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post #511 of 570
Gonna be 4 days in HK for a vacation with the wife. I doubt I'll have time to do shopping on my own, but in case I do, anywhere know where I can score pure wool and other fabrics for cheap (cheaper than Manila)?

Edit: nevermind
Edited by bbaquiran - 1/12/14 at 7:40pm
post #512 of 570

Hi guys,

 

May be heading to Philippines in a few months for at least 3/4 months, perhaps longer. I've just graduated from university and have a limited formal/business casual wardrobe. Because I don't want to lug a whole heap of stuff over there, should I wait till I'm there to purchase clothes/shoes?  

 

I'm in Australia at the moment, (Brisbane), so classic menswear offerings are extremely limited (and expensive in comparison to other countries). I'm in need of, at the very least, a few more shirts, one pair of good, versatile shoes (business casual) and perhaps a sports jacket or two. 

 

I know there is a Brooks Brothers there, and an Ascot Chang. Brooks Brothers may be in my price range if they have similar sales as compared to the US. WHat's the shoe selection like there, however? Any other places I should know about?

 

Kind regards

post #513 of 570
Hi Luke,

If you are spending only 3 to 4 months here in Manila, I suggest you bring one suit (gray or navy) and a blazer (navy blue). The weather here is quite hot. People wear suits only for formal business affairs. For business, people wear formal trousers with a long sleeve shirt and tie or a linen Barong Tagalog. Sometimes when your are stuck in a cold air-conditioned office you can slip on a blazer.

Other than this, I do not recommend you buy suits here for a short stint. The selections of Brooks here is not very extensive, at least not yet. Bespoke is a craphot (sometimes you get lucky), good imported suits are downright expensive, medium priced suits will make you look like a singer from a Korean boy band.
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Hi Luke,

If you are spending only 3 to 4 months here in Manila, I suggest you bring one suit (gray or navy) and a blazer (navy blue). The weather here is quite hot. People wear suits only for formal business affairs. For business, people wear formal trousers with a long sleeve shirt and tie or a linen Barong Tagalog. Sometimes when your are stuck in a cold air-conditioned office you can slip on a blazer.

Other than this, I do not recommend you buy suits here for a short stint. The selections of Brooks here is not very extensive, at least not yet. Bespoke is a craphot (sometimes you get lucky), good imported suits are downright expensive, medium priced suits will make you look like a singer from a Korean boy band.

 

Hi Mandom,

 

Thanks for the quick reply. If all goes well, my business environment will be business casual and therefore I am hoping to get away with just one suit (for meetings/orientation etc.). I have spent 3 months in the Philippines before, the bulk of which was spent in Manila, so I am prepared for the heat and took note of what people in business areas such as Pasig and Makati wore. I'm tempted to take over a linen sports jacket or two, as it sounds like slim offerings in the Philippines, similar to Australia. 

 

If I am in desperate need of a new suit/ sports coat etc, I suppose I can always go via suitsupply.

 

How about accessories? Ties, belts, pocket squares etc.? Also, other than brooks brothers, are  there any good places to buy shirts? My friend there gets his made quite cheaply, but I do not think the quality is very good (with his tailor, at least). Bearing in mind, he only pays about 1500php including material, so you get what you pay for of course.

 

Additionally, I am contemplating spending a weekend or two in HK, where I suppose I could pick some stuff up.

 

Thanks for the advice though, I am very excited to go there; I loved my first trip there and wouldn't mind staying longer than three months. 

 

For foreigners, unless you are highly skilled or experienced, it's not that easy to get a job with a comparably good wage though (understandably), so it is unlikely I'll be there for too long. 

post #515 of 570
Hi Luke, it is great that you looked and took note of the business dress protocol here. Do bring your sports jackets.

Likewise, do bring a suit, specially a brand that you are comfortable with.

