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The definitive New York alternation tailors thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by von Rothbart, Mar 24, 2006.

  1. von Rothbart

    von Rothbart Senior member

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    I am trying to recreate the original thread that was lost to the Great Crash MMVI. Please post your experiences here. From what I can remember, the following tailors were mentioned in the past:

    Alexi
    Bhambi
    Ignacio
    Campos & Campos
    Dynasty
    Peppino
    Wilfred's
    L&S

    And how about the in-house tailors:

    Bergdorf Goodman
    Barneys
    Saks
    Neiman Marcus
    Paul Stuart
    Polo Mansion

    Alexi:
    On E77 between 2nd & 3rd I think. I've heard many good things about this tailor but I haven't tried him. He's a custom tailor also does alternation work. He seems to be the most promising in terms of quality. Don't know about the prices.

    Bhambi:
    I had only one experience with them. Sleeves shortening with working button holes. I was extremely satisfied with their quality. The button holes are hand-sewn at $10 each, a good deal but they charged me $40 for shortening EACH sleeve!

    Peppino:
    No experience with him, but the stories I heard in recent posts are very scary. Shutting side vents without instructing them to, uneven sleeve lengths and shortening sleeve too short with working button holes already put on.

    Campos & Campos:
    On W13 can't remember the cross ave. No experience but I inquired their prices, very expensive.

    Wilfred's:
    My experience with them are mixed from ok to very good. But with prices they are charging I am looking for someone with more consistent quality. One member mentioned they shortened sleeves from shoulder with very good result.

    Dynasty:
    I don't anything about their quality and prices but member recommended them. I think they are in the high 30's around Madison.

    L&S and Ignacio:
    No experience with them. In the same neighborhood as Peppino.

    Neiman Marcus:
    No experience but very reasonable prices. They say they'll accept purchases from Last Call stores. I was told their main alternation opearation is in the Short Hills store and button holes are machine sewn.

    Bergdorf Goodman:
    Very good. But only accept in-store purchases. If I could send everything to them I would.

    Saks Flagship:
    No experience. Will accept purchases from Off 5th Ave. stores.

    Barneys:
    No experience but their prices seem very reasonable. Machine sewn button holes. Would like to give them a try for my warehouse sale purchases.

    Questions regarding in-house tailors. What if they botch an alternation job? Refunding your purchases?
     
  2. topcatny

    topcatny Senior member

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    I think I recommended Dynasty Tailors previously. (they are on 38th St. between 5th and Madison Ave.). They have done excellent work for me in the past, although they are not in-expensive. I believe they charge $20 to hem pants.

    The last item I took there was a Canali sportcoat and I am unhappy with how it turned out. For whatever reason they can't get it to fit me properly. My wife, however, has had excellent experiences there. I think they do good work, but this time I was unlucky.
     
  3. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I've had a good experience at Peppino's with sleeve shortening and button holes. The inhouse tailors at Bergdorf do a very good job and it's an even better value since it is free for the customers.
     
  4. Sartorian

    Sartorian Senior member

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    I am trying to recreate the original thread that was lost to the Great Crash MMVI. Please post your experiences here. From what I can remember, the following tailors were mentioned in the past:

    Alexi
    Bhambi
    Ignacio
    Campos & Campos
    Dynasty
    Peppino
    Wilfred's
    L&S

    Campos & Campos:
    On W13 can't remember the cross ave. No experience but I inquired their prices, very expensive.


    Quick addition to this, for informational purposes:

    Campos & Campos is located on W. 14th, North side, betw. 7th/8th Aves. They charge $18 to hem pants, do a good job (slant from front to back), are open till 5 on Saturdays.
     
  5. jtang

    jtang Senior member

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    Does anybody have any experience with Imparali Customer Tailors? They are on 49th and 5th. They're topped rank on citysearch, just wanted to see if there's anybody here who's tried them out.
     
  6. plotter

    plotter Senior member

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    Who's the best at complicated jobs like sport jacket shortening? Any recommendations there?
     
  7. mack11211

    mack11211 Senior member

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    I don't alternate anymore.

    I just go with Cardelino on Broadway.[​IMG]
     
  8. laxnate

    laxnate Senior member

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    I can vouch for Peppino closing side vents without asking. He is old school Italian and really pushes his (Italian) tailoring preferences on you. Ultimately, I was ok with the outcome and the work was good quality but I really want a tailor who is going to listen to me and do what I want, not what they want. Haven't been back.
     
