Ever wished you could tweak a pair of jeans, or add some bad ass badges on your denim jacket? Putting your own signature touch on your jeans is super easy with Levi’s Tailor Shop located right in Melbourne Central on level 2. The store does alterations, embroidery and customisation of jackets, jeans or any other Levi’s items as per the customers desires.
If you drop by, Anthony is the very talented tailor who will help you achieve the Levi’s of your dreams. He just recently customised my jeans, and I’ve been getting compliments ever since!
I asked him all there is to know about being a tailor.
How long have you been a tailor? Tell us your background deets!
I've been a denim tailor in some way, shape or form for about 5 years. I have worn denim my whole life and it grew into an obsession (as it does for so many), my creative outlet and now I'm lucky enough to call it my job.
How long can it take to customise a piece?
Some things can be done very quickly. Things like basic distressing, ie knee slashes, can be done while you wait (if it's a quiet day) but other things such as custom embroidery can take hours and usually won't be ready same day.
The coolest customisation?
Hard to say! Ha! I did a pair of LVC (Levi's® Vintage Clothing) 1944 501® for a legend when I was in Malaysia last year that were quite memorable. He wanted this fabric with a Japanese inspired print covering the entire right leg. They turned out great!
Another one that stands out for me is a Trucker Jacket I did recently. Hard to really describe it but it had paneling on the back that was made of a heap of layered trims with twisted strips of denim, beading and coins, this red velveteen I hand dyed plus denim fringes and tassels. Sounds hectic but a great piece.
What can Levi's lovers get done?
Well, theres vintage patches which some may have run their mits through at our pop up Tailor Shop at Splendor or BluesFest. Distressing is popular for those who spot a great pair of vintage Levi's® and want the age without doing the time.
We have a vintage chainstitch embroidery machine which does beautiful classic embroidery.
A heap of other options too such as lining trucker jackets, paneling, studding and I'm open to ideas too.
Oh! We have a tapering service, hemming and offer repairs too.
Why get customised?
It can often be difficult to find exactly what you want, so if you like the wash on one pair of 501® but like the distress on another. They can bring the two together. People sometimes want something that's a little personal so will come in with an idea and we'll work together to get it happening.
Plus it's a bit of fun really :)
Special thanks to Anthony & Levi's.
Here is what Anthony created for me!