NYC Bespoke Tailors CBS vs Gothamist

Gothamist Picks

CARSON STREET CLOTHIERS. 

This relatively new kid in town has been given the seal of approval by everyone from GQ to The New York Times, and has become a hangout for effortlessly cool, impeccably dapper menswear celebrities (mostly writers). That’s due in part to the lounge in the back with free water and beer. But more importantly, it’s because of the extremely well curated inventory of sharp threads that are stylish but classic; polished, yet comfortable; and beautifully tailored, yet low-key. The store’s suits come from Eidos, and made-to-measure suits are from the brand’s fine Italian fabrics. Choose from smart plaids, classic pinstripes or quiet grays—if you need time to decide, you can always mull it over with a beer in the back.

Carson Street Clothiers is located at 63 Crosby Street between Spring and Broome Streets in SoHo (212-925-2627

 

SUITSUPPLY:

A comprehensive selection is the name of the game at SuitSupply. It seems like a simple concept, but the company was one of the first and remains one of the only places to specialize in a something-for-everyone inventory of affordable, impeccably polished suits without the extremes of a chain-store or stuffy boutique vibe. Most of the store’s business is off the rack, since it offers so many options in so many fits, but they also do made-to-measure. Add to this a friendly, knowledgeable staff and an overall aesthetic that is sharp and sophisticated, and it all makes SuitSupply one of the city’s best suit stops. Their price points stand out in particular—the company manages to keep prices refreshingly low for the kind of tailoring and fabrics you’re getting, like Italian wool with horn buttons.

SuitSupply has two locations in the city: 635 Madison Avenue between 59th and 60th Streets on the Upper East Side (855-784-8464; and 453 Broome Street between Mercer and Greene Streets in SoHo (212-828-7250

 

MARTIN GREENFIELD CLOTHIERS:

At Martin Greenfield Clothiers, you’ll get the old-school, classic bespoke experience. Operating out of the same factory space in East Williamsburg since 1916, Greenfield takes a time-honored, no-frills approach to making suits. It’s about the quality, the fit, the fabric, the experience, not the trends or the hipness. But that never means you’re not getting top of the line suiting. Greenfield has suited the likes of Bill Clinton and Michael Jackson, and has costumed the cast of “Boardwalk Empire.” Appointments are a must, so call ahead. You can bring your own fabric or choose from Greenfield’s selection, and once your measurements are taken and your needs discussed, the tailors get to work. Suits start at $1,400 but they’ll last a lifetime.

Martin Greenfield Clothiers is located at 239 Varet Street between White and Bogart Streets in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-497-5480

 

ALTON LANE: Alton Lane has become a well-oiled machine in the menswear scene, and has cornered a mainstream market on bespoke suits in New York. It’s earned its reputation as the place to go when you want to customize every minute detail of your suit. Book an appointment and pick from a wide range of fabrics in their luxury-focused inventory, and then you’ll be measured. Alton Lane uses 3-D body scanners to take the custom fit experience one step further in the pursuit of perfection. You’ll even enjoy a drink of your choosing while you pore over every button and pleat (or, leave it up to them, if that’s your thing). The price range starts around $600 and can go up to about $1,400 depending on the details you pick.

Alton Lane is located 11 West 25th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue in Flatiron 888-800-8616

 

BLOOMINGDALE’S: You probably already have Bloomingdale’s in mind when in the market for a Vince sweater or fragrance from Marc Jacobs. But the iconic department store is quite the destination for suits that feel fresh and quietly fashion-forward. Focusing on off-the-rack suiting from well-known designers like Elie Tahari, Theory, Hugo Boss, Kate Spade and REISS, Bloomingdales is where to go when you’re on a tighter timeline, just aren’t the type to do made-to-measure, or when you’re a label lover who values hints of current trends in her suits. There’s also a wide price range: pick up a Calvin Klein blazer and pants suit for under $200 or invest in an Armani Collezioni ensemble for $1,800.

Bloomingdale’s has two locations in the city: 1000 3rd Avenue between 59th and 60th Streets in Midtown East (212-705-2000; and at 504 Broadway between Spring and Broome Streets in SoHo (212-729-5900

 

DARA LAMB: If it is the time-honored bespoke experience you’re after, enter the Midtown showroom that designer Dara Lamb has strived to make feel like a “refuge, with an almost private club vibe.” The space is a serene setting for you to work with Lamb’s staff on designing your ensemble, choosing fabrics and ensuring a flawless fit, all with a cup of tea or a glass of wine. Lamb created her hand-tailored brand in 1982, and has built a solid reputation on sophisticated, high-quality looks that fit beautifully. Her goal is to give women the same selection as men when it comes to a balance of sophistication and style. The selection is definitely wide, from casual suits you can mix and match to elegant jewel-toned cocktail suits.

Dara Lamb is located at 37 West 57th Street, Suite 1001, between 5th and 6th Avenues in Midtown (212-935-2344

 

BINDLE & KEEP: Bindle & Keep first expanded past men’s suits to meet a growing demand for suiting for transgender and female clients who wanted masculine pieces that still fit them in a flattering way. Since then, word has spread, and Bindle & Keep is a popular spot for all, thanks to their simple mastery of their craft. The bespoke service excels in giving women Savile Row-quality tailoring that keeps their exact silhouettes in mind, thanks to 3-D body forms and careful measuring. The pricing works in tiers depending on your fabrics, running from $795 to $1,695 and up. Best of all, Bindle & Keep’s tailors come to you—just tell them what address you prefer when you schedule your appointment.

