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Alteration Services

We are closing our retail alterations department. Going forward, alteration services are only offered to clients of Top Shelf custom products. This is a change from the past. We are also no longer able to accept women’s alterations.

We can recommend three different tailoring shops for competent tailoring owned by women we have known for decades and do good work.

Irina’s Stitch in Time specialized in dressmaking and alterations.The owners name is Irina Boiar. She is a very experienced Russian trained seamstress, capable of doing almost anything that is humanly possible, and is also a sparking personality to deal with. She is located almost directly across the street from Top Shelf. Her address is: 3021 Lyndale Ave S., Mpls, MN 55408 /612-822-4744

Tailors on Blake is run by Sharon Terry, who is an alumni of Top Shelf, trained at one of the best tailoring schools in the state, and has owned Tailors on Blake for 30 years. Besides specializing in alterations, she also does monogramming.

Her address is: 5706 W. 36th St., St.Louis Park, MN 55406 /952-933-6585

Sew Biz is another good alternative for tailoring services that accepts women’s alterations. Owned by Laurine Lewis, another Top Shelf alum, she has been in business since 1983, does high quality work and has recently moved to a new location at 706 2nd Ave S, Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis 55402 / 612-332-6364


Top Shelf’s clientele has come to expect our help in coordinating and integrating high quality neckwear with the beautiful custom suits and shirts we create. Despite our small size, we have developed an almost cult-like following for our distinctive tie lines, which often fly in the face of mass-market department style offerings.

We are very proud of our representation of the limited edition concepts of the following:

Neckwear, Hosiery, Shoes, Belts, Cufflinks, Watches, Formal Wear Accessories, Magnetic Collar Stays, Suit and Pant Hangers


Tino Cosma
Founded in 1946 by Vittorio Cosma, and taken over in 1968 by his oldest son, Tino, the company started by using fabric that was originally intended for tablecloths, and turned it into ties. The ties were then delivered by bicycles. From these humble origins, the company has evolved into a global presence, with 3 flagship stores, Milan, Naples and New York. The ties have always had a loyal following for the exclusivity of their patterns. Cut in one central location in Motta de Livenza. IT, every tie is labeled with the name of the master tie maker who has hand-sewed the cravatte.

Mila Schon
Mila Schon is now an exclusive brand found in North America only at Top Shelf.       Her designs have re-emerged with a freshness that has been a signature of her Milanese design career over the last 40 years. Her signature statement is to maintain printed silk borders around the edges of her ties which define the patterns and frame the knot of the ties in a most unique statement.

Paolo Albizatti
In our return to retro narrow tie widths, the return of the square bottom “rooster” ties has many old clients scratching their heads. “Why did I ever throw those away?” they moan. But make no mistake, whether in wool or silk, the distinctiveness of these ties seem fresh again, and for most clients under the age of 30, these ties are a new pheonomena to be enjoyed all over again. In addition to the “roosters” Galliani has invigorated the tie market with many fetching plaids in wool, cashmere and silk blends.

Zegna, Holland and Sherry, Dormeuil, Leonard of Paris
From each of these brands, we have very selectively picked assortments of what we consider our CEO collections. Most of these ties are created with very conservative and dressy colors and patterns well suited to the boardroom. They are simply designed to be rich and understated. The Leonard of Paris prints are world famous for the artistry of design in conversational prints.

Sweaters by Lorenzoni and Piacenzo.

We carry a unique collection of cashmere  and wool sweaters in varying plys, from 4 ply cashmere donegals, to resort color single-ply waterproof cashmeres. We have sweatshirt styled cashmeres, full length zip fronts, and a range of resort cotton sweaters by Piacenzo, as well as silk and cotton blends from Tulliani.