Accessories depending on what you want are available here. Rustan's and its Store Specialist outlets are good, so is Adora at Greenbelt Mall. You can slum it out with SM accessories made in China or lose your pants at Hermes. Accessories are a plenty.

TM Lewin the shirt maker from Jermyn Street have at least four branches here, I used to buy them when I go to Singapore. They now form part of my daily office uniform. They are, from what I was told, made in good Ole Vietnam.

Yes, it is as they say "more fun in the Philippine"s. I am married to an expat for 17 years. She's never left.
post #516 of 570
Does anyone have leads on horn buttons in Manila? Thanks.

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I have two pairs of Meermin shoes for sale in case anyone is interested. Both dark brown. One is a Tassel Loafer, the other is a double monk. Both size 7UK. PM me if interested. Selling at cost.

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I have two pairs of Meermin shoes for sale in case anyone is interested. Both dark brown. One is a Tassel Loafer, the other is a double monk. Both size 7UK. PM me if interested. Selling at cost.

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Why are you selling them? It would also be better if you can post photos and reason for selling.

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I have two pairs of Meermin shoes for sale in case anyone is interested. Both dark brown. One is a Tassel Loafer, the other is a double monk. Both size 7UK. PM me if interested. Selling at cost.

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Why are you selling them? It would also be better if you can post photos and reason for selling.


I ordered these for myself but they don't fit. I wear 7.5uk in the Linea Maestro line and Meermin told me that I should size down a half size for the classic collection, since the lasts are generally wider than those for Linea Maestro. That advice obviously did not work for me. I will be ordering again in a larger size.

I'm selling at P12,300 per pair. Pics should be attached to this post. Anyone interested can fit before buying. These are 7uk which should translate to 8us but I feel these run slightly tight.

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I ordered these for myself but they don't fit. I wear 7.5uk in the Linea Maestro line and Meermin told me that I should size down a half size for the classic collection, since the lasts are generally wider than those for Linea Maestro. That advice obviously did not work for me. I will be ordering again in a larger size.

I'm selling at P12,300 per pair. Pics should be attached to this post. Anyone interested can fit before buying. These are 7uk which should translate to 8us but I feel these run slightly tight.

e4u7abe7.jpg
5yqy3ama.jpg

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Why not just return them and have them exchanged for a larger size?

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I ordered these for myself but they don't fit. I wear 7.5uk in the Linea Maestro line and Meermin told me that I should size down a half size for the classic collection, since the lasts are generally wider than those for Linea Maestro. That advice obviously did not work for me. I will be ordering again in a larger size.

I'm selling at P12,300 per pair. Pics should be attached to this post. Anyone interested can fit before buying. These are 7uk which should translate to 8us but I feel these run slightly tight.

e4u7abe7.jpg
5yqy3ama.jpg

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Why not just return them and have them exchanged for a larger size?


I am considering that as a backstop. But the logistics of sending the shoes back to Spain make a sale in the Philippines much more appealing.

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I am considering that as a backstop. But the logistics of sending the shoes back to Spain make a sale in the Philippines much more appealing.

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Agree that sending it would cost a lot. On the other hand, selling a relatively unknown brand in the Philippines will be extremely difficult. Only a handful of people here are familiar with Meermin.

post #523 of 570
Congrats to Ed for the Vault feature.
post #524 of 570

I'm completely clueless when it comes to this, any tips on what to look for in Navy fabric when I head out to Binondo or Fanbi? Looking to get my first work suit tailored by Cornells. Crossing my fingers that there's going to be another Binondo fabric buying trip soon.

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I'm completely clueless when it comes to this, any tips on what to look for in Navy fabric when I head out to Binondo or Fanbi? Looking to get my first work suit tailored by Cornells. Crossing my fingers that there's going to be another Binondo fabric buying trip soon.

Look for worsted cloths with a fine, smooth and crisp appearance. If you need more info check out my blog or PM me.
Edited by kevinyapjoco - 3/7/14 at 7:03pm
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