Bindle & Keep has no physical location, but you can contact them via phone (917-740-5002), 

 

CENTURY 21: Yes, walking through Century 21’s flagship can be daunting. But there’s a reason the discount department store has become synonymous with designer deals and draws such crowds. And the good news is that there are other locations, so you can avoid that infamous Financial District location that seems to lure in tourists every day of the week. You’ll be glad you made the trek when you can complete your workwear wardrobe in one stylish shot. Century 21 still caters to those of us who want an assembled set, as opposed to concentrating on tailored separates. You’ll find classic blazer-and-trouser combos in flattering silhouettes, as well as variations like belted jackets and skirts in pop-bright colors from brands like Tahari and Nine West in the $100 range.

Century 21 has three locations in the city: 472 86th Street between 4th and 5th Avenyes in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn (718-748-3266, 22 Cortlandt Street between Church Street and Broadway in the Financial District (212-227-9092, and at 1972 Broadway between 66th and 67th Streets on the Upper West Side (212-518-2121

CBS PICKS

Alteration Specialists

89 Fifth Avenue

Suite 904

New York, NY 10003

(212) 929-0755

If the thought of standing in a makeshift room shielded by a shower curtain in the middle of your dry cleaners gives you the creeps, then Alteration Specialists are the tailors of your dreams. The folks here seek to combine extraordinary tailoring with an upscale, luxe experience—and the success of this philosophy shows in their client list, which includes Dior, Prada, and Jimmy Choo. The tailors handle menswear as well as women’s wear and bridal, and will also work with denim, leather, and all manner of garment hardware repair.

Beyond Bespoke

45 West 46th Street

2nd Floor

New York, NY 10036

(212) 918-1966

The 13 or so master tailors and seamstresses at Beyond Bespoke know their way around a bobbin and a button—after all, at the helm is Nick Torres, a tailor like his father and grandfather before him. He and his team privilege care over speed, thoughtfulness over rapidity, and specialize in fully or partially bespoke menswear in the Italian or English style (think blazers, tuxedos, and topcoats). Its sister studio, Beyond Bridal, handles—you guessed it—wedding dress alterations, promising a 30-day “Perfect-Fit Assurance,” where last-minute tweaks are done for free.

Chasing Tailor

240 Broadway

Suite 204

Brooklyn, NY 11211

(917) 566-1450

The main tailor, and owner, of Chasing Tailor is himself a wearer and collector of vintage, so you know you—and your, ahem, older garments—will be in good hands. Transforming “yesteryear-wear” into a new look is a specialty at this Brooklyn establishment, and the staff will work to help turn a dowdy, dusty dress into a spectacular pair of slacks. But new clothes are cheerfully dealt with too — both men’s and women’s — from polishing and primping, to hemming, trimming and shaping.

Dejavu Tailoring

223 East 60th Street

New York, NY 10022

(212) 355-6598

You’ve got a few options to get your goods to Dejavu Tailoring: you can bring them in and meet with their staff to discuss your vision and needs. Or, you can take advantage of the shop’s mail-in service, which lets you send your stuff through the post or via FedEx (there’s a required form that lets you indicate exactly what needs to be done.) Your garment will be returned to you shorter, wider, more form-fitted, or more fluid; in short, your clothes will fit exactly as you want.

The Tailoring Room

42 Clinton Street

New York, NY 10002

(212) 253-2031

The Tailoring Room blends creativity with expertise to ensure that your vision becomes a reality. No matter what you’re looking for, you and your request will be handled with good form and loads of cheer. You can get your jeans stitched, your dresses let out (to accommodate a baby bump), your pants resized, your buttons securely fastened, and the zipper on your favorite purse fixed once and for all. Prices are clearly marked, so you won’t be unpleasantly surprised to learn that the necessary mend(s) will cost more than the item did whenever you first purchased it.

Madame Paulette

1255 Second Ave.

New York, NY 10065

(347) 689-7010

The highly-skilled staff of artisans and craftsmen at Madame Paulette are adept at restoration of vintage and couture garments as well as fine European tailoring, alterations and hand laundering of delicate fabrics and intricate beading. Meticulous care is lovingly given to the restoration of wedding and bridesmaids gowns. Whether you wish to fully restore or simply repair that special garment of sentimental value, price quotes are available online.

LS Men’s Clothing

49 W. 45th St., 3rd fl.

New York, NY 10036

(212) 575-0933

Don’t let the name fool you. LS Men’s Clothing is the place to go for custom-made men’s or women’s pants that fit like a glove at an astonishingly low price. This family-run business is known for its affordable prices on American-made, custom clothing at prices comparable to any men’s store, including suits, tuxedos and formal wear. You may not have arrived in the corner office just yet, but your suit will say you did.

Saint Laurie

22 W. 32nd St.

New York, NY 10001

(212) 643-1916

The innovative team at Saint Laurie are committed to keeping creativity up and expenses down. Custom-made shirts and suits are locally-crafted in NYC, with a meticulous eye on detail and quality since 1913. Are his-and-hers power suits on the menu? Women’s suits are made-to-order with tender, loving care. Custom overcoats, vests and belts are also available.

La Rukico Tailors

152 E.48th St.

New York, NY 10017

(212) 832-0725

Led by tailor extraordinaire Mr. Kelly, La Rukico offers custom-made shirts, jackets, vests and other apparel handwoven and designed just for you.

Silhouettes & Profiles

160 W. 71st St.

New York, NY 10023

(212) 877-3372

The fashionistas at Silhouettes have an uncanny understanding of clothing, body type and anatomy. Exquisitely trained in the history of clothing and costumes, this restoration team can renew almost any precious item to its former glory. Need repairs on clothing somewhat less than museum worthy? Alterations as simple as new coat linings are handled with efficient professionalism. Your needs, style and requirements are the number one priority here, and no job is too big or too small.