Are there shops that have a good selection?
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I'm flying to Manilla in a few days and would love to have some new clothes made. I'm on a world tour, and a change of plans has me returning to Europe instead of continuing my travels through Asia, so I won't have a chance to have things made elsewhere. Eleven months of wear has basically destroyed all of my nicer clothing, so I'm interested in just about everything, if the price is right: suits, trousers, shirts, and shoes. And jeans! I have a pair of custom jeans from MakeYourOwnJeans that has served me well, but they're in dire need of replacement.
At the beginning of the thread, you were all (or at least acidboy!) negative about both work quality and fabric selection, but recent postings have been much more positive. This thread has been active for almost four years - have you finally trained the tailors on how to do things right?
If any of you are free, I'd love some help when I visit one of the local tailors. Help or no, I owe you guys some beers just for being so informative!
I've had a few shirts and pants made by Cornell's and though I'm no expert (very far from it) I am happy with the quality for the price you pay for. As long as you tell him specifically how you want things done I think you'd be happy with Mr. Cornell's work. And if he doesn't get it right the first time, he'll do all the necessary alterations until you're happy with the final product.
You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. I haven't tried emailing them though so not sure how fast they reply to emails.
Cornell's prices are roughly
Shirts: P650 for CMT, P1000 with fabric
Jackets: P5000 for CMT, P8000 with fabric
Trousers: P2000 with fabric. Probably P1200 CMT?
You may want to provide your own fabric as they don't have a particularly wide selection.
I exchanged a few emails with Adam at Glenmore, but he wasn't at the store this afternoon. The staff there didn't speak a lot of English, so I wasn't able to do much more than have my measurements taken and put down a deposit. Leather and construction quality both seemed reasonable, especially for the price. None of the styles especially wowed me. I wanted them to make me a monk strap, but I think an oxford may be safer. I hope that if I forward them photos of several shoes, they'll be able to copy well.
Cornell's didn't seem very concerned with discussing the details of my suit. They're just a 10 minute walk from me, so I'll be heading over tomorrow with lots of photos and hoping for the best. I did not get a good sense of quality from them. I'm a little wary, but the prices are quite good. Do any of you have tips on how I can get Cornell's best work?
Cornell's doesn't do jeans, so I'll be checking out The Manila Haberdasher as well.
If any of you who are local have spare yards of nicer quality fabric (suit or shirt) that you'd like to sell, please let me know ASAP!