I had my WW Chan fitting in Boston the other day. I'm not sure what the process if like in Hong Kong, but it is definitely not "bespoke" or anything near that for the U.S. tour fitting. It was truly made to measure, and they took a lot less measurements than I was expecting. This may have been because I have a pretty "off-the-rack" body, but I'm not sure. And the measurements were taken pretty darn quick too. Indeed, the most time was picking out the fabrics. The $733 US fabrics struck me as very good -- a bunch of 130s in a variety of colors and patterns. I ordered a navy blue, and put a charcoal and a charcoal chalk stripe in the queue for later orders. So, here are the measurements I believe that he took. (1) Outseam; (2) Inseam [strangely he didn't really ask where I like my pants to sit on my waist -- I think he assumed I liked it to sit where I had them sitting during the fitting; this surprised me, as I figured he'd ask what length of rise I wanted; he also didn't ask if I wanted to same type of break that the pants I was wearing had]; (3) Shoulder; I believe he took measurements for each shoulder; (4) 1" above belly button; (5) 1" below belly button; (6) Hips; (7) collar to wear the curve of my butt ends; (8) collar to front thigh [I believe he took this to see if the coat had to be longer in back than in front or vice versa; (9) Sleeve length [again, he didn't ask how much cuff I wanted exposed, but my sense is that he was shooting for .25 to .5"]; (10) Chest; (11) Chest + arms. Those are the only measurements I can recall off hand that were taken. I did order one shirt for $78 (it was a pale blue herringbone, and I couldn't resist my curiousity, and the color was great too). For that he took my neck measurement, and then my wrist measurement when I requested. (I emailed Chan to ensure that they took my wrist circumfrence into consideration when fashioning the suit sleeves as well; they emailed back shortly saying they certainly would). He said the shirt would be more fitted than the one I was wearing (I was wearing one of the few clean dress shirts I had, which was far too baggy for my tastes), but it was nothing like the Jantzen fit options. I selected the collar type and barrell cuff, but again no selecting point lengths, etc. like for Jantzen. I sort of just put my trust in them, which may have been stupid. For the jacket, I selected the fabric, the type of pockets on the pants, the type of pleat I wanted (I selected single peak), the vent type, the button type obviously (I chose two button with a higher stance), cuffs on the pants, and belt loops. Everything else the fitter either took from the jacket I took in (which I said was very much what I was looking to recreate), or Chan just has a default. The did take photos, but it was without me wearing the jacket. I'm not sure if they took a picture of the jacket I brought. I asked the guy about shoulder padding -- how I wanted soft padding, if any. He said that my shoulders were very nice, and that I only needed a single layer of fabric in the shoulder, which was a relief to me. In sum, this purchase was a bit of a leap of faith, and I wish I would have been a little more prepared, assertive. But the whole process only took about 40 minutes, and you tend to forget things like whether you want flapped pockets on the jacket or not, how many inches you want the vents to be, etc. I'll try to post pics and will definitely post reviews when I receive the suit and the shirt.
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7/6/04 at 11:36am