Tailor Your Threads: Keep your Style Beautiful
We mentioned in our Men's Lifestyle Editor, Jon Rich's, first tuxedo series that Jon is known for his well-cut threads. Well, after some cajoling (maybe after a wine spritzer or two) we got him to reveal his secret. Read on our fashionistas/os.
Years ago, when I was just not quite feeling like myself, I figured out that by making my clothes more form fitting, I would drastically boost my self-esteem and raise my overall satisfaction with life. This seemed like a more feasible and attractive solution than eating an entire package of Oreos, but I just didn’t know where to go. Thankfully, my former roommate/carb counselor, Adam, knocked my Oreos to the floor (some of which I ate pursuant to the Twenty Minute Rule) and suggested that I visit a boutique, tailor shop on the Lower East Side that he had been frequenting based on word-of-mouth from well-dressed New Yorkers. I hesitated at first because I was a little frightened to see what the Lower East Side would actually look like in daylight, but then I found the only tailor I would use for the next 5 years: The Orchard Tailor Services (hereinafter, “The Orchard Street Tailor”).
As many of us New Yorkers are aware, searching for a tailor in the city, especially on the Lower East Side, can be overwhelming. Just a quick visit to Yelp reveals that in and around that neighborhood alone, there are over 150 tailor shops. That’s not nearly as many shady bars in which you can Instagram yourself ironically pounding a PBR tall-boy [Translation for our non-Manhattan readers: a huge beer]. But still, that’s a lot. This can be a problem because a good tailor can make or break your wardrobe. Not only can fine tailoring make your latest clothing purchases look their best on you, but it can also save you a boatload of money. You can have your older clothes tailored/modernized rather than tossing them out simply because they might not fit the way they used to. My suggestion: throw on your all-black hoodie and make a trip down to The Orchard Street Tailor.
Opened in 2006 by brothers and master-tailors, Placido and Chris Fabian and with a full-time staff of five, top-tier seamsters and seamstresses, the Orchard Street Tailor has been providing top-quality and fairly priced tailoring for nearly a decade. The shop is not only known to New Yorkers, but ladies and gents travel from far and wide to make their skinny jeans skinnier, their bridesmaids’ dresses more fabulous and their leather jackets "less older Marlon Brando" and more, well, "younger Marlon Brando". In fact, with its location on the bustling corner of Orchard and Rivington streets, Placido, Chris and company, help roughly 80 folks per day to look their very best.
Did I mention the place is wallet-friendly? I did. Hemming pants starts at $7, letting in or taking out the waist of your pants will only cost $10, taking in or letting out shirts is between $12-$15, and altering suit jackets will run you between $25-$45. If you want your dress altered for wedding season, the Fabian brothers will make laser-like alterations starting as low as $8 and up to $200. Remember though, prices will always vary depending on many aspects of the garment, but for starting prices, these are as fair as they come. Not only are the prices nice to your wallet, but as regulars can tell you, these guys are pretty fast. If it’s not too busy, they might be able to make the alterations you want in 1-2 hours. Plus, the Lower East Side is far from the worst place to hang around on a nice Saturday afternoon.
On that note, if you’re still reading this far (thanks!) and need another reason to make your first trip down to the Orchard Street Tailor, ask for Chris and mention that you saw my masterfully-written article on In the Midfield. You will get 5% off your first bill. You heard me, folks. Now get going!
Finally, my very first In the Midfield insider’s tip: when you get your ticket after dropping off clothes for alteration, make sure you hang onto it and call at least a day or two before your pick-up to re-confirm when your items will be ready. Like I said, The Orchard Street Tailor is very busy, so confirm, confirm, confirm! When you pick up your order, you’ll be looking your best in no time.
The Orchard Tailor Services
145 Orchard St
Located between Rivington St. & Stanton St.
Nearest subway stop(s): F Train
*Always keep your ticket and confirm your order pick-up date!
Jon Rich is In the Midfield's Men's Lifestyle Editor. He is also a practicing attorney in NYC.