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Good Tailor in Richmond, VA

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by meauounji, Nov 4, 2007.

  1. meauounji

    meauounji Senior member

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    Anyone know of a real good tailor in Richmond, VA? One that charges reasonable prices and is a good communicator. I usually take my stuff to a Korean guy who, although reasonably priced and well skilled, can't barely speak a lick of English, which makes complex alterations or very specific requests... difficult.

    Thanks!
     
  2. ferry1950

    ferry1950 Well-Known Member

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    Best tailor is Zim on Patterson ave on the right before you get to Libby.
    Expensive,old world, bad tempered, but very good.
    ghw
     
  3. meauounji

    meauounji Senior member

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    When you say expensive, what do you mean, exactly? For example, if I have a jacket that needs the back, backsides and sides (all five of the alterable seams taken in) plus a little bit of sleeve work, what would that cost?

    I guess my biggest question is, will he do what you ASK him to, even against his own opinion? I really don't mind paying what ultimately isn't a lot of money if I get what I want and he does a good job. My style is a little bit more contemporary, slim fitting, that type deal, so I find some tailors looking at me really weird when I say, "it's too big, take in more."
     
  4. ferry1950

    ferry1950 Well-Known Member

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    What you are asking sounds like a big job, as you are taking in all five seams of the coat.
    I do not know what Zim may charge. My advice is to take the coat to him, have him apprise the job and ask for his cost estimate.
    To me, as you indicated in your post, it is all about the chemistry between you and your tailor, accountant, shirtmaker, fill in the blank provider.
    Zim is good at what he does, and I beleive he will give you his opinion on what you are asking him to do, both good and bad.
    Good luck, hope it works out,
    ghw
     
  5. Virginia Dandy

    Virginia Dandy Senior member

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    Vincent's at 5811 Grove Avenue is another option. Vincent is an Italian gentleman of a certain age - his son has joined the business.

    I use them for everything straightforward - sleeves, hem/cuffs, waist.

    The one time I needed an odd jacket completely re-worked in the manner you describe - I took it to William Field in DC - but only because he was in the process of making something for me and it was convenient to have him also do the alteration project at the same time - otherwise I would have used Vincent.
     
  6. meauounji

    meauounji Senior member

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    Ferry, I find it interesting that you consider altering those five seams to be a big job. I guess it's maybe because I've almost always had at least 4 of the 5 seams (usually forgoing the back) altered whenever I get a new jacket to get the shape I want.

    It's happening even more nowadays when my taste in shoulder width is changing. I used to really like the really small, overly tight shoulders (gasp!), but now I'm moving back to the more traditional look, and am finding that I need to size up my suits, which cause a problem in the body. (I'm a 38-40R depending on the fit, btw)

    I like how one of the things you remember most about Zim (*giggle* that's a really funny name to me for some reason) is that he's bad tempered.

    Virginia, having said all that, would you still recommend Vincent for what is apparently a bigger job than just the basics? Though you say that you've never had him do complex jobs for your, no?
     
  7. wrightfit

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    For my fellow RVA dwellers thanks for the tip, I currently have a suit at Vincent's getting trimmed. I'll post the results.
     
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    texas_jack Senior member

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    I had Zimm let out the sides of an unlined jacket and let the sleeves down a bit and I think it was $80
     
  9. wrightfit

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    Vincent's did a good job on the suit jacket. I had the waist slightly taken in on one side and added length to the sleeves. I'm not too pleased with the pants hemming result. I'll probably try and get them slimmed from the knee down b/c they just don't hang right. I think in all I paid $75-$80.
     
  10. pnewelljr

    pnewelljr Senior member

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    If I buy a J.Crew shirt in Small, it fits my shoulders and neck perfect but is too big around the waist, but is I get an XSmall it is too tight on the neck and shoulders, but it fits my waist. I am looking someone who can take in the waist for a very slim fit on some shirts. The armholes will also probably need to be raised. Who is a younger, trendyish taylor I could go to in Richmond?

    Also, about how much will this cost? If I buy a MTM shirt it will be about $100. If I buy a JCrew shirt with my student discount, it will be around $59, if it costs less or the same in the end, I would rather have a JCrew shirt for the look and quality.
     
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  11. matty long legs

    matty long legs Senior member

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    I don't think a younger, trendy tailor exists in Richmond - not a big enough city to have a tailor like that. I go to Vincent's on Grove and Libbie. They do phenomenal work, though they're a bit expensive; however, I'm willing to pay their prices because they do things right and treat their customers well.

    I can't imagine a J.Crew shirt is that big in the waist. I own plenty of J.Crew shirts and find that they're plenty slim in the waist. Also, be careful about raising the armholes too much. It can throw off how the shirt lays on your back and make for an uncomfortable, awkward fit.

    Lastly, if you up your price you can get a custom shirt at Creery for about $150. I haven't had a shirt made there (I've always wanted to), but I've heard good things, handled their shirts, and am impressed with the quality.
     
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2012

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