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What a wizard Ecuadorian-born Guillermo Molina is! Just give him a swathe of fabric, a needle, and some thread, and he?ll whip up a wardrobe that will rival anything the Mam'selle herself could have envisioned. In fact, countless private clients come to him just to ask for Chanel look-alikes: He can copy anything -- and he can design originals, too. Show him a picture from a magazine, or a fanciful sketch of something you dreamed up, and he can fabricate it. Present him with your favorite well-worn, about-to-die Armani or Donna Karan and he'll "rub off" (as they say in the industry) the pattern and deliver a flawless replacement. See a stylish Prada in a store window that you're dying for, but can't afford? It's no problem for Willie (as he's known to his longtime customers) to make you a dead ringer. (Closed Sun.) Starting prices (includes fabric): Trousers, $400; blouses, $400; tailored suit, $1,200; dressy evening suit, $1,500; cocktail dress, $900; coat, $1,100. House calls start at $500. 153 W. 27th St. btw. Sixth and Seventh Aves., Ste. 301, 212-366-6965; www.guillermocouture.com (This
article originally appeared in the 8/05 issue of Manhattan Living.)
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About the Author: About the Author: Ruth J. Katz is a well-known shopping and service writer based in New York City. She has written about shopping for 25 years for New York magazine; covered the topic on-air at Fox-TV for several years as the Home Services expert; and had her own show on both the USA and Lifetime Cable networks. Katz wrote extensively for The New York Times as well, and contributed periodically to the New York Daily News. She is a passionate shopper, always looking for not merely a good buy, but the best buy, ferreting out a "steal" or discovering up-and-coming designers. She has written five books and is a former contributing editor to Hearst's Redbook, Classic Home, and Colonial Homes; she is currently a Contributing Editor of New York Home, Golf Connoisseur, The Modern Estate, and Promenade magazines. She is also the former Shopping Director for Davler Media's Manhattan Living.