As much as we enjoy visiting our trusted tailor, wouldn?t it be nice to find clothes that don?t require alterations to fit properly?
Master seamstress Jussara Lee knows the value of garments that fit just right. The veteran designer--who?s been making bespoke collections for 20 years--just opened a small boutique and atelier in the West Village where clients can request custom suits, shirts and bridal designs.
Lee, whose label has been carried by Barneys and Bergdorf?s, emphasizes proportion and a precise fit in her handmade clothing. Her pieces are understated but elegant, harking back to the traditional craftsmanship of old-world dressmakers.
Call ahead to schedule an appointment: Lee will take measurements, help you select a fabric and create a pattern for a hand-tailored jacket ($2,100 to $2,500), trousers ($700), fitted shirt ($270) or skirt ($600). Pieces take approximately five weeks to create.
Although her shop caters to a custom crowd, it?s stocked with Lee?s ready-to-wear cashmere shrugs ($1,600), cropped tuxedo jackets ($1,200) and hand-dyed silk dresses ($700). Adorable handbags from accessories designer Holly Caldwell are also up for grabs.
We?re eager to see how these designs measure up to the rest of our wardrobe.
Jussara Lee, 60 Bedford St. (at Morton St.); 212-242-4128 or jussaralee.com