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Does your tailor charge you different prices for the same alteration based on brand?

amerikajinda

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Neither my tailor nor my drycleaner recognize ANY brands... they are brand-unaware to a fault. Sometimes I'll show them the label casually when I drop off my Kiton suit and point at the label Larry David-style -- kind of nodding my head with a smile on my face, saying "you know-- this is a Kiton here... yup... Kiton... so uh... you'll be extra careful, right....Kiton?" and they'll look at me like I'm from Mars. Might as well have handed them a Merona suit from Target - they are brand blind.
 

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No. If he did, I would find a new tailor. And my tailor is aware of what's a better brand, quality- and price-wise.

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Originally Posted by amerikajinda
Neither my tailor nor my drycleaner recognize ANY brands... they are brand-unaware to a fault. Sometimes I'll show them the label casually when I drop off my Kiton suit and point at the label Larry David-style -- kind of nodding my head with a smile on my face, saying "you know-- this is a Kiton here... yup... Kiton... so uh... you'll be extra careful, right....Kiton?" and they'll look at me like I'm from Mars. Might as well have handed them a Merona suit from Target - they are brand blind.

Ha...I had similar experience w/ a tailor on some PL and Sartorio stuff.

On the other hand, I ran into an overpriced (but undeniably good) cleaner that had no reservations about charging me $35 for my mall brand suit.
 

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My tailor knows the difference but does not charge different prices... I wouldn't go to him if that was the case.

However, one time I attempted to drop off an Etro suit that required heavy modifications and he told me to "get this fused crap outa here" in his broken english/italian accent.. I knew I had found the right guy.
 

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They should. Some work takes longer to do because of layers of construction that you may not see from the outside. Take the sides in on an unlined jacket and you have to refinish all the seams inside. Plenty of tailors will cut the excess cloth out with pinking shears and leave raw edges especially when taking in the trouser waist and seat. If they don't charge extra for extras it may be they do not intend to do the work to original standards and will take their shortcuts thinking you would not know the difference. I would be more confident if the charge was adjusted for work that needed to be done properly and I would find a new tailor if he charged more just for the brand recognition. If the suit cost more, the work should cost more is not always so. Surprisingly some of the hardest clothes to work on are cheap fused suits.
 

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Originally Posted by merkur
Has anyone ever had a tailor who charged different prices for the same alteration depending on the brand of garment that was brought in eg H&M vs Kiton?

Has yours?
 

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my tailor is typically pretty expensive, but she charges based on the work, not based on the brand.

I think she's going a bit overboard these days, i brought in 4 shirts yesterday and she wanted to do $70 worth of alterations on each one.

I slowed her down a little, but i'm glad she's focusing on doing the absolute best job possible for me, even though i feel its a bit due to the fact that there is less work running through the shop.

The irony is, if the prices lightened up a bit, i'd probably spend alot more money with her.
 

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Originally Posted by Cary Grant
So this is just another question to have something to post about?

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My tailor makes comments about different brands, but does not charge based on brand.
 

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Originally Posted by Despos
They should. Some work takes longer to do because of layers of construction that you may not see from the outside...(snipped for brevity)


But that's an issue of construction and actual labor involved in the alteration--not the name on the tag. I think we'd all agree that a tailor can charge more for work that takes more time.

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