I was there on Tuesday; it was my first Chan visit. And I'm glad to find this thread, because I was intending on starting my own about it. I was disappointed. I had recently had a fitting (also my first) with Hemrajani, which I thought went extremely well--thus when I got here to SF, and saw some of the negative reports on Hemrajani's work, I was distressed. I went to that fitting, and to the Chan fitting, wearing a Savile Row suit which I fundamentally like, but which had some problems. The Hemrajani fitting was great. Without my saying anything, he immediately pointed out the problems with the suit I was wearing, and they were spot on. When I said things, he clearly appreciated everything I said; he understood what I was asking for; and when he did have suggestions or comments, they were respectful and tentative. His own suit was not to my taste, but it did have style. At Chan, I felt that no matter what I said, Patrick was not understanding the kind of suit I wanted (which was, fundamentally, a Savile Row suit). For example, my suit was three button, but with the lapels rolled to the second button. I wanted it with the same button distance, but rolled to the top button. Patrick several times told me that I should have the lapels rolled even higher--"that's what's stylish now, you should do that". Likewise, I like to show an appropriate amount of shirtsleeve, and had to insist repeatedly that he was measuring the jacket sleeves too long. I am concerned about what the suit is going to look like. I am not, like some people on this list, able to take a pencil and sketch the pattern my shirt yoke should be cut in, but I think I'm reasonably able to describe what I want. It should not have been as difficult as it was to get across the idea, "I want a Savile Row-styled suit," especially because I was already wearing one.
All those who've visited with Chan in the last few days - what did you think of the staff's own suits?
I did not like the suit Patrick was wearing. The lapels, in particular, were excessively high and small. The lapel buttonhole was far too small, even given his stature. Oh fabric: from Hemrajani (the suit hasn't arrived yet--from Chan I asked to have a second fitting, which annoyingly will delay things by five months, and I really do need to get more suits and am not looking forward to waiting that long to make any additional decision), I got a LP super 120s in navy with a blue windowpane. From Chan, I got a--actually, I didn't know the name of the mill, it was some initials--super 130s with a touch of cashmere, in a charcoal glen plaid with a blue overpane.