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Good tailor in Vancouver?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by office drone, Sep 16, 2006.

  1. vancommercial

    vancommercial New Member

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    This is my frist time posting but i have been following this thread for quite a while.

    I recently got my first MTM suit made from Steve at Samson's tailors in yaletown. And i gotta say it was a dreadful experience. He is snobby, arogant and un proffessional. He did not meet my deadline and a whole wack of other stuff went wrong.

    I also had some custom shirts made from him and those turned out alright.

    The Suit itself has turned out good after months of alterations from him but i must say he kept blaming the lack of fit on my body. Because i have a lot of "shape" (im 6 foot with muscular build) he says the cloth needs to "mold" to my body etc etc.

    His prices are good but i would only recommend him if you are the average joblo and want a basic suit.

    My question is, has anyone had anything made from Townline Tailors? I dropped by the store and the main tailor, i forgot his name, impressed me with his introduction. I would like some testimonials though before i decide to put him to the task of my second MTM suit.
     
  2. Doc4

    Doc4 Senior member

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    My question is, has anyone had anything made from Townline Tailors? I dropped by the store and the main tailor, i forgot his name, impressed me with his introduction. I would like some testimonials though before i decide to put him to the task of my second MTM suit.

    Frank is his name ... last name something like Blasser, but I am going from memory and know I got it a bit wrong.

    I've had him (well, his shop) alter several STP suits of mine, and am satisfied with the results. Whether or not that translates into a good MTM suit or not ... well, it's probably not enough info to say for certain either way, but I didn't see anything that would send me running the other way.
     
  3. contaygious

    contaygious Senior member

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    Well I'm going tomorrow just for a shirt first and we'll see how it turns out. I hope I have a better experience haha. Even if all goes wrong I guess I could always wear it under a sweater [​IMG]. Any tips to get it right the first time?
     
  4. JeffsWood

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    This is my frist time posting but i have been following this thread for quite a while.

    I recently got my first MTM suit made from Steve at Samson's tailors in yaletown. And i gotta say it was a dreadful experience. He is snobby, arogant and un proffessional. He did not meet my deadline and a whole wack of other stuff went wrong.

    I also had some custom shirts made from him and those turned out alright.

    The Suit itself has turned out good after months of alterations from him but i must say he kept blaming the lack of fit on my body. Because i have a lot of "shape" (im 6 foot with muscular build) he says the cloth needs to "mold" to my body etc etc.

    His prices are good but i would only recommend him if you are the average joblo and want a basic suit.

    My question is, has anyone had anything made from Townline Tailors? I dropped by the store and the main tailor, i forgot his name, impressed me with his introduction. I would like some testimonials though before i decide to put him to the task of my second MTM suit.


    Sadly I have the same story. Happy with Steve’s shirts, but when he made me a suit things did not go so well.

    I have not tried Townline for MTM. I have had a suit made at Harry Rosen - during their Sammy events. A bit pricey maybe, but less stress. These days as I find with a few touches MTO works well for body so I have given up on MTM.
     
  5. vancommercial

    vancommercial New Member

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    Well I'm going tomorrow just for a shirt first and we'll see how it turns out. I hope I have a better experience haha. Even if all goes wrong I guess I could always wear it under a sweater [​IMG]. Any tips to get it right the first time?

    Well, hes gonna talk your ear off...Also, hes snobby. My advice is to stick to business and act proffessional...dont give him room to wiggle....


    Also, i thought townline was very estabilished and so i expected more replies and testimonials. I am still leaning towards them for my next suit, and im expecting to spend about a grand. Compared to samson's fabrics, townline was like heaven.


    My cousin got a suit made from Harry Rosen, and i think i would only reccommend it if you have cash to blow and if you have the average body. slim etc.

    Does anyone know any other estabilished MTM tailors in vancouver.

