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Looking for good recomendations for OTTAWA, Canada

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MunnyGuy, Jul 28, 2007.

  1. mendel

    mendel Well-Known Member

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    Went well. Two pairs of pants shortened and a sportcoat taken in and sleeves shortened for $40. Results are good. He paid close attention to what I was asking for with the jacket, too, even noticing that the shirt I was wearing that day was a bit short in the sleeves when I was telling him how much linen I wanted to show. (The end result was spot on.)

    I'm afraid I need to hesitantly withdraw that recommendation for now.

    I took a suit in (not my basket-case one, a new one) for a bit a couple of Fridays ago, told him I needed it the following weekend, and then came in the next Friday and it hadn't been touched. Luckily the event I'd needed it for had been cancelled. He then promised me it'd be ready on Monday, but it wasn't. I finally picked it up on Tuesday but it was clearly done in a rush. He did at least offer a discount for the delay.

    Not only that, but the jacket sleeves are still too long, which annoys me. It's partly my fault for buying a jacket with working cuffs that needed shortening, but I'd asked him at the beginning if he had enough room to work and he said he did, and it turns out he didn't. Had I known I'd have considered returning the (RTW) suit instead. (It's wearable, it just doesn't show much if any shirt cuff, and I haven't decided yet if it's worth having it shortened from the shoulder.)

    I've heard some good things about Mario Master Tailor who I might try next.
     
  2. MunnyGuy

    MunnyGuy Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the update Mendel. Since Harry Rosen is back in my good books, I have been using them again. Always a good idea to have a decent back up. unfortunately, I checked out Mario's site and he tends to cater to the Military crowd and his "Fashion Tips" tend to be a lil dated. Has anyone tried Levonian The Custom Shirtmaker 1015 WELLINGTON ST ??? i drove by the store recently but have never heard of them.

    I think it is a great idea to keep this thread alive! We do not have the selection that our Montreal, Toronto or international brethern.... gotta share the pearls! [​IMG]
     
  3. blizzack1

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    I've used Raymond's tailor for a few pairs of MTM pants, and they are terrific value, as he gets cloth discounts from his supplier in montreal, leaving me with MTM pants w/ Dormeuil fabric for about half the price that Harry Rosen charges (~$160-180 vs 350-400). I'm hoping to try a suit in the near future. Also, if you're looking for some affordable shirts and don't mind waiting for a few months, Maxwell's Clothier (travelling tailor) is in town right now: http://www.maxwellsclothiers.com/ The shirts work out to about $55 each after shipping and everything. High-end, they are not, but still very usable. They do other stuff, as well, but I'm not in a position to recommend, Also, there is a custom shoe-maker on Bank (and Gladstone?). Has anyone been in there to check it out? I'm hoping to stop by next week and, given my problem finding shoes in the right width I'm hoping he can help.
    Thanks for the update Mendel. Since Harry Rosen is back in my good books, I have been using them again. Always a good idea to have a decent back up. unfortunately, I checked out Mario's site and he tends to cater to the Military crowd and his "Fashion Tips" tend to be a lil dated. Has anyone tried Levonian The Custom Shirtmaker 1015 WELLINGTON ST ??? i drove by the store recently but have never heard of them. I think it is a great idea to keep this thread alive! We do not have the selection that our Montreal, Toronto or international brethern.... gotta share the pearls! [​IMG]
     
  4. sleslie

    sleslie New Member

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    Hi there from someone else in Ottawa. I'm looking to get a new suit and the natural places seem to be Harry Rosen and Holt Renfrew. Does anyone know when they usually have sales? I always hate to pay full retail.
     
  5. MunnyGuy

    MunnyGuy Well-Known Member

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    Harry Rosen and Holts usually have sales at Christmas time. If you are going to deal with Harry's deal with Garry, Ian or Indy. Garry is my go to guy but the others are very attentive as well. Also if you know your measurements check out the Buy and sell forum here. Some GREAT deals.
     
  6. MunnyGuy

    MunnyGuy Well-Known Member

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    On the same line... anyone have any reccomendations for Consignment/Thrift shops? We all know about Value Village, Sally Ann, St Vincent..... anywhere else. Most consignment shops I have checked out will cary women's and children's clothing as their attitude is men will wear a garment til it is falling apart (obviously never been to SF [​IMG] )

    So give all your recomendations.
     
  7. Demeter

    Demeter Well-Known Member

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    Hey, glad to see there are others from Ottawa on here as well.

