Originally Posted by montmorency
Whoopee, you have gotten Chan to do extraordinary things and very unique. I had read before about how it was not advisable to ask Chan to do something very different because it was likely not to turn out as requested. How did you get Chan to turn out such incredible garments? How many suits or jackets have you ordered from Chan before they got to this point? I have read that a suit from Chan using one of the specially priced fabrics costs about $900 and a suit using a fabric ordered from one of their books costs about $1,100; is that right for what you ordered?
I've ordered ten or so suits and jackets from Chan. It's taken a while for me to get these results. The trick is in being very specific with what you want, and this is more than just "slim" or "British cut" or "small armholes". The first couple suits I got were okay, nothing brilliant IMO, but some people here thought they were nice. It's easier to push them when you have something of theirs in hand to base off of and when you can do fittings. I ordered them all direct, usually with a couple fittings each, until recently, when they've gone straight to finish, with almost perfect results. Some members have had good results from the tour. I have no experience. The good thing about Chan is that they are reputable and the service is stellar. That gave me confidence, despite my first couple garments being less than perfect, in retrospect. They fixed what they could (and they can do quite a bit), free of charge (though they might charge shipping fees if you can't pick them up in HK - I honestly don't know). I usually buy my own cloth and have it brought to them, because their cloth choices fail to excite me (and my least fav suits but those that I did not source myself). I've posted HK prices before - HKD6000 for 2 piece, 7600 for 3 - recently raised. As I said, I ordered them all through the store, and usually that incurs shipping/duty fees if they must be shipped. I don't know what they charge on the tours. Prices for cloths ordered from the quality books - IMO, H&S is far and away the best they have, disregarding LP cashmere - will be more like $1200-1300 for a two-piece these days, for the more basic cloths. Patrick, the cutter, has pretty good taste as to a more youthful, aggresively stylish look within the confines of reason. I gather not many people ask for it, because their client base isn't the type, and those that do try to be fashionable (I've seen some fairly shocking things being made by request of the client). Pictures will be extremely helpful if you have something specific in mind. If you want to use one of mine, mention my name to him. It should help a lot.