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post #16 of 25
The other night I wore a tame striped FC shirt with a pair of silver cufflinks with a simple cabachon in the middle, with jeans, and a leather jacket, and some vintage boots. I got a lot of compliments from the ladies. I love mixing up formal attire with strretwear/casual wear. The juxtoposition always receives compliments.
post #17 of 25
HK is probably your best option. I will be there sometime in May if you want to hit the shops together.

I'm not sure how many sport coats is enough, but two separate seasons worth is a wise choice. That is, heavier cloths - flannel, tweed, etc - for the winter (and month preceding and following), lighter cloth for the fall and spring. Summer in the NE is disgustingly hot. I imagine you're well prepared for that.
post #18 of 25
Thread Starter 
Labor for a good tailor in Manila seems to be $100 a suit. How much would Hong Kong be? If I plan a trip, I'm not sure I could afford having that many made, anyway, so I am seriously weighing whether to just have a suit, a blazer and a couple of sport coats made here in Manila. I already have a bolt for a suit and another for a blazer.
post #19 of 25
I'm not sure about law school, but I always thought that the way to look good on a college campus is to wear button-down shirts and sportcoats with slacks or jeans and functional shoes.
post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by josepidal
Labor for a good tailor in Manila seems to be $100 a suit. How much would Hong Kong be? If I plan a trip, I'm not sure I could afford having that many made, anyway, so I am seriously weighing whether to just have a suit, a blazer and a couple of sport coats made here in Manila. I already have a bolt for a suit and another for a blazer.

Much more than $100 in Hong Kong. You could certainly find someone for that much, but I don't think you'd be happy. Try the best tailor you can find in Manila for one jacket first, and go from there, I think.
post #21 of 25
Thread Starter 
Well, got to figure out how to source the material then. I guess I shouldn't experiment with this bolt of Scabal that's earmarked for a blazer.

What are indicators? My Dad has some sport coats from this tailor but I just can't tell. Are the sleeves supposed to look a bit puffed out when the coat is on a hanger, or is the shoulder supposed to look sloped even then? I'm not even sure how to tell if the lapels are well done.
post #22 of 25
Figure ~$600-$700 in HK for CMT - less at Jantzen. I bet the best of HK is better than the best of Manila, and really cannot see you satisfied with your mouth shut with the latter, so suck it up and go with a known quantity is my advice.
post #23 of 25
Thread Starter 
Hmmm. At $600 to $700 for labor only, in addition to the trip, I may not be able to afford the best of HK in any case not unless I find a serious job in the US. Then again, how much would a satisfactory RTW blazer or sport coat set me back in the US? The lone tailor I saw here that carries something like Scabal 100s charges about $250 for a jacket in that material.
post #24 of 25
I would be cheaper to have it done in Manila than on the mainland. But I am sure you already know that. Many of the residents here in Guam fly to the Philippines to have things made for them. Robert
post #25 of 25
tailors in manila are a hit-or-miss thing. and for jackets, the batting average is very very low. jose would be better off scouting for ready to wears.
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