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The 100 Best Tailors in America

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by DavidWatts, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. otc

    otc Senior member

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    Alteration tailors in Los Angeles that know what they're doing (in no particular order):

    1. Abi from Alandales in Culver City, CA
    2. Paul from Wilshire Tailor in Los Angeles, CA
    3. Charles from Charles tailoring (?) in Beverly Hills, CA


    Can someone make this list for chicago? Thanks
     
  2. Yachting Man

    Yachting Man Senior member

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    Maybe shorten the list to top 40? Idk if you can even find that many.
     
  3. OxxfordSJLINY

    OxxfordSJLINY Senior member

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    Nice to know you are still around OxxfordSJLINY, thank you for your comments.

    You're welcome, Chris. And thank you, too. [​IMG]
     
  4. The Thin Man

    The Thin Man Senior member

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    I've used two tailors in Philadelphia, who are basically high-level MTM (Domenico drafts individual patterns, Lettieri owns his own factory).

    Domenico Maglio
    7153 Frankford Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19135
    Phone - 215-331-6757
    Fax - 215-331-7815
    Email - domenico@domenicotuxedos.net

    Tom Lettieri
    1919 South Bancroft St.
    Philadelphia, PA
    Phone - 610-733-5480

    A very good, young bespoke Philadelphia shirtmaker is:

    Ray Nepomuceno
    Ray Custom Shirtmaker
    337 Montgomery Avenue
    Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
    Tel: (610) 667-3509
    Fax: (610) 667-5759
     
  5. david123

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    Harvard square landmark in Boston: J Press.

    They have a tailor at the back named Tad and he does excellent work. I think he's Polish, so he has a very long last name I can't pronounce or spell.

    J Press was the store featured in the movie Twenty One (the one about MIT kids counting cards for blackjack or some stupid gambling game) where the main character worked there part time.

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/j-press-cambridge

    go to the yelp reviews and search for the term 'tad'

    you'll find laudatory praise for his "flawless, excellent work"

    if Tad doesn't make it into the top 100, I will be very disappointed!


    I also go to Tad. He should definitely be included!
     
  6. sbergl

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    If you're near Des Moines, Iowa (where I go to school) there's Frederick's in Clive. J.D. Daniels is a man's man and a great old-time tailor. Got pants shortened and brought in, jacket waist brought in, sleeves shortened and dry cleaned for about $90. Great experience.

    1800 Northwest 86th St # 23, Clive, IA 50325-7146
    (515) 267-1986 ‎
    fredericksqualitycleaners.com
     
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    Patek Senior member

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    Off the top of my head:

    Custom Tailors

    NY: Raphael Raffaeli, Nino Corvato, Bill Fioravanti, Tony Maurizio, Franco / Ercole (forget their last name), Martin Greenfield, Vincent Nicolosi, Frank Shattuck, the in-house guy at Dunhill, Cheo, maybe even Adrian Jules

    Chicago: Chris Despos

    Baton Rouge: Manuel Martinez

    DC: William Field

    Philly: Joe Centofanti

    LA: Jack Taylor (is he MTM?)

    SF: The one guy who a few SF'ers have used (Enzo?)


    Plus 1 for Centofani! He is a stubborn old man, but he does great work--and charges for it.

    All of my SF purchases and even some store purchases go to him after the in-house tailor messes it up.
     
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    Nick Nikiforos. 29 E. Madison Ave. Suite 1715. Chicago, IL 60602. (312) 427-3110

    Great alteration work.
     
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    Has Steven Salen (11th Floor 509 Madison Avenue, NYC) been mentioned?
     
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    Will Fields - Glover Park DC
    Gary Gagossian - Beverly Hills CA
     
  13. TheTukker

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    I thought about including them, but my editor disagreed. Makes a certain kind of sense: they're not really "in America"--just visiting.

    Fair enough; may be helpful to add in a footnote though that a good percentage of American customers commission their custom/bespoke needs with overseas tailors that travel to America.
     
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    Daniel Motorca
    The Tailor Shop -- 8303Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, Fl. 32216
    Tel. 904-642- 7780

    A master tailor, for any alterations. Plus bespoke siuts, shirts, ties, braces, etc. . Has a large modern building w/ large store front, in which he displays a large stock of shirts- ties- and examples of his bespoke suits. As well as having various displays of cuff links, shoes, tie clasps, PS and any acc. a well dressed man might need. Has a large stock of fabrics on hand as well as an area with enough fabric books to kill an afternoon. I've always been treated well and been qiute satisfied with him. Daniel also does a big business in bespoke wedding gowns, with a separate fitting area for the ladies.

    Roger


    Also use Daniel with great results!
     
  15. bringusingoodale

    bringusingoodale Senior member

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    Of course my state doesn't have a name on that list [​IMG]

    Yea, I noticed how few tailors there were in California. Forget about it if you are in the flyover states.

    What this thread is showing me is that this forum is actually somewhat special [​IMG]
     
  16. dragon8

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    For alterations in San Francisco Bay Area I'd say Franz tailoring.
     
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    asnexprss Well-Known Member

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    +1 for Will Field in DC.
     
  18. emptym

    emptym Senior member Moderator

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    There were some very good, Italian tailors in Las Vegas. I think the only one remaining from when I was a kid is Frank Valenti. I think he altered a suit for me about 15 yrs ago when he was at a different location. Any have any experience w/ him?
     
  19. TheWGP

    TheWGP Senior member

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    Well, most of the people you can truly trust for alterations can also MAKE the garment they're altering - that's the best way to be sure they know what they're doing, how changes affect other areas of the garment, and so on.

    That said, at least one of the tailors who has been mentioned specifically declines to do any alterations work (on things he did not make): Despos. Thus, if you're looking for alterationists ONLY, Despos would not qualify - even though he's certainly highly trustworthy and extremely high quality - it's just a question of what you're looking for.

    Since you specifically mention alterations, and you also mentioned wanting someone from diverse areas of the country, here's one from Columbus, Ohio:

    Boris Stanojevic
    1053 Bethel Rd
    Columbus, OH 43220
    614-459-2818
    http://www.byboris.com

    He does custom shirts, has a pretty nice fabric selection, has done tailored stuff in the past but no longer does from what I understand. From my understanding, his wife Marika is the only other sewer in the shop; she does the "easier stuff" like pants hems and so on, unless you specifically request Boris. I've had numerous alterations to very-high-end stuff (both shirts & tailored clothing) done there and have always been pleased, not just that it got done, but with the quality and attention to detail. Not cheap, but he's the only guy in Columbus I'd trust with the stuff that matters - I ruined a couple of shirts at other alterationists before I found him through a reference from the only good men's shop left in Columbus.
     
  20. mmkn

    mmkn Senior member

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    excel.
    What you are really asking who are the better fitter or stylist out there, one with a working tailor in house. Also, asking your questions here is akin to asking a bunch of plastic surgery patients who is the "best doc" is. It is better to ask the plastic surgeons themselves who they would send themselves to. Many plastic surgeons can sew a nice looking scar, but only a few fingersfull can make someone look "naturally" beautiful and as if they didn't have "work done" at all. - M
     

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