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Jantzen: A Glimpse Inside

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
I thought you guys might enjoy seeing Ricky's shop, so I brought a camera on my visit there this afternoon. As many of you know, the shop is about as non-descript as it gets. It's tucked around a corner in a shopping mall--blink and you miss it. I guess there's no need for advertising.




A peek inside. This is where the magic happens--or at least, this is as close as I could get to where the magic happens. They do all the cutting and sewing somewhere else.


And you thought fabric selection online was difficult...


Ricky told me to tell you all hello


-Sara

Next week... Chinese Tailors: Adventures on the Mainland ...stay tuned
post #2 of 19
Thanks Sara. Looks like he might do more business locally in suits than in shirts?
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hard to say. Suits are more visible in the store because they're on hangers, finished shirts are folded in bags. I've seen most people there getting fitted for shirts, a handful for suits. I think they just do an extraordinary amount of business in both. The store is almost always bustling. Most clientele seem to be from the expat community.
post #4 of 19
For a shirt fitting, no appointment necessary, right?
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by Kent Wang
For a shirt fitting, no appointment necessary, right?

Correct. Be prepared to wait, though.
post #6 of 19
Is it wrong that these photos (and my shirts) make me want to fly half way around the world for the primary purpose of visiting this tiny shop? If it is, I don't want to be right. What's the cheapest you can fly from NY to HK, and when????
post #7 of 19
last time i was there Ricky taught me some really really vulgar Cantonese phrases. He fits in so well around here
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by chorse123
If it is, I don't want to be right. What's the cheapest you can fly from NY to HK, and when????

Around $700 but I'd pay a little extra for Cathay which I believe has 2 daily flights, one non-stop and one via Vancouver. Christmas is high season and summer is unbearably hot and humid, so the the best to go is late fall and after the Chinese New Year.
post #9 of 19
But if you go, please tell Ricky to tighten his tie.

Oh damn, that may have just gotten me blacklisted! Ricky, just kidding around
post #10 of 19
Dear Chorse:

Just checked fares on yahoo travel for dates through June. One at 600, a few in the mid 600s, many starting around 700.

Just think of all the money you'll save....

PS Cheaper than ticket to Buenos Aires, dammit.
post #11 of 19
Sara, thanks for the pictures. Having ordered a number of shirts from him it is nice to see where all the action happens.
post #12 of 19
Hmm. Sounds pretty good. I think it may be doable. Who knows. Fall sounds best.

Mack, the costs once you get to B.A. are significantly cheaper!
post #13 of 19
Awesome. Thanks for the photos! I'm heading over to Asia this summer and wanted to get some shirts + suits made at Jantzen. Anyone have experience with the suits from Jantzen? How much do they run for?
post #14 of 19
I've ordered a shirt a few days ago. Today, when I visited the website again, I saw they are not taking new overseas orders till May....
Too bad, I was quite curious and exciting about Jantzen
Hope they will resume soon
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by Alter
But if you go, please tell Ricky to tighten his tie.

Oh damn, that may have just gotten me blacklisted! Ricky, just kidding around
NO SHIRT FOR YOU!
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