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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hi Everyone:
This is my first posting. The consensus on this forum appears that WW Chan is the preferred tailor of choice in terms of quality finish over Ah Man Hing Cheong. I have inquired and learned that Chan's suits start at @$1,200 USD. I would like to inquire about Jimmy Chen at the Peninsula Hotel whose suits start at $800. Jimmy Chen said they are on the same quality as A. Man and Chan. I am in search of quality and excellence but dont feel compelled to pay a premium for brand recognition. I am planning to take a trip to Hong Kong in July 2010 specifically to have 5 suits and 12 shirts made. I am only interested in the top tier tailors that respect the tradition as close to Saville Row as possible. Thank you.

P.S. Bam is what I would hope my sartorial style will be in a bespoke suit.
post #2 of 15
Never tried him and I've seen his shop before when I was in HK. He very well could be very very talented for all I know. If you try him please let us know.
post #3 of 15
''Jimmy Chen said they are on the same quality as A. Man and Chan''

I am sure Raja and Sam's might say the same too, but we all know they would be lying

Ah Man and Chan are different products. Chan has far better finishing but I do like Ah Man's cut a little more but I use both.

Jimmy may well use the same people that Ah Man use to make the goods. Chan have their own in house team
post #4 of 15
It is frankly rather foolish (to put it bluntly) to want to get five tailored suits at once. A first bespoke suit--be it from Henry Poole or W.W. Chan--should be considered sort of a trial run. Thereafter, he can make subtle tweaks to the pattern that will give you a perfected fit.

The fact that you will be getting multiple fittings should improve your odds of satisfaction though.

I can highly recommend Chan. You might be better advised to get three suits from
Chan than five suits from from an $800-a-suit tailor.
post #5 of 15
Simply because he has a shop at the Peninsular merely suggest that he has high overheads.

Chan, Gordon Yao and Y William Yu are the better bets. None has 'brand status' in the way you describe, all have sound reputations and have happy customers here. Chen has none.

5 at one go is a risk although if each is fitted it should work out.
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by Bam View Post
I am only interested in the top tier tailors that respect the tradition as close to Saville Row as possible. Thank you.

P.S. Bam is what I would hope my sartorial style will be in a bespoke suit.
- meh
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post #7 of 15
shit no more new MBT
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
I'll only be in Hong Kong for 4 days max. I need 5 suits (either Chan, Yao, Y William Yu, Ah Man, or Jimmy Chen). I have ordered 3 dozen shirts from Ascot Chang and have always been satisfied. Only complaint is the shrinkage due to commercial laundry and stiff collars, I will order the soft lining as learned from other postings.

Question now is due I order 5 suits all at once and have it worked out over the fittings, or do I get 1 suit made right and then have 4 others maid and mailed to me without having tried it? My only other experience with a tailor was with Sam's when I ordered 1 suit. I had measurements taken on first day. Next day fitting and last day pickup.

Luk cha what does MBT mean?
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by Bam View Post

Luk cha what does MBT mean?

Mega Big Trousers
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by Bam View Post
I'll only be in Hong Kong for 4 days max. I need 5 suits (either Chan, Yao, Y William Yu, Ah Man, or Jimmy Chen). I have ordered 3 dozen shirts from Ascot Chang and have always been satisfied. Only complaint is the shrinkage due to commercial laundry and stiff collars, I will order the soft lining as learned from other postings.

Question now is due I order 5 suits all at once and have it worked out over the fittings, or do I get 1 suit made right and then have 4 others maid and mailed to me without having tried it? My only other experience with a tailor was with Sam's when I ordered 1 suit. I had measurements taken on first day. Next day fitting and last day pickup.

Luk cha what does MBT mean?

Just told AC to add shrinkage allowance, then it will be fine.
I think AC used to preshrink the fabrics, may be ten years ago, but no more now.
MBT mean Mystery Besopke Tailor.
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by GBR View Post
Simply because he has a shop at the Peninsular merely suggest that he has high overheads.

True, but he has to have some constant business to continuosly stay there.

Chan, Gordon Yao and Y William Yu are the better bets. None has 'brand status' in the way you describe, all have sound reputations and have happy customers here. Chen has none.

True.
5 at one go is a risk although if each is fitted it should work out.

I agree but the housecut may not be to his liking.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Bam View Post
I'll only be in Hong Kong for 4 days max. I need 5 suits (either Chan, Yao, Y William Yu, Ah Man, or Jimmy Chen). I have ordered 3 dozen shirts from Ascot Chang and have always been satisfied. Only complaint is the shrinkage due to commercial laundry and stiff collars, I will order the soft lining as learned from other postings.

Question now is due I order 5 suits all at once and have it worked out over the fittings, or do I get 1 suit made right and then have 4 others maid and mailed to me without having tried it? My only other experience with a tailor was with Sam's when I ordered 1 suit. I had measurements taken on first day. Next day fitting and last day pickup.

Luk cha what does MBT mean?

4 days for 5 suits will not be enough time. I would go with Yao and Chan but if you go with Jimmy Chen I would order one to size how it goes.
post #13 of 15

I first used Jimmy Chen at the Peninsula in Hong Kong back in August 2011.   I had tailored for me, 2 suits, 3 pairs of trousers and 8 classic shirts to go with

my suits and trousers.

 

Jimmy gave me 4 fittings for the suits over a 6 day period.   Petty bloody good service to be honest.  All up I spent around Hong Kong $30,000.00 at

Jimmys.   I checked out other tailors in HK whilst I was there before I settled on Jimmy.   I was staying at "The Peninsula" so in the end it was just

pure convenience that Jimmy Chen was in the same building.

 

I have now had his clothing for 18 months, no problems everything is fine.   The quality is excellent, but then you get what you pay for, my partner is

fantastic with fabric and she selected the cloth whilst I selected the colors.

 

Given what I have seen of HK tailors in the past, out of all of them, I'd back Jimmy Chen as equal to if not better than some of the other more

advertised tailoring that one see's around HK eg: Raja, Sam's etc etc.

 

I could have gotten the same gear made for me at Savile Row, but I think Jimmy has done everything Savile Row could do and at a cheaper price (not

much cheaper but then you get what you pay for).

post #14 of 15

Dear Sirs,

 

I was  guest at the Peninsula Hong Kong some three to four years ago.  I purchased ten shirts from you at that time.

 

Would you please let me know what the cost would be for two white silk shirts, long sleeve with wide collar (not to be worn with a tie) and with a slit on either side at the waist.

 

This would be a "Jim Thompson" style.

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Gordon Jenkins

79122 Starlight Lane

Indio, California, USA 92203

 

760 200-1734 

post #15 of 15

Maybe a better descriptor of the shirts I am asking about would be a "Tommy Bahama" style.

 

Gordon Jenkins

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