  9. kiLLscaLLion

    kiLLscaLLion Senior member

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    Anyone know of a tailor with a good pressing facilities?
     
  10. Slewfoot

    Slewfoot Senior member

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    I've been using Stanton Tailors on the Lower East Side who have been doing a great job thus far. I even had them fix the shoulders on an old blazer which came out perfectly. It's a very small place and a bit chaotic, but very affordable.

    Best,
    David
     
  11. chriskirk

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    Sorry to open this thread up again, but I'm in the market for some suits and I found a few nice ones at C21. Was wondering if anyone could recommend a good tailor for suit alterations? I recognize a few of the tailors on the list but specifically interested in if there are any updates and/or current recommendations? If not, I'll probably visit a few and make a decision from there.

    I don't mind traveling a bit either (as long as it's reachable by subway).

    Thanks,

    Chris

    EDIT: Quality being the most important here - I have seen a few places I'd drop off a pair of jeans without worry, but wouldn't be surprised if my suit came back ruined or worse not at all =)
     
  12. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Senior member

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    I can vouch for Peppino closing side vents without asking. He is old school Italian and really pushes his (Italian) tailoring preferences on you. Ultimately, I was ok with the outcome and the work was good quality but I really want a tailor who is going to listen to me and do what I want, not what they want. Haven't been back.

    lol = wow
     
  13. MasterplayerC

    MasterplayerC Active Member

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    Just dropped off three pairs of pants at Dynasty (they're 20 steps from my office, 38th just off 5th). First alteration experience anywhere, so we'll see how it goes. Click spoiler to see the work I'm getting done and prices (not sure if there is some rule against showing them outright):
    1) Pair of slim linen pants from Daffy's I bought for $30. Hemmed: $25 2) Pair of F-you red pants from Daffy's I bought for $17. Tapered: $39 3) Pair of black suit pants that have become tight in the waist since I'm getting fat. Waist let out a bit and legs tapered: $35 and $39 I feel like the hemming as well as letting the suit pants out is just a TAD expensive, but I guess I'm paying for convenience.
    Pricing is questionable since I have no idea what the norm is (NYC or otherwise), but either way I guess I'm paying for convenience. Will report back.
     
  14. mjphillips

    mjphillips Senior member

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    I'd like to second Stanton Tailor. Very reasonable prices and quick turnaround.
     
  15. gyasih

    gyasih Senior member

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    I'd like to second Stanton Tailor. Very reasonable prices and quick turnaround.

    Triple that, great work.
     
  16. chriskirk

    chriskirk Member

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    Thanks guys. I will be buying a few relatively highend suits between 800 and 2000 each. Sounds like Stanton can be trusted - and just to confirm, he's good with suits and slacks specifically on top of casual wear?
     
  17. deez nuts

    deez nuts Senior member

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    stanton seems to be well regarded here, but i will say this. i stopped by yesterday (friday) at 11:30 and they were still closed. all the other tailors in the area were open, just something to think about if you plan on going early in the morning. i think they are also closed on sundays.

    i dropped off 3 chinos and 2 pairs of jeans with express tailors on 92 rivington yesterday. hems are $5 a piece, the cheapest i've found. i'll see how they come out when i pick them up later. a SA from polo recommended them, said that GQ (i believe) used them for their shoots. fingers crossed.
     
  18. Rusty

    Rusty Well-Known Member

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    Deez, how did express tailors work come out?
     
  19. B.B. Haywood

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    I've been to Campos and Campos twice, as they are near to my office. I have had good experiences, but they are pretty expensive.
    I once went to Campos and Campos to get a three piece suit cleaned up, an Indochino purchase for my wedding, ordered without time to send it back before the big day (more on Indochino to come in another thread). The pants had work done on the seat, a tough job, but good work. The jacket had a lot of work, two sessions on it. I had to have the fall and stand refitted, which really changed the way it fits on my shoulders and chest, and created a more natural drape. There is still some pooching on the side front seam, but that is because the sleeves aren't all that high. They gave me functional button holes. It had four buttons per sleeve, $10 each, but when I said I would only get three per sleeve because the cost of alterations was getting away from me, he added the fourth buttons gratis. Overall, however, the total was over $300. Still, I am pleased with the suit.

    I also got a great heavy wool HS&M three piece, but whoever had the suit before got something very strange done to the pants, making the waist very long and narrow. Again, two visits later, they did what I had thought was an impossible job, salvaging the pants. Again, it was probably $120, so not inexpensive, but work done well.

    Are there places folks would recommend around Brooklyn?
     

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