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Hong Kong Tailor Report from A Suitable Wardrobe

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post #2 of 65
I'm sorta surprised that you did not give Gordon Yao a try. He's gotten a few positive reviews here.
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One thing that is true for sure with HK tailors, if you leave it to them, you'd better be sure what they want is what you want. This applies to big and small tailoring houses in HK. They are not selling you good taste and style. They are your builder, you are the architect.
post #4 of 65
Strange that the article laments Chan not having Crispaire, as I commissioned a suit in an Oxford grey from the Crispaire book about 4 weeks ago.
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Strange that the article laments Chan not having Crispaire, as I commissioned a suit in an Oxford grey from the Crispaire book about 4 weeks ago.

I found that funny as well-had one fairly recent done as well. Maybe they were just out of stock.
post #6 of 65
On Chan's stateside visits I've seen the types of books that the person making the report would have expected to find in the shop. I figure they must have duplicate sets of their principal books for travel and the shop, but I wonder if they do. I certainly browsed through the H&S Crispaire book on one of their tours--had to see what this much-discussed cloth was actually like. I was surprised at how stiff and coarse the cloth was.
post #7 of 65
One of the problems of the HK tailor is, they don't fix their price. They normally ask for more to tourists or to whom don't know the price.

I went to Grodon Yao shop last Aug, when he was at States, none of the fabrics book left in his shop, and actually, the shop is not fuctioning. The staff there didn't know what the shop have, didn't know the price, didn't know anything. Just ask you to come back few weeks later, when Yao was back.
post #8 of 65
Wow. Serious price disparity on WW Chan. I got a Scabal 120s suit in 2006 for $1300 on the Chan US visit. Either inflation is a serious bitch, or they're giving significantly better prices to the US customers. I know we used to get better prices on their old tour "specials," but it sure wasn't $1000 off. And IIRC, the prices they quoted in HK and the US used to be the same for the non-specials cloth selections.
post #9 of 65
I bought from that Scabal bunch before in the HK shop and was charged ~USD1300, too. I recall that there were some higher priced cloths mixed in that bunch. Prices for 2-piece, 3- piece, jacket, etc. are clearly noted on the fronts of all the books in the shop, which include loads of Harrison's and H&S, including tweeds, flannels, and heavier worsteds. Chan's prices are consistently 10-20% higher than A-Man's, but not by the amount implied in the article.
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I always thought Chan was $700-$800. To be honest, even $1,300 for a traveling tailor who (I believe) doesn't offer fittings is not a good deal.
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I always thought Chan was $700-$800. To be honest, even $1,300 for a traveling tailor who (I believe) doesn't offer fittings is not a good deal.

They do offer fittings.
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They do offer fittings.

I was under the impression that they ship the completed suit to the client after the initial measurement stage, but offer alterations on further visits if the client is unsatisfied.

Is this incorrect?
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I was under the impression that they ship the completed suit to the client after the initial measurement stage, but offer alterations on further visits if the client is unsatisfied.

Is this incorrect?

On request, they'll bring the suit back in basted state at their next tour and do a fitting.
post #14 of 65
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On request, they'll bring the suit back in basted state at their next tour and do a fitting.

Got it - thanks.
post #15 of 65
After reading the comments here, ASW's reporter emailed Chan about the price on the Scabal swatch he saw and the absence of CrispAire fabric. We'll hopefully hear what they have to say within 24 hours.
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