#10. Hire the Best Help
Tailors, barbers, and bootblacks to put on speed dial—most make desk-side calls, so you'll never have to blow a lunch hour again.
TAILOR: Tailor's Touch
Since 1990, this Gold Coast mainstay has been altering suits (working buttonholes are a specialty) and jeans alike. Be sure to ask for head tailor Raymond Vasquez.
BARBER: Miguel Betancourt
Born into a family of stylists, Betancourt picked up a pair of scissors at 13 and has found his niche offering on-call services for the guy with a demanding schedule—making himself available 24 hours a day.
SHOESHINE: Altman's Shoes for Men
An institution for businessmen in the Loop in need of a quick shine.
TAILOR: Orlando Morales,
The Tailor Shop Dallas
A former alterations manager at the Barneys New York Dallas outpost, Morales counts boutiques like Alexander McQueen and hotels including The Joule as clients.
BARBER: Osgood-O'Neil Salon
With three locations citywide, this salon empire is manned by 18 stylists (some of whom have prepped clients for Good Morning America and New York Fashion Week), which means you can usually get an appointment a day in advance.
SHOESHINE: Deno's of Highland Park
In addition to shining or repairing your kicks, the shop also works on small bags and belts.
TAILOR: Paragon Cleaners
Owner Taline Mazlemian's family has been in the business for almost half a century; regulars include the Los Angeles Opera and the vintage boutique What Goes Around Comes Around.
BARBER: Hair Room Service by Michael Dueñas
The stylists at Hair Room Service offer a full slate of treatments, including beard trims and light facials. They've even spiffed up celebs like Adrian Grenier and Aaron Paul. Bonus: They're on-call after hours.
SHOESHINE: Shoe Lab
This Beverly Hills spot is known for its resoling skills on designer shoes.
NEW YORK CITY
TAILOR: Wilfredo Rosario,
Request a fitting with Wilfredo himself, who learned the trade from his father and older brothers as a kid. He regularly makes alterations for Helmut Lang and Costume National and often leaves the shop to provide services for A-listers like Will Smith and Denzel Washington.
BARBER: Marcos "Reggae" Smith
Marcos (Reggae to his friends) has groomed models and cut hair for Usher, Jason Derulo, and top execs at Atlantic Records but extends the VIP treatment to all his clients.
SHOESHINE: Leather Spa
It regularly takes on repairs for Gucci, Fendi, and some of the Big Apple's most demanding clientele.
TAILOR: Hamza Simrick
If you want the best, call the man who wrote the book on tailoring—literally. Simrick is the author of The Art of Tailoring, and with stints on Savile Row and at Burberry under his belt, he knows how a suit should fit.
BARBER: Luigi Parasmo, Luigi Parasmo Salon
After 32 years in the business (with Armani, Valentino, and Milan Fashion Week on his résumé), Parasmo recently opened his eponymous salon in Georgetown, but Beltway insiders know the pro gives the finest in-office cuts in town.
SHOESHINE: Union Station Shoe Shine
Back when he was a senator, Joe Biden was a regular. If you don't have time to leave the building, avail yourself of its pickup and delivery service.
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