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WW Chan's March Tour

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dragon8, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. sellahi22

    sellahi22 Well-Known Member

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    Chan imposter? Now, that's funny!

    This is actually my 4th order from Chan, so I know how long their shipments usually take. In the past, they have been pretty good with the orders, though last year, one order took 3-1/2 months.

    I have also ordered from Gordon Yao during his US tour and my recent order took only 2 months. I have found the quality of his work to be comparable with Chan's. So that is why I am considering giving more of my business to Gordon Yao.

    2 months vs. >4 months is a big difference for me.

    As I already mentioned in my earlier post, I have already sent several emails to Chan regarding the status of my order.


    That sounds like a very annoying situation, hope you get it sorted out.

    I'm curious about your experiences with Gordon Yao. I assume that in workmanship they are comparable to Chan, but what about their flexibility with respect to styling? One of the reasons why I'm comfortable with Chan is that due to the efforts of certain SF'ers (yfyf, Parker, etc), they have learned how to produce a SF-approved style (soft canvas, light padding, shirtsleeve shoulders, etc), even to the point where they now consider this pseudo-Neapolitan look as one of their house styles. Does Yao have this flexibility or does he only know how to execute the traditional HK/British style?
     
  2. July

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    Yao's workmanship isn't comparable to Chan's in my limited experience. Chan's is arguably superior. Yao is also relatively inflexible in terms of style; that is, he has his notion of what looks good and will try to persuade you to agree. That said, I think the "house style" is generally attractive, but if choosing Yao, you should make sure ahead of time that your general tastes align with his.
     
  3. Fishball

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    Yao's workmanship isn't comparable to Chan's in my limited experience. Chan's is arguably superior. Yao is also relatively inflexible in terms of style; that is, he has his notion of what looks good and will try to persuade you to agree. That said, I think the "house style" is generally attractive, but if choosing Yao, you should make sure ahead of time that your general tastes align with his.

    Beside the buttonholes, I don't find Chan's workmanship any better than Yao.
     
  4. TheTukker

    TheTukker Well-Known Member

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    That sounds like a very annoying situation, hope you get it sorted out.

    I'm curious about your experiences with Gordon Yao. I assume that in workmanship they are comparable to Chan, but what about their flexibility with respect to styling? One of the reasons why I'm comfortable with Chan is that due to the efforts of certain SF'ers (yfyf, Parker, etc), they have learned how to produce a SF-approved style (soft canvas, light padding, shirtsleeve shoulders, etc), even to the point where they now consider this pseudo-Neapolitan look as one of their house styles. Does Yao have this flexibility or does he only know how to execute the traditional HK/British style?


    No personal experience, but this gives you a sense.
     
  5. HitMan009

    HitMan009 Well-Known Member

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    For anyone that order from their March tour, did anyone not receive their order? I haven't received mines yet. I emailed them a few days ago and they haven't responded yet.
     
  6. GBR

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    Yao's workmanship isn't comparable to Chan's in my limited experience. Chan's is arguably superior. Yao is also relatively inflexible in terms of style; that is, he has his notion of what looks good and will try to persuade you to agree. That said, I think the "house style" is generally attractive, but if choosing Yao, you should make sure ahead of time that your general tastes align with his.

    I would disagree on both counts. Having had suits from both in the past I have settled on Yao with considerable satisfaction and pleasure.
     
  7. wqvong

    wqvong Well-Known Member

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    For anyone that order from their March tour, did anyone not receive their order? I haven't received mines yet. I emailed them a few days ago and they haven't responded yet.


    Got my items last week.
     
  8. dragon8

    dragon8 Well-Known Member

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    Yao's workmanship isn't comparable to Chan's in my limited experience. Chan's is arguably superior. Yao is also relatively inflexible in terms of style; that is, he has his notion of what looks good and will try to persuade you to agree. That said, I think the "house style" is generally attractive, but if choosing Yao, you should make sure ahead of time that your general tastes align with his.

    Yao's workmanship is on par with Chan if not better.
     
  9. taxgenius

    taxgenius Well-Known Member

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    Prices have sure gone up!

    Agree. Appears to be 18% higher than 14 months ago.
     
  10. TheTukker

    TheTukker Well-Known Member

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    Agree. Appears to be 18% higher than 14 months ago.

    No wonder they call you taxgenius; please let us know if there is an appropriate (or inappropriate) loophole.
     
  11. taxgenius

    taxgenius Well-Known Member

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    No wonder they call you taxgenius; please let us know if there is an appropriate (or inappropriate) loophole.

    I wish. With the Chan price increase, I am tempted to go local.
     
  12. fox81

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    maybe it has something to do with the weakness of the USD (and accordingly the HKD)
     
  13. dragon8

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    maybe it has something to do with the weakness of the USD (and accordingly the HKD)

    No, they mentioned something about wool prices going up.
     
  14. TheTukker

    TheTukker Well-Known Member

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    I wish. With the Chan price increase, I am tempted to go local.

    You may just regret that; not sure there is much better value for money. Also, haven't 'local' wool prices gone up?
     
  15. taxgenius

    taxgenius Well-Known Member

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    You may just regret that; not sure there is much better value for money. Also, haven't 'local' wool prices gone up?

    I priced a specific fabric at Chan and at Ercole (NYC) with Chan being $200 cheaper. However, when you add in Chan's shipping costs for a basted fitting, they are the same cost.
     
  16. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Well-Known Member

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    tg - can't you deduct the suits if you have your name embroidered (on the outside) and use it for work? I have not done this, but I'm asking =)
     
  17. taxgenius

    taxgenius Well-Known Member

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    tg - can't you deduct the suits if you have your name embroidered (on the outside) and use it for work? I have not done this, but I'm asking =)

    It would only be deductible if it were a condition of employment and the clothes were not suitable for everyday wear.
     
  18. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Well-Known Member

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    It would only be deductible if it were a condition of employment and the clothes were not suitable for everyday wear.
    well, if the suit is embroidered on the left chest above the pocket - "Dr. Ray, Psychiatry" - that fits the conditions and would be deductible, correct? ala a lab coat, but instead a suit...
     
  19. bmf895

    bmf895 Well-Known Member

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    FTW: Ask for embroidery using basting thread.
     
  20. TheTukker

    TheTukker Well-Known Member

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    I priced a specific fabric at Chan and at Ercole (NYC) with Chan being $200 cheaper. However, when you add in Chan's shipping costs for a basted fitting, they are the same cost.

    Interesting. No personal experience with Ercole's; just seen NYR's stuff and read his stories about the operation. Very appealing. Then again, can't go wrong with Patrick at Chan's. Just curious: what fabric are you contemplating?
     

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