Though the FIT grad cut his teeth toiling for Michael Kors and Kenneth Cole, Kamaal Kadri learned the most about his trade from his father, who was a tailor for the British Raj. Fittings take place in the Garment District at Mood Fabrics, where clients can select the fabric directly from a ream of cloth in the traditional manner. Kadri sketches the desired garment and sends it to a small team in India, where an estimated 10,000 stitches and 40 hours of work are poured into the handcrafted suit ($1,500–$2,500). Kadri is big on details, and it shows: Suits are lined with pure silk and horsehair canvas, and trimmed with smoked-horn, mother of pearl buttons and silk-thread buttonholes. Such fastidious care makes it worth the wait of up to eight weeks.
|Venue name:||Kamaal Kadri|
327 W 30th St
|Cross street:||Eighth amd Ninth Aves|
|Opening hours:||by appointment only|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 to 34th St–Penn Station|