The (hopefully) definitive thread on NYC tailors

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

  1. negusnegas

    negusnegas Senior member

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    Just wanted add Mid City Tailoring on 43rd street to the mix for anyone looking to have reweaving done. I had a whole in a tuxedo and initially my alterations tailor at LNC referred me to Alice Zotta (who according to the lady at Mid City is actually deceased) and they quoted me a crazy 6-8 week turn around. Searched around online and found Mid City and a few other shops, but I needed the work done by this weekend(less than a weeks turn around) and they came through in the clutch. Prices are fair, but not spectacular($90). I figured I'd attach an after pic. I also found a pic of a similar sized whole in another jacket so to give u an idea (different sides of the jacket, but same sized). Figured might be helpful to someone.
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  2. dr.no

    dr.no Senior member

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    Looking for a reco for handmade working buttonholes in midtown area, max $10 per. I used to go to Bhambi before he raised his prices ($12 per last time I was there 2 yrs ago).

    LNC seems like a good one, but it's too damn far for me.

    EDIT: Harry said he'd do them for $10 per if I bring in several jackets.
     


  3. gam29

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    Looking for a reco for handmade working buttonholes in midtown area, max $10 per. I used to go to Bhambi before he raised his prices ($12 per last time I was there 2 yrs ago).

    LNC seems like a good one, but it's too damn far for me.

    EDIT: Harry said he'd do them for $10 per if I bring in several jackets.


    Bhambi's prices are the same still $12 per.
     


  4. haganah

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    So funny thing happened at Wilfred's - i took in a new jacket for a customary sleeve shortening and came home to realize he (Manny did the measuring, no idea who did the work) did it from the shoulder without asking and it's been butchered.
     


  5. theyare

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    Anyone know of a place in midtown that would be good with reducing shoulder padding?
     


  6. bobdobalina

    bobdobalina Senior member

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    Any recommendations for cheap reweaving (or skillful blended patching)? I would prize price over quality as the hole is smallish and on the buttocks, and I'm too ugly for anyone to bother paying close attention to my behind.
     


  7. jtang

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    Any recommendations for cheap reweaving (or skillful blended patching)? I would prize price over quality as the hole is smallish and on the buttocks, and I'm too ugly for anyone to bother paying close attention to my behind.

    Check out French American Reweaver. Not terribly cheap, but the guy is good.
     


  8. ardvark123

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    I just dropped off two suits and a jacket at peppino's. Hemming the pants, getting the sleeves taken in and adding working button holes on the suits. Also taking in the sleeves on the jacket. All of the jackets will be taken up at the shoulder (gulp!). I have a bit of sticker shock as the tab came out to $450. Is this reasonable?
     


  9. theyare

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    I just dropped off two suits and a jacket at peppino's. Hemming the pants, getting the sleeves taken in and adding working button holes on the suits. Also taking in the sleeves on the jacket. All of the jackets will be taken up at the shoulder (gulp!). I have a bit of sticker shock as the tab came out to $450. Is this reasonable?

    Never been to Peppinos but sounds similar to what I would expect from Bhambi's.

    My guess at the breakdown:

    Button holes = $12 x 8 = $96
    Hemming the pants = $35
    Shorten from shoulder = $95
    Total per suit = $225
     


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    Thanks for the breakdown! Don't feel as bad now.
     


  11. JoelF

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    LNC dude definitely overworked. Took in some pants when he was supposed to let them out. [​IMG]
     


  12. negusnegas

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    nooooo....look what you people have done... poor shu at lnc is overworked..i feel like i need to protect my tailor..he is like the keymaster in the matrix
     


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    I've used Nelson Tailor aka Rivington Tailors , not too far from the Williamsburg Bridge on Rivington (duh) a couple of times now... I haven't seen anything about them posted, so I thought I'd give my impressions, which are generally favorable.


    Last spring I brought these fellows a SC. It's a 38s and I'm a 36r or s. To make a long story short, they took in the shoulders (major surgery), lengthened the sleeves to the max (they put in a piece of odd cloth to make up the lining and really use all the available wool) and took it in...
    it was expensive, I think the shoulders were $85 alone, but they did a nice job and the jacket fits well now. The job with the sleeves is especially nice- I actually forgot I had them shortened. I honestly don't know how high end tailoring differs, but I don't have any complaints about that job.

    This fall I brought them another blazer (very high end with a beautiful fit & working button holes in sleeves that were 1" too long and so needed shortening from the shoulder), along with a suit (needed hem + sleeves shortened from the ends) and my GF's high-end corduroys (too big in the waist + needed a hem).
    It was $110 for everything, including $60 to shorten the sleeves at the shoulder of the blazer, which came out perfect. The suit, also, was hemmed/shortened perfectly. Only hitch was the GF's pants were still big in the waist, so they fixed that while we waited. The pockets in the cords ended up a little unevenly spaced from the seam- not optimal- but then again, they had to be taken more than was ideal (she's real slender).

    Overall, the shoulders of the blazer were what I was most concerned with, and they came out spot-on. I'm now showing 1/4" of cuff. I was very pleased, and $60 for that job seems like a bargain after some of what I've read here.


    cheers,
    mic
     


  14. JoelF

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    nooooo....look what you people have done... poor shu at lnc is overworked..i feel like i need to protect my tailor..he is like the keymaster in the matrix

    I was shocked (shocked!) and I think he was too. He said he'd never done that before and fixed it immediately while I waited.

    It's always a pleasure to visit his cave. [​IMG]
     


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    Anyone recommend a tailor in Northern NJ.
    Thanks in advance.
     


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