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Hong Kong quick turnaround

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by TyskJohan, Aug 30, 2006.

  1. TyskJohan

    TyskJohan Well-Known Member

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    I got my second batch of shirts (6) from Hong Kong today. I ordered them monday last week, and I'm very impressed that I got them delivered to my doorstep today--after just 9 days.

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    I paid HK$ 3500 for 8 (my 6 + 2 for a friend) shirts incl. p&p -- does that seem like a reasonable price.

    My first order with this tailor was made when I was in Hong Kong, and I got 3 suits and 6 shirts. I'd also welcome some pointers to how I can assess the quality of those suits -- and whether it's advisable to order more suits with different specifications (2 btn instead of 3, maybe double breasted)?

    -TyskJohan
     
  2. edmorel

    edmorel Well-Known Member

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    When you say Hong Kong tailor do you mean Jantzen? The shirt looks good but it looks like it is fresh out of the package so I would wash it a few times, press it and then wear it to see how good the fit is.
     
  3. TyskJohan

    TyskJohan Well-Known Member

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    No, this is a little outfit in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, that I ran into (after checking out several others) when I was in Hong Kong.
     
  4. Earthmover

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    It seems a bit expensive for it to be jantzen. But in any case, I think they look very good for something right out of the package, although the sleeves may get shorter after washing, and that may make it slightly short in the sleeves. But yeah, assuming they are 100% cotton, I think you did quite well, as it seems to fit you fairly well. Jantzen is a bargain at around HK310 per shirt, but that doesn't mean there aren't other good shirtmakers. As long as you're happy with the maker, I think it's a fair price.
     
  5. edmorel

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    Thanks for the info. I'm sure others here will be interested in some more info (does he have a website, can you only order in hong kong, what types of fabrics, what are the suit prices etc). As for the suit questions, you can search here about "fusing" and "canvassing" and you'll get a plethora or posts on methods to tell whether your suit was made in a good manner. Also, you would probably need to post pics of you wearing your suits and which ones you have already gotten if you want advise on what to get next. My personal preference is to stay away from double breasted's unless you are at least 6 feet tall and not too fat.
     
  6. TyskJohan

    TyskJohan Well-Known Member

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    Jantzen is a bargain at around HK310 per shirt, but that doesn't mean there aren't other good shirtmakers.

    I hadn't heard about Janzten before I got to this forum today, but I must say that what I read about their turnaround times didn't impress me.

    However, their choices of fabric are quite impressive, and their fashion designs are way to much for my conservative self... [​IMG]
     
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    I hadn't heard about Janzten before I got to this forum today, but I must say that what I read about their turnaround times didn't impress me. However, their choices of fabric are quite impressive, and their fashion designs are way to much for my conservative self... [​IMG]
    I think ordering by internet is a huge hassle, but if you are in HK again, definitely go in the shop and try a few shirts. Jantzen's in-store turnaround time is around two days, from what I hear. Nothing at all like ordering via internet.
     
  8. TyskJohan

    TyskJohan Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the info. I'm sure others here will be interested in some more info (does he have a website, can you only order in hong kong, what types of fabrics, what are the suit prices etc).

    I will get back to you on that one. As I wrote above I also got 2 shirts for a friend of mine where we took the measurements ourselves, and I want to see how well those shirts fit before I'd be willing to recommend.

    Also the tailor's web site is down for reconstruction at the moment...
     
  9. mumbojumbo

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    I paid HK$ 3500 for 8 (my 6 + 2 for a friend) shirts incl. p&p -- does that seem like a reasonable price.

    That depends on whether the fabrics are nice and the shirts are of decent construction.
     
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    I hadn't heard about Janzten before I got to this forum today, but I must say that what I read about their turnaround times didn't impress me.

    However, their choices of fabric are quite impressive, and their fashion designs are way to much for my conservative self...


    Based on my experience Jantzen is rather for the quantity over quality type of shopper. [​IMG]
     
  11. TyskJohan

    TyskJohan Well-Known Member

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    That depends on whether the fabrics are nice and the shirts are of decent construction.

    Umkay, but how do I tell? Looking for clues for the untrained eye here [​IMG]

    All I know is that they are very comfortable to wear (which off-the-shelf shirts never are for me, they are always either too short in arms and back of waaay to wide around the waist and neck)
     
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    Umkay, but how do I tell? Looking for clues for the untrained eye here [​IMG]

    All I know is that they are very comfortable to wear (which off-the-shelf shirts never are for me, they are always either too short in arms and back of waaay to wide around the waist and neck)


    The best way to get a feeling for what is nice and what is not is to go to a retail store that sells nice shirts (barba, finamore, borrelli etc.) and just touch (and compare) them.

    For construction see: http://www.customshirt1.com/_vti_bin..._AskAndy01.htm
     
  13. TyskJohan

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    whether it's advisable to order more suits with different specifications (2 btn instead of 3, maybe double breasted)?
    Also, you would probably need to post pics of you wearing your suits and which ones you have already gotten if you want advise on what to get next. My personal preference is to stay away from double breasted's unless you are at least 6 feet tall and not too fat.


    I'll think about the pics, I have 6 suits in my wardrobe at the moment, so that will require a little planning. Thanks for the advice [​IMG]

    However, that's not what I was trying to ask about. My question is if the measurements the tailor has taken for the three suits I bought from him (and these three are (unfortunately) identical in all but fabric) are good enough measurements for him to make me a new suit with a different design, such as a dbl breast for example? (I'm about 6'4" and not too fat, btw)
     
  14. edmorel

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    The answer is yes. If you are happy with the current fit, he should be able to make any model of suit for you with the measurements he has. It's always ideal to get a fitting or two regardless, but if you can't, you shouldn't encounter any major problems.
     
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    You may want your shirtmaker to taper it in further in the stomach - currently its far too loose
     
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    The shirt looks good, although I agree you could bring it in a bit in the waist. I think the title of the thread would make a good movie title . . .
     
  17. TyskJohan

    TyskJohan Well-Known Member

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    The shirt looks good, although I agree you could bring it in a bit in the waist. I think the title of the thread would make a good movie title . . .

    Thanks for that!

    As you can see the left part of the waist wasn't properly tucked in (and the left hand cuff wasn't buttoned).

    Maybe I will post a pic of one of the shirts that I've used and washed a few times later.
     
  18. Jovan

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    Hey, TyskJohan. This is off topic, but you asked in the chat how to tell fused from canvassed with suits. I replied, but you didn't seem to be active.

    [16:09] <Jovan> TyskJohan: I apologize, I can't always be in here and as of late the channel's been pretty dead.
    [16:10] <Jovan> The way to find out though is to grasp the bottom edge and rub it between your fingers a bit, feeling for three distinct layers.
    [16:11] <Jovan> If you can only feel two, it may still be half canvassed. Move up above the ribcage area and feel there.

    On-topic, good work with the shirt.
     

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