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Custom Trousers in NYC?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Grammaton Cleric, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. Grammaton Cleric

    Grammaton Cleric Senior member

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    Looking to buy a few pairs of custom trousers in New York (Manhattan) for $300-$400. The two names that crop up on the forum, LS / Dario and Mr. Ned, have left me unimpressed.

    Any other options in that price range? I'd like to order from Mina, but I imagine it'll be 4 months before I receive a pair, and I need them sooner than that.
     


  2. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Ercole charges more (around $700) but the fit is superb.
     


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    Master-Classter Senior member

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    who does NYR use?
     


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    Dario is not skilled at fitting, but he can copy trousers almost perfectly. His stitching/construction/detailing is also very good (equal to my Chan trousers and better than OTR incotex). I even had him do hand stitching on some cotton trousers, using some Borrelli trousers as an example, and was very impressed by the results. He is also insanely cheap - $90 for CMT.

    I would get a pair from Ercole or whoever and take to Dario for copies.
     


  5. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Actually, if you source your own cloth you can save a lot. I think Frank is $450 CMT.

    Also, I have tended to order expensive cloth when going through him so maybe standard stuff is cheaper.
     


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    Actually, if you source your own cloth you can save a lot. I think Frank is $450 CMT.

    Also, I have tended to order expensive cloth when going through him so maybe standard stuff is cheaper.


    I that he was a bit cheaper than that, unless prices have gone up recently. I recall being quoted $250 or $300 for CMT last fall. Andrew Rogers was selling Harrisons cloth for 40-60 GBP per meter, so the all-in price was $400-450.
     


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    Ercole charges more (around $700) but the fit is superb.

    Does anyone else have experience with Ercole's fitting skills?
     


  8. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    I that he was a bit cheaper than that, unless prices have gone up recently. I recall being quoted $250 or $300 for CMT last fall. Andrew Rogers was selling Harrisons cloth for 40-60 GBP per meter, so the all-in price was $400-450.

    There may be a Brooklyn price and a Manhattan price. I pay the latter.

    Not complainin', my pants have all come out very good and he will go the extra mile to make things right.
     


  9. Grammaton Cleric

    Grammaton Cleric Senior member

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    Thanks Manton and others. Just called Ercole - CMT is $450.
     


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    Grammaton Cleric Senior member

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    Ercole charges more (around $700) but the fit is superb.

    I'm curious on your experience with Ercole - did you have to provide quite of bit of direction, or was his default trouser style to your liking? I ask as I have noticed many lower-priced NY tailors to have very poor fitting skills when it comes to trousers - particularly a sloppy seat and far too long a rise.

    Thanks
     


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    I'm curious on your experience with Ercole - did you have to provide quite of bit of direction, or was his default trouser style to your liking? I ask as I have noticed many lower-priced NY tailors to have very poor fitting skills when it comes to trousers - particularly a sloppy seat and far too long a rise.

    Thanks


    Seat and rise are pretty simple measurements. The main art with trousers, IMO, is getting a clean fall, a nice taper, and correct shaping from the seat to the back of the knee.
     


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    Grammaton Cleric Senior member

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    Also, would 2m be ok for a pair of trousers, or is 2.5m the wya to go?
     


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    2 M is plenty. Probably too much but safe.

    I didn't give him much direction. I wore a pair I was reasonably happy with and told him how I liked them. He has been very meticulous about making marginal improvements with every fitting/pair.
     


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    2 M is plenty. Probably too much but safe.

    I didn't give him much direction. I wore a pair I was reasonably happy with and told him how I liked them. He has been very meticulous about making marginal improvements with every fitting/pair.


    Thank you
     


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    Dario is not skilled at fitting, but he can copy trousers almost perfectly. His stitching/construction/detailing is also very good (equal to my Chan trousers and better than OTR incotex). I even had him do hand stitching on some cotton trousers, using some Borrelli trousers as an example, and was very impressed by the results. He is also insanely cheap - $90 for CMT.

    I would get a pair from Ercole or whoever and take to Dario for copies.


    Thanks. I have a few pairs of pants that need to be retired but they fit so well I have been reluctant. Perhaps I should have Dario copy them? Is it easier to contact him directly or through LS?
     


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