TIP: If the following pre-requisite conditions apply to you, then I suggest that you invest in a digital camera and tripod to make the process of remotely assisting your tailor to fit and/or adjust any of your new garments.
- For whatever reason, you failed to obtain completed garments with acceptable final fits during your last trip to HK.
- During your next planned visit to HK, you don't have the time or financial budget to remain there until all your orders have been completed with a final fit that is acceptable to you. This process could take 1-2 weeks or more depending on: your tailor, the quantity of your new commissions and your individual bespoke requirements. Note: SF brothers and sisters can be much more demanding about their requirements and fits than the average punter. Hence, post completion adjustments can well be expected.
- You're not living in a location near to your preferred HK tailor's overseas tour route.
- You don't have an extra set of willing/qualified hands and eyes available to assist you with the remote fitting and adjustment process, i.e. taking good photos and critically observing the fits. Note: relying on a tailor shop's three way mirrors to observe your own fit and/or their staff exclusively to observe the fit can lead to "buyers remorse", when you eventually have the opportunity to take 360 degree photos and critically observe them to "see for yourself".
The above tip has certainly made life easier for me recently. Alas, my experience has been that the process of achieving a "good fit" has gotten much more difficult than in years gone by; which I think may be a function of the fabric weights getting lighter, the declining knowledge/skills base of the HK custom tailoring industry (as the old school "sifu" slowly die off), and my own expectations rising with the passing years.
Confession: the amount of time and effort required to achieve a good fit remotely may be considerable (depending on your tailor, quantity of garments commissioned and individual bespoke requirements once again) and is not recommended for the faint hearted, which should be factored in to your cost/benefit analysis when deciding how long to remain in HK during your sartorial sojourn. If you leave without completed garments that fit properly (that happened to me recently), then you are unwittingly signing up to be an unpaid remote member of tailor shop's workforce for however long it takes to complete your new garment(s) project.
The irony is that I went to HK to avoid having to do remote fittings and adjustments, which I'd already unsuccessfully attempted to do (i.e. a blazer via mail order) for nine months prior to my HK visit. Now I'm facing the prospect of fitting and adjusting multiple garments remotely, owing to the tailor not been able to complete my orders during my 8 day visit to HK earlier in the year. In other words, the original problem I was hoping to avoid has now been "magnified" as multiple garments are now involved. Caveat emptor!
Edited by BespokeKiwi - 7/1/14 at 7:57pm