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The 100 Best Tailors in America

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

  1. DavidWatts

    DavidWatts Well-Known Member

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    Hi everyone,

    This is Andrew, the OP, checking back in. I'm just completing my write-up of the 100 Best Tailors in America list--thanks to you guys. Really, your collective wisdom was the backbone of this project. I really appreciate your help.

    One last request: I have about 10 slots left, and I'm wondering if anyone knows any good tailors, custom or alterations, in any of the following states:

    Utah
    South Carolina
    New Hampshire
    Maine
    New Mexico
    Nebraska
    Montana
    Wyoming
    Idaho
    Kansas

    I know they're all longer shots than, say, New York. But none of these places are currently represented on the list, so I thought I'd cast my line one more time and see what (if anything) strikes.

    Thanks again. I'll make sure to post a link as soon as the list goes live.

    Best,
    Andrew
     
  2. JohnKarter

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    Probably too late, But Frank Valenti is an excellent Tailor in Vegas, that does alterations and has made suits for meny Casino owners and exceutives including the late Frank Fertitta.
     
  3. Kauai

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    I'll add one as well

    Mario Cassara in Los Altos, CA. A traditional Italian tailor that can make a very nice bespoke suit, or reconstruct something that started life RTW to fit you just right.
     
  4. Abstraktmind

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    What about Milwaukee area?
     
  5. comrade

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    Who's the San Francisco guy?
     
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    Anymore details? I am considering taking a suit in. Would it be possible to get a general idea of what he would alter first before committing?
     
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    Jin Lee of Indianapolis.

    mastertailor.com - He does excellent work.
     
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    Glad to hear it, I've wanted to try him for a long time but never really heard anything independent about his work.
     
  9. Kauai

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    I've worked with him on wide range of projects:
    -Alter a to large tuxedo, with jacket and sleeve adjustment; substantially reduce the waist by adding pleats, etc
    -Tailor the sides and add hand stitched button holes to a Borrelli blazer
    -Change the taper on blue jeans
    -Change sleeve length and taper on the sides of dress shirts
    -Adjust some of my Chan suits for my slight (ahem!) growth over the years
    -Adjust sleeve length and sides and back seem of leather jackets
    -Fit top coats
    -Redo the back seam of a different Borrelli blaze to lay flat across the shoulders

    Address is 981 San Antonio Road in Los Altos. It's a father and son operation. Best to see if Mario (father and tailor) is in if you are looking for adjustments. I have been really happy with his work, and he always recognized when I bring in quality pieces. He has done bespoke suits for a number of Silicon Valley execs. Feel free to PM if you more specific questions.
     
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    Mario Bosco in Atlanta for alterations.
     
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    Stanley Korshak in Dallas for alterations.
     
  13. rengler22

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    He has made a bespoke suit, 6 shirts, and countless alterations for me on everything from my wedding tuxedo to an overcoat. Most telling of his work was the bespoke suit which is by far the highest quality garment I own. I can't say enough positive things about his work. You won't be disappointed.

    Let me know how it goes if you decide to give him a shot.

    Nick
     
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  14. Troilus

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    Re. South Carolina.

    Best men's tailor I found was Kostas Poulos's shop in downtown Greenville.
     
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    Ty, will PM if any further questions. Will try to check the place out.
     
  16. ctp120

    ctp120 Senior member

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    Was this article ever published?
     
  17. Shikar

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    Nick Lopez across the Galleria in Houston, bespoke and alterations.

    Regards.
     
  18. Brendon

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    Hi David Watts
    I suggest you take a retired tailor with you to do your article if you also are not going to be another victim to the number of times the media in its many forms including users of this site have been fooled by a smooth talking front of house front-man with a tape measure round his neck , a pair of shears in the window and some Hancock's crayons on the counter, oh and usually they have a dressmakers thimble sitting somewhere because they fail to understand the difference. A tailor who has retired who has no axe to grind and who sense of superiority has faded a little would be a useful tool to helping you categorize into Bespoke vs Made to Measure etc.
    I applaud the fact that you are to categorize a there are significant differences.
    What makes a good Bespoke tailor is very subjective. Each generation of consumers that come through have a new idea of what is good.
    Unless the house is small then the cutting and tailoring are separate.
    If your objective is to find 100, you will do that easily, the standard is another issue and perhaps that can only be established by their clients satisfaction. Anything polled like that would find that the elections in Mexico were probably fairer. Reputation can also be manipulated by marketing, a great bespoke tailor will not often have time to pursue this aggressively, so do not be fooled by the wealth of the clientele.
    Finally, you must understand the importance of cut. For this talk to any Savile row or West end cutter for a few hours, and then go to Italy and get their perspective on cut. And go with the Italian as that is more likely to have influenced be the demographic you are writing for.
    My suggestion would be to read some of Jeffery D's blog and the Tailor and Cutter forums for background. You will then understand the complexity of the trade and the question you are to ask.
    If you think about this, we may forget that number 50 on the list is the average, but I suspect that we forget how much energy is required as a Bespoke tailor over a long period to become just the average. Happy July 4th all
    Good luck
    Brendon
     
  19. El Argentino

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    Thanks for this recommendation - will drive by and look him up this week.
     
  20. rong

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    Where is this fantastic place in Oklahoma City? A google search for mens tailors showed me this thread and your post.
     

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