Upon my recent trip to Hong Kong I decided I would invest in a couple of bespoke suits. I am a student completing my MSc and wanted to make sure I had suitable suits for interviews and jobs etc. I had been browsing SF for a while doing as much research as possible to make sure I made the right decision.
From what I understood W.W.Chan were generally considered to be the best but were unfortunately out of my price range.
Closely second were Gordon Yao and Y.William Yu. Both of whom were also out of my price range. (It seems that HK tailors have upped their prices recently??)
Upon the general consensus of most SF'ers I went with Peter Lee of Lee Baron. I emailed him prior to my arrival informing him of my time in HK as well as my requirements and asking about price. He replied very quickly (much faster than a couple of other tailors I contacted which certainly helped him to get my business) and was very helpful in letting me know that I had suitable time for all the fittings required.
I did as much research as possible before going as I understood that Peter Lee was good at fitting but required a firm hand with regards to specifying exactly what it was I wanted.
I went to see Peter on the second day I was in Hong Kong and as this was my first bespoke experience I was a little unsure of exactly what to do! Luckily Peter Lee proved to be most accommodating. First I selected the fabrics, now, I am no expert on fabric but I know I did not choose anything spectacular like a Zegna or H&S, rather I went with his house materials - which for my age (24) and experience (very little) were perfectly suitable. I opted for a medium grey in super 120's and a navy in super 150's. I also opted for 4 shirts. I paid HKD 5,500 for each suit. I was quoted HKD 3,500 for the standard suit when I emailed, however he told me that it was an extra HKD 2,000 for fully canvassed and as I was going for my first bespoke - naturally I opted for fully canvassed .
Once I was aware of the price and was happy with the material I had selected, he measured me up and then brought out a selection of pictures with models wearing a variety of different suits. He must have a lot of western clients who had specified pretty much what I had wanted as he pretty much detailed all of this before I even had a chance to inform him myself! I was very pleased as I was nervous about this part due to inexperience. He then told me to come back in 3 days for my first fitting.
I was unsure of what to expect and was amused to find the first fitting involved what was essentially 2/3 of a suit, no sleeve, no structure and no waist band on the trousers! He made a few adjustments, called in 'Sifu' (the master tailor) which was nice to see, who made a few touch ups of his own! I learnt that my shoulder's were different heights and one of my legs was larger. (both were no surprise as I've had an age old shoulder injury and also had recently had knee surgery!!)
I was asked to come back a couple days later for my second fitting. Unfortunately the suits weren't ready yet so I had to come back a few hours later, a little frustrating but no big deal, I guess I should have called... This time the suit looked and felt pretty damn good. I was very happy with almost everything but Peter Lee still made a few very small chalk marks of a 1/4 inch here and there and I also asked him to shorten the sleeves a tiny tiny bit so I could have more cuff showing. I also tried on the shirts he made. They were excellent. I am again by no means an expert on top quality bespoke shirts but I can compare them to shirts I have bought OTR from Hawes and Curtis, Gucci, D&G, Armani, Kenzo, Paul Smith etc and they fit better then any shirt I have ever purchased before (perhaps to be expected considering they were bespoke but I was delighted nonetheless!) In fact I decided I would get 4 more shirts whilst I was there
I came back for the final fitting (although it was actually to collect the suits, it would have been a fitting had I required more alterations which I did not.) and I was very pleased with the end product. I brought my dad, uncle and brother with me who were all very impressed.
So, in conclusion, I found my experience with Peter Lee to be utterly professional. I found his manner excellent along with his English. Any request I had was accepted and carried out in exactly the manner I wanted. I never felt rushed when choosing material or features and I even asked him to tailor a pair of jeans I had that were too big, to resemble another pair I have that are perfect, and of course, they came out perfectly... I have owned OTR Ted Baker (as a child), Hugo Boss and Armani suits. These fit and sit on my frame in a way that the others simply could not. In particular the trousers are exceptional, I have heard Peter Lee be complimented on his trousers once before and I must agree, they really are great. To say that I am delighted with my first two bespoke suits is an understatement. I would happily recommend Peter Lee to anyone who wanted an affordable high quality service and product.
Here I include pictures from my first fitting as well as a picture of the lining (I chose gold as my lining color for personal reasons, I understand it might not be to everyone's taste!) I unfortunately do not have any pictures of me wearing the finished suits as they are currently in the dry cleaners being steam pressed after my 15 hour journey back to London! I will however provide such pictures once I get them back :)
I apologise for the picture quality! My uncle took them with his mobile!! It's a shame the last picture is a little blurry as you can really see the difference in the tiny alterations Peter made between pics 3 and 4.
I will update with the new pictures when I have them. I understand that I have written a bit of an essay for my first post but when I was looking through SF for advice on my first bespoke suit and reviews of a tailor in HK this is exactly what I wanted to find but instead managed to piece together from several different posts. I hope this post helps someone in the way that many of yours helped me!