Hello guys, I've been reading the posts on SF about HK tailors for quite some time now, and one sentiment that has been brought up tangentially is the question of whether HK tailors are worth it or not. The general consensus is that it's not really worth getting a cheap suit in Hong Kong because gone are the days that cheap meant lower skilled craftsmanship, it now means getting awful material and a fused suit (please correct me if I'm wrong, I would love to hear of cheaper tailors who are cheap not because they rip you off by selling your junk, but just because they are not as good as the big tailors).
So the question is, given that a suit from Chan/Baroman/A-Man/Yao/Yu would cost at least $1,000 for tropical fabric, and $1,300 for 4-seasons fabric, is it worth it when Gieves & Hawkes semi-bespoke starts at £1,200 (with fabric wearable in London's cold climate)? Especially because my understanding is that the HK bespoke is not true bespoke, and since they are lacking in the knowledge/advice department, it seems common for SF members to spend not insignificant money on suits, to never wear them.
I guess the essence of the question is to what extent do Hong Kong tailor Houses hold their own against the English Houses? Are they no longer an economical, second-tier option, but a primary option in their own right (albeit still slightly cheaper)?
I ask because I spend equal amounts of time in Hong Kong and London, and so timing is not an issue for me. Of course if the Hong Kong houses do stand up to SR (or even just a little below) then the prices would be justified. However, because of the rise in prices in Hong Kong, it seems to me that the prices are beginning to converge, and it may not be wise to view Hong Kong tailors as a resource of cheap, good suits.
Please let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing everyone's thoughts!