    Most of the places have already been mentioned save a couple of small boutiques that come to mind right away for me - Morgante on Sparks and Vernini Uomo in the St.Laurent Centre.

    Morgante carries all the usual suspects - Canali, Boss, Cavalli, etc. They also carry Canali, AE and Boss Orange shoes. Haven't been in that store in quite a while.

    Vernini is definitely all over the place when it comes to style. Some stuff is a bit flashy (i.e. Versace suits) but there are some really nice items as well.

    Other than that, really, there isn't much. I liked the new Paul Smith stuff at HR, but seeing the same Canali/Samuelsohn/Boss suit in every store is a bit tedious.

    As for Norris, we still take individual orders but we do not have a storefront, since now most of our operations is focused on the leather goods business. Site should be up in about a week or so, hopefully!
     
  8. Mildly Consumptive

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    Has anyone tried Levonian The Custom Shirtmaker 1015 WELLINGTON ST ???

    I am a former resident of Ottawa and had 3 shirts made by Rachel at Levonian about 2 years ago. Overall, I found the experience very positive. She is very down to earth and easy to communicate with, especially compared to the bluster of some Toronto tailors and shirt-makers I've interacted with lately. She listened very carefully to what I said I wanted for the shirt, and then executed it exactly as I had specified.

    She doesn't have a minimum order for shirts. As well, she takes measurements and then supplies a finished shirt. She did not offer a fitting, but I did not ask for one. It came with high arm-holes and shanked buttons as a matter of course. I asked for a soft lining in the cuffs and collar and it came with exactly that. She said she had three different stiffnesses of lining she carried and could execute stiffer collars if the customer wanted. During the measuring, she asked if I wanted a split-yoke and mother-of-pearl buttons, stating that many of her clients are indifferent to these details (it is Ottawa after all). The split-yoke does not cost anything extra but the MOP buttons are $10. The shirts come with small, elegant labels which she places at bottom of the

    She has a good number of fabrics in-stock in the show-room. Some fabrics are $175, some are $195 (this is 2 years ago). I believe most of the fabrics are Testa. I knew very little about fabrics at the time, so didn't know to ask about Thomas Mason or other better quality shirtings. As well, she made me a pleated-front dinner shirt at very short notice (7 days) for, I think, $275.

    The first shirt I got from her fit very, very well. I specified some minor changes for the second shirt (slightly slimmer placket, slightly higher collar band in front, slightly longer collar points, and slightly narrower collar spread) and she executed them all perfectly.

    Part of what made the experience so positive is that she is very passionate about the craft of shirt-making. As an example, my first shirt came with thin mother-of-pearl buttons, which I lamented, and she explained was all she could get from her Canadian supplier. I believe this is true as I've ordered shirts from a Toronto shirt-maker that came with the exact same buttons. When I went to see her for a second shirt, she had just returned from a vacation in the States and brought back a supply of first-rate, full thickness mother-of-pearl buttons such as are seen on quality British shirts and was excited to show them to me. Subsequent shirts all came with these very good buttons.

    Overall, I would say Levonian represents very good value and I intend to go back and buy more shirts.
     
  9. shiftless_bum

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    New post to an old thread. I've just arrived in Ottawa and can add two things to the above.

    Consignment store: http://www.clothesencounters.ca/ carries some men's stuff in a variety of qualities. Some nice pieces but not a lot of selection (no where near a place like Off the Cuff in Toronto).

    For tailoring, I've had good luck with Rideau Tailors on Wellington. Nice old Italian guy with a very dry sense of humour. A craftsmen who takes pride in his work.
     
  10. TorontoEX

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    You guys ever try Maxwell? Tailors from HK who travels to Canada once or twice a year. Bought shirts from them in the past, decent. Never tried a suit, heard mixed feed back from people.
     
  11. Rayford Booth

    Rayford Booth Well-Known Member

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    Anyone ever try Joseph Tailors on SOmerset street in ottawa?

    619 Somerset W
    613 321 9355


    I have got a few shirts and some suits done. I think he did a good job. Do not like the way he does shirts though.


    BTW. Does anyone know of a tailor that will cut shirts up into the sleeve for sizing.

    I am a 15 1/2 32/33 (And i cannot go smaller) shirt, but my shirts always have to get darts because they would have to cut to much. I have seen shirts cut up and under the arm pits to allow shirts to be cut more and have no darts. Anyone find a good tailor for this?
     
