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Looking for the best tailor in Melbourne for alteration services? Which tailor and alternation service should you choose? Who can you really trust to alter your clothes perfectly? Most of the tailors in Melbourne offers an array of professional alteration services, that is as said. But are they truly that professional?
Ever since I have been conscious about clothing that fits me, I have became very particular about how they are being altered. The sad reality is not all tailors in Melbourne are seem to be as perfect as they may be, after going through a painful experience with them. I have encountered some Melbourne tailors that do not even have an ideal eye to judge a simple alteration of a men’s suit, and by the end of the day I had to pay them for something they had completely ruined.
When it comes to clothing alteration, I have high expectations not in terms of just workmanship but also the fitting. This is because even though you maybe wearing a $5,000 off the rack Brioni suit that is made with the most wonderful material in Italy, a bad fit will make it look like a cheap suit from Target. I always believe that it pay’s to look sharp, and you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. Pardon me for being a big fuss about how a clothing should fit properly without being to look weird or out of proportion. Too small, too tight, too big, too baggy is not too good. The second thought one should consider is not just the fitting but also the value you are paying for. Honestly speaking, I’ve been literally ripped off countless times just because I was a young Asian student back then where I carried in leading designer label goods where some tailors over charge me for no reason, all because I brought them branded clothing. I will not name them here, but if you do not see the tailor’s name in the list below, it is best to avoid even if they are recommended by the luxury departmental stores or even luxury brands! That is how bad it can be, which I did not anticipate until I was victimized.
Through almost half a decade of clothing alterations in the beautiful city of Melbourne. I hereby highly recommend a list of Melbourne tailors that I have personally experience myself throughout years of trial and error, these are the very few tailors in Melbourne that everyone should go to. Look no further if you are as skeptical and particular as I am, the list below is promising, trust me.
BEST TAILORS AND ALTERATION SERVICES IN MELBOURNE
1. MENS HIGH-END LUXURY DESIGNER SUITS, JACKETS, BLAZERS. GO HERE
South Yarra Tailor
10/210 Toorak Road, South Yarra, Melbourne VIC 3141
Phone: (03) 9804 8290
The exact location is somewhere between 25-35 Chambers Street, tucked away at the corner of Toorak Road. It can be quite tricky to find, if you are not able to locate it do give the above phone number a call. Arthur Korderas remain in the same location till date, he is Ermeneglido Zegna’s official tailor for MTO in Melbourne. Arthur is the one of the best tailors for alteration of suits and jackets in Melbourne. You cannot find anyone better than his eye for detail and fitting judgement. He is a very experience tailor unlike anyone I have met throughout the years. Superb tailoring on suits and blazer fittings, this guy is amazing and I recommend him to everyone, if you bought an expensive suit and could not decide who to trust Arthur is the man you should only look for. I brought a few of my Ermenegildo Zegna, ZZegna, Armani Collezioni, Hugo Boss Black, Versace Collection suits and Balmain blazers here to alter, that is how much trust I have in Arthur! Pricing depends on the complexity of alteration, but Arthur’s charges are surprisingly very reasonable and he doesn’t rip me off, he is so sincere and honest. I would say give him a 10/10!
2. WANT TO SAVE SOME MONEY, CHEAPEST PRICE IN MELBOURNE WITH DECENT QUALITY ALTERATION. GO HERE
(Liverpool Street entrance) 8/50 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: (03) 9663 4477
Run by the Vietnamese, it has a very good word of mouth around the city and online forums. This place is great value for money, however do remember that you pay for what you get. Katrina’s Designs are highly reliable, I’ve tested out by sending a mix of mass and luxury label shirts here for a quick alteration but quality wise is standard not to be compared with Italian craftsmanship. This tailor shop is able to alter clothing at a high turnover rate due to the local demand, and sometimes the workmanship is not as good as one may expect. However, if you are not a fussy person who wants to save some moolah, why not? Prices are also negotiable like the Asian way of business if you bring a bundle of items for alteration, like 5-8 shirts or more.
