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Dashnor “Dino” Begaj has over 40 years of experience as a couturier in the fashion industry, working with iconic brands such as Tom Ford and Giorgio Armani. 


Dashnor first noticed the art of tailoring watching his mother make clothes for the people in her town of Hekal. Although she did not have a formal education, her simple tailored clothing was elegantly crafted.


At age 16, Dashnor opened his own tailor shop in Hekal, Albania, where he created garments for both men and women from whole cloth. When he turned 19, Dashnor earned a coveted spot at the Tailor's Institute in the capital, Tirana-- where he later became an instructor. In 1997, political turmoil in Albania prompted Dashnor and his family to move to  Italy. There, working in Milan, he received the nickname “Dino”and his experience, persistence and hard work established his reputation as a master tailor.

In 1998, Dashnor was granted the opportunity to come to the U.S., where once again he proved his mettle. In a few years, he became one of the head tailors at Giorgio Armani, where his talent was spotted by up-and-coming designer Tom Ford. Ford asked Dino to help run the fledgling brand's tailoring division. Dino once again rose to the top, becoming known for his impeccable craftsmanship and his honest demeanor with the celebrity clientele.


The friendships he built at Tom Ford and Armani allowed him to branch out and in 2009 he opened his own tailor shop on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Since then, Dino has continued to service clients from Tom Ford and Armani, in addition to building up his own list of loyal clients.



Dear Customers,


Thank you for your ongoing support over the years. I'm proud to now offer my services in store and online. 


If you'd like to stop by the shop, I look forward to greeting you with an espresso and helping you with all your alteration needs. Please call to make an appointment before you come by.


If you can't make it to the shop, I'm also offering an online option. Watch the above video to learn more about the program and Sign Up. Once you do, you’ll start to build your Measurement Profile with a few basic measurements I’ll need for all alternations. From there, you can place an online order for alternations. For the time being, the program will include alterations for shirts, pants, skirts, jackets and coats.


You will have two options for alterations:


Option 1: Send me the garment(s) you want altered along with similar piece(s) that already fit(s) well. I’ll use that as a template to make the alterations.

Option 2: I’ve included a few short videos to guide you through how to take a few simple measurements off a garment that fits well that I will use to make alterations. All you’ll need is a measuring tape and a few safety pins.


Take care and see you soon!


Dashnor Begaj

320 E 81 ST

NEW YORK, NY 10028

P. 212.861.1157




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