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China & Hong Kong Trip - Tailors

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by clothesrus, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. clothesrus

    clothesrus Well-Known Member

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    So i'm going to Hong Kong for about over a week and looking for a Hong Kong Tailor who can provide decent products as a reasonable price.

    Before I get flamed, I want to stress that I've done a lot of search through this forum and I'm having a hard time finding something that's a good fit for me. VW Chan and Gordon Yao seem to provide excellent suits at decent prices but too expensive and not really my lifestyle.
    I've read about places like Jantzen and Sam's tailors and it seems like they don't really care about customer service and their products but more about marketing their things.

    I heard that there are a lot of good tailors in Hong Kong like in Admiralty or Central Market who can make relative quality suits and stuff for reasonable prices.

    The PROBLEM HERE IS that there's so many frauds and sleezes that I need help sorting them out. My target is about no more than 900 USD for 1 suit (400 max), 2 blazers, couple shirts and pants.

    If anyone can help chime in, that would be really great.

    Thanks,
     
  2. Wongtouski

    Wongtouski Well-Known Member

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    So i'm going to Hong Kong for about over a week and looking for a Hong Kong Tailor who can provide decent products as a reasonable price.

    Before I get flamed, I want to stress that I've done a lot of search through this forum and I'm having a hard time finding something that's a good fit for me. VW Chan and Gordon Yao seem to provide excellent suits at decent prices but too expensive and not really my lifestyle.
    I've read about places like Jantzen and Sam's tailors and it seems like they don't really care about customer service and their products but more about marketing their things.

    I heard that there are a lot of good tailors in Hong Kong like in Admiralty or Central Market who can make relative quality suits and stuff for reasonable prices.

    The PROBLEM HERE IS that there's so many frauds and sleezes that I need help sorting them out. My target is about no more than 900 USD for 1 suit (400 max), 2 blazers, couple shirts and pants.

    If anyone can help chime in, that would be really great.

    Thanks,


    Ok I'm still a noob on this thread. First of all, its WW Chan, not Volkswagen Chan. But I digress.

    I've had a suit at Jantzen made, I wouldn't compare them to Sam's at all. Sam's horrible. With Jantzen u get what u paid for.

    As always, you'll hear people recommend Peter Lee from Lee Baron.

    In all honesty though, you need to research some more dude.
     
  3. MikeDT

    MikeDT Well-Known Member

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    I'm in HK next week for a couple of days. To keep things easy, I'm just going to one of those nice Indian guys near Chungking Mansions, TST, they seem to know all about suits.
     
  4. Fishball

    Fishball Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, I think your budget is unrealistic (900 USD for 1 suit, 2 blazers, couple shirts and pants) for any quality products. You get what you pay for.
     
  5. Fishball

    Fishball Well-Known Member

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    I'm in HK next week for a couple of days. To keep things easy, I'm just going to one of those nice Indian guys near Chungking Mansions, TST, they seem to know all about suits.

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  6. pvrhye

    pvrhye Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, I think your budget is unrealistic (900 USD for 1 suit, 2 blazers, couple shirts and pants) for any quality products. You get what you pay for.

    I generally agree, but I have reservations about saying so after some guy put up a thread lastweek with solid mall-stall suits in the 250 range. I do wonder if they hold up to close inspection though.

    Here
     
  7. mrclam

    mrclam Well-Known Member

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    I had a suit MTM from william cheng in tst. I also had a couple shirts made at 270 hkd each(around 35usd). I hated the fit of both the suit and the shirts and no longer wear the suit or the shirts. (weekly wearing of the shirts wore them out after 6 months) I moved on to jantzen, and now peter lee for shirts. Will be using gordon for suits in the future. take fishball's advice, you get what you pay for - increase your budget or buy fewer things/get nicer quality. do it right, do it once.
     
  8. dragon8

    dragon8 Well-Known Member

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    So i'm going to Hong Kong for about over a week and looking for a Hong Kong Tailor who can provide decent products as a reasonable price.

    Before I get flamed, I want to stress that I've done a lot of search through this forum and I'm having a hard time finding something that's a good fit for me. VW Chan and Gordon Yao seem to provide excellent suits at decent prices but too expensive and not really my lifestyle.
    I've read about places like Jantzen and Sam's tailors and it seems like they don't really care about customer service and their products but more about marketing their things.

