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The Hong Kong Tailors Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Silk, Apr 6, 2007.

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  1. ForeverSkinny

    ForeverSkinny New Member

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    Hey SF,


    I'm arriving in HK on Thursday and would appreciate some help. Yes, I'm a noob and I desperately need help before making a huge $$$ tailoring decision.

    From SF reviews I'm looking at the following HK tailors:
    -W.W. Chan
    -Gordon Yao
    -Peter Lee of Lee Baron
    -Y William Yu
    -Jantzen

    I need to get a tuxedo (full getup incl. shirt) made as I'm a best man in a few months and also would want to use it for my wedding one day.

    Would be great to get shirts from a few shops so I can reorder whoever does the best job.

    Also, would be looking for a blazer (unstructured with shoulder pads?), pants, and a grey suit.

    I'm 5'5" and 125lb, super skinny and short arms and cannot fit anything OTR. I want a very slim cut, highly tapered pants, cutaway collar (think Thomas Pink), I wear 2"-2.5" skinny ties so I want similar sized lapels (is 2.5" my min or or can I go smaller?), jacket bottom that comes down to wrist, etc.

    I'm on a budget and would like to get the most bang for my buck. Since I'm in my mid 20's and I can't fit OTR, I will need to build a full suit and shirt wardrobe in the near future. My alternative when I get back to NYC will basically be MTM stuff (MySuitNY, J Hilburn, etc.. ). So if HK really is right for me I want to get measured and sorted while I am in town.

    What tailor/s can I go to that will understand and accommodate my needs (style wise), and allow me maintain a budget in the long term?


    Thanks!
     
  2. Spaghettimatt

    Spaghettimatt Well-Known Member

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    Anyone know if Peter Lee/Lee Baron carries Donegal and/or Harris tweed fabrics?
     
  3. chobochobo

    chobochobo Well-Known Member

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    call or email and ask?
     
  4. JLibourel

    JLibourel Well-Known Member

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    Anybody have any idea whether Chan's relocating from Kowloon to the Entertainment Building in Central HK is going affect their prices appreciably?
     
  5. TheTukker

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    This is certainly the better route, but I doubt they have them. Think they do CTM though.
     
  6. dragon8

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    Their prices have steadily been going up for some time now. Rent in Central is not cheap so I would assume prices will go up a bit more. Odd that they would open another shop especially if they don't have smart and detail oriented people like Patrick.
     
  7. Spaghettimatt

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    I'm not in HK... I suppose I could order the fabric to them to have it made?
     
  8. chobochobo

    chobochobo Well-Known Member

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    I've seen tweeds in there but don't know if they're Harris
     
  9. Playlife

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    Just ordered new suit yesterday at Lee Baron, go for the first fitting tomorrow, looking forward to that :)
     
  10. TheTukker

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    Think that is correct, but better to send them an email first to confirm.
     
  11. hobo_ken

    hobo_ken Well-Known Member

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    Wow that's sad to hear. I liked their unassuming location in tst. Their prices will undoubtedly go up to cover increased rent in central.

    Any idea on when this move is happening?
     
  12. chobochobo

    chobochobo Well-Known Member

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    I was in Lee Baron yesterday, they have a few tweeds, one or two Harris in stock. They have a Harris Tweed swatch book for those who want to order in.
     
  13. Stiva

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    Chobo, do you remember what type of fresco it was, ie weight and maker?
     
  14. chobochobo

    chobochobo Well-Known Member

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    Great.

    Did Peter have it in stock or did he have to order it in?

    8-9 oz or 9-10 oz?
     
  16. chobochobo

    chobochobo Well-Known Member

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    He had it in stock, but I did not pay attention to the weight. Apologies.
     
  17. Merino Bros

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    Peter Lee Baron is carrying Porter & Harding Glorious Twelfth now. We will give them Hartwist and Harris Tweed books too this week. Hope you can pick what you like there[​IMG]
     
  18. chobochobo

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    I thought I saw the Glorious Twelfth the other day, looks good.
     
  19. Isolation

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    This thread and some others on this forum has helped me a lot with my tailoring experience the past few months in Hong Kong, so I wanted to post some brief post-purchase thoughts to help anyone else who are looking for information, especially as some of this advice, though good, is somewhat dated.

    I've mainly had experiences with WW Chan, Jantzen, and Simpson Sin. I looked at a few other places, they either looked dodgy or I just didn't have a chance to try them.

    I was going to respond to a different thread, but I didn't want to revive any other old thread so thought it best to post here:
    Quote: I also had 2 suits and a jacket made from Simpson Sin. The fabric I chose for the WW Chan suit was clearly superior to the ones from Simpson Sin, so it's not entirely fair to compare the two. That said, WW Chan's construction is clearly better, more attention was paid, more details, woking cuffs, better solid fit. I am interested in posting my Sin suits up for comments actually, because while they seem good to me, it's beyond my novice experience to really pinpoint exactly how decent or mediocre they are. I will say that they are less comfortable; I can't pinpoint why, but perhaps the armhole is not fitted perfectly. The fit on the waist feels good, though, and generally seems quite good. I had a double breasted suit made, and idk if I didn't mention it or something, but they put more padding on the shoulders than I wanted, and also a bit bigger on the chest area than I wanted, but I have a feeling this is because that's how double breasted suits are generally styled, and I didn't make it clear enough what I wanted.

    Again I am a novice at getting tailored so I am not very good at enunciating the details, perhaps some photos would illustrate it better.

    I'd definitely say that for someone on a budget, they are very good purchases. I would presume most people cannot tell their inferior quality, and while for those who have more sophisticated tastes in suits this is not enough, for anyone who's starting work, looking into getting their first suit made, etc, I highly recommend them. Their first suit cost me 4k, 4.6k, then I had a jacket made for 3.4k. All prices HKD. I'm also having an overcoat made from them, which cost about 10k, 50% cashmere. Winter's coming y'know.

    That all said, WW Chan's suit is clearly superior, and the superiority is also much more pronounced, unlike the difference between their shirts and Jantzen's. Still I'd consider the Sin suits very good purchases. I don't want to wear the same suit over and over, and 18k suits aren't something I can have many of. About the overcoat, I asked how much a 50% cashmere overcoat would cost from WW Chan. They said 26k to 56k or something. Too expensive for me right now.

    I didn't mention the prices earlier, but the shirts with Jantzen were mostly 350 HKD, some 400, some 500. I also had 2 silk shirts made for my wedding, one for me, one for my fiancé, but I have not picked them up yet. They also got a waistcoat from them for 1500 HKD. It was good, I can't say I'm educated enough to make any judgement on waistcoat aside from that it seemed to fit well and looked nice.

    They also had a suit made from WW Chan. It cost them 8.5k or so, as women's suits are cheaper.

    Here are some photos; they were taken in a photography PoV so don't really show the suits very well, but if there's interest I might make a proper post on it.

    My fiancé getting fitted. Not sure what's going on their back, but, well, yeah.

    [​IMG]


    Had photos taken, this was my first Simpson Sin suit.

    [​IMG]


    Here's a quick picture of my ridiculous blue jacket. Somebody is probably going to comment on how garish that color is. I don't care, I look fabulous imo.

    [​IMG]
     
  20. iSurg

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    Hmm there is a lot of bowing out of the lapels and the jacket does not sit flush to the chest. Could be due to the padding they used as well as the buttoning point/stance. The sleeves may be a bit longer than what I am normally used to, but hard to tell in your photos. Overall the jacket seems very brittle/rigid but that's just my opinion.
     

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