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Show us your Chan

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Vintage Gent, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Well-Known Member

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    On the first pic, you'll see the button hole on the lapel has a small thread about an inch below it, which I think is meant to secure the stem of a boutineer??

    Correct.

    On the third picture, a small split in the top of the rear of the trousers, not sure the purpose of this, but the way it's done is very nice, and there's some attention to detail in the way it looks to be made.

    A split waistband makes it much easier to alter the seat seam in the future, if you gain or lose weight and need to alter the waist measurement.
     
  2. JLibourel

    JLibourel Well-Known Member

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    Now just need to have it pressed, as the package was folded up and did not come out in ready to wear condition..

    However, I snapped some shots of the construction details..

    As I am new to this level of suit quality, there were some unexpected detailing that had me somewhat impressed. Many of you probably will see no novelty in any of this, but for me, I was pleased with the result and ready for more.

    On the first pic, you'll see the button hole on the lapel has a small thread about an inch below it, which I think is meant to secure the stem of a boutineer??

    On the second one, there's a small band of elastic gripper material which helps keep everything in place (I have had a suit with this before, but rarely seen it on others)

    On the third picture, a small split in the top of the rear of the trousers, not sure the purpose of this, but the way it's done is very nice, and there's some attention to detail in the way it looks to be made.

    On the last picture is the hemline on the cuff of the pants. Again, this one is a first for me, but they have an additional strip of fabric, which appears to be made to keep the heel of your shoe from damaging the cuff/pulling at it, as you walk.

    Everything looks pretty good.. once it's pressed/unwrinkled I'll post again with it on for some fit critique.


    I'd suggest using a steamer to get the wrinkles out rather than having it pressed. I've done that with all the garments I've gotten from Chan, and it has worked very satisfactorily. Just steam the wrinkles out and let it hang for a day or so and it should be good to go.
     
  3. wmb

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    hang it in the bathroom with the shower running... the wrinkles will go pretty quickly...
     
  4. Coldcava

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    After a couple of days on the hanger it seems that the wrinkles are dimished, so steamed a little and then took some pics. I give a lot of you credit who take self portraits, hard to set up shots and then take on a timer..

    Anyhow, here goes? Thoughts on the fit? (also of the shirt - was an Ascot Chang I had made while in HK)
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  5. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Well-Known Member

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    After a couple of days on the hanger it seems that the wrinkles are dimished, so steamed a little and then took some pics. I give a lot of you credit who take self portraits, hard to set up shots and then take on a timer..

    Anyhow, here goes? Thoughts on the fit? (also of the shirt - was an Ascot Chang I had made while in HK)


    It's rather short, and the buttoning point seems insanely high. Maybe the camera angle is distorting things a bit though....
     
  6. Coldcava

    Coldcava Well-Known Member

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    Some of it could be the camera angle.. the distance from the camera to me is maybe 6 feet and it is resting on a desk about a foot below my waist. T

    he top button, as a reference point is maybe an inch above my navel.
     
  7. F. Corbera

    F. Corbera Well-Known Member

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    Anyhow, here goes? Thoughts on the fit? (also of the shirt - was an Ascot Chang I had made while in HK)

    If you are standing as you normally do, and you stood normally at your measurement session and fittings (did you say three?), then:

    A. Jacket

    Buttoning point is rather high for my taste...it's hard to tell at that angle, though. Sleeve pitches are off, in the case of your right sleeve, way off. Your mid back is too tight under the blades, giving you the tell-tale diagonal folds.

    B. Pants

    The pants look like they have a major lateral balance problem, with folding and bagging going from the fork to the interior seams and to the back of the knee. The pants don't have a straight hang, which with a clean seat are the two minimal achievements that should be expected from bespoke pants.

    It's great that you like the new-to-you detailing of the suit, since that is one of the many small pleasures of owning something made with more attention to detail than usual.

    Don't let that rose up your spectacles, though, when it comes to paying attention to how it fits. I'm sorry, but if the photographs are representative, then you suit does not appear to me to fit well.
     
  8. EricX

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    Had two suits ordered today, very excited. Also talk to the salesman who told me that they are going to raise the price after Chinese New Year.
     
  9. dragon8

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    Had two suits ordered today, very excited. Also talk to the salesman who told me that they are going to raise the price after Chinese New Year.

    Wow, did they say how much?
     
  10. chasingred

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    Had two suits ordered today, very excited. Also talk to the salesman who told me that they are going to raise the price after Chinese New Year.

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  11. dbc

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    And I was going to make my first trip in April too...
     
  12. ginlimetonic

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    Had two suits ordered today, very excited. Also talk to the salesman who told me that they are going to raise the price after Chinese New Year.

    =IF(You=SFbigtimer,"no price increase","price increase")
     
  13. EricX

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    Wow, did they say how much?

    He didn't reveal the exact number, but 10% to 20% should not be surprising
     
  14. GuidoWongolini

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    & why would WW Chan be immune to annual price increase?[​IMG]
     
  15. apropos

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    & why would WW Chan be immune to annual price increase?[​IMG]
    You and I and everyone else on this thread know that one of the big reasons why people go to WW Chan is because of the (low) price. A 10-20% per annum price increase that is not accompanied by any increase in quality, if continued at this rate, will hurt them more over the long run than it will help them. That said, some might say that the price is just catching up with the quality.
     
  16. GuidoWongolini

    GuidoWongolini Well-Known Member

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    You and I and everyone else on this thread know that one of the big reasons why people go to WW Chan is because of the (low) price. A 10-20% per annum price increase that is not accompanied by any increase in quality, if continued at this rate, will hurt them more over the long run than it will help them.
    - but WW Chan has had annual price increases for a while now & on average 10% - & SF is a very small portion of their business
     
  17. chasingred

    chasingred Well-Known Member

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    Are there even alternatives? I envy those members who were able to get Chan suits for under $1000 back in the day, but even with the price increase, my understanding is that they're still a huge bargain.
     
  18. apropos

    apropos Well-Known Member

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    - but WW Chan has had annual price increases for a while now & on average 10%
    - & SF is a very small portion of their business

    True, and true. Time will tell, I guess.
     
  19. PeterMetro

    PeterMetro Well-Known Member

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    I just ordered a suit from Chan in Shanghai in Navy/Navy Seersucker. Unlined. They charged me 6,200 RMB, which is a little more than 900 USD.

    Fair price, I think. We'll see how it turns out.
     
  20. chasingred

    chasingred Well-Known Member

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    Are prices cheaper when you order in Shanghai instead of getting fitted on one of their tours?
     

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