02/02/2014Alethia Nathan Alterations Plus
Ms. Alethia came highly recommended to me via the reputable Bridal Shop i purchased my bridal gown from. I wanted the train removed from the lace overlay and a new dress constructed to go under the lace, with bra cups. The overlay is beautiful, and in the seamless replacing of the lace you can't tell the dress was originally designed with a train. She also raised the neckline on the dress with the extra lace pieces from the train. Flawless.However. This dress was in two pieces, and I hired her to make the underpart of the dress, from the pattern of the old dress, in a color other than Ivory. The first time it was made it was way, way too small, and didn't even have straps so she had to pin makeshift straps on so that I was able to try it on. As the fitting went on she (Ms. Alethia) realized that the fabrics different, one woven and one knit, so the second fabric should have been cut significantly larger to accommodate the lack of stretch in the fabric. The second fitting went better, there were still pins in the dress, she adjusted the hemline. The third fitting was about the same, still a few pins, some adjustments were made on the fit, and there were still no bra cups in the dress. The lace was done at this time and was just beautiful.(Give or take) Three months later the final fitting, still no bra cups. When i commented about this, she insisted she did put the cups in. There was nothing in there. She pulled and adjusted the dress, made everything lay fairly straight, though the dress still bunched around my waist, when the overlay was on the lace hid this, and i also had plans to drop a few pounds before the wedding, and i figured it would fall correctly when those corrections were made. So we took it home. A few weeks after i came home with it i tried it on again. Before I even got the dress on, the strap popped. I zipped the dress and noticed that the zipper wouldn't lay flat no matter how i tugged or smoothed. Upon further inspection I discovered that the zipper was also crooked. My mother had to rip free about 7" of lining to get the zipper to lay flat. The dress also still bunched around the waist, even after slimming down. It was clearly not made for an hourglass figure. We were also looking at the seems when the stitching started to come out. Not the work I expected from a professional woman. I really wish at this point (one month and three weeks before my wedding) that my mother had taken on this task. As we are doing the majority of the work ourselves, we thought we could trust a highly recommended professional to deliver a quality product.
Daniel “Danny” Motorca is, in my mind, the best tailor in the world—bar none!There are many quote-unquote tailors who make proclamations but can never really back them up. Next thing you know, you’ve spent a whole bunch of money but have nothing to show for it. Believe me; I have tried a number of them and wasted literally thousands of dollars but now have nothing to show for it.The exact opposite has consistently been my experience with Danny:I started out allowing him to make me six custom shirts back in 2004, and our relationship has only grown from there. Today I own around 60; and, remarkably, my first shirts still look and fit as though they are practically new—not to mention the fact that I have gained some 50 pounds during that time.I have also had the privilege of having Danny make me seven pairs of pants and five vests since 2004. They all look and feel practically the same; and if you were to see me wearing any of my custom tailored clothing from the Tailor Shop, I would willingly challenge you to tell me whether they are now or not. My latest purchase from Danny has been a black suit (a first from the Tailor Shop), which turned out so nice that I am already dreaming about my next, …and my next, and …(you get the point!).To make a long story short, most of us only pray that we get what we pay for. But, realizing that quality costs—and it should—Danny has ALWAYS EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS. Not only that, quality lasts, as has everything I have ever purchased from the Tailor Shop. I would offer anyone who may be reading this review and trying to decide on a tailor this one challenge: Just let Danny make you a shirt, and it won’t be terribly long before you have ten.…and one other thing: His integrity and loyalty to his craft are second to none. I personally have witnessed his dealings with customers, some of whom will, no doubt, become his long-time friends.So, if you want honesty, quality, friendly service, and a lasting relationship with a TRUE PROFESSIONAL, Danny is your man.Again, he is the VERY BEST TAILOR in the world, or at least it seems that way. I will him (and you) every success!!Cb.
I work for a big corporation and Daniel has made suits for me and altered a lot of my clothes. He has done work for many people that I work with too. He is the BEST tailor in the U.S.!!! I don't appreciate when people try to bad-mouth someone, especially Daniel because he will do whatever it takes to make it right!!! To vgrigorios: You obviously have never had your clothes tailored before. If you did, you would realize that Daniel's work and prices are very reasonable. Actually, he undercharges compared with other tailor shops. To samjames: If you had a $2,300 jacket ruined, I think you would be a little more upset. By your comment, it doesn't seem as though that happened. You left no commet but "ruined my $2,300 jacket." What kind of jacket was that, a no label jacket? Daniel would do whatever he could to fix it and if he couldn't, he would replace it or make your a better one than you had to begin with!To rosiebetrue: Nothing in his shop is fake. He makes and sells high-end clothing, like Loro Piana and Dormeuil, which have been around since the 1800s. Loro Piana and Dormeuil only work with a handful of master tailors that are highly-qualified. These negative reviews upset me because I have known Daniel and his staff since he opened his doors and they are very honest and love what they do. Negative and worthless comments should be kept to yourself, especially when they are NOT true!I would highly recommend him to anyone!!! I drive almost an hour just to have him work on my clothes. THE BEST TAILOR EVER!
Best In ClassThe Tailor Shop is one of those hard-to-find gems in the Jacksonville area. They offer quality craftsmanship, in a timely and dependable manner. I've since altered close to a dozen jackets and blazers here and each and every time my expectations were better than expected. The owner, Daniel, is a very accommodating and knowledgeable man. He is precise and tailors to my prefences, down to the tiniest detail. Last year prior to a trip to San Francisco, The Tailor Shop modified 3 blazers (including shoulder alterations, which are arduous) with a short moments notice. They finished in time! I've never experienced a negative experience here. Top notch service in quality and customer service. Highest recommendation.
Daniel and theTailor Shop were recommended to me by my tailor at Barney's Men's Shop in NYC. I've taken all of my suits to the Tailor Shop (TOM FORD, Purple Label, and Hickey Freeman), and he has turned an expensive suit into an incredible suit each and every time. When he is done tailoring my clothes, they look like they were made just for me. Daniel is both personal and professional, and knows his clients. When people ask me to recommend a tailor, no doubt, Daniel. The Tailor Shop is the best!!!!!