    Also, anyone know a good dress shirt tailor. Samsons was good, but i cant deal with the guy.
    I contacted www.theperfectshirt.ca This guy doesnt have a shop but will come to your home. It sounds kind of sketchy. Any other ideas? Gemelli's on howe has very nice, made in italy, shirts but not custom.
     
  6. hjiwa

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    Hi Style Forum:

    I came across this post while reviewing some of our website statistics (noticing some visits from this thread). I am part owner of www.theperfectshirt.ca. We started this business about one year ago as we had some of the same problems that some of you are having - we just could not find shirts in Vancouver (custom or off-the-rack) that really worked for us in terms of fit, quality and price. So - we did research, we educated ourselves, we practiced and now have established our own company focusing only on custom dress shirts for men with hundreds of happy clients. Our shirts are tailored in hong kong, our fabrics are mostly 2-ply 100% cotton and our construction quality is top-notch. Most of our shirts are $120/each, with specials such as buy 4 get the 5th free. We take more measurements (example: we actually adjust armholes and sleeve width to get a nice, clean finish) and pay more attention to each shirt then any of our competitors.

    All of our measurements are taken by either myself or my business partner locally. We did attempt some relationships with tailor shops who would take measurements for us, but we found that the best results were achieved when we measured our clients ourselves. Not having a physical store allows us to focus on what we really enjoy and excel at - which is getting you in the perfect shirt. period. Most clients find us visiting them at their home or office is most convenient, but we may have one or two hotel events coming up.

    Thanks and please feel free to give us a call or drop by our website for more information.

    Hafeez
     
  7. Siwash

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    URL fixed in previous post, thanks Siwash!
     
  9. gius

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    Do these tailors usually make just suits, shirts and (sometimes?) trousers?
    And alterations.

    I was wondering if they also do designed items.. choosing collar designs, button stand designs etc with their client to come up with something different...
     
  10. contaygious

    contaygious Senior member

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    Samson and paul's make shirts however you want them with the former being less expensive, but not quite the quality. Samson did 9 shirts my way and I love them. I'll post pics up soon of how they fit for critique. I use Paul's for jackets and suits and I use joy for alterations.
     
  11. gius

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    Quality in terms of fabric and fit? Finished seams, etc.?

    Thanks for the reply

    I was wondering not just about classic items like shirts but also if I had a design from the runway or magazine that I'd like to wear. Not necessarily copied of course...[​IMG] taking bits and pieces

    Looking forward to see the pictures!
     
  12. Roger

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    I haven't been following this thread for some time, but dropped in today. It seems that some of you are looking for good MTM shirtmakers. A while back, I described my experiences in this area--not sure whether it was on this thread or another. In any case, in my experience the two best in Vancouver are (a) Chevalier Creations (925 W. Georgia--near Hornby; 604-687-8428) and (b) Minichiello's (North Van--127 W. Esplanade about a block west of Lonsdale; 604) 985-9222). I had Gabrielle, owner of Chevalier Creations, make me a shirt, and it was very nice. He made a personal pattern for me and, with my choice of a nice piece of 120s cotton shirting, the result was very good--but expensive. Gabrielle is an old-school shirtmaker and tailor and is very good, but his shirts, etc., are pricey. This fact led me to Minichiello's in North Van, where I've had about 6-8 shirts made. They too will cut a pattern that is a modification of a stock pattern (so it really is MTM and not bespoke), and, again with proper choice of fabric you'll get a great shirt--at about 2/3 to 3/4 the cost of Chevalier. The person to talk to at Minichiello's is Julie Minichiello, daughter of the founder, Paul Minichiello. Julie is running the business now and is a very nice, approachable, and knowledgeable woman. After my first shirt there, we tweaked the pattern a little, and by the third or fourth shirt, it was about as perfect as I could ask for. Cost is determined mainly by choice of fabric. You could get a good shirt of 100s for something under $200. I've had some 170s made for not much over $300.

    I'm not sure whether this is what you guys are looking for, but, after a lot of research, I found them to be the best. There are numerous hole-in-the-wall shirtmakers scattered around Vancouver, but I haven't been impressed with the work they produce--although the price is generally low.

