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Manila Tailor

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Dr. J, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. emptym

    emptym Well-Known Member

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    It's quarter lined with shirting he had at the shop. It has a light, I assume fused, canvas and very thin shoulder pads. The pants that go w/ the jacket to make it a suit are with JR. Were you there just for the ordering or also for the fitting? I don't think I ever posted that pic of Cornell and me that you or Acidboy took: [​IMG]
    Wish I was still in Manila!
     
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  2. acidboy

    acidboy Well-Known Member

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    will you have another tour of duty this year?
     
  3. bbaquiran

    bbaquiran Well-Known Member

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    It's quarter lined with shirting material he had at the shop. It has a light, I assume fused, canvas and very thin shoulder pads. The pants JR has go w/ the jacket to make a suit.

    Ah great. I'll probably get something similar soon. Just have to find the right fabric.

    When we met you were ordering.
     
  4. emptym

    emptym Well-Known Member

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    will you have another tour of duty this year?
    No, but I may be able to come for family and fun. It's only a slight possibility though.
    Ah great. I'll probably get something similar soon. Just have to find the right fabric.

    When we met you were ordering.

    And you guys were helping me. You might try Fourth Quadrant Textile in Kamuning, 154 Textile section, run by a family called Bongon. They had some great cotton twill in many colors and some nice linen or linen blends. I have some stuff from there that I may send with a friend who would bring it to Cornell's. I'm afraid to get stuff w/o the chance to have fittings and alterations though.
     
  5. aon

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    No, but I may be able to come for family and fun. It's only a slight possibility though.

    And you guys were helping me. You might try Fourth Quadrant Textile in Kamuning, 154 Textile section, run by a family called Bongon. They had some great cotton twill in many colors and some nice linen or linen blends. I have some stuff from there that I may send with a friend who would bring it to Cornell's. I'm afraid to get stuff w/o the chance to have fittings and alterations though.


    Does fourth quadrant have some interesting fabrics for sports jacket? Can anyone recommend a good place where I can find patterned fabrics for a jacket? Thanks!
     
  6. emptym

    emptym Well-Known Member

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    It's probably hit or miss. Try Emiliano-Ericci in Kamuning (who says he supplies stuff to Cornell) and Fanbi in Greenbelt (I think). Of all the fabric shops I visited, Emiliano-Ericci seemed by far the best stocked for men's suiting and shirting. They also recommended some tailors who worked from their homes. If I was in town for a month or visited frequently, I'd try BB's tailor for a canvased jacket. He has access to top notch fabric too.
     
  7. aon

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    Thanks for your inputs! I'll try to visit BB's tailor as well.
     
  8. bbaquiran

    bbaquiran Well-Known Member

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    I had my first real quality control problem with Cornell this week, on my third shirt. [​IMG] The collar button was incorrectly placed, and the buttons aren't centered in the placket. I pointed this out and we (Mr. Cornelio and I) went through the other finished shirts in the shop and found several other shirts where the buttons weren't aligned with the center of the placket. He also checked the width of the placket on my shirt and it was 1/8" wider than it was supposed to be.
     
  9. silvermagenta

    silvermagenta Well-Known Member

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    I found JR through SF and I scheduled a meeting with him when I was in Manila for a business meeting back in October. I've now got 5 shirts and 4 trousers. I will post pictures later this evening or tomorrow morning.
     
  10. emptym

    emptym Well-Known Member

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    ^Great.

    BB, that's too bad about the small problems w/ the shirt. I haven't had any problems w/ shirts, although I don't think I have a button down collared shirt from him. I'm sure I've had other problems, but the only one I can think of now was flapped besom pockets put on instead of patch pockets. Is he going to remake or otherwise fix the placket?
     
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  11. bbaquiran

    bbaquiran Well-Known Member

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    He fixed the collar button placement (it was off 1/2"!!!), but not the placket. He gave me P100 off and promised that it wouldn't happen again. I'll certainly pay more attention to these things with future orders. I wore the shirt the next day and nobody noticed the non-centered buttons.

    I already have some fabric lined up for next week. A blue oxford for a button-down, and Egyptian cotton for a white spread collar shirt.
     