3. QUICK TAILORING, A TAILOR THAT PUTS IN HEART AND SOUL TO UNDERSTAND A CUSTOMER, DECENT QUALITY AND MEET DEMANDS. GO HERE
Sam & Feys Tailor Alterations
8/800 Collins Street, Docklands VIC 3008
Phone: (03) 9621 2269
Husband and wife Sam and Feys runs this contemporary tailor shop adjacent to ANZ headquarters. Sam is a down to earth man who will try his very best to understand a complicated customer like me. He will think of his own ways to try to alter the clothing no matter how complicated the job can be. He is like a general tailor, who is good at shirts, trousers, and simple alterations. For jackets and suits alterations I would still recommend Arthur at South Yarra. This tailor would benefit those who is living or working around Docklands, easy access by trams from the city centre via Collins Street.
4. COMPLICATED ALTERATIONS, E.I. CHANEL CHAIN DETAIL JACKET, FANCY AND COMPLEX ITEMS GO HERE
M & E Clothing Alterations & Shoe Repairs
1/80 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: (03) 9650 2589
Prada’s official tailor in Melbourne, they would send all their clientele alteration here. Harrolds men’s departmental luxury store and Ralph Lauren highly recommended me to M&E. Generally M&E has a good word of mouth around the luxury labels on Collins Street, they are known for complex alterations on suits, blazers, dinner jackets and pants. They also offer services to fix and repair shoes. Pricing wise from my own experience are not relatively stable, and is subjective to the mood of the owner. I’ve been ripped off a couple of times here before to be honest. First time they wanted $25 to add darts at the back of a shirt, then when I brought a Givenchy shirt, they wanted $45, see what I mean? Lengthening blazer or jacket sleeves are $75, while the average tailor would charge $45. This place is expensive in my own opinion, but they are the only tailor how is willing to alter complex items like a Chanel Chained Tweeted Jacket, no other tailors in Melbourne would dare to touch it, only M&E would be willing to take in such a job. This complex alteration sets back $80, a pricey cost to pay depending on what labels you can justify to bring in.
5. CLASSIC STYLE, CLASSIC TAILOR FIT, RALPH LAUREN MELBOURNE OFFICIAL TAILOR. GO HERE
Uno’s Mode Shoe Repair Shop & Tailoring
Level 1/Suite3 24 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: (03) 9663 2745
This is Ralph Lauren’s official tailor in Melbourne, they have two stores in the central business district (CBD). Generally a very good tailor since Ralph Lauren uses them for clientele alterations.
6. HIGH END LUXURY TAILOR WITH VERY VERY GOOD REPUTATION IN MELBOURNE CITY. GO HERE
Level 3, 126 Russel St, Melbourne VIC 3000
This hard tailor to find, I could not even locate her details on the internet. I found her contact earlier through Styleforum.net via word of mouth. Anna is Kenzo’s official tailor in Melbourne, everyone tells me that she is known to be one of the best you can find. However her pricing is quite steep, I would only recommend sending in luxury labels for alteration if you do not want to risk other tailors handling it. Alternatively, look at the others on this list.
7. STANDARD PRICING, HONEST BIG GENERAL TAILORING COMPANY WITH HIGH QUALITY ALTERATION AS PROMISED, NO SHORT CUTS GOOD DEAL. GO HERE
Level 2 (near Stitches Petites), MYER Bourke Street Mall, 314-366 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000
Phone: (03) 9661 1376
You will be surprised how good LOOKSMART Alterations are despite being tucked away in a corner at MYER’s flagship departmental store in Melbourne. LOOKSMART Alterations is very promising tailor, standard list pricing and non rip off policy since it is base under a renowned Australian store. What I love most, it accepts EFTPOS unlike other tailors who are cash based only, and it’s inside a shopping mall. I had brought my first alteration here which was a $800 Givenchy shirt that had to be taken two size small from two sizes. The workmanship is superbly stunning like the original finish, they manage to replicate the exact seams unlike the other tailors who takes short cuts. I will always go here even for simple items alterations because of the workmanship.
Balmain Fall Winter 2012 is already available for preorder in some selected retail stores in Japan since early May 2012. Expected delivery dates are between July to October 2012.
Balmain Homme Fall Winter 2012 Nylon Jacket – Price ¥126,500 tax incl. ($1620)
Balmain Homme Fall Winter 2012 Death Toriod Denim – Price ¥60,800 tax incl. ($780)
Balmain Homme Fall Winter 2012 Leather Biker Denim – Price ¥126,580 tax incl. ($1625)
Balmain Homme Fall Winter 2012 Waxed Slim Fit Biker Denim – Price ¥90,700 tax incl. ($1165)
Balmain Homme Fall Winter 2012 Mateless Biker Denim – Price ¥75,750 tax incl. ($975)