Cross the Green line at Ledra Palace. After less than 100m, turn right at the first junction. This will take you over a bridge to the old city wall. Take a half left. After about another 100m, you will see the Nicosia council buildings (old British colonial government building) on your left. Take a left turn down a fairly dingy street just before the council building. take the next right (Prison Street?) and Osmans is about halfway down on your left. He will send you back to the Greek side to buy the cloth from a shop just outside on the old town (IÂ´ve got the card somewhere, IÂ´ll dig it out). Osman will need at least a week from start to finish depending on his work load. There is no problem carrying the cloth to the north, but there is a problem carrying the finished product south. The Greeks will either charge a ridiculous amount of duty, or more likely, confiscate the suit. You need to get a mate in Ledra Palace to take it through the Guard Room between the Greek and Turkish check points. You then whip round to the vehicle entrance on the Greek side to pick it up. Alternatively, he can post it to you in UK, but weÂ´re not talking modern mail order here.
Osman (Donny to his mates) is a very nice old man and a tailoring genius. He told me last year that his wife is trying to make him retire. It will be a sad day when he does. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES go to any of the other charlatain tailors in Episkopi or Akrotiri. Good luck
As it happens I have a contact with an excellent cloth supplier in Yorkshire, from whom I thoroughly recommend any chap to buy a suit length before visiting a tailor (and will PM the details if anyone wants). I am going to take a couple of lengths to Mr Osman, ask him to get me to first fitting and then post the finished product to me in UK - hopefully this will work and I am prepared to cover his costs very generously as I have had many recommendations about him.
The hopefully increasingly well-clothed Mr J.
Mr Osman is a cracking tailor, however very particular. It takes him at least three fittings to get it right from his perspective. I wish you luck, but I doubt he'll send you the finished product after only one fitting.
Cloth supplied by Savvas Prastitis; tailoring by Irfan & Osman. This pragmatic 'cross-the-line' partnership has been going for donkey's. We had our tropicals etc done by them in 1978! At that time, both would take UK cheques to be paid into an account in the UK. Funny thing was, it was the same account.
Just a quick one on him allowing a suit to go before he has given you three fittings. He made me a 3 piece and a jacket about 2 months ago just from taking my measurements. I was only out there for a week to visit my Regt. Got one set of measurments done, one of the lads in the mess brought it back at the end of the tour, and it fits like a glove. Great tailor highly recommended!!! But yes do be careful of that inside leg measurement....he does take a long time over it.
I had four 3 piece suits and a cashmere smoking jacket made. He took one set of measuremnets and made all 5 garments in 3 sittings. I too, experienced no nonesense at the border the Turkish Cypriots were very wilco.
Having visited Mr Osman only yesterday to have a fitting on several new suits, I can testify that he is most definatly still in the buisness. By the way his wife is no longer pastering him to retire after he recently bought her a new car!