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post #16 of 28
Do you have a tailor selected yet? Many of us on this forum are big fans of W.W. Chan on Nathan Road in Kowloon. I have been very satisfied with the work they have done for me.

Other top HK tailoring firms include Ah Man Hing Cheong and H. Baroman.

Gordon Yao and William Yu have also received favorable mention on these fora.

If you have local connections who can direct you to one of the smaller, little-known tailoring firms, you may get more for your money, I'm told.

Be aware that HK tailoring firms range from excellent to sleazy rip-offs. Beware of going too cheap. Chan's price for a tuxedo (jacket and trousers) is in the vicinity of $1,200 (USD). Use that as a benchmark.

Many on this forum are fans of Ricky Ho of Jantzen and feel he can give you more for your money than almost anybody in HK. Shirts are their stock in trade, but they do make suits and presumably tuxedos as well. Quality is reputed to be somewhat lower than Chan's , but so are the prices.

Hope this helps.
post #17 of 28
Thread Starter 
Thanks JL,

I have a local tailor in Mong Kok who did two suits for me in January. Decent, but still lacking in some of the finishing. I bought them as daily wearers and my first exercise in custom tailoring and so I am happy with them. (Especially considering that cost was well below Ricky for canvassed) RTW I have been wearing Polo Blue, Canali, etc, and found this to be an appealing alternative with the opportunity to customize on details. Had to fight to tighten up the silhouette, but got the look down in the end. That said, this is a Tux and while not worn often, I hope to keep it for a few years.

I have used Ricky before for shirts, and thought to do this one with him as I have heard good things about his suit making. Figure he is already doing an English cut, so should be halfway there.

I could go up to a Chan or the likes, but... I have to keep in mind that I am returning to school. Albeit as a grad student but the tux is for student black tie events and so will see its fair share of debaucherous behavior. It will be in high risk of spills, tears, burns, dives into the river, etc.... Better to put a 400 odd euro piece in jeopardy than a 1200 Euro one. Particularly since half the other jokers will be wearing rentals and its doubtful that anyone will even appreciate the fit or quality.

Come to think of it. Considering the risk of damage over the next year, what am I doing even buying? Should I swallow my sartorial pride and just rent the freaking thing??

Uhhh oh, now the doubt sets in

K
post #18 of 28
I understand that Baromon is no longer what it once was, and having recent experience with Y William Yu (Hong Kong), I cannot recommend them. Perhaps their Shanghai and New York shops are different, but the Hong Kong store is not at the level of Chan and A-Man.
post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by whoopee
I understand that Baromon is no longer what it once was, and having recent experience with Y William Yu (Hong Kong), I cannot recommend them. Perhaps their Shanghai and New York shops are different, but the Hong Kong store is not at the level of Chan and A-Man.

The word I've gotten on Baroman is that for pure workmanship they are probably tops among the HK tailors but that for style and design their garments are very uninspired, while their prices are a good deal higher than Chan or A-Man. Does that sound right to you? I've also heard they don't do much business and are sort of moribund.

Interesting to hear that about Yu. Care to elaborate on how they fell short?
post #20 of 28
I've heard that some of the best of Baromon's staff have retired. Can't be sure of it though.
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by jml90
Why? When you are in formal wear you then have no need to know what time it is? How will you know when to go there? How will you know when to leave?

Exactly the point, the gentleman is not supposed to be preoccupied with the time at such events. I'm sure nobody would be offended these days though. Maybe the Queen.
post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by jml90
Why? When you are in formal wear you then have no need to know what time it is? How will you know when to go there? How will you know when to leave?
Because Manton says so.

It implies that you may have somewhere else to be and would therefore be checking the time so you can depart from the evening's entertainment. Not necessarily saying I buy into that, but that was the traditional rule.
post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by VKK3450
I have a local tailor in Mong Kok
Who was that? Got pics?
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by a tailor
9.5 ounce or less woolens. the only way to go. any affair you attend will be far too warm for comfort,summer or winter. its the ladies who dictate this with there bare shoulder gowns. think: you have dinner, a few drinks, your in a warm room, and dancing. tropical worsted is the way to be comfortable.
I've seen mohair a pretty common choice for dinner suits, probably for that very reason.
post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by VKK3450
Come to think of it. Considering the risk of damage over the next year, what am I doing even buying? Should I swallow my sartorial pride and just rent the freaking thing??

Uhhh oh, now the doubt sets in

K

I am a recent grad, and senior year of college, I wanted a new tux for our class formal (though I knew it would be a night of getting sloshed with my drinking buddies in tuxes instead of jeans). I actually just went to Jos A. Banks, where they were having some kind of special (or mistake) and got a tux for $147, plus another $80 for tailoring. Great compromise, if you ask me.
post #26 of 28
My tux was bought before I know about any of the MTM options, so of the shelf at a speciality shop at uni in Sweden. I went for a somewhat more expensive woolen one, and in spite of all the mischief it's been through, it still looks very good except that I have grown a bit and there are some pinholes on around the left chest pocket...
post #27 of 28
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by m@T
Who was that? Got pics?

Some guy that was recommended by a friend of the family. I just call him Yip, Works out of a small dingy room in an office building. No English, only Cantonese.

I dont have pics readily available. Can check to see if my Mom's camera is around. I dont have the download cable for mine. Will try to post pics, but...

Like I said before, decent, but not great. I wouldnt go with him if I didnt speak Cantonese or have someone who does and is willing to put in the effort. I had a hell of a time explaining what I wanted with my Mom translating (she doesnt understand everything) He sends the measurments up across the border every evening to a factory that he has for cutting and construction. Turnaround is about 1.5 weeks total with maybe 2-3 fittings. Anyways, will try and get more details and let you know.

K
post #28 of 28
Thread Starter 
DGP and Tysk,

Good points, I guess the thing is that since I am in Hong Kong, I feel like it would be a bit of a shame not to make use of the tailoring facilities.

Well, UK is more expensive so an OTR in UK is the price of a custom job in HK. So may as well pay the same, get my funky lining, working buttonholes, etc...

K
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