    I heard that there are a lot of good tailors in Hong Kong like in Admiralty or Central Market who can make relative quality suits and stuff for reasonable prices.

    The PROBLEM HERE IS that there's so many frauds and sleezes that I need help sorting them out. My target is about no more than 900 USD for 1 suit (400 max), 2 blazers, couple shirts and pants.

    If anyone can help chime in, that would be really great.

    Thanks,


    If you have family or friends in HK ask them about suits and shirts. You have to develop a relationship with a tailor to develop great results for that price range.

    Yao and Chan will always deliver solid results but it comes with a price.
     
  9. dragon8

    dragon8 Well-Known Member

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    I had a suit MTM from william cheng in tst. I also had a couple shirts made at 270 hkd each(around 35usd). I hated the fit of both the suit and the shirts and no longer wear the suit or the shirts. (weekly wearing of the shirts wore them out after 6 months) I moved on to jantzen, and now peter lee for shirts. Will be using gordon for suits in the future. take fishball's advice, you get what you pay for - increase your budget or buy fewer things/get nicer quality. do it right, do it once.

    I thought William Cheng is a pretty decent tailor.
     
  10. mrclam

    mrclam Well-Known Member

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    I thought William Cheng is a pretty decent tailor.
    I think the construction was ok, but the fit was horrible. Over time, I'm sure it could get better, but I don't plan to have too many suits, so I don't want to bother with too many $400 experiments.
     
  11. clothesrus

    clothesrus Well-Known Member

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    I generally agree, but I have reservations about saying so after some guy put up a thread lastweek with solid mall-stall suits in the 250 range. I do wonder if they hold up to close inspection though.

    Here


    honestly, i wouldn't mind those type of suits or blazer

    it prolly at least equal the 1k plus i would pay in Toronto for a MTM anyways

    plus, i like to dress decently and fitted well but not someone who styled up so much.
    kinda ferraris, porche and etc are greating looking cars but I don't feel comfortable driving them
     
  12. clothesrus

    clothesrus Well-Known Member

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    I thought William Cheng is a pretty decent tailor.

    i'm actually thinking about william cheng too. i would be looking for a long-term relationship with mid-range tailor. i don't mind if there's minor issues with a suit as long as the overall suit is good

    another analogy is haircuts, I don't want the $8-13 ones because they usually really bad (RTW, allter suits) but I don't want the expensive ($45-70) cuz there's a huge premium. The $20-30 range is tricky cuz u could still get a bad haircut (your sam tailors, raja), but once i find one I like, i stick with her ($28 + $5 tip each time).
     
  13. RogerC

    RogerC Well-Known Member

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    My target is about no more than 900 USD for 1 suit (400 max), 2 blazers, couple shirts and pants.

    If anyone can help chime in, that would be really great.

    Thanks,


    Not going to happen. For a decent suit, aim at about 700 USD at least, blazer about 400 USD, shirts about 35/pop, trousers about 100.
     
  14. dv_indian

    dv_indian Well-Known Member

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    Try David Chow of D.C.Mohex Fashions.
     
  15. clothesrus

    clothesrus Well-Known Member

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    If you have family or friends in HK ask them about suits and shirts. You have to develop a relationship with a tailor to develop great results for that price range.

    Yao and Chan will always deliver solid results but it comes with a price.


    that's a good point there about building good long-term relationships and about risks vs rewards.

    how about william yu, lee baron and william cheng? Their prices seem higher-end and you may get ok results since they cater to tourists and such.
     
  16. dragon8

    dragon8 Well-Known Member

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    that's a good point there about building good long-term relationships and about risks vs rewards.

    how about william yu, lee baron and william cheng? Their prices seem higher-end and you may get ok results since they cater to tourists and such.


    My uncle worked at the now closed Formosa (sp?) hotel in HK for the longest time and he got his suits from a shop in the hotel. They were very nice and on par with Yao and Chan on workmanship and cost him about $400-650 USD (this is going back awhile). He told me you need to have a good relationship with the tailor and it helped one lives in HK.


    There is a tailor by the name of William Yu who used to be at the Peninsula Hotel but moved recently who has gotten some nice reviews on some other forums and claims to be partof the Red Gang tailors that WW Chan is/was part of. They also tour the US and I wasthinking about giving them a whirl.

    Y. William Yu is the other tailor which gets good reviews on these parts. He's also the agent for Lesser cloth in HK. Supposedly William and Y. William are cousins.
     

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