  12. silvermagenta

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    My first order with JR were black trousers. I was wearing them, so he couldn't take a picture. Here were my following orders though. Pictures are from him before he sent them out to me. I just uploaded them in Flickr. Green, khaki and blue: [​IMG] Here's a closer picture of the green and blue. The color is more accurate in the initial picture. The green is still a shade darker and the blue two shades than shown in the initial picture: [​IMG] [​IMG] I was very happy with the first (black) pair, so I wanted all the same design and cut. Here's a few detail shots of his work. [​IMG] Clean hem and sewing job! (pictured: khaki) [​IMG] I flipped the chino inside out to provide a shot of the clean construction. This is the pocket bag. (pictured: khaki) [​IMG] Quite clean! (pictured: khaki) I'll post pictures of the shirts next.
     
  13. silvermagenta

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    As promised.

    A bit hard to get the color, but this is a long sleeved blue oxford cloth with button-down collars.

    [​IMG]

    I chose this pocket type, but when we met, he was wearing an oxford shirt with a curved pocket. He also had another shirt with him which he was about to deliver which had a squarer pocket and another with a U-shaped pocket with squared off edges. I assume he can do any shape:

    [​IMG]

    Vintage mother of pearl buttons. He had other pearl buttons which were thick but we both agreed that they would not look very nice on a casual shirt like an oxford, so we went with this instead:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    He did a split yoke with a center back pleat. He asked if I wanted a button on the back of the collar, but I said no:

    [​IMG]

    Curved shirt cuff:

    [​IMG]
     
  14. djwoblely

    djwoblely Well-Known Member

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    My first order with JR were black trousers. I was wearing them, so he couldn't take a picture. Here were my following orders though. Pictures are from him before he sent them out to me. I just uploaded them in Flickr.

    Green, khaki and blue:

    [​IMG]

    Here's a closer picture of the green and blue. The color is more accurate in the initial picture. The green is still a shade darker and the blue two shades than shown in the initial picture:

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    I was very happy with the first (black) pair, so I wanted all the same design and cut. Here's a few detail shots of his work.

    [​IMG]

    Clean hem and sewing job! (pictured: khaki)

    [​IMG]

    I flipped the chino inside out to provide a shot of the clean construction. This is the pocket bag. (pictured: khaki)

    [​IMG]

    Quite clean! (pictured: khaki)

    I'll post pictures of the shirts next.


    I like those pants! how's the fit? also how much did they cost? did they have the material or did you bring it? also if they had the material what other colors did they have?
     
  15. silvermagenta

    silvermagenta Well-Known Member

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    I like those pants! how's the fit? also how much did they cost? did they have the material or did you bring it? also if they had the material what other colors did they have?
    Fit is great. Slim enough for my liking without them being a straight. A true slim-straight. They ended up being $75/pair with the fabric. He had a variety of other colors. I'm sort of thinking about a light pastel blue for summer.
     
  16. k4lnamja

    k4lnamja Well-Known Member

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    Hello,

    My cousin is traveling to Manila to train workers there for the next month. He is bringing shirts and suits to be altered.

    Can someone please recommend a great tailor? Also, if you are aware of their pricing then that would be fantastic too.

    Cheers
     
  17. Greyesjr

    Greyesjr New Member

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    Paid a visit to Cornell's Custom Tailors this morning with my suit, pants and shoes in tow only to find out that he does not accept alterations. What a complete waste of time.
     
  18. emptym

    emptym Well-Known Member

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    ^That's too bad.

    Btw, if anyone's considering having a shirt made by Mr. Cornell, know that he tends to put non-removable, plastic stiffeners in the collar points. I recommend you ask that the collar be made without these stiffeners.
     
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  19. alco

    alco Well-Known Member

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    Since Cornell's doesn't do alterations, any other possible recommendations?

    Will be in Manila soon and having some suits altered.. nothing too difficult, just the pants hem and length of the sleeves.
     
  20. alco

    alco Well-Known Member

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    anyone with contact details of themanilahaberdasher? no response through emails..
     

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