Saturday, February 04, 2012

Mystery bespoke Los Angeles tailor

Thanks to a tip by a contact in the apparel trade, I got in touch with a tailor currently located in Hollywood but who originally had a shop in Beverly Hills. Let's call him Mario. Now he works out of a converted garage behind his home serving as his workshop. He is originally from the Basilicata region in Italy, next to Calabria.

From what I saw he cuts a straight shoulder but also appears to be flexible. For example, he showed a jacket with rounded jacket fronts, which a customer requested and is de rigueur on Styleforum, as well as a more traditional jacket front. Although he doesn't do manica camicia, he showed a soft open seam shoulder jacket.


Most of his clients order from books but he is open to CMT which is priced by removing the estimated fabric cost. Hence a CMT sports jacket is priced very favorably, more comparable to MTM pricing in the US.

To my pleasant surprise, I saw a picture of one of his customers on the wall - a talented, prize winning concert pianist who also happens to be a friend of mine. I was surprised because I did not know he was a customer. When I asked my friend about it later, he said Mario made the best fitting dinner jackets and formal tailcoats (white tie) out of all the tailors he tried.

Mario was expecting a customer when I visited so I didn't have time to clarify my next point, which is that he appeared to be semi-retired or limiting his work to existing clientele and referrals. Hence my caution about publicizing him without his consent.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

What is the tailor's name and contact information

Thanks, Michael Ay329

sundeep said...

I second the question - would you be so kind as to share the name and contact info?

How does he compare to another of your LA faves - Enzo Caruso?

sleevehead said...

Gents, it took some effort tracking him down and I'm not sure even if he wants to take on more customers, as I describe above. Let me see what I can find out but I can't promise anything.

Anonymous said...

I third the rerquest for contact info

Anonymous said...

Here's the contact information:

Mario Fabbrocino Custom Tailoring
323-668-0898

sleevehead said...

I suppose it's a folly to keep a secret in the age of the internet.

Having said that gentlemen, let's treat this opportunity prudently. As I said, do not be disappointed if Mario is difficult to reach or turns down new clients. Good luck!

unitedstyle said...

Outstanding blog.

I saw Mario a few days ago at the LA screening for O'Mast. He proved to be quite a character during the Q&A session with the director.

foxtooth said...

Aha! That's where I know him from! Yes, Mario was a riot at O'Mast. I felt as though he had leapt off the screen.