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San Francisco Alterations tailor

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Dempsy444, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. Dempsy444

    Dempsy444 Senior member

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    Hello, I know this question has been asked in the past, but it's been a few years so I am curious if anyone knows of a first-rate alterations tailor in San Francisco, or even the general Bay Area. I have been using Seymours and would like to explore some other options.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. Will

    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Franz Custom Tailors, 166 Geary, is the best in the area IMO. 415-986-2044.
     
  3. Dempsy444

    Dempsy444 Senior member

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    Thank you Will. I'll look into Franz. Has anyone had experience with Oxford Tailors?
     
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    I've had experience with both and I'd go to Franz if I needed alterations.
     
  5. Dempsy444

    Dempsy444 Senior member

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    Thanks D8, I appreciate the help.
     
  6. P. Bateman

    P. Bateman Senior member

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    What's the going rate for hemming pants in the city?
     
  7. Dempsy444

    Dempsy444 Senior member

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    I should know but I haven't payed attention to the price my existing tailor charges per item, i just see the total amount. I'm guessing that it is around $15 for each adjustment done on average as I typically pay $25-30 per clothing article brought in and I have couple of adjustments done to each. For suits it is probably closer to $50-$100 total cost depending on how much work is done.
     
  8. Dempsy444

    Dempsy444 Senior member

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    But for hemming pants, I think I am charged $12-15 per leg.
     
  9. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Tell him you will pay 15.00 if he will angle the hem making the back longer than the front. :)
     
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    I have used Oxford dozens of times for alterations and I always had a great experience.
     
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    I use Ricardo's in Sunnyvale - living in San Jose it can be difficult to get up to the city. I've had good experiences with Ricardo. I had him narrow the shoulders on an Isaia and it came out fantastic. Be sure to wear in a suit that fits well to show him where you want the cuffs / hems though. I guess that is good practice for all tailors.
     
  12. Dempsy444

    Dempsy444 Senior member

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    ah yes, thanks for the reminder, Chris.
     
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    Thanks for the Ricardo's recommendation. Closer to Silly Corn Valley, seems to be worth a look and timely. New Oxxford SC needs some expert thread work. Surgeon cuffs with contrasting thread color. Navy blazer, thinking of purple thread for one button hole..maybe burgundy.
     
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    emptym Senior member Moderator

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    Andrea Asciutto of Andrea's Fine Tailoring in Millbrae is very competent, friendly, and reasonably priced. But he can be a little slow, since he's really busy and so friendly. He's from Sicily and shares typical SF preferences.
     
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    Can cuffs be angled? My tailor says he can angle a hem, but not one with a cuff.
     
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    They can be but RTW trousers aren't cut/shaped to accommodate this. When I cut trousers I adjust the outlets to allow for making the back 1" longer in back than the front with a cuff. It could be done to any trouser but it is a bit difficult when the trouser is made and finished.
     
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    Hm. I had bespoke trousers made at Spoon and we're in the midst of the final fitting and they're telling me I can't have slanted cuffs. Can you elaborate on the method you construct the outlet to allow slanted cuffs?
     
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    I've been happy with Oxford. They do a slight slant on my cuffs. Not quite as much as Despos mentioned.
     
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    For anything more complex than a hem, which just about any tailor should be able to do well, I use Bob Stankovic in Menlo Park. His work has been impeccable so far. He's a nice guy, but be sure to specify when you need your clothes back, as he is an old timer with grand-kids that are his priority. :)
     

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