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post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by southgate house View Post
I've never had anything made personally, but he makes everything from shirts to suits and seems to have a pretty dedicated clientele. I colleague of mine just had Andy make him a pair of pants in donegal and they look great. I think the price was around $350. It would have been higher for nicer fabrics. I don't know much about his background except that he is German and he father was a tailor, so he grew up in the business.

I usually just bring in OTR clothes for alterations and have always been impressed. I trust him much more than the in house tailors at any of the stores in town. As noted above, however, he is getting busier and busier, so the turn around times are lagging.

Wow. This thread has become much more intersting than I had originally envisioned it. If the tailor you're referring to charges the same price point as Chan, why would anyone go through a Hong Kong tailor rather than a local one? I would love Will's perspective on this as you seem to have had dealings with Chan.
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by jefferson View Post
Wow. This thread has become much more intersting than I had originally envisioned it. If the tailor you're referring to charges the same price point as Chan, why would anyone go through a Hong Kong tailor rather than a local one? I would love Will's perspective on this as you seem to have had dealings with Chan.

From my perspective, Chan is not the best tailor in the world by any means but he's way better than anyone I've seen or heard about in the Bay area where you'll usually be getting machine sewn MTM called "custom."

Cloth prices are the same in SF and HK, but Hong Kong means you're not paying for the Bay area's cost of living so you get more suit for your money. As the saying goes, there ain't no free lunch.
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by alebrady View Post
bmulford,

thanks - im particularly interested in the shirts youve had done. could you compare the quality to any other 'major' shirting brands (i.e. in terms of construction, fit, etc)? any chance you have tried mtm or custom with any other reputable shirtmakers as way of comparison?

was andreas fairly flexible in terms of what you wanted - im thinking of mostly collar height, shape, etc.

thanks!

ill try and go down and see him myself this week

I've had Zegna and Hickey Freeman MTM shirts in the recent past. I've owned off the rack Armani, Borrelli, Brioni, among others for a point of reference.

The construction of the shirts are as high as any of the top brands. Excellent stitching, sewn on collars, darted waist for a good fit. I've found that because I have a large drop, bespoke is the only way to get a shirt that fits the neck and shoulders, without being a tent.

They have a lot of fabrics to choose from - mostly Sea-Island 2-ply cotton. All were high quality and have stood up well to the washing machine.

For the options, you can choose just about anything you want. Again, having a large neck (thanks college wrestling and boxing) they recommended a smaller collar, which turned out perfect. They prefer to use embedded collar stays, but you can change that if you like. You can get whatever kind of cuff, placket, buttons, pocket (or not) that you can think of.

If you have a shirt you like, you can bring it in, and they'll emulate it.

If you visit them, you'll find them helpful and friendly. George is a bit of a salesmen so don't be alarmed if he gives you the upsell. Its never pressured, but they believe in their work, and are proud of it.

If you have any other questions, feel free to PM me.

Brian
post #19 of 21
I use Isaac at San Francisco Tailors. He is located at 109 Geary between Stockton and Grand (near Union Square). I asked him to measure me for a MTM shirt that I wanted to order from Tailorstore.com. He measured me and filled out the form. He refused to accept any payment for the service. I have used him many times to alter OTR shirts/vests and to hem pants. He does good work and is reasonable.
post #20 of 21
I've had Andy and Chan make me suits, sportcoats & shirts. Some tailors require more input and direction in order for you to get the desired product. This means you need to know specifically what you want. If you don't, you will likely end up with something that they know and are comfortable making. This is not a discredit to the tailor, but more of a warning to the buyer; if you are going for a lower cost tailor, or a lesser known tailor, be prepared to specifically dictate what you want.

When you finally "learn" what it is you really like & want, you'll pick apart your old garment and ask "why is the button stance so low" or "the lapels are too wide" etc. Then, you'll know exactly what it is you'll like.

I still wear some of my first bespoke suits & sportcoats because they are great garments, but they are not my most worn or favorites. The best items are the ones that I had more input into w/my tailor because they resulted in an item that I wanted, not what was easiest for my tailor or what the tailor wanted for me.

That being said, Andy is very trad, but not afraid to try anything.

I do wish we had more high quality tailors here in SF.
post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by LesterSnodgrass View Post
Whether you need a master tailor or not might be in dispute.

But if you need a great tailor in SF, see Victor. He is next door to Wilkes Bashford and was recommended to me by WB to do alterations on a Zegna suit I picked up at La Rosa Vintage in Haight Ashbury. The suit was originally sold at WB. He ain't cheap but he did a total trouser rebuild and some waist suppression, etc., for me and turned it out in a day as I was in SF on a short business trip.

Victor's Tailoring
391 Sutter Street, Suite 308
San Francisco, CA
(415) 397-6312

I believe he works by appointment only.
Yes, i second that. Victor's Tailoring is great!!
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