The Hong Kong Tailors Thread - Page 158
I've never been to AC, but I'm guessing that like many stores in HK, sometimes the service is a bit inconsistent. I've never considered WW Chan for suits following a visit to their TST shop many years ago when I was made to feel less than welcome. Many have had good experiences with them, but there are plenty of tailors to choose from in HK that I don't have to put up with any nonsense from a particular one.
I think this is fair, and absolutely true. I was unattended the first time I went to WW Chan, but like this AC experience (and hence why I didn't walk out on them), I stuck with them to see the results of the suits - and the suit jackets and jackets are made and fit very well (except for the pants, which they do sloppily imo but no worse than any other tailor that I tried).
WW Chan had been my choice of tailor until they moved to Central - now I'm having my uncle's father help me get some suits made. He was a tailor with Peninsula, Mandarin Oriental and Gordon Yao for the past 50 years (he is now retired) and I've been learning much of the HK tailoring scene from him, much of it I find very surprising. I am hoping that they can make me a suit with clean pants.
So here are two normal buttonholes and one "Milanese" effort, all from HK tailors within the last year.
I'm not able to provide a technical description of how the Milanese buttonhole is sewn but you'll see it is raised above the cloth and uses a distinctive silken thread.
PS - the PT buttonhole might be good but the rest of the jacket is not.
PPS - I can't spell...
Edited by Penfold - 4/29/15 at 5:41pm
There have been whispers for ages of the lady (or is she just a myth?) who makes the Milanese buttonholes here in HK.
I heard that you have to find your way out of Tsim Sha Tsui MTR by the mysterious exit that is marked with just a pentagram instead of a letter, turn around three times while saying the words "Special Gimp, Special Gimp" over and over then click the heels of your shoes together and *poof* she appears and takes three weeks and $350 HKD to sew your buttonhole.
But I might be wrong.
Here is how the buttonholes are made, via Jeffrey D's blog.