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post #571 of 585

I just discovered that there's a "The Savile Row Company" in SM Megamall.

 

The irony though, their mannequin is wearing a two-button suit with both buttons buttoned.

post #572 of 585
Hi chaps. Another manila based person here.

I've got a Hugo boss suit which I bought in a rush last year for a job interview. The sleeves are too long and it's too big in the shoulders and body (half it's always been like that, half I've lost weight).

The sleeves need to be taken up so much that the buttons on the wrist of the sleeve either need to be moved and re-done, or the sleeve should be taken up at the shoulder.

Questions.

1. Is it normal to shorten the sleeve from the shoulder? Is this difficult?

2. The tailor wants to take in the shoulder as well. Is this normal? I thought you couldn't really modify the shoulders?

3. Recommendations for a good tailor for modifications?

I took it to Jeeves dry cleaners in New World Makati for cleaning and their in house "master tailor" promoted the discussion. I'm kind of wary of letting him at my suit unless it's easy, or I can get a recommendation for his work...
post #573 of 585
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Originally Posted by jimmyduke View Post

Hi chaps. Another manila based person here.

I've got a Hugo boss suit which I bought in a rush last year for a job interview. The sleeves are too long and it's too big in the shoulders and body (half it's always been like that, half I've lost weight).

The sleeves need to be taken up so much that the buttons on the wrist of the sleeve either need to be moved and re-done, or the sleeve should be taken up at the shoulder.

Questions.

1. Is it normal to shorten the sleeve from the shoulder? Is this difficult?

2. The tailor wants to take in the shoulder as well. Is this normal? I thought you couldn't really modify the shoulders?

3. Recommendations for a good tailor for modifications?

I took it to Jeeves dry cleaners in New World Makati for cleaning and their in house "master tailor" promoted the discussion. I'm kind of wary of letting him at my suit unless it's easy, or I can get a recommendation for his work...

 

Sleeve and shoulder alterations are tricky for many of the tailors here in Manila. I suggest you buy a new suit instead.

post #574 of 585
Shoulders and sleeves are a bit more work but should be within in the skills of a competent alterations tailor. Whether you think it's worth the cost is another matter.
post #575 of 585
Maybe ask if he does the shoulder thing regularly?

If he's gonna take in the sleeves from the shoulder you might as well have the shoulders taken in at the same time. Best case you get a suit you can wear. Worst case, you're out a suit that didn't fit to begin with, plus the alterations cost.
post #576 of 585

Good morning SF-ph!

 

I am a menswear beginner and I am wondering if any of you guys can help me with some manila related inquiries:

 

1. Has anyone here have experience with Glenmore shoes? I know they use goodyear welt construction but I have no idea what leather they use. Do they use full grain leather?

 

2. Johnny air allows you to ship from US to PH via air freight without passing through pasay customs, is there a similar service for UK to PH?

 

3. Do you guys know of any local good shoe makers aside from Glenmore, Besa's (I didn't like the finished samples I saw) and Sapatero (too expensive)? 

post #577 of 585
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Originally Posted by marchonestudios View Post

Good morning SF-ph!

I am a menswear beginner and I am wondering if any of you guys can help me with some manila related inquiries:

1. Has anyone here have experience with Glenmore shoes? I know they use goodyear welt construction but I have no idea what leather they use. Do they use full grain leather?

2. Johnny air allows you to ship from US to PH via air freight without passing through pasay customs, is there a similar service for UK to PH?

3. Do you guys know of any local good shoe makers aside from Glenmore, Besa's (I didn't like the finished samples I saw) and Sapatero (too expensive)? 
Welcome!

1. Can't answer this as I've not yet bought any shoes from glenmore
2. Not sure if there is a service similar to JAC. A similar service but may be passing through customs is forward2me
3. I believe the reason why Sapatero is expensive is because their shoes are hand welted, which is similar to the way Enzo Bonafe welts their shoes. I'm not saying Sapatero is at the level of Enzo Bonafe, but just wanted to point out that their shoes are not GY welted.

I just buy shoes from Allen Edmonds and Carmina (via Gentlemensfootwear) and have it delivered to POBox. The wait is long but it's cheaper and consolidation is always great.
post #578 of 585

Thanks for the reply!

 

1. I have a fat foot so I'm scared to buy Nordstrom shoes (which are cheap, quality is good enough for me) because they only have M width (which is a D). I wear AE 2E (I have an Mcallister E that was too tight, so I had it stretched; I suppose it is a 2E now). Hence a custom shoe from Glenmore at ~7-9k is an attractive offering.

 

2. I'm specifically interested in shipping of European brand shoes such as Meermin, Loake, etc. I know that if you let that pass through customs plus the air freight delivery...it will cost you 5-6k on top of your shoe price.

 

3. About AE...is the sale right now same as the black friday sale? Or would they have better offers come friday? 

post #579 of 585
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Originally Posted by marchonestudios View Post

Thanks for the reply!

