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Richmond/Virginia clothiers Nathan's

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by J Simulcik, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. J Simulcik

    J Simulcik Senior member

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    Is anyone familiar with Nathan's in Richmond? http://www.nathanscustomtailors.com/ It looks like I'll finally be headed home to the Old Dominion, and I want to find a good tailor that will do at least MTM if not bespoke. Primarily looking at shirts, then odd jackets and trousers, and eventually suits. I prefer Richmond to DC, but if it's going to be that much better, I can drive. Shoes, ties, accessories in stock would be even better. You guys know what we look for. Thanks!
     


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    Welcome home!
    I have used Nathan's for some earlier custom suits and they were very good.
    As my tastes have expanded, I found them a little too conservative and more expensive.
    Also, their shirts are done by a national house, not local.
    If you want MTM suits, shirts, etc. there are several options in town, including my guys at Leviner-Wood.
    Off the rack, Francos is the best men's store in the area. They also do custom work too.
    Creery shirts does a great job for MTM and are reasonably priced. They do their work here in town so there is good quality control and if the fabric is local then the turn around is fast.
    I have had over 100 shirts made in the last 15 years and never had a problem.
    Finally, there is a pretty big Tom James contigent here, so that is ano option.
    Have used them until I found the local guys at Leviner-Wood.
    Hope this helps.
    ghw
     


  3. Shirtmaven

    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have known the Zell's of Nathen's for 25 years. good people but conservitve look.

    Pearly Gates was the prior owner of Creery shirt. He passed away recently. Not sure what the operation is like these days. but they make a true Custom shirt on premises.

    Carl
     


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    J Simulcik Senior member

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    Thanks guys! This is exactly the kind of information I was looking for.
     


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    ferry1950 Well-Known Member

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    The Shirtmaven is correct. Pearly passed in the early spring, but had sold the business to a local doctor but was still working there to service his customers.
    I have bought a couple of shirts since Pearly's passing and the quaility is still good as the folks making the shirts have stayed on.
    However, you don't have the "Pearly Gates" experience in the front of the house !
     


  6. Shirtmaven

    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I used to sell fabric to Creery. Have not since Pearly's passing.
    I miss him.
    the only man I knew who could take 5 minutes to build up to a yes or no question. There was no lack of entertainment in those 5 minutes. He was a legend in the industry!
    Carl
     


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    nathan's is great. I work with Beecroft & Bull, but I work down in our Virginia Beach store. The store there is very nice and well equipped to handle made to measure as well as in in stock garments you may need. We have a tailor in the store and 4 more here in virginia beach that do work for all 4 of our stores.
     


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    Nathan's is fine for what it is - MTM only - they don't make any of their own stuff on premises. Last I spoke to Michael Zell about it, they were using Greenfield for natural shoulder suits/odd jackets and somewhere in Canada (can't recall exact firm) for more structured shoulder stuff. Don't know who makes the shirts. They were my gateway drug, and I have long since moved on.

    I disagree that Franco's is best off the rack shop in town. Beecroft & Bull would get my vote. Both have MTM options from the usual suspects.

    Creery Shirts is (was?) a treasure. Having a true bespoke shirt-making operation here in town is something I went out of my way to support and still do - but, as Carl said, it's just not the same without Pearly. I think of him every time I put on a Creery shirt - which is pretty much every day.

    For true bespoke tailored clothing, William Field up in DC is worth the drive.
     


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    I am looking to take the custom plunge (shirts first and then suiting) and hoping some of the Richmond locals can jump in and provide experienced opinions. Creery, Leviner-Wood, and possibly Alan Zimm have peaked my interest...anyone have experience with either of the three? If so, any info would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
     


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    Shirtmaven,

    I sent you a PM about Creery...
     


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    wEstSidE Senior member

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    what do suits at nathan's start at? same for leviner woods?
     


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    I'm vacationing in Virginia now actually. My uncle in law is the president of a rifle manufactures in Virginia beach (Kriss) I'm going to be doing trunk shows in Richmond from time to time moving forward if I can get enough interest.
     


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    I recently moved to Richmond so thought I'd give this thread a bump.

    I'm looking for someone to do some MTM / custom pants and shirts. Possibly sports jacket or suit down the road. Sounds like Creery may have been a good shirt option a few years ago, not sure about now? Any other recommendations or new experiences in last years? Thanks.
     


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    I think most people drive up to DC. It is only 1hr 45 minutes away.
     


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    Creery still does quality work, as does Leviner Wood. Both of those are custom while Franco's has a very good MTM shirt service.
     


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