I get most of my dress clothes custom tailor made, which is great if you can afford to do so, since a custom made garment fitted just for you will fit much better than any off the rack clothing. I decided to give LNC tailor a try with a few pairs of pants and a cashmere blazer, so I purchased the fabric at discount prices from Tip Top fabrics in Greenpoint and brought it to LNC to see what they could do. \r
First, the jacket. My particular jacket took nearly a month to make, during which I made several visits to the shop at various stages of construction. Throughout these visits I took note of the quality of construction of the garment, which was very high. The jacket was fully canvassed, meaning that the interlining was manually sewn to the fabric, rather than fused, which is essentially glued. While one might argue about the virtues of full canvas vs. fusing, there is no question that a fully canvasses construction takes considerably longer to do and is far more labor intensive. The shoulders are of the ""roped"" variety, also indicative of high quality construction. For an additional $50, I had him create working buttonholes on the sleeve as well. The amount of work required to create these buttonholes far exceeds the $50 it costs me to have them put in; again, the quality of workmanship here in relation to the price paid was very good.\r
Throughout the process, I was able to tell the tailor exactly how I wanted the jacket to look. The tailor was extremely receptive to all my feedback, for example, the cut and silhouette of the jacket, the placement of the armholes, custom buttons (if desired), placement of buttons, length of sleeves and overall coat, etc etc. The end result was a garment that fit me superbly and was created in the manner I had requested. As I recall, the labor for this garment cost approximately $500. Depending on the quality of fabric you choose, a blazer might run upwards of $600-700, which is a fraction of the cost you might pay at a high end store such as Ralph Lauren or Barneys. Same style, better construction, and cheaper. if you are planning on spending more than $600 on a blazer of $800 for a suit, having it custom tailored for you at LNC is a no brainer. The quality and attention to detail exceeded all my expectations, and I have since gone back there to have several pairs of pants made, which were also of excellent quality. Highly recommended.
Pros: Very fair prices, excellent workmanship