Originally Posted by NoVaguy
You shouldn't get gold or silver buttons on a suit - you only get them on a blazer (a coat, which does not come with matching pants).
You should get regular buttons on your suit. I think the buttons on my solid navy blue suit are black or dark navy blue or dark brown or something like that. Really dark.
I didn't realize that about the metal buttons :P Thanks
I think I'd enjoy the dark buttons and blue matches my skin well.
Originally Posted by Gatsby
According to this thread, and my own experience, Gordon speaks excellent English so I would be surprised if language were the reason to pick Chan over Yao. Ironically, it was at Chan where I had more language difficulties, as whoever cut my suit did not speak English, and the salesman had to translate what I wanted into Cantonese. Again, that is just my experience on visiting Chan in HK and I am aware that those who ordered on roadshows, etc. have had different experiences. However, I am comforted to know that for my Yao suit, Gordon was the one measuring me and was the one who was cutting my suit -- the essential element of bespoke tailoring. Better reasons to pick Chan would be their established reputation, organization, selection of options, etc...
You will never get silver/gold buttons for a business suit. As mentioned below, this is typically for blazers or uniforms. Get buttons that match the tone of the fabric. As for fabric, it is fine that you are intent on getting a "˜brand name' fabric, as long as you are willing to pay the premium. What the people at Chan will likely suggest is VBC 130s or LP 120s. Both are good "˜starter fabrics' (though there are some serious LP haters on SF) and will wear well IMO. Everything else is up to you. Selecting fabrics is never easy even if you know exactly what you want (unless you have the fabric you want beforehand). Really just go with your gut feel and ask the tailor if they have anything currently being made using something of similar pattern/color/weight so you can compare. If you just search the forums, there are tons of posts that will explain everything in much better detail.
Will get around to posting Chan vs. Yao pictures sometime.. worth a new thread?
Oh, concerning the proficiency in English I thought the opposite
Well, language isn't a big problem for me but it is rather embarassing (since I am Chinese, technically). I would want Chan cutting my suit as well, but I'm not sure if he'd do it for a 21 year old kid.
What do VBC and LP stand for? Thanks for the tips on the fabric choosing :P