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I need a referral for a great tailor in New York

TheWorldsFinest

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Hello,

I think there are a fair amount of members who live in, or are knowledgeable about, tailors in New York City.  My customer bought a couple of suits from me and wants to know where in New York City he should go for adjustments.  The tailor has to be great because he will be working on an Attolini and a Borrelli suit.  Please no referrals for a place that does alterations.  I know the style forum crew understands the difference.

I appreciate the help.

Ian
 

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I think I'll do the OMG for all of the real tailors in New York, one of the three tailoring capitals of the world.

Though I realize that Borrelli and Attolini are supposed to be good RTW, bespoke tailors do not do alterations on RTW. It would be quite the over-the-top insult even to ask them.

What you do want is an alterations place. There is a really good one owned by a tailor named Sal at the corner, if memory serves, of 61st and Lexington on the second floor. If no other member knows Sal and his name and phone aren't up here by tomorrow, I'll find out the information and post it for you.
 

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There are custom tailors who do alterations of RTW garments. Some do it regularly without hesitation, some only do it as an occasional favor for their regular custom clients, and on the flip side, some refuse to do it at all. I saw a post on AA from He Who Is Not To Be Named saying that the custom tailor Raphael does alterations.
 

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Mr. Kabbaz,
That's very interesting what you state about NYC tailors. Surprising.... Here in Washington, DC, I can tell you I have not encountered a single bespoke tailor who would not gladly do alterations work, particularly when the work is on an Attolini or Borrelli piece that is likely to be owned by someone with enough money to consider ordering a bespoke garment from the tailor in the future (if the customer is pleased with the experience with the tailor during the alterations process). I have always assumed customers would first get to know a tailor by having the tailor do some work on a blazer or suit jacket, to get a feel for the tailor's strengths, workload, experience, etc., before handing over several thousand dollars to do a bespoke item.
 

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Uriahheep - Il agree that tailors will often do favors for custom clients is correct. Heck, if I had ten bucks for every Borelli sleeve I've restitched as a favor to a client ... I'd have enough money to buy one of my own. But if I understood the question World's Finest is looking to send a non-bespoke customer to someone.
 

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Heck, if I had ten bucks for every Borelli sleeve I've restitched as a favor to a client ... I'd have enough money to buy one of my own.
Better ask them what business they have buying Borrelli shirts if they want to remain your clients.
 

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Well, generally, better bespoke makers don't ask their clients ... their clients tell them. However, in all instances but one, they were gifts. The one confessed and was offered absolution.
 

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Something which has always worked, for me at least : call the _insert prestigious name bought at discount_ boutique and ask them whom they commission the alterations to. There is 99.9% chance they are not making the alterations in-house and are sourcing them to a local workshop, where you can bring your own piece of clothing directly.

.luc
 

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I think the better bespoke tailors in NYC will do alterations for their regular clients, as a favor, but hesitate to take on work from others, because it eats up time they could otherwise be making clothes.
 

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I would simply go to Domenico Vacca for the Attolini, and the Borrelli boutique for the alterations on the Borrelli.

koji
 

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In general, for tailoring I would go to a tailor.

Many of the NY tailors discussed on previous threads commonly work with the best garments already.  I am quite happy with Wilfred's on 23rd Street, as are others.

Whenever I am told that a store offers alterations, I begin to think how this is not their primary source of income....recall the Barneys tailoring nightmare related on this forum or the other one.
mack, I don't understand... Offering top alteration service is probably not a source of income for a store, in fact, it's costing them money, but it's arequired service.
If the customer is not happy with the alterations, you will end up with a merchandise you cannot sell, and which the customer will not take.
So, all in all, a luxury clothes store MUST commission his alteration work to someone they trust will do an impeccable job, they just can't afford the loss. That's why I trust the boutique when they give me their alteration shop's adress. So far, I have never been disappointed.

.luc
 

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