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post #46 of 49
Kai, how would characterize the fit of your Chan suits versus Raphael?  You mentioned that the vest is a best more fitted on the Chan than on the Raphael.  Does the suit made by Chan also feel a bit closer to the body with 'less room to grow'?  I'm considering getting Chan to make me a suit but want to make certain I know what requests to make while ordering.  I'm a big guy (6'3, 230) who boxes, trains in jiu jitsu and I run/lift weights almost every day.  As such, I've got big thighs, big shoulders and a wide chest (of course I could stand to lose a few pounds and be less wide).  I like to have a bit of room while moving around but I still like some suppression of the waist and some shape to the suit.  I want to make certain I am explicit in my instructions to Chan so that we start off on the right foot.
The fit is similar on the suits. The Chan vest is more fitted because I wanted it made without the feature of an adjustable, belted back. Therefore, the vest needs to be very form fitting in order to look right. It's a feature of how the vest was designed. Most vests are not built this way, but it was something I specifically asked them to do. The Chan vest doesn't allow for much growth, but that was how I wanted it. The Raphael vest is designed to be a bit more flexible, as are most vests. I am certain that the Chan folks could make you a vest in the traditional style with a belted back. My guess is that almost all the vests they make have belted backs. You sound like you have a similar body shape to my own, and I have found that the fit of my Chan suits has accomodated my normal fluxuations in body measurements due to exercise/training or the lack thereof. My body shape changes quite a bit depending on how hard I am training, and so far, I've always been able to fit into my Chan suits. If you're worried, let them know. I'm sure they can build in an extra 1/2 inch in the appropriate places to accomodate you.
post #47 of 49
Thanks Kai. I appreciate your thoughtful responses. As you mentioned, I have fluctuations in my weight/shape based on how many hours I'm in the office versus hours exercising as well as what kind of exercise I'm engaging in. I hate having a suit that is so fitted that it becomes either too tight if I 'grow'. Sounds like Chan did a nice job fitting you. Do you have any pictures of Chan's workmanship? I'd be interested in seeing close-ups of the inside of the jackets and pants. I would love to find a tailor who can make pants that are as comfortable as my Oxxfords have proven and that have a similar pocket design. I don't know what Chan's pants look like inside and it is a bit hard to see the details from Chan's website.
post #48 of 49
There was some mention of "deal" fabrics from Chan. Does anyone know what he charges for these, and what's the quality of the material like? Thanks.
post #49 of 49
They usually offer a special during each trip to the US. Last time it was a two-piece suit in Vitale Barberis Canonica super 130's for $730. This time it's a two-piece suit in Loro Piana super 120's for $845. They have similar offers for shirting material, but I don't have those in front of me right now. dan
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