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My interesting day at Rizzo Tailor in Mass.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by johnnynorman3, Oct 24, 2004.

  1. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    Went over to Rizzo Tailor today -- my first visit to the man -- to get some alterations done (a suit and two pants). I've never gone to him before because I didn't know of him till recently.

    Anyways, I was having my Purple Label suit tailored (I ended up deciding to keep it and to return the Oxxford that was similar). I come out of the dressing room and he immediately notices the quality. "What maker is that?" He immediately asks while opening my jacket to have a look at the tag. So he asks me what I paid, "2500?" I told him I got it on Ebay for 600, he says "Wow, incredibly great deal." So he immediately notices that it would look better if he took the waist and the skirt in about 3/4". And he was right. And he not only took in the pants waist, he made sure to take in the seat appropriate as well.

    After he was finished I went over to look at some swatch books and he now realizes I'm pretty knowledgeable (as well as owning expensive suits), so he asks me if I've ever gone custom. So, we then start talking about custom made, and I asked him how long it takes him to do a jacket. He says that if he does it all himself -- which he usually will (though on occassion he has a "finishing man") -- it will take him 30 hours if he puts in working button holes. He says that it really is an "art." To show he takes me over to the Purple Label jacket and is showing me how the hand-stitching at the sleeve head etc is done at certain angles so as to give the sleeve its desired pitch, etc. Then he sort of asks if I'd like the working button holes -- only 65 bucks. I of course got them.

    We then start talking about John Kerry. I jokingly say, "Does he ask not to make them too stylish?" He laughed and said that Kerry really knows what he wants and knows style. Apparently Kerry loves subtle plaids, and he says if you look closely at a lot of his suits (not the debate suits of course), you will notice very subtle glen plaid or windowpane patterns. But you have to look REALLY close.

    Anyways, this guy (Frank I think is his name) is exceptionally talented and, more importantly, incredibly nice. No snobbery. He certainly didn't know what kind of suit I had when I came in -- and I didn't look the age of a guy wearing Purple Label -- and he was immediately accomodating when I came in. I'd highly recommend him to anyone in the Boston area, if not for alterations, just to browse through his swatch books and pick his brain.
     


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    drljva Senior member

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    You, no doubt, spoke to Joe Calautti, owner of Rizzo & Co. A wonderful guy, to be sure.

    JV
     


  3. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    If I might ask where in Boston? I don't live there but I have to be there on business off and on until year end. Did he mention $ for a custom suit?

    Thanks in advance
     


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    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    Harvard square, right on Church st. Bespoke starts at 1500, more depending on fabric. Incredible swatch books.
     


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    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Any sense of how long his lead time would be before delivery of a bespoke suit?
     


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    BlvdDandy Senior member

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    Thanks for sharing. I live in the area and have been looking for a good tailor for a little while now, so now I know. Is there anyone else you recommend, or is he the best you've tried?
     


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    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    I'm not sure about lead time. I can't imagine it would be more than a month.

    I usually go to Best Fit on Newbury St., who have excellent seamstresses. But Joe at Rizzo is a true tailor, and he more instinctively knows what small details will look good (like, he said on me that .5" of cuff showing would work better than .25" because of my build, and he's right).
     


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