Does anyone have any recent information or experience on William Cheng and Son at Han Hing Mansion in TST? I'm going in for a fitting and it's just so hard to be confident you've chosen the right tailor.
my 2 cents worth
1. Yes. different tailors price the same fabric differently and can be very significant depending on which tailor you end up with.
2. highly dependent on individual preference. for a first suit your bf probably want to go with a 2 button single breasted suit, 3-3.5 inch notch lapel. flap pockets. look out for shoulders, height of armhole, buttoning position, waist suppression, jacket and sleeve lengths. ask for working button holes and fully canvassed suits if possible.
3. an entry level VBC would do the job, or you could consider Harrisons. Again depending on the tailor you go to you might be able to get the more "branded" fabrics around 6-7k HKD. not sure what's the kind of climate you live in but for a first suit you could go for a weight of 10-11 oz.
4. at that budget, you are looking at MTM and not bespoke. I used to live in HK and make my suits there so not sure which shop is better for tourists as it requires a quick turnaround with at least one fitting before you leave the country. i agree with RogerC that those along Nathan Road best to avoid.
I recommend Simpson Sin too, though I use Dream Bespoke now, which is slightly more expensive.
Where do you two live/work at? That probably should inform your fabric choice. VBC is a nice entry point. I personally like Dugdale Bros if they stock it, quite good value. Make sure armholes not too low, otherwise the tailors should get the other things okay. I'd go for half break, have the trousers above hips. 2 buttons (or 3 roll 2 if they know what that is), notch lapel, 3-3.25 inch. The rest doesn't matter too much.
Haha, a very good friend of mine is from the netherlands but he just went to tiger of sweden for a suit to my wedding. Very disappointing.
VBC is nice and smooth, good handle, but I do recommend looking into Dugdale if they have it as well for cheap options with more texture (personally anyway). It depends on what you like.