  12. hero123

    hero123 New Member

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    Do not go to Leo La Vecchia....he destroyed my amazing and expensieve Calvin Klein shirt that I purchased at a boutique.

    The shirt had nostalgic value as well as an amazing fine cotton pattern weave....it was such a good shirt. Practically one of a kind....
    the kind of shirt that gets you second looks and screams style yet not overly dressed up.

    I researched this forum and though I would give him a try...I went in ready to spend anything to get that shirt tailored just right for me.

    At the fitting he didn't seem too interested in my opinions or feedback. I also asked him if he could work on the collar too, and he refused.
    I mentioned a taper at the bottom of the shirt, he didn't seem to listen. And turned it into a block.

    After he ruined it (made it look like really gay and cookie cutter) I brought it to my tailor friend at DiToche fashions and she confirmed
    he did an awful job and ruined it to the point of no return. I asked her about the collar and she said he probably didn't want to touch it
    cause it would have been too much work though it could have been worked on if he had really wanted to. And like I said I was willing to
    spend whatever it took.

    Ah well, but don't go to Leo or be forewarned at least!
     
  13. Cant kill da Rooster

    Cant kill da Rooster Well-Known Member

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    This is an odd post. An amazing expensive one of a kind nostalgic CK shirt? Really?

    Why would anyone get a collar altered? Especially an amazing one of a kind collar.

    You don't even explain what you asked for.

    I suspect this is an attempt to slam a tailor without any real proof.
     
  14. hero123

    hero123 New Member

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    I know it may seem odd and I will post some pictures of the shirt when I have the time. It was not meant to slander but simply to convey my dissapointment about the results I incurred and the negative experience with that tailor quality of service.
     
  15. TheOnlyNap

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    Hey guys I know this may not be the right place for this, but I'm an 18 year old in Ottawa who's getting into the real estate business and I've realized pretty quickly I need to dress older than I am. I'm looking to get a few nice suits, but don't have the income to go get 5+ suits from Harry Rosen (at least what I've seen from their prices). Where can I go to get some good looking suits without breaking the bank? Also how much does a bespoke dress shirt typically cost?
     
  16. ABCXYZ

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    You have no options in Ottawa for good suits or cheap. If you want decent and cheap because you are just starting out, check out Moores during their regular BOGO sales. If you want a better quality suit, your best bet is to drive to Toronto and check out the new Suitsupply when they open.

    Otherwise, you just missed a great sale at the Harry Rosen outlet in Mississauga, but the staple colour suits never go on sale for that much off.

    Or hop on a Porter flight to NYC, $400. And load up at Century21, or the Suitsupply there at $470 USD for most suits. If you buying 3-5 suits, what you save will pay for 1 night hotel and flight, compared to shopping in Canada. Your best bets are to go to the US during a holiday weekend for the sales. Tom Ford ties for $80, Hickey Freeman suits for $300, Corneliani $500...etc.
     
  17. ruspinsmub

    ruspinsmub New Member

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    Harry Rosen is the place to go in Ottawa for MTM. A bit pricey, but options are limited.
    For alterations, I have had good work done reguarily at Connies. They are in Billings Bridge mall. They charge less then ER Fisher and have a good turn around time. Took them less then a week to get 4 suits pants and jackets done for me.
     
  18. MDeKelver

    MDeKelver Well-Known Member

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    Shop the sales at Holt Renfrew in December, January, July and August. Holts may heavily discount things to get them out at the end of the season. The Ottawa store really doesn't have much in suits, I'd just take the train to Montreal. Other than that, know your size in some key lines and shop the marketplace on this site!

    I have done two shirts (10% discount when multiple) from Harry Rosen's new Sartoria line. Thomas Mason cloths, all very nice. They are $300 each (cheaper than Zegna while label off the rack) and done very well.

    Establishing a relationship with a good sales associate is key.

    I have seen ZZegna suits on sale for $700 at The Bay. Then take them to Raymond's for tailoring.
     
  19. MDeKelver

    MDeKelver Well-Known Member

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    If anyone is interested in Alden shoes in Ottawa, Raymond Tailors has a selection. He can probably order once you establish your size.

    I will post a review for Raymond next month, he is making me a summer navy suit from Holland and Sherry Cool Breeze 7.5oz. Looks good so far. This is real custom work, more than MTM programs from major houses.
     
  20. carrig

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    Approximately how much is such a suit from Raymond? More than $2000?
     
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