Seamsters and Tailors
Campos & Campos
237 W. 14th St., nr. Seventh Ave. 212-989-7620; camposandcampos.com
For more than 25 years, clients have paid a premium for Apolo Campos to work on their blouses, suits, and dresses. The Mexican couturier covers all manner of alterations, from leather jackets to worn-out jeans, but he excels at working his touch on top-notch frocks from Gucci, Prada, Chanel, and Vera Wang.
At this Chelsea-area fixture, the proof is in the details: padded inserts, invisible hems, custom tailoring that’s fit to please. Prices upon request.
425 Madison Ave., nr. 48th St., Ste. 1903 212-582-3225; ducausa.com
This third-generation family business is a staple in tailored Italian menswear. Max Girombelli, owner of this New York atelier, can concoct debonair groomsmen’s suits by the bushel, accommodating the largest of parties.
They use the highest quality fabrics in the world—by Loro Piana, E. Zegna, and John G. Hardy—to customize shirts ($295 to $480), vests ($600 to $1,500), and tuxedos ($3,100 to $9,000). Stalwartly committed to service, these seamsters will visit a client’s home or office to take measurements.
8 Spring St., nr. Elizabeth St. 212-226-7030; duncanquinn.com
This hip designer makes smart men’s attire with British flair and a touch of whimsy. Bridal parties can find formal London wear on the rack starting at $1,950, custom-made suits—or “bespoke,” as the Brits say—are available from $3,500. For unique wedding attire to match the bride, DQ can tailor a tuxedo, shirt, and tie, made from fine English and Italian fabrics or custom-milled cloth. Grooms should expect a wait time of two to three months.
Dynasty Custom Tailors
6 E. 38th St., nr. Fifth Ave. 212-679-1075; dynastycustomtailor.com
Joseph Ting inherited the 35-year-old store from his father and now has eleven employees (all of them well-versed in current fashion trends). Brides who want a one-of-a-kind dress should expect at least a month between deciding on a design and bringing the dress home. Ting recommends coming in with pictures of necklines, sleeves, or hem details showing exactly what’s wanted. Custom dresses start at $550, though wedding gowns cost more. Alterations start at $65 for hem shortening and $85 for taking in the bust.
Ellen Canali of Ellen’s Couture
322 Columbus Ave., nr. 75th St. 212-496-8800; ellenscouture.com
Ellen Canali will design a wedding gown in any color (though she’s not the biggest fan of “sparkling white”). Her price includes the fabric—mostly silk organza or chiffon—hand-picked from the garment district’s B&J or Neon Fabrics. She prefers four to five months to sketch and devise bridal garb, but has spun out dresses in less than two weeks. Canali shares space with a dry cleaner, but with nine years of experience, this expert seamstress is undaunted by the chaotic scene. Her high-end handiwork also includes adding lace, appliqué, or beading to a store-bought dress. Dresses start at $1,800.
201 E. 61st St., nr. Third Ave., Ste. 1 212-751-6091; evadevecsery.com
Hungary-bred Eva Devecsery has a kind of Midas touch, turning sad, worn garments that clients deliver into rich, beautiful things. She mostly services the couture clothing of affluent New York City clients looking for the best fits. Her shop of sewing virtuosos will do fast turnarounds for hems, adjustments, and quick fixes. Or they’ll scour the corners of the city for the perfect swatch to make a dress seen in an old photograph. Prices start at $3,000.
237 W. 37th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 903 212-366-6965; guillermocouture.com
Brides who don’t trust in-house department-store tailors depend on Guillermo Molina and his posse to artfully duplicate haute couture. Molina, a trained patternmaker, creates edgy bridal gowns and tuxedos. His wedding dresses (from $3,500), in duchesse satin and lace (Chantilly, Alençon, or reembroidered), take eight to ten weeks. Tuxedos, such as his much-coveted one-button jackets with chocolate-brown satin lapels, take four to six weeks (from $2,800). For a minimum of $500, he makes house calls. “I don’t work with sizes,” he says, “I work with bodies.”
153 W. 27th St., nr. Sixth Ave. 212-253-9727
In her bright pink studio, Jean Kormos is a one-woman show making about twenty one-of-a-kind wedding dresses a year. She uses the couture technique (fitting a handmade muslin model on each bride before starting the dress) and works with brides who know exactly what they want. She encourages her clients to bring in magazine photos to show what they like and—more importantly—what they don’t like. For brides wearing an heirloom dress, Kormos can reconstruct the pointy bust of a sixties gown or alter necklines and raise hems. She doesn’t demand a six-month lead time, but the sooner clients start, the better. Handmade dresses range from $2,500 to $5,000; alterations start at $50.
1175 Lexington Ave., nr. 80th St. 212-861-2003
Davar Mandana began sewing at the age of 11, and his 50 years of experience make him an uptown favorite. “I can make everything but socks,” he says. He isn’t exaggerating. In one week, Mandana can make a wedding dress or bridesmaid dress ($2,000 to $5,000) to rival Reem Acra, as long as he’s shown a picture. They’ll track down the fabric a client wants or consult with them on best options. His staff of ten can also alter the bride’s Vera Wang or groom’s Brioni to absolute perfection. Tailoring runs $75 an hour.
From the Winter 2008 New York Wedding Guide