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I have seen in this forum and Ask Andy the name of WW Chan. I am familar with the various visiting tailors from London, and I have used Davies & Son, but I am unfamilar with this Hong Kong tailor. Is he good? Does he have a house style? Does he do the basted try-on that most London tailors do? What is his average cost for a suit? Or should I stick with London and NYC? Thank you for your reponses.
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The answers to your questions are on those very forums where you have seen their name mentioned... The general concensus is that they give phenomenal value for money. Cost is around $1,000. Try a search, man
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WW Chan is the best in the business having shown me what was wrong wiht mh NYC and London bespoke tailors. I have used them for over 20 years. Attention to detail is superb, three trips to US a year. Best to go to Hong Kong for the first go around. Expensive by HK standards, but I tried the other two HK prestige outfits. Chan is simply the best. However, recent departure of the former manager has unclear implications. I cannot recommend them enough.
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WW Chan is the best in the business having shown me what was wrong wiht mh NYC and London bespoke tailors. I have used them for over 20 years. Attention to detail is superb, three trips to US a year. Best to go to Hong Kong for the first go around. Expensive by HK standards, but I tried the other two HK prestige outfits.  Chan is simply the best. However, recent departure of the former manager has unclear implications. I cannot recommend them enough.
What are the other HK outtifts you've tried?
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I tried H Baroman, I doubt they around anymore since they did suits for Edgar G. Robinson. The work was exquisite but they didn't do a proper set of new measurements and fittings on my second trip to Hong Kong. The other big name: A Man Hing Cheong, of the Mandarin Oriental arcade, very poor attention to details and preoccupied with the overhead. Paranoia also evident with plans to flee to Vancouver in anticipation of the Red Chinese takeover. WW Chan exceeds all expectations if you go there in person.
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I also visited the "big 3" just before the handover. Baromon the most expensive of the 3, and not worth it.  Good hand work, but unused to doing a good job with large American bodies.  Never really looked right on me.   Jacket too long, trousers too tight.  Tung Chee-Hwa wears their stuff, I think.  At their best, they are boring, like Oxxford in the bad old days. A-Man pretty good, if a bit surly.  Mediocre cloth selection, need a bit of guidance on style.  Good service from abroad once fittings have been done.  Worth a look if you're passing through.  If you and they see eye to eye, you'll get a decent suit for not a lot. Chan:  best of the 3 in what matters to me.  A few details obviously not SR quality-- buttonholes not too hot, and some visible machine work on the belt loops, for example.  But careful, courteous, and gets all of the hard stuff right. Good fabrics on hand.  I'm trying to reestablish contact to revise my SB pattern and have them copy an Anderson & Sheppard DB.  Not the very best in the world, but excellent value if you're hard to fit.  Also does a nice line of silk brocades from their ladies' shop--- good for exotic black tie vests.  Just be sure to insist on 3 buttons--- I got 4 before I could squawk.
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My wife and I have spent a small fortune with WW Chan. My only complaint is the consistent difficulty with their shirts, so I have stopped trying. They even redid a bunch, same problem always snug and fused collars. I will see the new manager in Washington in a few weeks, I am curious to see if anything has changed. The owner is usually in San Marino, CA, and I have great admiration for the operation he owns and runs.
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