1. I have a fat foot so I'm scared to buy Nordstrom shoes (which are cheap, quality is good enough for me) because they only have M width (which is a D). I wear AE 2E (I have an Mcallister E that was too tight, so I had it stretched; I suppose it is a 2E now). Hence a custom shoe from Glenmore at ~7-9k is an attractive offering.

2. I'm specifically interested in shipping of European brand shoes such as Meermin, Loake, etc. I know that if you let that pass through customs plus the air freight delivery...it will cost you 5-6k on top of your shoe price.

3. About AE...is the sale right now same as the black friday sale? Or would they have better offers come friday? 
1. The MacAllister is on the 5 last which is one of AEs longer and narrower lasts. Normally people would size 0.5 down and up a width. I'm 8.5D TTs but I wear an 8E for 5 lasted shoes. 7-9k is a great price. Normally AE is not available at this price range but currently there are a couple of models available for 199 because of the Black Friday sale. Also there are some clearance items at this range as well. Lastly? Shoebank.com is a great place for discounted AE seconds.

2. Not sure of there is a similar service as JAC in Europe. That said these makers deliver to the US so you can get them delivered to the JAC address. If sent via post, US doesn't normally charge duties to shoes you can also try to buy from US stockists like Gentlemans Footwear (they have Carminas, etc)

3. I believe that's the same sale.

Good luck!
post #580 of 585
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Originally Posted by marchonestudios View Post
 

Good morning SF-ph!

 

I am a menswear beginner and I am wondering if any of you guys can help me with some manila related inquiries:

 

1. Has anyone here have experience with Glenmore shoes? I know they use goodyear welt construction but I have no idea what leather they use. Do they use full grain leather?

 

2. Johnny air allows you to ship from US to PH via air freight without passing through pasay customs, is there a similar service for UK to PH?

 

3. Do you guys know of any local good shoe makers aside from Glenmore, Besa's (I didn't like the finished samples I saw) and Sapatero (too expensive)? 

 

1. My friend has an experience with Glenmore shoes. He had a pair made and paid a downpayment. When he saw the shoes he decided to no longer pay the rest of the amount and just left the shoes. It's not Goodyear Welted. They say it's "close to Goodyear Welting". For reference see this post on their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/glenmoreshoes/photos/a.345526723329.157402.78859268329/10151166007223330/?type=1&source=46

 

2. I pass my purchases through a freight forwarder based in HK.

 

3. Those are pretty much the local shoemakers. Save your money and don't buy either Glenmore or Besa's.

post #581 of 585
Heading to the PI at the end of next month and I was hoping to see if any progress with suits have happened but it doesn't sound too promising. I had a couple of suits made about 10 years ago but they were fused, stiff, and boxy. I didn't expect Row quality but it turned out like a Penney's house brand. From the recent posts nothing even comes close to BB 1818... or 346.

@kevinyapjoco, nice write-up for Sapatero. The price is excellent for the amount of work but since I tend to like EG/G&G, it would be unfair to put their aesthetics up to such scrutiny.

It sounds like jackets are trouble for tailors but maybe pants and shirts are acceptable. If I bring in a pair of pants for them to replicate, any suggestion of a good copier? smile.gif
Edited by DpprDr - Yesterday at 7:25 pm
post #582 of 585
I'm still very happy w/ pants and shirts from Cornell's. He's an excellent fitter and I really like the hand-sewn buttonholes. My only complaint is that collars were fused and had sewn-in stays by default. You might want to bring your own fabrics too.

Maybe things have changed in the past few years. Anyone had stuff made there recently?
post #583 of 585
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Originally Posted by emptym View Post

I'm still very happy w/ pants and shirts from Cornell's. He's an excellent fitter and I really like the hand-sewn buttonholes. My only complaint is that collars were fused and had sewn-in stays by default. You might want to bring your own fabrics too.

Maybe things have changed in the past few years. Anyone had stuff made there recently?
Thanks E! Are you in the PI? I'm trying to be good. I have a lot of pasalubong but I don't want to come back with stuff for me.

On another similar note, do any of the aforementioned tailors work on women's suits? My wife (who is not as particular as me) might take the opportunity to have a couple made. Should she bring a suit with her for a template?
post #584 of 585
Back in the US, but I hope to visit this May or June. Definitely need whole suitcase for pasalubong!

Not sure about women, but it's always best to bring a sample imo.
post #585 of 585
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Originally Posted by DpprDr View Post

Heading to the PI at the end of next month and I was hoping to see if any progress with suits have happened but it doesn't sound too promising. I had a couple of suits made about 10 years ago but they were fused, stiff, and boxy. I didn't expect Row quality but it turned out like a Penney's house brand. From the recent posts nothing even comes close to BB 1818... or 346.

@kevinyapjoco, nice write-up for Sapatero. The price is excellent for the amount of work but since I tend to like EG/G&G, it would be unfair to put their aesthetics up to such scrutiny.

It sounds like jackets are trouble for tailors but maybe pants and shirts are acceptable. If I bring in a pair of pants for them to replicate, any suggestion of a good copier? smile.gif

Thanks, DppDr!

Cornell's makes softer suits than most local tailors. He can make acceptable copies.
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