140+ (pants waist and cuffs, Jacket waist, sleeves and armholes alterations), I thought it was a bit high...........

    That actually doesn't sound too bad to me if he is a skilled tailor.
     


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    Does anyone know of a good tailor in Chicago? I have been going to Boguslaw on Oak St. but I am tired of giving my money to that jerk.
     


  10. a tailor

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Does anyone know of a good tailor in Chicago? I have been going to Boguslaw on Oak St. but I am tired of giving my money to that jerk.

    stroll over to 34 east oak. try chris despos.
     


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    I agree with a tailor, Chris Despos is great. 34 E. Oak. Prompt, courteous service. Everything from bespoke to alterations.

    Cuff
     


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    This recommendation is long overdue:

    I took the advice of some members on this Forum to visit Mr Chris Despos at his fine retail shop on Oak Ave. here in Chicago. I was looking to have altered two Brooks Brothers suits that needed a bunch of work, but for which I was willing to pay the price. I needed the waist taken in, sleeves lengthened, pants waist taken in, and the sleeves rotated. The more he asked me about how I wanted it to look, the higher the price became for the work required. I was still willing to pay, even though the tailor work was getting to be around ~50-60% of the suit.

    Chris then flat out told me that it wasn't even worth spending that much money on the tailoring, because the suit wouldn't hold up to the rigors of de-construction and then re-construction. He then talked to me for 30 minutes about the finer points to look for in a suit, brands that would work on my body type, stores to visit in the area, and even when certain stores had their sales. This was all over and beyond what was required or expected of a tailor - I certainly didn't expect him to turn down work, and keep in mind that he was not paid for any of his time. He could have tailored my two suits per my instructions and made a decent chunk of change, instead he forgoed that opportunity and took some time to push me in a more satorial direction.

    Essentially what I'm saying is that Chris is an excellent resource and a great tailor.
     


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    This recommendation is long overdue:

    I took the advice of some members on this Forum to visit Mr Chris Despos at his fine retail shop on Oak Ave. here in Chicago. I was looking to have altered two Brooks Brothers suits that needed a bunch of work, but for which I was willing to pay the price. I needed the waist taken in, sleeves lengthened, pants waist taken in, and the sleeves rotated. The more he asked me about how I wanted it to look, the higher the price became for the work required. I was still willing to pay, even though the tailor work was getting to be around ~50-60% of the suit.

    Chris then flat out told me that it wasn't even worth spending that much money on the tailoring, because the suit wouldn't hold up to the rigors of de-construction and then re-construction. He then talked to me for 30 minutes about the finer points to look for in a suit, brands that would work on my body type, stores to visit in the area, and even when certain stores had their sales. This was all over and beyond what was required or expected of a tailor - I certainly didn't expect him to turn down work, and keep in mind that he was not paid for any of his time. He could have tailored my two suits per my instructions and made a decent chunk of change, instead he forgoed that opportunity and took some time to push me in a more satorial direction.

    Essentially what I'm saying is that Chris is an excellent resource and a great tailor.


    Yes, Chris does get it. He's very real world. He understands that one stye does not fit all. And he'll nicely urge you toward suits that fit your profession, event, weather etc. etc. He really thinks it thru with you. And he's with it with what is appropriate today and helps you avoid looking like a guy going to a costume party, in a musical, selling ice cream, a member of the Sopranos, etc. etc. Other than his occassional shoe choices he's fairly hip [​IMG]
     


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    I'll make sure to yell at Chris for turning down business [​IMG]
     


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    Update - Mr. Despos is not currently accepting alteration work [​IMG] EDIT: Just to be clear, it sounds more like a "we're totally inundated with bespoke work/alterations for existing clients," not a "we're not doing alterations anymore" sort of thing
     


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