The (hopefully) definitive thread on NYC tailors

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by tgfny, Jun 20, 2005.

  1. taxgenius

    taxgenius Senior member

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    Well I went back in to Cardelino last night to explain the situation. They had me try on the jacket to show them the areas I was unhappy with. I did so, and they agreed that there was a lot of excess fabric in the waist area that could be taken in some more.

    They should've gotten it right the first time. I think they lean torwards the boxy fit.
     
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    I use Caredlino a lot and can vouch for the fact that they do lean towards boxy.

    However, they have always redone work for me at no charge, and are always very pleasant and patient with me.
     
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    Another post in favor of Cardelino's. Pedro is very friendly, patient and knowledgeable and I have been very happy with his work. The prices are fair and his hours and location are great, too.
     
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    I've given up on OTR shirts for me.

    If I go to LNC with a bunch of random casual shirts, from vintage polyester to cotton t-shirts, will he take them in?
     
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    I use Caredlino a lot and can vouch for the fact that they do lean towards boxy.

    However, they have always redone work for me at no charge, and are always very pleasant and patient with me.


    I disagree. I use him if I am pushed and I deam him excellent. One of the best alteration tailors I have met anywhere. He doesn't take shit or attitude from people though.

    I have started doing alterations myself but it's more geared towards stores or clients with lots of work because there's an out call fee, but I do pick up and delivery. If anyone wants a price list PM me.
     
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    bump on this question:

    I've given up on OTR shirts for me.

    If I go to LNC with a bunch of random casual shirts, from vintage polyester to cotton t-shirts, will he take them in?
     
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    I've switched to LNC for all my alterations. He isn't pushy but at the same time you have to clearly explain what you want. I had him take in a jacket and after a few minutes we had it pinned down to exactly what I wanted. When I tried on the jacket after the alteration it was perfect.

    I haven't had him take any shirts in yet but he said he can take them in at the side and slim the sleeves at the same time.
     
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    I recently stopped by Wong's Custom Tailor downtown. They do all the work on the premises. His main thing seems to be packages, the cheapest starting at $850 for a suit and two shirts. He indicated that he sets both lapels and buttonholes by hand. When I asked him about canvassing, he questioned why someone would want that in the first place. He thinks there are mainly two reasons why you want to stay away from fully canvassed: (i) if not done properly, it may show, and (ii) dry cleaners may mess it up. I recently "˜moved up' to Chan and ordered two suits from him, so still have to get my first canvassed suits, but can anyone comment on Mr. Wong's reasoning?
     
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    I recently stopped by Wong's Custom Tailor downtown. They do all the work on the premises. His main thing seems to be packages, the cheapest starting at $850 for a suit and two shirts. He indicated that he sets both lapels and buttonholes by hand. When I asked him about canvassing, he questioned why someone would want that in the first place. He thinks there are mainly two reasons why you want to stay away from fully canvassed: (i) if not done properly, it may show, and (ii) dry cleaners may mess it up. I recently "˜moved up' to Chan and ordered two suits from him, so still have to get my first canvassed suits, but can anyone comment on Mr. Wong's reasoning?

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    1) I say he is referring to his own work and skills.
    2) Stay away from any package deals. One item at time only.
     
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    This reminds me of the douchebag salespeople at Lord Willy's telling me that plastic buttons are fine on a $200+ shirt because cleaners will mess them up anyway... [​IMG]
     
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    I'm trying to find a good NYC tailor to reduce a Jil Sander suit from a 52 european down to a 46. I called Wilfred's and they said no problem. How realistically could this alteration be made without ruining the suit?

    Thanks
     
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    I'm trying to find a good NYC tailor to reduce a Jil Sander suit from a 52 european down to a 46. I called Wilfred's and they said no problem. How realistically could this alteration be made without ruining the suit?

    Thanks


    Six sizes down? They're going to have to do some magic recutting.

    I say sell it and buy a suit that more closely fits your actual size.
     
  14. mafoofan

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    This reminds me of the douchebag salespeople at Lord Willy's telling me that plastic buttons are fine on a $200+ shirt because cleaners will mess them up anyway... [​IMG]

    But you aren't a shirtmaker or shirt expert, so what could you know?

    I'm trying to find a good NYC tailor to reduce a Jil Sander suit from a 52 european down to a 46. I called Wilfred's and they said no problem. How realistically could this alteration be made without ruining the suit?

    That sounds like a rather drastic alteration, so I'd be skeptical of any tailor who tells you it can be done without even looking at the garment.
     
  15. lx.mtchll

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    Six sizes down? They're going to have to do some magic recutting.

    I say sell it and buy a suit that more closely fits your actual size.


    Well, the reason I bought the suit is because of the print on the fabric. Buying another suit is not really an alternative. Wouldn't it just be 3 sizes down?
     

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