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Good tailor in Vancouver?

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

  1. superfly000

    superfly000 New Member

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    Sorry for the double post. I've decided to go to Harry Rosen for a MTM Samuelsohn. But before I do, I am just wondering, as a 5"6 with an athletic build, is there any specific brand that fits particularly well with short men. I just want to do it right the first time. If anyone has any input, please inform.
     
  2. AdamWill

    AdamWill Senior member

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  3. dsca

    dsca Member

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    Please do, I am looking for a new suit in January and will strongly consider him if I could see how well it turned out for someone else.

    Does he do a little fashion forward? I lean toward the slim fit, flat front type of pants.

    I can also vouch that they did do custom work with shirts and suits and I got quoted a substantial price about a year or two ago. They stopped doing the shirts and it sounds like they may have stopped doing the custom suits as well.

    I don't think its a lack of skills, I've gotten some major alterations done quite well from them. It's probably the business model - they can probably make more money faster with quick alterations than time consuming suits.

    Talk with the Harry Rosen sales people - I use the Oakridge one. The general manager there is a pretty good guy and he's done well for my MTM, he'll be able to guide you through the process and what kind of cuts are available and will suit your body shape the most.

    Good luck.
     
  4. TheMenza

    TheMenza New Member

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    Hey friends

    I was wondering if you could help me. I recently bought an unstructured blazer from J crew and I would like some alterations made. Could anyone recommend me a great tailor? I've spent hours researching but still do not know clearly who my first choice should be.

    I would go with Oakridge, however they are closed for several weeks.

    I was thinking more in the lines of Lieu Doan from Master Tailors? Or does anyone have a better suggestion? Thanks!@
     
  5. Real estate

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    I visited Pat Cocco of Seville Tailors the other day and was very impressed. I am looking for a slim cut, Navy suit. OTR is next to impossible for me to find, and if found, I am looking at $1,500+ for something decent…and that’s before alterations.

    Previous purchase includes off the rack and a MTM (made in Hong Kong, measurements taken in Vancouver).

    I was quite disappointed with the MTM suit, since the cut was WAY off. Extremely baggy, alterations could not bring it to my satisfaction. I also received a MTM shirt from the same "tailor" and the sleeves were like a parachute. Alterations slimmed the sleeves down, but the torso (hip area) is now too tight. I am now weary of doing another MTM. It’s a bit of a risk, since it will probably take a few trials to find the perfect suit maker.

    I was impressed with Pat Cocco's method because multiple fittings (2-3) are carried out before the suit is finished. This allows for modifications before the suit is completed. It’s also very personal, so there is constant communication throughout the making of the suit. MTM, on the other hand, can only be altered after the suit is completed. If you receive a MTM that is too off (esp the shoulder and sleeve width), alterations may not be able to adjust it to your liking.

    I also liked that Pat makes everything in house. From cutting the pattern to final fitting, everything is done at the back of his shop.

    In regards to my selection, I am likely to select a solid Navy Barberis fabric Super 110 or 140 (his recommendation..both end up being the same price too). I will be doing some more research into the fabric first. Preliminary information states this brand is usually 2 x 1, a 2 x 2 is supposedly better.

    The price quoted is $1,100 fused or $1,500 full canvassed. This brings me to my only concern so far. Pat recommends the fused process, not because of price, but because the technology and supplier he uses results in a better suit than if he were to make it canvassed for me. I am not sure what to believe. A German manufacturer makes the fused interlining, which Pat states is the best fused interlining in the world. I brought up my concerns about fused linings being inferior to a canvass, due to bubbling and general shape of the suit. He countered that this was definitely the case years ago, but technology now has resolved this issue. He showed me how the wool fabric has some stretch, and the fused interlinings of the past had no stretch. So as one wears this type of fused suit, the wool would stretch while the fused interlining would not, therefore the glue would eventually lose its hold. Nowadays (with this German supplier at least), the fused interlining stretches with the wool, and he guarantees that it will not come loose, even if it’s washed.

    I felt it for myself, and the fused interlining stretches nicely with the wool fabric. However, he may be biased, since it is faster and easier for him to fuse a suit compared to canvassed. The extra $400 for the canvass may not be as profitable given the added time needed, but this is just speculation on my part.

    Overall, I am likely to move forward with him. I will check out Harry Rosen, since their price for a MTM by Samuelsohn starts at $900 (on sale this week). I have a feeling that for the extra $200, Seville Tailors would have much better value.

    He has a promo going on. 2 suits for $2,000. I am going to see if I can do 1 suit for the $1,100 and ask to throw in a free shirt (he can copy the measurements of a shirt I already have that fits perfect).

    If I more forward with him, I’ll try to takes pics and write up my experience throughout the process.
     
