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post #151 of 163
hello, i am trying to remember the name of a shirtmaker i wanted to try in HK. i was going to send him an ascot chang shirt to copy but now i can't remember the shirt makers name! it was not a shirtmaker from the usual suspects, anyone have comprehensive list of shirt makers in HK? i seem to recall the email address was a .ca, which is unique perhaps
any help appreciated!
post #152 of 163
its lee baron, finally figured it out!
post #153 of 163

Hello all, first time poster here. If you think this post belongs elsewhere that it might get more responses, feel free to move it. Anyway, I would like to provide an update and comparison of some of the “value” tailor shops in Hong Kong, and request critiques on the suits and recommendations on who I should do business with in the future. I am far from an expert on suits, but I have read much of the discussion on the forum for Hong Kong tailors and I wanted to add a few suits to my collection on a recent trip to Hong Kong since I am starting a job in finance fairly soon. These suits will be primarily worn for work, but I also wanted to get suits that could also look fashionable in social settings as well. I understand the argument that contributors make about spending 1200USD on one really good suit, but I really needed multiple suits/shirts, and my budget was only 1500-2000USD, total. Therefore, I decided that I would try out several of the “value” shops that have been spoken of favorably on the forum, and see if I can find one or two to order from consistently in the future as I continue to build my suit collection. I have included pictures of all the suits and would greatly appreciate any feedback you might be able to provide. For all tailors, I was initially measured, came back the next day for fitting, then I came back 2 weeks later to do final fitting and pickup.

 

 

 

I made the following suit purchases: 1 black suit (VBC 120?) for 3600HKD/480USD from William Cheng and Son, 1 gray suit (75/25 wool/cashmere blend) for 4200HKD/560USD from Lee Baron Fashions, and 1 blue suit (75/25 wool/cashmere blend) from Baron Kay for 5000HKD/666USD.I had worn the blue suit to work that day, which may have caused some of the wrinkling in the back.

I also purchased 4 shirts from Jantzens at 412HKD/55USD a piece (they charged me extra for extra material because of the long sleeve length), 1 shirt from William Cheng and Son at 360HKD/48USD? And 1 shirt from Lee Baron Fashions for 380HKD/50USD. The quality on all of these seemed pretty good. I worked with a young guy at Jantzens who seemed annoyed that I was requesting different variations to be made on my different shirts, but they do have by far the most options for customization (collars, cuffs, button configurations, etc) and the most choices for fabric, so I may go with them for shirts in the future- especially if I can get them to stop charging me for extra material- I also like their non-iron shirt which is about $8USD more. William Cheng gave me a pamphlet with actual swatches in it, which I really like, since I don’t think you can get a good feel for the material by viewing a swatch online.

At the risk of biasing any critiques, I thought the suits made by William Cheng and Baron Kay fit quite well in the initial fitting as well as the final product. The gray Lee Baron suit did not fit well in the initial fitting, and it was apparent that it would need to be changed. The final fitting for the coat looked good except that the left sleeve was noticeably shorter than the right one (my right arm hangs lower than my left because of a previous shoulder injury). It was altered but now I think the left is a bit longer than the right. My wife and I both thought the pants fit rather funny around the hips and behind the front pockets. The fit is already fairly snug across the front, but there is extra material behind the pockets that is not very flattering. Peter Lee and the employee I was working with both said that the fit was good and that there should be some bagginess to allow a man to use the front and back pockets. They offered to take it in some more, but cautioned that this would increase the tightness across the front of the pants. I did not want the front to be any tighter, so I left it as is. I have tried to show this in the pictures and would appreciate any comments, especially recommendations on which of the 3 tailors to use going forward. One additional comment, I am 7'0 tall and would appreciate any tips on buying suits for very tall people.

