tailor in dallas?

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  1. dare-

    dare- Senior member

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    I'm going to be in dallas for 6 weeks. Can someone recommend a good tailor?

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    n/m, should've done a search first
     


  2. mr. magoo

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    For what purpose -- alterations, repairs and mending, bespoke?

    For bespoke, Chris Despos, who posts on these boards, has a presence in Dallas. If I remember correctly, he has or had a shop in the Crescent hotel and shopping center but is now based out of Chicago and only visits his customers occasionally. He might also be able to recommend able tailors there.

    When I lived there, I was generally dissatisfied, but could recommend a repair tailor or two if needed.
     


  3. Jill

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    I second the vote for Chris Despos. There are a couple of others here that seem to be decent, but from what I've seen of their work, Mr. Despos' is practically beyond reproach. He's here quite frequently (monthly perhaps?) and stays for several days to meet with clients.

    The most publicized is Lombardo. But I don't think I've ever seen anything by them that impressed. Never canvassed, little to no handwork.
     


  4. dare-

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    If you think tailors in Dallas are bad, you should come down to Austin (although I think, I finally found a good one). No, I'm just going to spend time with my parents (6 weeks! [​IMG] ) before I start an internship in July, so no suit buying for me. I have a suit with sleeves that are 3/8's inches too long. I also have a pair of cords that are an inch too long. All I need is a person who'll do quality alterations work. Reading the previous posts, a place on Preston and Northwest Highway seems recommended.
     


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    Yup. That's the place I was going to recommend, also. I can't remember his name, but I can find out for you, if you can't find him. He's made several of those same alterations for Chuck's higher-end garments.
     


  6. mr. magoo

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    Reading the previous posts, a place on Preston and Northwest Highway seems recommended.

    Is that called something like Ana's Alterations, although run by a Russian fellow, the NW corner? If so, very decent alteration work, but limited language skills. Keep it simple and you won't have problems. I didn't and did have problems.
     


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    Hmm. No, I think this guy is Hispanic. He was a tailor for many years, along with his brother. Now he just does alterations and shoe repair.

    In any case, the alterations you mentioned are not terribly difficult, so you shouldn't have trouble finding someone to do them well.
     


  8. dare-

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    I went to Preston Alterations and Shoe Repair (Joe Hernandez). The work was truly sloppy. The buttons don't kiss. I told him I wanted the button offset to be only an inch and not the usual 1.5 inches. Guess what? 1.5.
     


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    If you think tailors in Dallas are bad, you should come down to Austin (although I think, I finally found a good one).

    Care to share the name of a good tailor in Austin? I only had very bad experiences.
     


  10. Mark Seitelman

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    I met Chris Despos last week, and we had a chance to chat. He's a lovely person.

    His operation originated in Dallas, but he has branched-out to Chicago. He has three, full-time tailors in Dallas. He divides his time between Dallas and Chicago. Therefore, I would make an appointment.

    Gene Venanzi, the owner of Venanzi, says that Chris is the best tailor in the USA. This is a high compliment since Gene has patronized all of the leading tailors of Italy.
     


  11. dare-

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    Moosy,

    Fine Stitch on Avenue B. A chinese lady who speaks pretty decent english. I had a pair of pants hemmed and a few darts put into my shirts. The work was carefully done, and the hem was hand-stitched. It was also really quick. A couple of days for anything. Be warned though, the location is a bit odd.

    I don't know about more complicated stuff, but the lady who had come in before me raved about an apparently innovative placement of elastane in her dress.
     


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