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Chicago Tailoring

TheCharlieMan

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Hi All,

I am not sure how many people from Chicago will see this but I am looking for a truly great tailor on the Chicago are who not only does excellent work but who also understands what a neapolitan jacket is supposed to be and look like. I will often buy Cesare Attolini or Kiton suits on Ebay but I have yet to find a proper tailor who knows how to help with the basics. Also, I would love to find a bespoke tailor in the Chicago area who can also make a neapolitan style suit.

Thank you in advance.
 

Phileas Fogg

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Chris Despos. He also posts here.

He’s on Oak Street. Whether Neapolitan tailoring is his style, you can discuss with him.
 

Bromley

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Despos is real deal.
 

TheCharlieMan

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I was told Despos doesn't always do alterations and for his bespoke suits he can take a year to complete. Is that true?
 

mrbrioni

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Hi All,

I am not sure how many people from Chicago will see this but I am looking for a truly great tailor on the Chicago are who not only does excellent work but who also understands what a neapolitan jacket is supposed to be and look like. I will often buy Cesare Attolini or Kiton suits on Ebay but I have yet to find a proper tailor who knows how to help with the basics. Also, I would love to find a bespoke tailor in the Chicago area who can also make a neapolitan style suit.

Thank you in advance.
I’m also looking for a tailor, and we wear similar clothes.

I have brought stuff to Despos (a few years ago), and he wouldn’t do any alterations for me. With that being said I did order a bespoke sport coat, suit, and overcoat. I paid 1/2 down - after 6 months and 0 communication I was told it would be a few more months until he can start on my items.

I expressed my frustration and he offered to throw in a pair of pants for free (if my memory is correct) if I move forward with my order - otherwise he would refund.

At the time I was working with Anderson & Sheppard as well, who has amazing customer service making me even more frustrated with the complete contrast of how they each dealt with me as a customer.

I was truly looking forward to working with someone local, and maybe I’ll revisit at a later time.
 

driving glove

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I’m also looking for a tailor, and we wear similar clothes.

I have brought stuff to Despos (a few years ago), and he wouldn’t do any alterations for me. With that being said I did order a bespoke sport coat, suit, and overcoat. I paid 1/2 down - after 6 months and 0 communication I was told it would be a few more months until he can start on my items.

I expressed my frustration and he offered to throw in a pair of pants for free (if my memory is correct) if I move forward with my order - otherwise he would refund.

At the time I was working with Anderson & Sheppard as well, who has amazing customer service making me even more frustrated with the complete contrast of how they each dealt with me as a customer.

I was truly looking forward to working with someone local, and maybe I’ll revisit at a later time.
I think that Chris Despos has had to rebuild his team and finding tailoring talent these days might be like looking for ivory-billed woodpeckers in the Louisiana swamp. Covid 19 has hurt many of us and I think his operation is no different. Like you, I have had work delayed. I know when he is able to complete my pieces, it will be done to the very best of his ability, and not before (without compromises). His ethos reminds me of “the lost patrol”. Sometimes there is a dreadful blizzard but the right ones keep at their task, regardless of the progress made.
 

ruvort

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If you are willing to venture a little ways from Chicago, Kevin Koch is a good choice. His location has caused him to slip under the radar, but he is the real deal.

He is working on a rebranding to get more visibility within the bespoke community, but this is his current website: www.kochhouseofdesign.com/
 

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