post #154 of 163
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I made the following suit purchases: 1 black suit (VBC 120?) for 3600HKD/480USD from William Cheng and Son, 1 gray suit (75/25 wool/cashmere blend) for 4200HKD/560USD from Lee Baron Fashions, and 1 blue suit (75/25 wool/cashmere blend) from Baron Kay for 5000HKD/666USD.I had worn the blue suit to work that day, which may have caused some of the wrinkling in the back.
I also purchased 4 shirts from Jantzens at 412HKD/55USD a piece (they charged me extra for extra material because of the long sleeve length), 1 shirt from William Cheng and Son at 360HKD/48USD? And 1 shirt from Lee Baron Fashions for 380HKD/50USD. The quality on all of these seemed pretty good. I worked with a young guy at Jantzens who seemed annoyed that I was requesting different variations to be made on my different shirts, but they do have by far the most options for customization (collars, cuffs, button configurations, etc) and the most choices for fabric, so I may go with them for shirts in the future- especially if I can get them to stop charging me for extra material- I also like their non-iron shirt which is about $8USD more. William Cheng gave me a pamphlet with actual swatches in it, which I really like, since I don’t think you can get a good feel for the material by viewing a swatch online.

Congradtz on the acqusition. The price really good, is that really hk$3600 for a vbc 120 suit from william cheng? i believe this price point should be fused or half canvassed. Nonetheless, the suits look quite good to me (i am a newbie as well and other experts feel free to deny my points). The Baron Kay and William Cheng suit look a bit short, button stance a bit high, and sleeve a bit long. Unable to comment on the back, but the shrink of the blue suit maybe due to too many fabric (i am really not sure). No comment for pants as well since i am still learning. the peter lee suit, the left sleeve looks a bit unbalanced probably becoz PL did this by assuming you wear a watch (i never wear a watch because of this haha, and also i dun have the budget for a nice one yet frown.gif ).

Disclaimer: i never have suits made with the aforementioned 3 tailors, i use dream bespoke and browns tailor.
Edited by kingenzo - 8/10/14 at 10:00am
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post #156 of 163
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Originally Posted by TallSuitGuy View Post

Hello all, first time poster here. If you think this post belongs elsewhere that it might get more responses, feel free to move it. Anyway, I would like to provide an update and comparison of some of the “value” tailor shops in Hong Kong, and request critiques on the suits and recommendations on who I should do business with in the future. I am far from an expert on suits, but I have read much of the discussion on the forum for Hong Kong tailors and I wanted to add a few suits to my collection on a recent trip to Hong Kong since I am starting a job in finance fairly soon. These suits will be primarily worn for work, but I also wanted to get suits that could also look fashionable in social settings as well. I understand the argument that contributors make about spending 1200USD on one really good suit, but I really needed multiple suits/shirts, and my budget was only 1500-2000USD, total. Therefore, I decided that I would try out several of the “value” shops that have been spoken of favorably on the forum, and see if I can find one or two to order from consistently in the future as I continue to build my suit collection. I have included pictures of all the suits and would greatly appreciate any feedback you might be able to provide. For all tailors, I was initially measured, came back the next day for fitting, then I came back 2 weeks later to do final fitting and pickup.









