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The 100 Best Tailors in America

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

  1. stant62

    stant62 Well-Known Member

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    Just want to second LNC in New York and Rizzo's in Harvard Sq.
     
  2. TonyThe Tailor

    TonyThe Tailor Well-Known Member

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    I believe Tony's suits are made by English-American.

    The H. Freeman suits I sell are English/American. I also do in house bespoke, in house MTM and Oxxford.
    Plus I do outside men's and women's alterations.
     
  3. mr.orange

    mr.orange Well-Known Member

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    Robet T. Cantu
    Cantu Tailors
    Custom Clothes & Alterations

    6053 Sherry Lane
    Dallas, Texas 75225
    tel: (214)739-3190

    Been in business since 1960, makes bespoke suits, his father is a master tailor and has served as his teacher. Guy's real nice and knows his shit.

    OP can you make "The 100 Worst Tailors in America" thread? Thanks.
     
  4. KObalto

    KObalto Well-Known Member

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    The H. Freeman suits I sell are English/American. I also do in house bespoke, in house MTM and Oxxford.
    Plus I do outside men's and women's alterations.


    My apologies. I didn't realize you also did house bespoke and MTM. I always appreciate your input here and am sorry I posted incorrect info. [​IMG]
     
  5. TonyThe Tailor

    TonyThe Tailor Well-Known Member

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    My apologies. I didn't realize you also did house bespoke and MTM. I always appreciate your input here and am sorry I posted incorrect info. [​IMG]

    No sweat. [​IMG]
    I try to have something for everyone. Bespoke is 10% of my business as MTM actually covers most everybody's needs. The difference is when an actual tailor who has cutting experience is measuring you for MTM over a salesperson.
     
  6. pickpackpockpuck

    pickpackpockpuck Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys,

    Thanks so much for all your help. I really appreciate it.

    Quick request: I think we have a great, diverse list of custom/MTM tailors going here. But I suspect that I'll need to round it out with more tailors who excel at alterations.

    If you have any additional recommendations on that front--i.e., tailors who can be trusted to alter a suit or shirt--please send them along.

    Thanks again,
    Andrew


    You may already have Wilfred's in NYC on your list (his name was mentioned in here), but I've gotten some really great alterations done by him. In particular I picked up a pair of navy Dries Van Noten pants some months back that were on deep discount. They were a size too small and were particularly snug in the thighs, but I loved the fabric (and price) and thought a tailor could make them work. Wilfred let out the waist, and they needed to be hemmed as well, so he used the fabric cut from the leg and inserted a tapered strip of it from the crotch a few inches down the inseam to create some room in the thighs. The job was flawless. You can see the triangular inserts in the crotch if you look up close, but because the fabric is so dark they're practically invisible otherwise.

    Also, one way to find some recommendations is to call up stores and ask who they send their stuff to. I needed the sleeves shortened from the shoulder (because of functional buttonholes) on a John Varvatos jacket once so I called the SoHo store and asked where they send their stuff when they need tailoring. They sent me to Ramon's on Mulberry, I believe, just off Houston, who did a really great job.
     
  7. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Well-Known Member

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    Isn't this just going to be "The 100 tailors in America"?
     
  8. ykurtz

    ykurtz Well-Known Member

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    Isn't this just going to be "The 100 tailors in America"?

    The list may be filled out by people who's last name is actually spelled (or misspelled) 'Tailor'.
     
  9. mr.orange

    mr.orange Well-Known Member

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    Isn't this just going to be "The 100 tailors in America"?

    The list may be filled out by people who's last name is actually spelled (or misspelled) 'Tailor'.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. comrade

    comrade Well-Known Member

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    Two comments from an earlier post:

    1. Stay away from Jon Minor in SF. He ruined a pair of slacks I gave him about ten years ago.

    2. My tailor is in Menlo Park and is recommended by other forum members too:

    Bob Stankovic

    650-323-9614.

    He's the outside tailor for Wilkes Bashford/ Palo Alto
    He's very skilled: modified the shoulders on at least two of my jackets .
    Unless you specify urgency, the work tends to be late.
     
