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post #1786 of 1897

Hey everybody, first-time poster here. Checked in with T Adair & Sons regarding Thomas Mason by the yard; they indeed do sell it by the yard, so I'll be getting a CMT done this summer. Will be paying them a visit over the weekend (they were closing as I visited, so didn't get a chance to see all of their cloths). 

 

Anybody have any recommendations regarding where to get a CMT done in Hong Kong? I think Ascot Chang does have CMT available for HKD750, but I'm unsure if they do CMT for a new customer. Also was considering Dream Bespoke, but was unsure of their quality (HKD300 for a CMT, I think). 

 

Probably will go with a basic Silverline white and light blue, considering I don't have any bespoke shirts at all. 

post #1787 of 1897
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Originally Posted by jtammanyhall View Post
 

Hey everybody, first-time poster here. Checked in with T Adair & Sons regarding Thomas Mason by the yard; they indeed do sell it by the yard, so I'll be getting a CMT done this summer. Will be paying them a visit over the weekend (they were closing as I visited, so didn't get a chance to see all of their cloths). 

 

Anybody have any recommendations regarding where to get a CMT done in Hong Kong? I think Ascot Chang does have CMT available for HKD750, but I'm unsure if they do CMT for a new customer. Also was considering Dream Bespoke, but was unsure of their quality (HKD300 for a CMT, I think). 

 

Probably will go with a basic Silverline white and light blue, considering I don't have any bespoke shirts at all. 

They have a book of linen which was amazing. Check out their Albini books as well.

post #1788 of 1897

I'm visiting HK in two weeks and want to get an ~$1,000 USD suit made.  If I wanted to go to a tailor like W.W. Chan or Lee, can I walk in to the store and get service, or should I call ahead (days, weeks, months?) to make a reservation?  

post #1789 of 1897
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Originally Posted by BigRob View Post

I'm visiting HK in two weeks and want to get an ~$1,000 USD suit made.  If I wanted to go to a tailor like W.W. Chan or Lee, can I walk in to the store and get service, or should I call ahead (days, weeks, months?) to make a reservation?  

Chan takes walk-ins but its always better to call ahead.
post #1790 of 1897
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Originally Posted by jtammanyhall View Post

Hey everybody, first-time poster here. Checked in with T Adair & Sons regarding Thomas Mason by the yard; they indeed do sell it by the yard, so I'll be getting a CMT done this summer. Will be paying them a visit over the weekend (they were closing as I visited, so didn't get a chance to see all of their cloths). 

Anybody have any recommendations regarding where to get a CMT done in Hong Kong? I think Ascot Chang does have CMT available for HKD750, but I'm unsure if they do CMT for a new customer. Also was considering Dream Bespoke, but was unsure of their quality (HKD300 for a CMT, I think). 

Probably will go with a basic Silverline white and light blue, considering I don't have any bespoke shirts at all. 

AC will do CMT for any customer.
post #1791 of 1897
Hey guys, first time posting here. My friend and I have been visiting some tailors in Hong Kong to get some shirts made. We will be posting some photos and comments on our blog. Hopefully, we will be rolling out more posts and you guys will find it useful.

We've updated with our first post on Jantzen come check it out and leave some comments!

http://toomanytailors.wordpress.com

TMT
post #1792 of 1897
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Originally Posted by toomanytailors View Post

Hey guys, first time posting here. My friend and I have been visiting some tailors in Hong Kong to get some shirts made. We will be posting some photos and comments on our blog. Hopefully, we will be rolling out more posts and you guys will find it useful.

We've updated with our first post on Jantzen come check it out and leave some comments!

http://toomanytailors.wordpress.com

TMT

 

Dafuq, they had a young woman take your measurements?  I would have demanded an old Chinese man.  It's part of the experience.

 

Also -- after having read your post (it's well-written), I'm wondering why you didn't comment on/post pics re: the quality of the shirt you had made.  Did it fit well?

post #1793 of 1897
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Originally Posted by toomanytailors View Post

Hey guys, first time posting here. My friend and I have been visiting some tailors in Hong Kong to get some shirts made. We will be posting some photos and comments on our blog. Hopefully, we will be rolling out more posts and you guys will find it useful.

We've updated with our first post on Jantzen come check it out and leave some comments!

http://toomanytailors.wordpress.com

TMT

 

Your review is great. Given that there are only 2 of you, how many tailors do you or have you covered? I'd be glad to chip in.

post #1794 of 1897
How much cheaper is CMT, if any? What's the typical range of savings?
post #1795 of 1897
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Originally Posted by BigRob View Post

I'm visiting HK in two weeks and want to get an ~$1,000 USD suit made.  If I wanted to go to a tailor like W.W. Chan or Lee, can I walk in to the store and get service, or should I call ahead (days, weeks, months?) to make a reservation?  

