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La Rukico Tailors

Opening Hours
Today: 11am–6pm
Wed:
11am–6pm
Thurs:
11am–6pm
Fri:
11am–6pm
Sat:
11am–5pm
Sun:
Closed
Mon:
11am–6pm
Location
152 East 48th Street
La Rukico Tailors 1 Family Owned Mens Clothing Tailors Midtown Midtown East Turtle Bay

While predominately an online venture, La Rukico Tailors has its headquarters on the east side of 48th, within close proximity of many corporate offices. It was here that I was able to get a behind the scenes look at this impressive father and son operation.

The owner, Kelly La Rukico, considers himself "a cloth merchant instead of a tailor." He does not do the sewing himself but rather "takes measurements, purchases the fabric and arranges for the custom production in Hong Kong." By ordering the fabrics abroad in bulk, and having the manufacturing done overseas, La Rukico manages to produce less expensive, custom-made quality suits for his clients. "I've never sewn a button in my life!" he shared, "I only stock the fabric and organize the transaction."

The La Rukico family has a long history in the trade. In addition to the son who currently works by his side, Kelly's father and grandfather were both cloth merchants before him. And, although Kelly initially came to America from India in 1968 to study chemistry, he ultimately decided to return to the family trade - only now in Manhattan. "I wanted to be my own boss," La Rukico said, "I wouldn't have been able to manage my own hours if I had continued with chemistry."

Opening his first shop in the Lexington Hotel in 1972, Kelly La Rukico described the pleasure of being in the industry and neighborhood for so long. "We have many repeat clients coming in, and many of my original customers have started to bring their children to me, hoping I can get them the look they desire." When I asked him what makes people return year after year for new suits, he laughed and said, "You don't change your doctor, you don't change your dentist, so why should you change your tailor?"

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La Rukico Tailors 1 Family Owned Mens Clothing Tailors Midtown Midtown East Turtle Bay
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