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how to find a good tailor?

GTguyzach

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Hi guys,

I'm in the market for a good tailor but I have no idea where to start. My only experience getting anything tailored has been at the Men's Wearhouse (hey, I'm new at this and between being a poor high school student and then somehow an even poorer college student, what's a guy to do?). I've seen seen the light and have been trying to put more effort into my appearance in any way I can and think that focusing on making my current clothes fit better would be a good start. I figure tailoring things I have or get at a thrift store/discount would be cheaper than shopping for all new stuff.

I'm in Atlanta so obviously if anyone knows a tailor here they can recommend that would be great. However since I graduate in May and I'm not sure if my job will be in Atlanta or not, it would be good to know what to look for.

Any advice?
 

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how much are you willing to pay for your suit?
 

GTguyzach

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You mean how much would I pay for a new suit or how much would I be willing to have one tailored?

edit: Thinking about your question more, you probably meant the latter. I actually have no idea how much one should pay to say, have a jacket taken in, alter pants/shirts... I understand that it will vary place to place but are there some ball part figures? Ideally I would like go to someone who knows what the hell they are doing and will help me figure out what I like by asking the right questions, making appropriate suggestions, etc. If they can all that for a fair price, they've got themselves a customer.
 

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Aha. You need a good alterations tailor, not necessarily a bespoke tailor.

Depending on the city, sometimes the best alterations guy is someone who makes suits also. Rizzo in Cambridge, MA is a good example of that. But you have to ask around. This and Ask Andy are good sources for referrals in that department.
 

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