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4 days in hongkong, need a suit...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by west coast wonderboy, Jun 9, 2005.

  1. west coast wonderboy

    west coast wonderboy Well-Known Member

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    I know this has likely been covered many times before on this forum but the search doesn't seem to like me and I'm running out of time (flight leaves tomorrow morning).

    I'm going to be in Hong Kong for 4 full days and I really would like to have a suit made for me while I'm there. I'm a university student, so I'm not looking for anything overly expensive, but I've always wanted a suit which fit me properly (I laugh at most formal uni functions when the girls all look great and the guys are all wearing suit shaped sacks).

    any help and advice is much appreciated.

    -wwwb
     
  2. dorian

    dorian Well-Known Member

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    Check out A-Man on the shopping/mezzanine floor in the Mandarin Oriental. Best tailor in HK... and not the most expensive.
     
  3. Matt

    Matt Well-Known Member

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    WW Chan is across the harbor in Tsim Sha Tsui. Indian guys will chase you everywhere offering you a suit over there. Ignore all of them.

    Jantzen (for shirts primarily, but also make suits) are in Worldwide House in Central
     
  4. retronotmetro

    retronotmetro Well-Known Member

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    WW Chan will run you something like $800 for a suit, minimum. I believe (but will be quickly corrected if wrong) that A-Man Hing Cheong is in the same price range. Most of the other hustlers will sell you a much cheaper suit (yes, "cheaper" as opposed to "less expensive").

    An advantage of working with WW Chan is that once you get the fit correct, you can not only reorder remotely, but also get the pattern updated during their US visits, which will be important in the years after university, when most people find their waistline expanding . . .
     
  5. naturlaut

    naturlaut Well-Known Member

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    If you only have four days, your only choices are: 1) those Indian tailors who will chase you around the block, 2) Jantzen. I don't think Chan or A-Man will turn out a suit in 4 days. Jantzen could probably even give you two fittings in four days.
     
  6. dorian

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    If there is a problem with A-Man's turnaround time drop me a PM and I'll see if I can help. I'm not sure what they're prices are for first suits (as I have always gotten a discounted rate b/c my father used to have suits made regularly there[​IMG]).
     
  7. Matt

    Matt Well-Known Member

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    when suggesting Chan, never even considered him turning it around in 4 days, no way.

    the indian guys in TST will do that, but you dont want one of their suits.

    Chan/A Man will measure you up, if you lucky you will get a basted fitting on day 3 or 4, and then take your address and mail it to you when its done.

    Jantzen I dont know.
     
  8. Kai

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    Chan may be able to do a 4 day turnaround. Set up the appointment in advance, and get to their shop right off the plane, to give the the most time you can.
     
  9. Matt

    Matt Well-Known Member

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    but would you really want them to???
     
  10. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Well-Known Member

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    Chan could do four days. My second remote order was delivered to me (i.e. it was in my hands) exactly 13 days after I ordered it.

    "Would you want them to?" Make clear that you don't want rushed work -- you want to know whether they can do their best work in four days (make clear this will be your first of many suits, and that you wanted to get a pattern while in Hong Kong). If they say, yes, then go for it.
     
  11. retronotmetro

    retronotmetro Well-Known Member

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    WW Chan's website says they can do a completed suit in 3 days if you make an appointment 2 weeks in advance and show up on time for daily fittings.

    While it seems that one wouldn't expect their best work on such a short turnaround, I do know someone who had WW Chan do a suit in 4 or 5 days, with multiple fittings, and it turned out quite well.
     
  12. Matt

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    do they make canvassed suits exclusively? i know the canvas process is very time consuming...would have to eat into that four days pretty heavily, and wouldnt recommend that he gets it fused for the sake of saving a shipping bill
     
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    dah328 Well-Known Member

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    Yes, canvassed exclusively.
     
  14. Mike C.

    Mike C. Well-Known Member

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    This sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. I'd save the $800 and buy something you know will fit in RTW.
     
  15. Kai

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    I had my suits made in 5 days. They look great. Â I believe that you could get a very high quality suit in 4 days, provided you make the appointment in advance. Quick turnaround is their specialty. I'd be willing to bet that over half of their business is 4 days. You guys clearly have not read the story about the shoemaker and the elves if you don't think that quality clothing can be constructed quickly. Â [​IMG]
     
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    Kai: If I'm not mistaken, you've had quite a few suits either MTM or custom, with this experience, I'd bet YOU could get a good suit that quick. It seems to be this guys first time, so I doubt he could give the tailor qualified direction or pick the right fabric or styling details.
     
  17. retronotmetro

    retronotmetro Well-Known Member

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    My friend who got the 4 or 5 day suit from WW Chan had never ordered custom before, and it worked out just fine.  

    I'd hazard a guess that styling issues would be minimal if you trust them and just follow the prevailing trend.  When finalizing an order I always ask what most of their customers are ordering lately, and it never seems to be outlandish or out of the ordinary.  I'd bet that the greatest portion of their business is probably 2- or 3-button notch lapel coats with flap pockets, and double reverse pleated pants with cuffs.  It would be pretty hard to get out of their shop with some kind of NFL draft day suit--unlike a lot of other shops in TST.

    HK shops, at least the more expensive ones, work very fast and have a lot of shop capacity, especially if they know you are coming. Ascot Chang once brought me 6 shirts in less than 24 hours.
     
  18. Kai

    Kai Well-Known Member

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    Originally Posted by Kai,June 10 2005,17:04
    I had my suits made in 5 days. They look great.
    Kai: If I'm not mistaken, you've had quite a few suits either MTM or custom, with this experience, I'd bet YOU could get a good suit that quick. It seems to be this guys first time, so I doubt he could give the tailor qualified direction or pick the right fabric or styling details.
    Chan was my first bespoke experience. I do think it helped that I knew something going in about proper fit, fabrics etc. and was able to communicate this to them. I also think it helped that what I wanted was basically their "house" style (traditional English cut.) Â If I was expecting a cut of suit that deviated significantly from their house style, things might not have turned out quite so well.
     

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