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post #16 of 32
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Originally Posted by add911_11 View Post

All of the above is bullshit.

And exactly why would it be bullshit? I asked phillycheese on specific details as pertaining to his post. Why the feck do I need the burden of a search? Do forum members like you believe that the tag of senior member entitles you to talk down to others? In Australia, we have a word for you. It rhymes with bankers, and it ain't tankers.
post #17 of 32
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Originally Posted by Petepan View Post

And exactly why would it be bullshit? I asked phillycheese on specific details as pertaining to his post. Why the feck do I need the burden of a search? Do forum members like you believe that the tag of senior member entitles you to talk down to others? In Australia, we have a word for you. It rhymes with bankers, and it ain't tankers.

I am not talking down to you, I am merely suggesting that the tailors mentioned are not good consider how much they charge.

I am sorry for the misunderstanding.

p.s. Bankers aren't that bad, at least they have money to blow albeit betraying morality.
post #18 of 32
Now that is a big misunderstanding! My wife is native HK but their family does not have the information I am after. I happen to think also that the SF big names for tailors are all ridiculously priced. Phillycheese appears to know some hidden gems in HK which got me intrigued.

By the way, lots of banker clientele for Jantzen, according to Ricky. I withdraw the banker comment, btw.
post #19 of 32
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Originally Posted by Petepan View Post

Now that is a big misunderstanding! My wife is native HK but their family does not have the information I am after. I happen to think also that the SF big names for tailors are all ridiculously priced. Phillycheese appears to know some hidden gems in HK which got me intrigued.
By the way, lots of banker clientele for Jantzen, according to Ricky. I withdraw the banker comment, btw.

Good luck with the member's information, there are good tailors for good price.

With the help of your wife, communication, the most important part, is sorted.
post #20 of 32
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Originally Posted by phillycheese View Post

It seems that SF exposure and their overseas trips have made WWChan very popular.  They are backed up.  However, luckily for you there are many other tailors in HK that can squeeze two fitting in for you and then mail you the suit.  If you really want a HK suit made I'd suggest you head over to Central Galleria - there are 5 tailors located in this building - Baromon, British Textiles, Taipan Row, Oscar and Ying Tai.  Baromon is top 4 in HK based on many opinions.  Ying Tai has a good reputation as well and British Textiles has received good reviews.  Within 5 minutes walk of these 5 are Italian in Prince's Building, Creative in Std Chart and A Man Hing Cheong at Mandarin Oriental Hotel.  A Man is also top 4.  

 

Some of these you have not heard of here because they do not travel and work on word of mouth only.  There are a few others that are well regarded but located in comm centres so I have not listed since you are short on time.  Check out the above ones first as they're all conveniently located.  You'll pay a bit more because they are located in high rent buildings but since you are short on time you don't need to waste it searching for a tailor's premises.

 

WW Chan and Gordon Yao are in the top 4 as well but not the only game in town as this site would suggest.  Good luck.

 

In my view I would avoid Italian in Princes Building.

 

It's almost 5 years ago but I was in the market for a wedding suit - somehow walked into Italian after many searching (still don't know why). Can't remember the tailor's name but I clearly remember his arrogance. Argued with me the whole way through and just wrote everything down to me being 'young' - I just wanted the suit to fit me. Also refused to do any alterations after @ the second fitting insisting that the suit was perfect (ha!). Two fittings later I walked away with a boxy, unfitting suit but I just got so upset with the process I took it back to Sydney and get someone to alter it - to my liking. 

 

A Man did a suit for me in a week so might not be able to to finish the suit for you in your schedule - they should however be able to squeeze in two fittings and mail it back to you. They take CMT so you can send them fabric in advance so they just have to measure and get going once you are measured up. 

post #21 of 32
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Originally Posted by Petepan View Post

GBR, try not to be sanctimonious.  My question was very specific, and not really molded for SF groupthink.  

A search on SF reveals the same damn names- Gordan Yao, WW Chan, S William Yu, A Man Hin Cheong, and God Forbid Sam's. HK natives will laugh at you (behind your back) if you mention these names.  The reason: well, think of your typical touristy town, and think of the touristy names. Hong Kong natives will smile warmly on you, 'cos ignorant gwei lows keep the rice bowls on their tables.

Out of curiosity I just searched Google Images "sams tailor"
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VIP clientèle, ex US Presidents, etc....except the guy top centre doing his iGent thing with a phone, I know him.
post #22 of 32
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by add911_11 View Post

There are few Hong Kong native members, including myself..
Has OP managed to find a decent tailor for his needs?

I was going to contact some of the places that most pop up on the forum here, but of course am open to any suggestions. I really don't care who does the tailoring just so long as the results are satisfactory - which is the main problem, there's alot of crap "custom tailoring" on offer all over Hong Kong & having not been there before I really can't do much more then rely on what people have reported on sites like this one, hence my first leaning towards Chan. Not because i saw him as the end all be all option, really nothing more to it then reading a bunch of satisfied posts.

As I said, I'm open to any suggestions that won't be a waste of my time or money. Thanks. If someone knows of places that the locals don't laugh at as touristy (though the statement sounds absurd to me) then by all means share.
Edited by UKyank - 7/10/12 at 9:00pm
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PM.
post #24 of 32
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PM.

