- Against Nature Atelier
159 Chrystie St., nr. Delancey St.; 212-228-4552
There’s no shortage of qualified tailors in New York. But not all of them will sketch a suit in front of you to your exact specifications. F.I.T. alum Amber Doyle and her partner, Jake Mueser, are meticulous tailors and collaborative designers, forgoing premade patterns to create suits from scratch (starting at a comparatively reasonable $2,500; about six weeks). Recent clients have asked for looks varying from “sleek with invisible seams” to “angular coattail and Victorian details.” There are thousands of fabrics to choose from, including Super 100 wools, cashmere, mohair, and silk; sourced suppliers include Dormeuil in Italy and Holland & Sherry in England. There’s even an in-house metalsmith if you want to order custom cuff links.
Best Custom Suits
From the 2010 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).