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Silhouette Tailoring

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on March 23, 2012

Silhouette Tailoring TorontoSilhouette Tailoring is attempting to revive the bespoke from its little shop in Riverdale.

While the practice may be slightly dated, Nasir Naebkhil is doing all he can to give the art a fresh new go. With a nod to the past through an old Singer table displayed in the window, Nasir is hoping he can appeal to younger clientele who can surely learn to appreciate the aesthetic benefits of made-to-measure.

Silhouette TailoringMy limited patience and general nonchalance to daily dress renders me a typical off-the-rack-type shopper, but Nasir makes a good sell for why custom clothing, especially for special occasions, can be a viable option. And it's not as expensive as you might think.

"It depends, but I can make most pants for $130 to $200, and shirts for about the same; $120 to $180," Nasir says. "Especially if you bring me the fabric that you choose, you can get exactly what you want, made perfectly to fit you."

Silhouette TailoringHe shows me one of his customer's requests; a pair of grey tweed drop-crotch trousers. The crotch looks like it would practically land at the knee, but I guess the runway-inspired customer is always right, huh?

Silhouette TailoringNasir tells me he got his artistic start at a young age as one of seven children with several creative, entrepreneurial-types to look up to. He was born in Kabul, later moved to Islamabad with his family, and then settled in Toronto about 12 years ago. Having studied design before moving to Canada, he resolved to launch his own business after finding the right neighbourhood. He looked at Yonge and Eglinton and High Park, but decided that Riverdale, especially, was in need of a skilled tailor.

"There's a dry cleaner across the street," he points out. "But they don't really do alterations." Indeed, most of the tailors around the city offer alterations simply as part and parcel of their dry cleaning business, and few specialize in custom creation. Or women's clothing, Nasir adds.

Silhouette TailoringHe's particularly fond of designing for women, and even offers a select few items ready to go off a small rack by the front of the store. He shows off a very Mad Men-esque cherry red cocktail dress ($95), and a cute sateen skirt with a front-affixed bow for $45. "I've already had a few requests for this one," he says, as he returns the skirt to the rack. "Women seem to like it."

The only thing that Nasir doesn't do at the moment is custom suits, largely because he's a one-man operation and the project can get quite expensive. "I try to keep my prices standard," he says. "Hems for $12, that sort of thing." The cost for a custom dress or garment obviously depends on a variety of factors, and it's best to meet with Nasir for a consultation.

Silhouette TailoringBut proof of his creative prowess requires just a glimpse of his stylishly designed shop, and you can check on his seams via a quick inspection of the garments he has on offer. If you ask Silhouette, it seems bespoke is headed for its second wind.

Silhouette TailoringPhotos by Mauricio Calero

Discussion

20 Comments

limpsy_impsy / March 23, 2012 at 09:55 am
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Nice article, but bespoke and made-to-measure are not interchangeable as the author seems to suggest. Bespoke is not the same thing as MTM!

At the price point of their pants and shirts, I can only imagine what kind of shortcuts this tailor is making!
Lacy / March 23, 2012 at 12:40 pm
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Nasir made me jacket shortly after opening. I love it and have gotten many, many compliments on it. The whole process didn't take very long and it was also wonderful to work with Nasir! I would recommend Silhouette Tailoring to anyone!
Kim / March 23, 2012 at 12:46 pm
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Nasir has been altering my apparel for more than two years, and I've always been impressed! He is very skilled at his craft and pays exceptional attention to detail.
chris / March 23, 2012 at 01:40 pm
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I had Nasir design a piece for me last year and was very pleased by his craftmanship and his reasonable pricing. I'm so glad to see his store getting some recognition here.
Diana / March 23, 2012 at 01:53 pm
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Nasir has been altering my clothes for sometime, and he made my wedding dress as well. He did a fabulous job with the dress... I found a design I loved on the internet and he made it exactly how I wanted it; he definitely helped make me a very happy bride! I also own some of his original dresses, and they are absolutely stunning! I would recommend Nasir for any alterations or made to measure work. He's a lovely man to work with and is always eager to please.
Welshgrrl / March 23, 2012 at 02:15 pm
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Can Nasir alter leather/suede items? I have a leather jacket which I absolutely adore but need altered (lost weight and its now huge on me), just curious
Ryan replying to a comment from limpsy_impsy / March 23, 2012 at 03:25 pm
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@limpsy_impsy - I believe the prices listed are exclusive of fabric costs, and from my personal experience using Silhouette's services since they've opened, there is no skimping or shortcuts.

I've handled a fair share of clothing in my life, and Nasir's work is meticulous and top-notch. We all have different standards though, so please try the service for yourself before making assumptions.
limpsy_impsy / March 23, 2012 at 03:40 pm
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Wow! Nasir, are you masquerading as Lacy (12:40pm), Kim (12:46pm), chris (1:40pm), and Diana (1:53pm)?! lol

And, Ryan, you're right. I should check him out first.
Rachel / March 23, 2012 at 05:51 pm
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The shop looks great! Welcome to the neighbourhood Nasir!
MrsPotato / March 23, 2012 at 07:54 pm
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weird/creepy (positive) comments ...
feel really fake.


limpsy_impsy: totally agree.
Sewer Sam / March 23, 2012 at 07:59 pm
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His pricing is abnormally low,

I will be visiting his store, and flipping his garments inside out to have a good inspection of the seams, and how they were assembled. *will report back, here, and on yelp.ca
Ryan / March 23, 2012 at 08:56 pm
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Isn't it easy to throw around accusations whilst sitting in your jammies at home...why not follow a logical approach and see for yourself?
nicole / March 23, 2012 at 09:19 pm
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We are thrilled to have Nasir in our neighbourhood, and I absolute love the feel of his store! We dropped off 6-7 pieces to be altered, and we are pleased with his work, and the turn around time of one week. I stopped by today, and waited with my dog for one piece to be repaired. I plan to get a dress designed from him as well for my next trip south.
Brad / March 26, 2012 at 11:47 am
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What an amazing shop Nasir! Beautiful!
Timothy / March 26, 2012 at 05:38 pm
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I have known Nasir for several years, and he has made trousers and a shirt for me, as well as numerous alterations.
His skill is amazing and the quality top-notch. If his prices seem low, it's only because he is so self-effacing and has yet to "get" how talented he really is.
Donna / June 8, 2012 at 10:12 am
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Why are some people so suspicious and unsupportive of new business. As if you could do better!
I can't wait to check this tailor out for myself.
qaiser / July 23, 2012 at 03:39 pm
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Hy tailor
I am ok and you?
I also a tailors making suits and band uniform


good by
Trishna / August 31, 2012 at 01:50 pm
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I have been a client of Naseer for the last 4 months and I am very very happy. He is young with fresh ideas and open to experimentation while being very dedicated to bespoke clothing and the art of fine dressing.

After performing some customizations to ready to wear clothing for me, Naseer has just delivered me my first custom designed and custom made skirt. It is absolutely beautiful and fits me like a dream. I have a fall-winter wardrobe planned already which we will execute together this year. Here's to a stylish future!
albert / July 19, 2013 at 02:20 am
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Tailoring is an art; everyone can get benefits from it. Getting practice from expert is an added advantage to become effective tailor.. creating fashionable, stylish clothes which can suites individuals body size well is an more toughest technique
J T / April 21, 2014 at 09:10 pm
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NOT recommended.

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