Need clothing made, altered or hemmed? Los Gatos has a fabulous, long time resource right here in town, Designer’s Tailoring. Tucked away in a little building across the street from Safeway, it could be easy to miss. Thuan Ho Dang, the seamstress (or tailor), does superb work. She and her husband, Tho, have been in business here since 1985.
I was introduced to Designer’s Tailoring by a friend of mine in the early 90s, and have been a happy, loyal customer ever since. I spoke with Thuan about their business and she told me:
“We don’t advertise, everything is word of mouth.” Enthusiastic customers refer Designer’s Tailoring consistently, and I believe it, because I’ve referred people to them too. They are pleasant, do good work and prices are more than fair.
Friendly, low key and welcoming, the owners are careful business people. A few years back they moved from one suite to another adjacent one in the same building – the current spot is more interior and a little less visible, for better pricing in the same building. Their planning helps to keep prices down, something all customers appreciate.
Designer’s Tailoring provides custom made drapes, clothing, alterations and more at very reasonable prices and with friendly, knowledgeable service. On a scale of 1 to 10, it gets a solid “10” in my book.
Designer’s Tailoring hours, address, & phone
Open M – S, 9:30 am – 6:00 pm (closed Sundays)
469 N. Santa Cruz Avenue
Los Gatos CA 95030
Tel 408 354-8903
An Introduction to Monte Sereno, California
Nestled against the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains on the west side of Santa Clara County (about an hour south of San Francisco and a few minutes from San Jose), adjacent to the town of Los Gatos, Monte Sereno is a scenic, small city which is semi-rural with neither sidewalks nor street lights. It has, in fact, the tiniest population of the 15 cities within the County, having just about 4000 residents in about 1.6 square miles. There are no businesses in town, just residences, the city office and post office, and Daves Avenue School. It is one of the most highly regarded and upscale communities in Silicon Valley.
Monte Sereno enjoys many rolling hills and green views of the coastal range, particularly El Sereno, the peak of which rises over the the city and has an elevation of 2249 feet. There is an open space preserve there now, with 1415 acres and 7.4 miles of trails. Please see the El Sereno Open Space Preserve website for information on parking, trail maps, equestrian trails, and more. As you might imagine, the city is named for this mountain: monte – mountain, sereno – serene, calm or pleasant. And it is a pretty calm place to be.
Monte Sereno shares schools, police, parks and the library with the town of Los Gatos, so they have much in common.
Monte Sereno Zip Codes
Almost 100% of Monte Sereno falls into the 95030 zip code, with a very tiny sliver belonging to the 95032 zip code. Both of these zip codes are also utilized by neighboring Los Gatos.
Monte Sereno Public Schools
Of the approximately 1250 households in Monte Sereno, all but about 60 of them fall within the boundaries of the highly regarded Los Gatos School District. The other small minority is in Campbell Schools. (You can check the assigned schools on this website: SchoolAndHousing.com)