Originally Posted by BigBadBernard Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I would, in your shoes, spend as much of the budget as possible on the suit, otherwise you will end up with crap. I'll defer to others on the right tailor as I have never had suits made in HK.
Graly shirt makers are a good lower cost option for shirts. I have found that spending more money on shirt makers in HK brings diminishing marginal returns very quickly. You can get a decent shirt for HKD450 for the cheaper house fabrics, to HKD900 for Thomas Mason. I had a handful of the latter made on my last visit and they were good value - just be sure to tell him absolutely everything you want to be featured (e.g. removable collar stiffeners, mop buttons, etc) or you might have choices made for you that you won't like. Generally he can turn shirts round in 3-4 days
Actually picking the right shirt fabric and cut matters a lot if you are going to use them in tropical climate.
I used to live in a western climate and frankly any cheap twill and low poly mix shirts will not be uncomfortable. Since it will be true that you will always have your jacket on and almost never sweat in outdoor.
However, if you live in a place like in Hong Kong, it is vital to choose fabrics which drys-up quickly and reasonably breathable. I have got rid of all my T&A shirts for this sole reason even if there were no problem with the fit and its machine work.
For my shirting, I will now particularly choose cotton/linen mix, washed cottons and thin s120s as they tend to accommodate humid and hot weather more. I will not choose any oxford or twills (no mater they are cheap or expensive) because it is unsuitable.
Shirts are long lasting garments if you don't tumble dry them and wash it in cool water.
Therefore, I do think paying attention to shirts has its part.