Please share?
post #25 of 32

Dwarfer, you walked into a tailor, got treated poorly and still gave them your money.  Sorry, to hear that you did not follow first instincts and get the heck out of there.  The best advice I can give anyone - talk to a few tailors and see their work.  I "interviewed" 5 tailors before deciding to go with the one that I picked in the end.  I did my homework so could clearly articulate the look I was after.  If someone makes you feel comfortable and their work is good quality, I say go for it.  If a tailor is too busy, too arrogant, too inflexible, or even too expensive then go somewhere else.  I put 8 names out there - based on location (1st criteria), plus the 2 that are widely viewed as top notch.  Certainly I have my personal ranking, but if you ask another person, their rankings would differ of course.  Tailoring is too subjective for complete agreement.  Of course, if the client said they had time (can go back for multiple fittings), had the language skills then I could probably come up with a different list.

 

One piece of advice - if a tailor brags about who their clients are, I look elsewhere.  A good tailor should be discreet.  

post #26 of 32
Interesting point. Although some tailors have pictures with dignitaries in the shop. Even though they may not talk about it, it's marketing the same message.
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Originally Posted by phillycheese View Post

One piece of advice - if a tailor brags about who their clients are, I look elsewhere.  A good tailor should be discreet.  
post #27 of 32
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Originally Posted by Petepan View Post

And exactly why would it be bullshit? I asked phillycheese on specific details as pertaining to his post. Why the feck do I need the burden of a search? Do forum members like you believe that the tag of senior member entitles you to talk down to others? In Australia, we have a word for you. It rhymes with bankers, and it ain't tankers.

I would suggest you stop to think before typing and actually open the door to learning from posts and threads gone by. Years of experience is not likely to emerge simply in response to a question from a new comer.

A Search would not only give you the names you crave, you will also learn a lot about the collective experiences that many subscribers to this Forum have found in using the tailors. Many fail to recognize that simple fact.

I daresay that some people in Hong Kong will be appalled by some tailors mentioned here (generally on spurious grounds) BUT you will protect yourself from the many Asians touts who stand on Nathan Road and Canton Road peddling low end garments made in sweat shops. Y William Yu, Gordon Yao , Chan and company do offer an excellent service and my experience of both Chan and Yao is that non-English speaking craftsmen will attend you at fittings to see at first hand what need to be done to perfect the garment. It is not at all a westernised facade. I can also assure you that some recommendations from locals are far from good - for a number of reasons.
post #28 of 32
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Originally Posted by phillycheese View Post

One piece of advice - if a tailor brags about who their clients are, I look elsewhere.  A good tailor should be discreet.  

Absolutely right - look in Sam's windows for the worst excesses. That is for misguided tourists, decent tailors maintain their discretion at all costs.
post #29 of 32
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Originally Posted by phillycheese View Post

Dwarfer, you walked into a tailor, got treated poorly and still gave them your money.  Sorry, to hear that you did not follow first instincts and get the heck out of there.  The best advice I can give anyone - talk to a few tailors and see their work.  I "interviewed" 5 tailors before deciding to go with the one that I picked in the end.  I did my homework so could clearly articulate the look I was after.  If someone makes you feel comfortable and their work is good quality, I say go for it.  If a tailor is too busy, too arrogant, too inflexible, or even too expensive then go somewhere else.  I put 8 names out there - based on location (1st criteria), plus the 2 that are widely viewed as top notch.  Certainly I have my personal ranking, but if you ask another person, their rankings would differ of course.  Tailoring is too subjective for complete agreement.  Of course, if the client said they had time (can go back for multiple fittings), had the language skills then I could probably come up with a different list.

 

One piece of advice - if a tailor brags about who their clients are, I look elsewhere.  A good tailor should be discreet.  

 

phillycheese - like i said I was young and unsure of myself - but if the intent of your post was to say how much better you did then good on you. 

post #30 of 32
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Originally Posted by GBR View Post

I would suggest you stop to think before typing and actually open the door to learning from posts and threads gone by. Years of experience is not likely to emerge simply in response to a question from a new comer.
A Search would not only give you the names you crave, you will also learn a lot about the collective experiences that many subscribers to this Forum have found in using the tailors. Many fail to recognize that simple fact.
I daresay that some people in Hong Kong will be appalled by some tailors mentioned here (generally on spurious grounds) BUT you will protect yourself from the many Asians touts who stand on Nathan Road and Canton Road peddling low end garments made in sweat shops. Y William Yu, Gordon Yao , Chan and company do offer an excellent service and my experience of both Chan and Yao is that non-English speaking craftsmen will attend you at fittings to see at first hand what need to be done to perfect the garment. It is not at all a westernised facade. I can also assure you that some recommendations from locals are far from good - for a number of reasons.

Not only have you demonstrated arrogance, you have added presumptive ignorance. Like I said, I have asked another poster for specific details within his knowledge. It is quite unnecessary for you to offer unsolicited and paternalistic advice, especially in the supercilious tone which you are accustomed to. I have done ample background work. And by the way, My spouse is native HK, so is the rest of her family, which includes friends and relatives from members of the legal and finance fraternity. How does your feet feel in your mouth now? Would you like to reconsider before typing again?
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