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Philadelphia suit tailors


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Dec 16, 2003
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I am currently having Joe Centofanti work on a suit for me but have recently been doing a little local digging (Philly area) to find a good tailor once his shop closes. Â I have a couple of good leads in NY & Darren (Thanks to many on this board) but was hoping to find someone local to me as well. Â A couple names have come up and I was wondering if anyone had any insight: Cappelli Tailors - Ardmore, PA Ernesto's Custom Tailoring - South Street, Philly Cinquino Tailoring - Snyder Ave, Philly Raymond Partito - Walnut St, Philly I am curious if anyone has had any experiences (first or second-hand) or any knowledge of whether any of these "tailoring shops" simply outsource to Gilibertos, etc. Also, anyone with thoughts on Barton & Donaldson Custom shirts? Also, just in case anyone's curious the following article was in today's Inquirer Philadelphia Inquirer Article Thanks.


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Dec 26, 2003
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I can't help you with Tailors. Philadelphia had more men's clothing factories then anywhere on the east coast at one point. I think there are only a few left.

On the subject of shirtmaker.
I have not seen the shirts from Barton and Donaldson in a long time.
I had personal differences with Mr Barton who has since retired. Mr Donaldson was quite pleasent.
You could also try.
Ray custom shirts in Merion
Mr. HArris on Bustleton ave in the Northeast. Harris cuts a great pattern and his wife Shirley does a great job of sewing.
They may not have all of the high end fabrics, but their prices will be much less then B & D. The couple are a bit odd, but I think the best shirtmakers in Phila.


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Nov 2, 2003
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You might want to contact the Philadelphia office of the Assoc. of Custom Tailors and Designers for references. They were helpful to me when I was doing similar research. I recall speaking with one of the tailors you listed, Mr. Partito, on someone's recommendation, and if I recall correctly, he makes everything himself. I remember him cautioning me that he has a long waiting list and does not often take on new customers because his garments are so time-consuming.

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