Carmel Tailoring adds ready to wear

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Kay Zaidi of Carmel Tailoring.

Kay Zaidi of Carmel Tailoring.

By Mark Ambrogi

Carmel Tailoring has recently added ready to wear clothing to complete its selection.

“Some of my customers gave me the idea that it’s good to have ready to wear because then you have all the choices,”  said Kay Zaidi, who owns the store in the Carmel City Center. “Then the customer has a one-stop shop. They are all Italian, beautiful suits. We have three different fit styles in our store for all different body types. We have the slim fit suits and classic fit.”

The store already featured bespoke (in-house custom), made to measure clothing and alterations. The custom suiting is for men and women.

“When a customer walks in now they have all the choices,” Zaidi said.

Zaidi pointed out the store has  accessories such as ties and custom belts.”

“We take measurements of the body and we send it out to get it done,” Zaidi said. “The made to measure is less expensive than the in-house tailoring. When a customer walks in and his body is not difficult to fit, we offer him a made to measure program.”

Zaidi said she plans to add custom shoes in the spring.

“A lot of places don’t have custom shoes and for a lot of guys it’s hard for them to find shoes,” Zaidi said.

Zaidi, who was raised in Pakistan and her family is from India, has been in the tailoring business in the Indianapolis area for 20 years.

She moved her store to the Carmel City Center location (730 S. Range Line Rd.) two years ago from its previous location at 116th and Range Line Road. Zaidi previously owned a store on Allisonville Road but sold that and purchased Carmel Alterations in 2005 because she wanted to be in Carmel. Zaidi, who had worked at Carmel Alterations before launching her Allisonville Road store, decided to re-name it six years ago because she wanted the tailoring portion to be highlighted.

“I really like this location,” Zaidi said. “This building is beautiful and has a really good character. I like that the sign is visible from the street.”


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