I made the following suit purchases: 1 black suit (VBC 120?) for 3600HKD/480USD from William Cheng and Son, 1 gray suit (75/25 wool/cashmere blend) for 4200HKD/560USD from Lee Baron Fashions, and 1 blue suit (75/25 wool/cashmere blend) from Baron Kay for 5000HKD/666USD.I had worn the blue suit to work that day, which may have caused some of the wrinkling in the back.
I also purchased 4 shirts from Jantzens at 412HKD/55USD a piece (they charged me extra for extra material because of the long sleeve length), 1 shirt from William Cheng and Son at 360HKD/48USD? And 1 shirt from Lee Baron Fashions for 380HKD/50USD. The quality on all of these seemed pretty good. I worked with a young guy at Jantzens who seemed annoyed that I was requesting different variations to be made on my different shirts, but they do have by far the most options for customization (collars, cuffs, button configurations, etc) and the most choices for fabric, so I may go with them for shirts in the future- especially if I can get them to stop charging me for extra material- I also like their non-iron shirt which is about $8USD more. William Cheng gave me a pamphlet with actual swatches in it, which I really like, since I don’t think you can get a good feel for the material by viewing a swatch online.
At the risk of biasing any critiques, I thought the suits made by William Cheng and Baron Kay fit quite well in the initial fitting as well as the final product. The gray Lee Baron suit did not fit well in the initial fitting, and it was apparent that it would need to be changed. The final fitting for the coat looked good except that the left sleeve was noticeably shorter than the right one (my right arm hangs lower than my left because of a previous shoulder injury). It was altered but now I think the left is a bit longer than the right. My wife and I both thought the pants fit rather funny around the hips and behind the front pockets. The fit is already fairly snug across the front, but there is extra material behind the pockets that is not very flattering. Peter Lee and the employee I was working with both said that the fit was good and that there should be some bagginess to allow a man to use the front and back pockets. They offered to take it in some more, but cautioned that this would increase the tightness across the front of the pants. I did not want the front to be any tighter, so I left it as is. I have tried to show this in the pictures and would appreciate any comments, especially recommendations on which of the 3 tailors to use going forward. One additional comment, I am 7'0 tall and would appreciate any tips on buying suits for very tall people.

Tallest person ever to post to a clothing forum....

In this case, cuffs, padded shoulders, not slim fit - except it's too late for that. A pocket square when appropriate. The flap pockets were a good idea. The Lee Baron suit jacket looks slightly too short, which arguably renders it unwearable.
post #157 of 163

that lee baron jacket is hardly "too short"

 

it both covers the guy's ass AND its hem is inline with his first knuckles 

 

the guy has a lower right shoulder; and you can see the effect it has on the back of the jacket because the LB guys didn't account for the difference in shoulder slope.  Left half of the coat is clean while the right half has creases, all from the sloping shoulder.  

 

questionable gorge height from both houses considering the height of the client.  

post #158 of 163

Hi guys,

 

my first post on here, so please play nice...

 

So what's the best tailor for shirts under HK$350 in Central/Admiralty? Am tired of Jantzen's rough service.

 

Thanks.

 

-OSM

post #159 of 163

No personal experience but I read in SF somebody tried a tailor in Worldwide house which offers competitive price.

Otherwise, how about tailors in Lippo centre?   If you look for budget shirts maker, rent must be cheaper.

 

I tried two small shirts makers in Causeway Bay, I mean the shop with sewing machine inside their place, but the result was mixed at best.

Not cheaper than Jantzen and not better or sometimes worse than Jantzen. 

 

I wish you a good luck with your exploration and please share the info if you find a good one.

post #160 of 163
Like moda republic.
post #161 of 163
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Originally Posted by bamboo View Post
 

No personal experience but I read in SF somebody tried a tailor in Worldwide house which offers competitive price.

Otherwise, how about tailors in Lippo centre?   If you look for budget shirts maker, rent must be cheaper.

 

I tried two small shirts makers in Causeway Bay, I mean the shop with sewing machine inside their place, but the result was mixed at best.

Not cheaper than Jantzen and not better or sometimes worse than Jantzen. 

 

I wish you a good luck with your exploration and please share the info if you find a good one.

 

Could it have been Universal Tailor? Charges 320 per shirt (or 1k for four) and made a good impression when I went in to ask/look around.

 

Asked in a few shops in Lippo Center, think they all were above 400.

 

Thanks, will be sure to share.

post #162 of 163

My only recommendation is to stay away from Raja Fashions.  I was recommended by a friend, but these guys were awful!  The price was too high, the quality was too low, and on top of that, when I went to pick up my order, they completely screw up the lining, and delayed me getting the dam thing.

 

Dealing with Raja Fashions was a nightmare!

post #163 of 163

It's crazy how many people have problems with these tailors. I can tell you that I loved Sam’s and I bought 2 suits when I was in HK in 2008 and 3 more in 2012 from Sam’s.  That being said,  I had the same bad experience when I was in Hong Kong with tailors ripping me off.  Good news, not all are bad.  I wrote about my experience here:http://benpinkhasik.wix.com/prince-fashion-hk

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