Good tailor in Vancouver?

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  1. rkw5000

    rkw5000 Senior member

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    I'd just had Tony Arletto at European Tailors alter a jacket for me and am very happy with the results. I requested surgeon cuffs with kissing buttons as well as some alterations on the overall fit (a little more waist suppression and one sleeve was a bit long). All of the buttonhole work was done by hand and the fit was bang on. All in it cost me $160, however, given I saved $1500 on the purchase (it was an Isaia cashmere from STP with 30% off coupon etc.) it was good value for my money. By the way, the STP purchase was relatively easy as well.
     


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    Hello all,

    I'm looking for a place in either Vancouver, Bby or Rmd that can do invisible mending. I prefer to go some place that someone has experienced instead of working off suggestions. So if anyone can recommend a place that does a good job at reasonable prices, that would be very much appreciated. Thanks!

    Ron
     


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    Hello all,

    I'm looking for a place in either Vancouver, Bby or Rmd that can do invisible mending. I prefer to go some place that someone has experienced instead of working off suggestions. So if anyone can recommend a place that does a good job at reasonable prices, that would be very much appreciated. Thanks!

    Ron

    I seem to recall Joy at Oakridge Tailors mentioning that they could do invisible mending. Actually, I'm not sure whether she does it herself or she farms it out to someone else who does it. I haven't any experience with invisible mending, but a call to Joy (or William there) might be worthwhile.
     


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    Joy's phone number is 604 325 0545
    address - 5534 cambie st
    good luck
     


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    I'd just had Tony Arletto at European Tailors alter a jacket for me and am very happy with the results. I requested surgeon cuffs with kissing buttons as well as some alterations on the overall fit (a little more waist suppression and one sleeve was a bit long). All of the buttonhole work was done by hand and the fit was bang on. All in it cost me $160, however, given I saved $1500 on the purchase (it was an Isaia cashmere from STP with 30% off coupon etc.) it was good value for my money. By the way, the STP purchase was relatively easy as well.

    Tony does great buttonholes. Just make sure you emphasize kissing buttons though. I failed to ask specifically and got beautiful work but with small, consistent 1/8 gaps.
     


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    Tony does great buttonholes. Just make sure you emphasize kissing buttons though. I failed to ask specifically and got beautiful work but with small, consistent 1/8 gaps.
    Interesting, Fabro. I had the same experience with Tony when I had him put functional sleeve buttons onto a jacket. Same gaps as you had. I was pissed at first, but have now come to actually like them that way. The "kissing" button pattern is not traditional, whereas having them with a slight gap is.
     


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    Thanks guys for your replies. I dropped by Oakridge Tailors and talked to I assume was Joy. She took a look at the damage and quoted me $95 for the repair.

    Can anyone else recommend a place for invisible mending??
     


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    Interesting, Fabro. I had the same experience with Tony when I had him put functional sleeve buttons onto a jacket. Same gaps as you had. I was pissed at first, but have now come to actually like them that way. The "kissing" button pattern is not traditional, whereas having them with a slight gap is.

    You mirrored my reaction exactly. I was honestly horrified at first thinking that this was some radical sartorial mistake. Then I became obsessed with looking for it and found enough precedents (including a great pic of Cary Grant) that I accepted it, and now have come to like the look. The cuffs are fairly long and it balances them nicely, and seems to work well with the herringbone fabric (the coat is a Zegna Napoli Couture).
     


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    Interesting, Fabro. I had the same experience with Tony when I had him put functional sleeve buttons onto a jacket. Same gaps as you had. I was pissed at first, but have now come to actually like them that way. The "kissing" button pattern is not traditional, whereas having them with a slight gap is.

    Given the feedback on this thread, I specified I wanted the buttons "just touching a little" and was happy with the result.
     


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    Given the feedback on this thread, I specified I wanted the buttons "just touching a little" and was happy with the result.
    Jeez, Rob, I don't think I've seen more disgusting avatar in 3 years! It's so bad, it's good.
     


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    I realize this might be a bit late but I've just run across this thread. Tony Arletto is one of the last tailors in Vancouver who makes suits entirely by himself. Most, if not all, other "tailors" send fabric and measurements to a factory to have the garments made. You can stop by and see Tony any time and see him making your suit himself. As for that, note that Tony has sold European Tailors to Tony Tran. Tony Arletto is now semi-retired and is concentrating on custom and bespoke tailoring (though he'll still do some serious alterations - i.e he's not hemming jeans!!!!) He's looking after the front counter of Seville Tailors at 1110 Seymour Street (inside the Black and Lee store) in exchange for space to do his custom and bespoke work. Because he is semi-retired, his hours are a bit sporadic. Call first on 604.681.1099 to let him know you're coming - basically he works Tuesday to Saturday 10-4:30 - but he takes time out for lunch.
     


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    ^^ Good information, thanks. Also note that the Wong brothers in Chinatown continue to make their garments in-shop.

    I saw an interesting development happening on Alberni street near Burrard -- one of the new shops is going to be a Boboli outlet. If you haven't been to the main store on Granville, the men's side is a youngish selection of Etro, Vestimenta, Cucinelli and then more designer-oriented brands like Varvatos.
     


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    It's nice to hear that Tony Arletto is still available. He really does great work.
     


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    ^^ Good information, thanks. Also note that the Wong brothers in Chinatown continue to make their garments in-shop.

    I saw an interesting development happening on Alberni street near Burrard -- one of the new shops is going to be a Boboli outlet. If you haven't been to the main store on Granville, the men's side is a youngish selection of Etro, Vestimenta, Cucinelli and then more designer-oriented brands like Varvatos.


    Strange place for an outlet. I recall they had a outlet in Richmond several years back. It was only open for a month or so, and there was a steady mob of Hong Kong Chinese present at all times.

    As for the store's selection, they do carry some very decent brands and always have amazing sales at the end of each season (70-80% off). In addition to the brands Hoff mentions, I've also seen Pal Zileri, Timothy Everest, Allegri, and other designer stuff like Marni, Neil Barrett, etc. It can be a bit of a hidden gem, really.
     


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    Final markdowns at Holt's start today -- 70% off, end of season, etc.



    >>Strange place for an outlet

    Agreed. Is that high street with Hermes, Wolford, and Tiffanys or is it outlet mob shopping?
     


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