It's been a couple of years since I had my last suit made by Chan, but I don't believe you can get a suit from them for appreciably less than $1,500 (if that) these days. Excellent bunch to deal with, I always found.
post #1796 of 1897
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Originally Posted by Dib View Post

Does anybody know of tailors in HK who carry the Smiths steadfast book (preferably in central)?

I know Chan has it, but they have taken it on tour at the moment.

Check out Practical Tailors in AIE building on Connaught Road in Central. They have the Smith's along with the Minnis Fresco book. I've recently had a navy fresco suit made up and something from the Smith's book is next on my radar.
post #1797 of 1897
Cat - Cat thanks for our advice. I finally got around to seeing Y William Yu. I liked their service and the fact he started lower end until I gave a bit of a push on better fabric.

I went with 2 Zegna, a Holland Sherry and LP.

I'll have the results in a few weeks so will post photos. Cheers
post #1798 of 1897
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Originally Posted by jtammanyhall View Post

Hey everybody, first-time poster here. Checked in with T Adair & Sons regarding Thomas Mason by the yard; they indeed do sell it by the yard, so I'll be getting a CMT done this summer. Will be paying them a visit over the weekend (they were closing as I visited, so didn't get a chance to see all of their cloths). 

Anybody have any recommendations regarding where to get a CMT done in Hong Kong? I think Ascot Chang does have CMT available for HKD750, but I'm unsure if they do CMT for a new customer. Also was considering Dream Bespoke, but was unsure of their quality (HKD300 for a CMT, I think). 

Probably will go with a basic Silverline white and light blue, considering I don't have any bespoke shirts at all. 

A/C is $850, I know because I also wanted to buy from Adair and get CMT done LOL.

Do you know how much per yard they're selling?
post #1799 of 1897

Thomas Mason and Albini about HKD145-HKD200 per yard. Linen on the higher end of pricing.

post #1800 of 1897
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Originally Posted by darkhorseandco View Post


Check out Practical Tailors in AIE building on Connaught Road in Central. They have the Smith's along with the Minnis Fresco book. I've recently had a navy fresco suit made up and something from the Smith's book is next on my radar.

 

Any ballpark figures on pricing please?

 

For the record I've also got a Y William Yu suit in progress, inspired by a photo of a B& Tailor suit I saw on here (it might belong to Tchoy, I'm not sure). I'm trying to lose weight but living in HK surrounded by all these tailors and shirtmakers became too much for me.  I sniffed around TST, getting quotes from Simpson Sin ($8700 half-canvassed, $9000 fully canvassed, which they didn't seem keen on doing, for a VBC cloth from the Solids II book), Lee Baron ($4800 basic (fused? not clear on that point), $2000 more to do canvassed and $1800 for a spare pair of trousers), Gordon Yao ($13500 for VBC but I really wanted a Scabal Red Label cloth that would have pushed the suit up to $17500 and Y William Yu where I pulled the trigger on a LP fabric (forgotten the details and now rather regret it) for $9500 fully canvassed, three fittings and as many free bottles of water as I can drink per visit (i.e. one). 

 

Since I live in HK at the moment I agreed they could take their time with this suit, and in return Andy (cutter/salesman/front of house) made encouraging noises about finding an old-time Shanghai craftsman.  At the skeleton baste fitting the trouser man was in attendance to assist whilst Andy took more time on the coat in terms of length, balance and so on.  At the second fitting the trouser were close to finished, but this time the coat tailor (an impressively old Chinese guy) was there to mark up and see what needed to be corrected.  Third fitting is in about ten days or so.

 

So far so good, but I'm not sure YWY have the greatest number of fabric books from the more prominent mills to choose from - and I can see from my first attempt that I should pay greater heed to SF's accumulated wisdom on such matters.  But I can also see that the usual caveats apply here just as they should - you get what you pay for, HK tailors will do what you tell them to do and won't do what you don't ask for, and that the first suit is always necessarily something of a warm-up.  However as another step along the learning curve I'm pretty pleased. 

 

Photos below - blue tie is skeleton baste, pink tie is forward and I've included the lovely B& Tailor suit that inspired me too.  Whoever's suit it is, and whoever took the photo, please forgive me for stealing it and if you want it removed then just PM me. 

 


Achtung! More photos (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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