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Have a burning shopping-related question that no one else can seem to answer? Drop us a line and we'll give it a shot. Today's question comes from Alex, who contacted us via e-mail.
Q: I remember reading somewhere, possibly here, about some people doing great custom-tailored suits here in LA. They looked incredible—great modern and retro styles, you could choose the fabric, and they'd meet to take your measurements. Anyway, I thought I bookmarked their page, but I guess I didn't. Does anyone at Racked know what I'm talking about?
A: Well, Alex, our first thought was Duncan Quinn, but they actually closed down their Melrose shop a few weeks ago and we're not sure if they're coming back (UPDATED: The shop is rumored to be re-opening on W 3rd Street next month, although it hasn't been confirmed by the company). So we forwarded your query on to menswear expert Jonathan Kanarek , owner of Los Feliz's Jake Vintage, in hopes that he could provide some alternatives. In our opinion, Jake's vast selection of vintage suits from the 1940s-'60s would be a great fit for what you're describing—retro cuts and classic fabrics, all of which can be tailored to fit— but Jonathan had some other suggestions for you as well.
The tailor I have been working with is Fitwel Custom Clothiers in Studio City...Fitwel is a bespoke suit and shirt maker so they know every aspect of suiting from the floor up. If I need a pair of "Hollywood waisted" baggy gabardine trousers from the 40's taken in or shortened, they remain a 40's style baggy gabardine trouser. On the Bespoke side, Danny runs the show! I have had many pieces custom made for me as have some of my clients after seeing the beautiful job done on the tailoring side.
I also thought I'd share some contemporary brands that have a deep and rich history in the world of bespoke tailoring. Today, firms like Alfred Dunhill of London and Turnbull & Asser both hold the mantle whilst carrying the sartorial torch for a new generation of men. As far as contemporary designers, both Paul Smith and Duncan Quinn provide bespoke services for a limited group of men.
Alex, we hope that helped—and, of course, if anyone else has suggestions, take them to the comments!
· Jake Vintage [Official Site]
· Fitwel Custom Clothiers [Official Site]
· Word of a Mid-August Duncan Quinn Opening [Blackburn & Sweetzer]