Originally Posted by robetrw006
After a job and a regular income is secured, I can just head to Simpson Sin and experience a what a better tailor has to offer. Perhaps I may even make the journey to W.W. Chan.
I really fear you haven't learnt anything from this thread despite a lot of the good advice people have been offering. In particular:
(1) Going to Simpson Sin isn't going to be the magic answer to your problems. Admittedly I haven't seen a huge amount of their work, but if someone is charging HK$4,000 for a suit then they are operating at the lower end of the HK bespoke spectrum (i.e. around the same level as Empire). My general observation of tailors working in this price bracket is that they don't produce suits that look great, and on the rare occasions they do it is because the client understands tailoring and has been able to give them very detailed and accurate instructions as to what they want.
(2) I get the impression that you think if you simply go and drop a bunch of cash at a tailor and tell them roughly what you want/show them a picture, then they will do the rest and produce a great looking suit. Maybe it should be this easy, but in practice it rarely is. The reality is you need to have a good understanding of what you want and be able to articulate it. There are some tailors who left to their own devices have a good sense of style and will produce a great looking suit, but there are even more that don't (or will have taste that differs to yours) hence the need for direction.
(3) As i've mentioned before, bespoke is an iterative process that involves trial and error. This has been the case with all bespoke products I have commissioned (from shoes and ties through to shirts and suits). You won't get perfect results all of the time, and unless you are prepared to work with this risk bespoke is never really going to be well suited to you. Going to a top tailor isn't a perfect solution either (i've had chan produce some great suits for me, but also a few shockers, likewise i've seen some of the best tailors in Naples produce suits that just didn't fit their clients very well). As I say, trial and error and an element of risk.
I fear a few years down the line once you have started earning and have paid Simpson Sin or Chan a visit you will start a similar thread showing your new suit complete with colourful annotations asking why it doesn't look like the Tom Ford suit on the model that you showed to the tailor! You need to understand the limitations of bespoke and also the limitations of your own body.
My general view is that the bespoke process is never really going to live up to one's expectations (or be an enjoyable one at that) until you have thought about and understood the above issues.
Just my 2 cents to try and manage your expectations going forwards.