    As for tailored clothes, I've had very good experiences at Minichiello's, where the tailor, Frank Fuscaldo, is pretty good. I've had a ton of alterations done by Frank, although never a full MTM garment. Still, some of the alterations have required a major bit of tailoring (taking off the sleeves, reduction in shoulder widths, nipping the waist, custom function sleeve buttons, etc.). The results have all been good. You could do pretty well with a MTM suit or jacket there, I think, where, again, choice of wool is the factor that drives the price. They do have a lot of Zegna wool. Frank, like many tailors (although not Tony Arletto, mentioned below), is pretty dogmatic, and you have to hold out for what you want. Frank, who is an old-world Italian tailor, has very definite ideas about how things should be, but he's not a pain in the ass, really; you just have to use a little assertiveness at times. I've also had a lot of tailoring work over the years done by Tony Arletto, who used to own European Custom Tailors, but now, evidently, has retired (or semi-retired, as I hear he's still doing some work). He was good, but I'm not sure that I'd take anything to (or have something made by) the guy who bought the business, Tony Tran (this is just my own opinion, based on very little hard evidence; others may have had good work done by him). So, if you can locate Tony Arletto and he'd be willing to do up a MTM suits or jacket, I think you'd be happy with the results.
     
  13. contaygious

    contaygious Senior member

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    Yup, I used Frank at Paul Minichiello's thanks to Roger's help and I am very happy so far! I find Steve Samson great for my daily shirts at around 100 each and Paul's for my really nice quality shirts and at around 350 each. I've also dealt with Zegna MTM, but then found at Paul's I could get one with zegna fabric done my way for less than 1/3 the cost. Actually, I'm heading out to Paul's now for a few fittings so I'll try to post pictures later.
     
  14. gius

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    So does anyone know if there are tailors where you can bring a design to them and they make it?

    I have a friend in NY who can do this with a tailor.
    (a girl though)
     
  15. melloj

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    I was wondering if anyone has had any experience from Matz-Wozny custom tailors on Hornby. I had to rent my robes from there and the gentlemen told me that they use high quality material but have it tailored in Hong Kong to reduce the costs....any reviews/experiences?

    Cheers
     
  16. elus

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    Has anyone actually ever received their MTM item in the 4-5 weeks promised by Harry?

    I purchased a Coppley MTM suit on the last day of their February sale (Feb. 28) and I received a call from the sales associate on Mar. 24 to come in for a fitting which I did last night. We're sending the pants in for hemming, taking the back in of the jacket a little more and the shirt I ordered needs to be drycleaned and he told me to expect these all to be done and everything in store again on Wednesday (Apr 1).

    I'll post again if they're late next week but I don't imagine they would be at this stage in the process.
     
  17. blackjackz

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    After reading through this thread, I went into Oakridge Tailors the other day, to get some alterations for a couple of my suits. I must say, William and Joy were both very friendly and professional. Looking forward to seeing the workmanship.

    Any recommendations for a good shoestore in Vancouver? Tks...
     
  18. Siwash

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    After reading through this thread, I went into Oakridge Tailors the other day, to get some alterations for a couple of my suits. I must say, William and Joy were both very friendly and professional. Looking forward to seeing the workmanship.

    Any recommendations for a good shoe store in Vancouver? Tks...



    All you'll find are Ferragamo's and AE that is until Brook's opens, had dinner at Italian Kitchen across the street last night, they look to be a month or so away IMHO

    Then we'll finally have some decent shoes in this town...
     
  19. gius

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    So does anyone know if there are tailors where you can bring a design to them and they make it?

    I have a friend in NY who can do this with a tailor. She brought a magazine clipping of a Prada dress
    I assume they can do that for guys too


    just wondering if anyone had any ideas, the answer to my question above^ ??
     
  20. hipinion

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    just wondering if HR has isaia mtm suit? thanks
     

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