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Seattle Tailor

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by westcory, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. westcory

    westcory New Member

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    I have lived in the Seattle area for just over two years now and I have yet to find a good tailor. I have been to Decaro twice but in the two visits I have paid almost $600 to have two jackets shortened, a pair of trouser let out and shortened and a pair of trousers taken in and had the leg tapered. The work on the jacket was acceptable but the rest of the work was not very well done so I am looking for recommendations on a new tailor.
     
  2. ColumbiaKai

    ColumbiaKai Well-Known Member

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    I'm quite happy with my alternations tailor in Seattle. He works downtown on Fifth Ave. He principally works for Nordstrom and Mario's (it was a friend who has worked at Mario's for a decade who recommended him), but also takes in addl work on the side.

    Pls PM me for details.
     
  3. Cornellian

    Cornellian Senior member

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    I'm quite happy with my alternations tailor in Seattle. He works downtown on Fifth Ave. He principally works for Nordstrom and Mario's (it was a friend who has worked at Mario's for a decade who recommended him), but also takes in addl work on the side.

    Pls PM me for details.


    Yes, Ayhan does good work.

    May also want to check out Kuhlman too.
     
  4. robin

    robin Senior member

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    I go to Scott Kuhlman, who is just up the street from Decaro on 1st ave.
     
  5. Coburn

    Coburn Senior member

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    I have lived in the Seattle area for just over two years now and I have yet to find a good tailor. I have been to Decaro twice but in the two visits I have paid almost $600 to have two jackets shortened, a pair of trouser let out and shortened and a pair of trousers taken in and had the leg tapered. The work on the jacket was acceptable but the rest of the work was not very well done so I am looking for recommendations on a new tailor.

    I've been using Sigfried Hartman at European Tailors in Bellevue. But, I'd like to try some of the downtown Seattle tailors.

    Who is Ayhan?

    I don't know Decaro but I know he has an impressive reputation. My major need for alterations is tapering trousers -- how did Decaro do on that? How about the others?

    BTW, I moved to Everett from Phoenix 3 years ago. I tried 3 tailors in Everett/Lynnwood before discovering Sigfried in Bellevue

    Regards
    Coburn
     
  6. hiisociety

    hiisociety Well-Known Member

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    Coburn,

    I'm interested in the contact info for Sigfried. How is the price?
     
  7. Coburn

    Coburn Senior member

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    Coburn,

    I'm interested in the contact info for Sigfried. How is the price?


    The price is probably comparable. At this point, I'm willing to pay premium to get a competent tailor.

    Here is Sigfrieds web site.

    http://hartmannstailoring.com/

    On Saturday, I went downtown with a few trousers to try Mahiras's.

    http://www.mahiras.com/

    I like both these guys. They are very opinionated. I want that in a tailor.

    They both hate the tight, high water fit of Style Forum trousers.
    Saturday, at Mahira's when I suggested the pants needed still more tapering, he stared at me like I was Forrest Gump.

    The last time I suggested this to Sigried, he told me I should buy some ballet tights.

    Sigfried is German -- very German. There are rules! Flat front, no cuffs: pleated, cuffs.
    No Exceptions!

    I always feel like Bertie Wooster talking to Jeeves.

    Sigfried's shop is across the street from Nordstroms but he claims he hasn't been in the store in 12 years. He said looking at the suits would give him a heart attack.

    Keep me posted.
    Coburn
     
  8. zippyh

    zippyh Senior member

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    I'll echo the Germanicness of Siegfried.

    I took in a RLBL suit I got off of Gilt for alterations. It still had the original price tag of around $2k.
    He started in on how he could have done the suit for for about half that. He dropped that line of conversation when I told him I paid $500.

    He seems to do decent work though.
     
  9. Coburn

    Coburn Senior member

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    I'll echo the Germanicness of Siegfried.

    I took in a RLBL suit I got off of Gilt for alterations. It still had the original price tag of around $2k.
    He started in on how he could have done the suit for for about half that. He dropped that line of conversation when I told him I paid $500.

    He seems to do decent work though.


    You need to be careful with him -- he's a damned slick salesman. I went in with a pair of trousers to be tapered, the next thing I know, I'm looking at fabric patterns for a suit.

    I probably will commission a suit from him. I want to be certain I get the fit I want.
    That's interesting that he said he could do a suit like RLBL -- I really like that fit.

