Having your tailor’s number on speed dial can be a lifesaver when facing an alterations conundrum. The relationship between dressmaker and customer should be virtually seamless, especially when you have the best tailor in town.
Mina Design & Tailoring
128 N Swall Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Hours: By appointment only
With a diva client list including Barbra Streisand, Cher, Lindsay Lohan, Sharon Osbourne, Paula Abdul and Christina Aguilera, it is no wonder Mina Design & Tailoring is the most sought-after hot spot for wedding dresses and alterations. To respect the privacy of its high-profile clientele, Mina’s services are by appointment only. But don’t be put off by the Hollywood roster, this tailor shop has a wide price range that can accomodate every budget.
Eddie’s Tailor Shop
115 E 8th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Hours: Mon to Sat — 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Owned by Eddie and his family for more than 20 years, Eddie’s Tailor Shop gives customers their money’s worth with his expertise and tailoring advice. With a background in fashion and design, Eddie offers detailed work on both your new clothes that need that extra stitch to fit perfectly and your existing wardrobe that may need some mending. The best part about being a client is the expert advice Eddie gives on buying a suit, how to bargain shop and still find something that fits, online shopping and the best places to purchase quality-made clothing.
International Custom Tailors
12075 Ventura Place
Studio City, CA 91604
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat – 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Owned and operated by a husband and wife duo, International Custom Tailors is one of the Valley’s best-kept secrets. The shop specializes in what their customers need – basic alterations, custom suits and studio wardrobes. Since the 1970s, International Custom Tailors has offered clients competitive pricing, high-quality craftsmanship and a friendly staff to work with. This spot is worth the trek from West LA.
11702 San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Hours: Mon to Fri – 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Providing expert laundry and custom tailoring services since 1947, Fazio Cleaners offers customers a variety of options including pick up and drop off options and same-day services. The tailor team at the Brentwood location has seen it all – from suit alterations and basic hemming to school uniforms and Bat Mitzvah dream dresses. All tailoring is done on location.
Sterling Fine Cleaning
1600 Westwood Blvd.
Westwood, California 90035
Hours: Mon to Fri – 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sterling Fine Cleaning is well known for its couture alteration services. The tailoring shop’s team of experts provide clients with made-to-measure bridal gowns, alterations for suede and leather and replacement of delicate beads, sequins and crystals as well as the European hemming technique used to alter your favorite designer jeans. In addition, Sterling’s tailors specialize in French reweaving, a sewing technique that invisibly repairs garments.
Jennifer Geisman is a freelance writer and faithful beauty junkie living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.