  11. mktitsworth

    mktitsworth Well-Known Member

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    Robet T. Cantu
    Cantu Tailors
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    6053 Sherry Lane
    Dallas, Texas 75225
    tel: (214)739-3190

    Been in business since 1960, makes bespoke suits, his father is a master tailor and has served as his teacher. Guy's real nice and knows his shit.

    OP can you make "The 100 Worst Tailors in America" thread? Thanks.


    I second this. They've both worked on my jackets and the thing I've been most impressed with thus far is their honesty. Great guys.
     
  12. voxsartoria

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    Saturdays Well-Known Member

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    My mother has been my tailor for years, I don't think I trust anyone but her.
     
  14. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Well-Known Member

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    My mother has been my tailor for years, I don't think I trust anyone but her.

    Ask her what shoes to wear with a navy suit.
     
  15. thinman

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    ..

    Also, one way to find some recommendations is to call up stores and ask who they send their stuff to. I needed the sleeves shortened from the shoulder (because of functional buttonholes) on a John Varvatos jacket once so I called the SoHo store and asked where they send their stuff when they need tailoring. They sent me to Ramon's on Mulberry, I believe, just off Houston, who did a really great job.


    To the OP: If you want alterations tailors this is one way to collect information. I would select the Esquire list of best men's stores in the country and ask them who does their alterations.

    This is how I found a fantastic alterations tailor in Oklahoma City, by asking the best menswear store in the city (which also happens to be on one of the Esquire lists) who does their alterations. The tailor does meticulous work and even spots things that I miss, including pre-existing alterations done to a jacket I bought from the B&S forum here.
     
  16. Saturdays

    Saturdays Well-Known Member

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    Ask her what shoes to wear with a navy suit.

    Hehe, Brown is the color of choice.
    Especially on Suits that are Navy Pin Stripes.
    Even she told me Black is formal with Navy but Brown looks better.

    IMO, Brown is the best.
     
  17. Mr. Pink

    Mr. Pink Well-Known Member

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    Romeo Singca, the owner of

    Felice Custom Tailors
    7853 Herschel Avenue
    La Jolla, CA 92037
    (858) 454-8205

    is a true artist who has made some wonderful pieces for me, including jackets, an overcoat, and a morning coat (tuxedo). I wear the navy blazer he made for me all the time and my MTM Oxxford blazer stays in the closet. Member Full Canvas first recommended him to me. The original opinions of Full Canvas are in this post:

    http://www.styleforum.net/showpost.p...91&postcount=7


    Further information, including a post from me, is here:

    http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...ghlight=singca

    Because of Romeo, I no longer buy OTR and recently passed up a Brioni jacket on sale. I visit Romeo whenever I'm in San Diego and conversely I find excuses to visit San Diego so I can visit Romeo (excuses are easy to find since I have a brother in San Diego). It's been 2 years since I've ordered from him, but I'll be in San Diego 2-3 times next Spring, so I'm already planning my next order!

    Andrew, you really should visit his shop and see his work close-up.


    I'll second this recommendation. I've had lots of alterations done by Romeo. He's also made two jackets for me. Beautiful work, and very reasonable.
     
  18. pvrhye

    pvrhye Well-Known Member

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    I'll second this recommendation. I've had lots of alterations done by Romeo. He's also made two jackets for me. Beautiful work, and very reasonable.

    Actually, if this guy can make a morning coat, he's very notable. I don't think it's a common skill in the US.
     
  19. vltsai

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    I didn't read through the thread but I'd like to recommend my local tailor, Benny Spatola...charming guy, knows his stuff, and does great, GREAT work! He's been around for a while and his regular customers are definitely a sign of that.

    Spatola Tailoring
    1631 W Sunflower Ave
    Santa Ana, CA 92704
     
  20. S. Able

    S. Able Well-Known Member

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    the guys at Montopoli
    Giovani Gagliano
    John Dipetro
    Umberto Pitagoria
    Al Certo
    Nino Caldarone
    Sebastiano Montella
     

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