Tailor Recommendations for Montreal, Canada

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  1. kasper007

    kasper007 Senior member

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    Clusier has their work done at Iterations Paul at Square Philips, which i discussed earlier in the thread. i have had quite a lot of work done there and has always been very satisfied
     
  2. hudsonbay

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    I went to Paul based on your recommendation and I'm very happy with the result.
    He guided me in a suit alterations not only in listening to what I sought needed to be done but made few suggestions which made the suit look perfect.
    He is very professional, and pays great attention to details. The quality of work is great.
    I'm really happy and definitely will use him again.
     
  3. dibenetto

    dibenetto Well-Known Member

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    I now do alterations on site at my shop, i hired an old timer who works part time and i installed all the machinery needed.it's been couple of months actually and it's been good. My prices are average and the turnaround is swift. Alterations "should" really be an afterthought but in reality Montreal is underserved in this department... No one really wants to bother much. Those who do charge u for the favor.

    I also do custom made shirts/suits/blazers/pants
     
  4. dibenetto

    dibenetto Well-Known Member

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    Just to be fair for the competition:

    -CLUSIER has a good vibe around town (even though i don't have fist hand experience)
    And mark le tailleur Is new to me (hope to get a chance to stop by one of these days..)

    -Russell's is the don of the business in Montreal and although one of the most expensive, I've seen the work first hand and it is impeccable (@ 3500$ a suit it better be) its all done on site and he has the very best hands left around and best fabrics. I Don't think he does alterations much.

    There is also ARTHUR who used to specialize in shirts but by now I believe he does suits as well and the rest of the outfit (shoes/ties).Not sure if he does alterations much. He's also not cheap but it's all done in Montreal and he knows what he's doing.

    That's all for now....
     
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    I ordered some shirts from Benson & Brown and I should receive them end of June. I will report back on the quality/experience.

    I am also seriously considering trying a MTM Suit from them. Price look good and I had a good feeling about the place.
     
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  6. jefferyd

    jefferyd Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That's because all those places you named are union shops which pay union wages and benefits which you would never get in a little alterations shop. The talented people usually get snatched up by the factories.
     
  7. Mr. Mystery

    Mr. Mystery Well-Known Member

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    I've gone to Mark the tailleur on Crescent for a little over two years now.

    He does a good job, prices are reasonable.

    I've had a sportcoat brought in at the shoulders, shortened the length, tightend the neck, arms slimmed, waist slimmed etc. Turned out next to perfect.

    They know how to do professional work and have spotted and corrected some hack work from other tailor's mistakes on pre-altered work I've brought in again.

    Highly recommended.
     
  8. Wes Bourne

    Wes Bourne Senior member

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    ^ He's aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive!

    I've been using Les Retouches Sublime at 1118 Sainte-Catherine W., suite 602 (514-876-4149) for a while now and am pretty pleased with the work they've done for me (mostly cuffing pants and finishing jkt. sleeves). Prices are quite reasonable too. Tony works the front counter and does the pinning, while his brother Sopi (sp?) does the actual alterations with some helpers. Just dropped off some stuff today and they're pretty busy atm with proms and weddings so turnaround time is a bit longer than usual.

    I've been meaning to give Alterations Paul a try since I've only read good things about them.
     
  9. Xenon

    Xenon Senior member

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    About Russel, I went there about 2 years ago under recommendation from a few folks and the selection of shirtings and suitings was disappointing. I had trouble getting them to show me anything in 170 for shirtings, maybe 5 or 6, and absolutely nothing finer. For suitings same deal. I guess they didn't think the finer cloths would sell but the seamed annoyed at me asking if the had acces to DJA, Alumo, LP, Zegna etc. Maybe they have changed though and have more options now.

    I ended up going to a shirt tailor on saint catherine just opposite the 1118, can't remember his name but he said he made all the shirts for Russel. I don't know if this is true but my shirt turned out OK but not great. It was a little disappointing to see darts being used in the back though. Good cuffs and collar however.

    For alterations I use Unic at 1118 suit 502. They have done miracles with suits for me, doing major alterations such as narrowing shoulders from sleeve, split collars, completely rebuilding trouser (going from 34 to 29). They do good work but are not as fond of doing a really slim fit.
     
  10. hudsonbay

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    this is interesting, i would have assumed that union would have an opposite effect.
    People would view this as a viable career choice, union labor would drive prices for services higher and younger people would want to go into this business.
    How come chef is sexy now with bunch of reality cr*p on tv and tailor is not sexy.

    How is this for a reality TV idea- youngish, foul mouthed English tailor goes around the world to help stagnant bespoke shops to get a grip on what is
    wrong with their business model at the same time explaining to the tv viewing public that vertical folds at the fork in pants is not acceptable any longer.

    I would watch that.
    jefferyd, how did you start in this trade if it’s not a secret?
     
  11. jefferyd

    jefferyd Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I had been sewing since I was a kid (runs in the family). My first job out of school was with a sportswear company; ladies from the surrounding factories would come in on their lunch hour to buy stuff wholesale from our warehouse. We had a presentation to make to Saks and Barney's so I was making myself a suit on my lunch hours and some of the ladies asked me about it. The next day they came with a business card- the production manager at Samuelsohn wanted to meet me. I went in with my new suit, they looked at it, and offered me a job as on the spot as foreman. That was 15 years ago.
     
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    Sounds like a movie! Interesting having a glimpse into the world of tailoring.

    Glad I stumbled upon this thread. I'm going to give Alterations Paul a shot this weekend.
     
  13. MarkTheTailor

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    Hi Andrew,
    I don't have experience with those guys, but i do have a suggestion for you. We've had a tailor shop (we also sell men's suits) in Montreal for decades and do excellent work. We have staff that have been doing alterations, specializing in suits, leather and suede for even longer and are extremely capable of doing almost any work you can throw at us.
    Our address is 1260 crescent (corner st-Catherine), no appointment necessary, but if you wish to call first we can be reached at 514 876 1066. I hope to see you soon and get those tailor woes out of your way! :)
     
  14. Uncle Ernie

    Uncle Ernie Well-Known Member

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    Went to Alterations Paul today to have an overcoat and SC adjusted. Nothing major, I will report next week on the results. I also plan to have a rain coat taken in at the waist afterwards, let's see how it all goes.
     
  15. Uncle Ernie

    Uncle Ernie Well-Known Member

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    So the SC and overcoat sleeves were done correctly and on time, nothing major to report there. I did take my raincoat later to be taken in. Paul looked at it and determined that both the side and back seams would have to be redone. The end result was good, you can't tell it was reworked, and once more it was on time.

    Price wise it didn't seem to me cheap, but I have no compaison point here.
     
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