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  6. biglemoncoke

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    Hi All,

    I've been wanting to have the pockets and crotch lining of my Tom Ford trousers replaced. Was wondering if anyone could recommend me a tailor that could do a seamless job (i.e. replace the pockets and lining in the same fabric and in similar handwork).

    Thanks!
     
  7. AdamWill

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    real estate: interesting write-up, thanks. my secretly harboured opinion is that full canvassing is one of those 'forum bubble' things - it's something that in the echo chamber-like environment of a forum morphs from 'possible indicator of overall quality and probably nice to have' to 'ULTIMATE indicator of quality and ANYTHING THAT DOESN'T HAVE THIS IS TERRIBLE'. I'm no clothing expert but I *am* a forum expert, and in some things, forums on all topics are very much alike =)

    It'd be interesting to hear what a real expert - perhaps one of the tailors on the Tailors' thread - has to say on the fused vs. canvassed topic, and whether it's really all it's cracked up to be...

    there's write-ups of various MTM setups all over these forums and the results do seem to be pretty variable, indeed. I follow the tailors' thread and it's interesting to see all the different MTM results - some come out great, some awful...
     
  8. robertm

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    I got my 2 suits and 3 shirts from Seville. I am generally satisfied with the results and would likely get another suit done by Pat.

    I only have a couple of pics of the navy ($1,000) and the angle is a little weird as my date for NYE was 6' and she was having trouble operating the camera. (Note: she's a 9 and her only job is to look hot, not take photos of my suit for a bunch of guys on "Styleforum".)

    I'm tough to fit as I'm 5'7" and 190 with a 44 chest and 32 waist. I think most guys with a normal build would have an easier time getting a successful fit. I am happy with the charcoal suit I had made as well although that suit did take a few more alterations than the navy.

    No pics of just the shirts but I will say that they fit absolutely perfect. All and all Pat is good to work with and I would recommend his services.
     
  9. bawlin

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    Any custom suit deals going on right now? Need something under $600 preferably and don't want to go with Indochino.
     
  10. mythage

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    Wondering if anyone can recommend a decent tailor to get some pants hemmed? I usually go to oakridge tailors but $15 is too expensive for my beater pants that I want to hem
     
  11. blazingazn

    blazingazn Senior member

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    Hey bud go to Albert's Tailor on Granville St near Hastings and Dunsmiur.
    He charges about $8-10 to hem I believe, and does an excellent job.

    I've also him tailor a blazer worth $300 and a suit jacket worth $600, did a great job and pricing and time line were both very reasonable.
     
  12. AdamWill

    AdamWill Senior member

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    If you just want beater pants shortened to a given length, I mean, just about anywhere will do. Hemming pants ain't rocket science, it's pretty hard to completely screw it up. If I just have a pair of Winners cheapies I want hemmed I take 'em to wherever's nearest, haven't had a disaster yet. Random places in Crystal Mall, those chain places in Metrotown...as long as they pin it in approx. the right place it would take quite some ingenuity to really mess it up.
     
  13. blazingazn

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    ^+1 very true.

    And almost everywhere will charge you around $10 to do it.

    Unless you just learn to sew yourself or get mommy to do it.
     
  14. mythage

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    Sounds good man. I'm a total noob when it comes to tailoring so i just wanted to double check here. Thanks for the comments guys
     
  15. btemp

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    How is Indochino? Never tried them and am a little curious.
     
  16. biglemoncoke

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    There's a whole thread about them - generally it seems they are a hit or miss especially in terms of getting the suit to the measured specs



    Does anyone have a suggestion to which tailor I can bring my suit to alter? I was thinking of trying blair shapera.. anyone got experience with him?
     
  17. blazingazn

    blazingazn Senior member

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    I went in for a consultation with him. Very nice man, all smiles and loves his work.
    I didn't end up getting it because I realized I couldn't afford it.

    $700ish MTM and $1200+ for Bespoke.


    I've had Albert's Tailor do my work and he's excellent and cheap.

    Modernize will also do a great job for a great price. What do you need done?
     
  18. ijung

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    Do you guys think I should go to Oakridge Tailors or Alberts for suit alterations? I've been to Albert's for jean alterations and he's very good, but from researching on google, it seems that Oakridge has a lot of pleased clients going to them for suit alterations. Thanks!
     
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  19. Edward S

    Edward S New Member

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    Olympia Tailors is no longer run by Carl Pepe, it is now 'run' (and I use the term loosely) by his son Don, who has a history of drug problems and instability. The store is never open, the phone is never answered, calls are never returned and bills remain unpaid. There is no worse tailor in Vancouver right now.
     
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  20. boostedwagon

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    I have a fairly heavy-material Donegal tweed sport-coat as a hand-me-down from my Dad (I'm much slimmer build, but same height). Can someone recommend a tailor to make something like this fit? It'll need quite a bit of alteration, but I'm willing to pay for that as it's a 35yr-old heritage piece. Thanks! -B
     

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