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Vaish/Indian tailor

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by chorse123, Nov 11, 2004.

  1. Panzeraxe

    Panzeraxe Senior Member

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    Great - keep us updated.

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    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    As the thread earlier discussed Indian tailors in general, I hope this isn't deemed a hijack. I got back last week from Hyderabad where I had half a dozen dress shirts made at the New Meena Bazaar. I'm pretty pleased with the results.

    My primary gripe is that the collars and cuffs are a bit stiffer than I'd like. After initially requesting smaller cuffs due to my small wrists, I ended up having to take the shirts back in for new cuffs because they were unusably small. (Perhaps my wrists are average in India.) Part of the problem was that the tailor only spoke Telugu (or perhaps the problem was I only speak English.). I had to rely mainly on in-store interpreters. Fit-wise, the shoulders probably should be a bit smaller. I was quite pleased with the fabric options. Except a linen that I wasn't paying attention to on the price, they came in at about $15-$18/shirt including fabric. The tailoring cost on each was Rs 150 (or about $3.50).

    Next trip if I get a bit more time in Bombay, I may try the guy at the Taj that was recommended early in the thread. Maybe I'll try a suit, too.

    I'll try to snap a picture or two later.
     


  3. chorse123

    chorse123 Stylish Dinosaur

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    Sounds like an interesting experience. I would think you'd be better served by paying a bit more money and going to a bigger place, but if you didn't have much time in Bombay that's understandably more difficult.
     


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    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    I was in Bombay two nights, one coming and one going. I was in Hyderabad for two weeks. Meena Bazaar is actually a pretty big and professional establishment. I would say it's among the best that Hyderabad has to offer. My local contact took me to a tailor he uses, and after we talked (via my friend's interpretation) I decided not to let him do anything for me. We went to Meena, which was very upscale compared to that. After my dealings with Meena, my friend decided he may start using Meena himself.
     


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    globetrotter Stylish Dinosaur

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    Alan, I am envious, I miss india.

    what else did you buy in Hydrabad? did you eat at Paradise?

    what you can do, next time, if you want, is order shirts on your way in in mubai and then pick them up when you leave. I know A lot of people who used to do that. but if you are happy with what you got, great.
     


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    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    Well, it being Hyderabad I bought my wife some pearls (major points [​IMG] ). I bought some various silks at Kalanjali and bangles at the Laad Bazaar. Did the tour of Golconda fort in 108 degree weather. I didn't get to eat at Paradise, although I need to remember it for next time. We did eat at Haiking, which is amazing Chinese. We stayed at the Kakatiya Sheraton & Towers, and the Deccan Pavilion restaurant there was pretty good. I do like the shirts I got, although I know things could be better. I'd like to try the tailor in Bombay if I have the time to pull it off. I won't be going back for a year, though.
     


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    globetrotter Stylish Dinosaur

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    yeah, I loved the sheraton in hydrabad - that deccan resteraunt is owned by the guys who own bukhara, arguably the best resteraunt in the country. the pearls are great in hydrabad, too. my wife likes to have me closer, but she misses the jewlery from india. paradise is one of the best cheap resteraunts in the country - pretty well known around india. hydrabad is a little like bologna to italy, everybody thinks that hydrabadi food is special, and paradise is one of those simple family places that has been around for ever.
     


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    "Best Cheap Restaurant" - awww, c'mon - what about MTR Tiffin Cafe in Bangalore??

    Panzer
     


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    Where's the love for Mysore? [​IMG]
     


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    mmmmm..... tiffin cafe....mmmmm....

    one of the best Panzer, one of the best. there's also the cream center on the beach in mumbai, and a dozen or so others. but paradise is one of those places that everybody seems to have heard of. I can get my bank manager (who hasn't been home to hydrabad in 10 years) to cry if I mention paradise.

    by the way, I found a great place in edison with pretty authentic indian food. I was going crazy trying to find authentic indian in NYC. I did find a couple of good indian chinese places, but my wife doesn't like them.
     


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    Does such a thing exist? Surely you aren't referring to the Indian places which deep-batter-fry all kinds of things and call them Chinese, e.g. "Gobi Manchurian?"
     


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    (Globetrotter)...good indian chinese places...
    Does such a thing exist? Â Surely you aren't referring to the Indian places which deep-batter-fry all kinds of things and call them Chinese, e.g. "Gobi Manchurian?"
    well, let me put it this way, its like when you live in ohio and you grow up eating "chinese food", it might be a little different than the "chinese food" you get in manhattan or london or shanghai, right? middle class indians love "chinese food" but it is about as similar to what you would get in shanghai as what you get in ohio, just from a different angle. after eating it once a week for 3 years, it really grew on me. as there is a pretty big indian imigrant community in the greater nyc area, and they can't make "chinese food" at home, there are a half dozen resteraunts that cater to this. usually it is stuff like hakka noodles (like lo mien bit a drier sauce and spicier, with thinner noodles) lots of battered vegitables with salt and pepper, sweet and spicy chicken, no pork or beef but lots of lamb, lots of peanuts and cashews, lots of potato dishes. lots of honey and chili dishes I wouldn't go out of my way to look for it in the states (although it is all the rage with foodies now) but if you are in india I would definatly try it. I went looking cause I missed it, but my wife thought I was nuts.
     


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    Try Ming in New Jersey. Reserve first.
     


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    thanks, actually that is one that I like, but if I take my wife there any more than twice a year she'll kill me. I got her there the first time on false pretenses.

    RJ, any other good recomendations in the greater NYC area?
     


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    (Panzeraxe @ June 16 2005,06:39) "Best Cheap Restaurant" - awww, c'mon - what about MTR Tiffin Cafe in Bangalore?? Panzer
    mmmmm..... tiffin cafe....mmmmm.... one of the best Panzer, one of the best. there's also the cream center on the beach in mumbai, and a dozen or so others. but paradise is one of those places that everybody seems to have heard of. I can get my bank manager (who hasn't been home to hydrabad in 10 years) to cry if I mention paradise. by the way, I found a great place in edison with pretty authentic indian food. I was going crazy trying to find authentic indian in NYC. I did find a couple of good indian chinese places, but my wife doesn't like them.
    If you like South Indian in particular, I would recommend Chennai Palace on 27th and Lex - the Dosa's were great.. Panzer
     


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