    My hesitation with him is my concern I'd end up with some baggy MTM suit.

    BTW, I used to look at Gilt site a lot but never saw anything I wanted so I gave up. But, an RLBL at a discount -- I'd buy!

    Coburn
     
  10. cla2q

    cla2q Well-Known Member

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    Great affirmation to come to the SF forum searching on "Seattle tailor" and discover this-- I'm in full agreement with all that's been said about Siegfried Hartmann, particularly his strict rules and hard-sell personality. I'm wearing a Hartmann MTM suit right now, in fact, which I may or may not have wanted when I walked in to the store. To Siegfried's credit, it's neither baggy nor cutting-edge fashionable; it's solid and well-crafted and most of what I asked for.

    He's an enjoyable guy to visit, too, and I feel like I learn a good deal from him without the oppressive elitism of Gian Decaro.

    But I'm searching for someone who can create functional cuff button-cuts. Siegfried claims that he cannot, so I have quite a few great suits that could be greater still. Does anyone know of a tailor, on either side of Lake Washington, that can create lovely functional cuff button-holes?
     
  11. PNW Guy

    PNW Guy Active Member

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    I stopped by Gentleman's Consignment last week and purchased a beautiful Isaia suit. I asked the woman if she could recommend a good tailor and she directed me to Adam Tailoring on South Jackson St in Pioneer Square. I have no experience with them but I plan on trying them out very soon. I will update with my experience. Good or bad.
     
  12. barzen

    barzen Well-Known Member

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    I just picked up a pair of cords and a tweed jacket I had altered at Adam Tailoring and Alterations in Seattle, and I can recommend them as a good budget option. I'm not sure about more complicated alterations, but the alterations I requested were done well. Took about two weeks, but that was expected. I'll be using him again.
     
  13. jergensCsquad

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    Thought I would add my two cents to this thread. Recently had alterations done on three pairs of HY trousers.

    First pair I took to Sigfried at Hartmann's in Bellevue. I got them hemmed with a 2" cuff and had the waist taken in .5". This was my first time working with Sigfried, as a younger person he didn't take me too serious, laughed at me for wanting 2" cuffs, and commented that the price of the alteration was probably more than the pants costs. The cost was ~35$, all the work was acceptable, to my knowledge. The only thing really keeping me from going back was the price. I can deal with his "Germanness" as he still did what I asked, and did it well.

    I took the other two pairs of HY trousers to Manu at Mahira's downtown (I got them a couple months apart thus the separate tailors.) I didn't have any kind of appointment, and when I walked in he was working with a client on a shirt. He said he could do the fitting while his client looked at swatches. Had the same alterations done. He was very friendly, when I told him 2" cuffs he just asked if I had done that before, was not judgmental about what I wanted. I found Manu very friendly. We talked a bit, found out his daughter went through the same graduate program I am currently in. Overall found this to be much more enjoyable than Hartman's, quality of work is comparable (to my limited knowledge) and it was cheaper ~$45 for both pairs.
     
  14. DGstyles

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    Wish you would have went over to European Tailors in Bellevue for the third pair for a comparison. Robert and Mehmet are great master tailors and are definitely talkative about their experiences.
     
  15. zippyh

    zippyh Senior member

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    He does that to middle aged people too.
     
  16. 100 yrs

    100 yrs Senior member

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    Anyone have any experience with Northwest Tailors (2nd Ave, downtown) actually making a piece of clothing? I've had him do a few things - slim up a few shirts and dress pants, hem several pair of pants - and they all turned out pretty good. Last time I was in there I asked if he made sports coats, and he said he does and it runs around $500 depending on fabric. I'm considering giving it a shot, but thought I'd ask the forum first.

    On that note, what sort of questions should i be asking to determine if it is a worthwhile endeavor, as far as his capabilities? Canvassed? Where does the fabric come from? See an example of his work?

    Is there a thread that explicitly covers these types of questions? I searched and couldn't find one.
    EDIT: spoke too soon, http://www.styleforum.net/t/137707/questions-to-ask-a-local-tailor-about-bespoke
     
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2012
  17. fentonj

    fentonj Active Member

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    I had Decaro do working surgeons cuffs on a suit of mine. Hand sewed, cost about $25/button hole. Turned out well.
     

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