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Do I have to fly to Tokyo to get a decent suit/jacket/coat?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by stevejobs, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. stevejobs

    stevejobs Senior member

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    I'm on the small side and although I love the style and cut of Zegna and similar designers, I find it impossible to find anything in my size. I don't want to either go the route of bespoke/mtm or use the boys room, so I'm thinking of travelling to Tokyo, Seoul or Hong Kong to get a decently fit suit. Most Asians are close my size and I'm sure the designers stock appropriately sized garments in those outlets. Why they don't bring some of them over here is a mystery to me. Asians and other shorter statured guys make up a sizable proportion of customers in the major coastal cities where I live.
     
  2. Hanseat

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    I'm sure you'd find something in Italy as well- italians aren't exactly giants themselves
     
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    coogie Senior member

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    I'm going to Hong Kong soon and hope to get MTM there of course

    but i heard its really great shopping too in the central area.

    Why don't you want a mtm suit? they probably cost $300 for a good one
     
  4. alliswell

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    Average Americans a) are too big and b) will get bigger within the lifetime of their clothes so c) they buy their clothes too big. Manufacturers make clothes for average Americans. This is why it seems there are no clothes for skinny people. If you want stuff that fits well, get it MTM or size down. If you're a genuine 36" chest or you're 5'2", you're SOL. MTM is your only answer.
     
  5. Tarmac

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    fly to Barney's
     
  6. SoCal2NYC

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    Fly to to a land where they don't have StyleForum.
     
  7. stevejobs

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    OP-

    Average Americans a) are too big and b) will get bigger within the lifetime of their clothes so c) they buy their clothes too big. Manufacturers make clothes for average Americans. This is why it seems there are no clothes for skinny people. If you want stuff that fits well, get it MTM or size down. If you're a genuine 36" chest or you're 5'2", you're SOL.


    I agree with your assessment.[​IMG]
     
  8. texas_jack

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    Fly to to a land where they don't have StyleForum.
    Do you know how the internet works?
     
  9. stevejobs

    stevejobs Senior member

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    Do you know how the internet works?

    SoCal2NYC is just a grumpy old man...
     
  10. Coho

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    Hmm, I thought he's gay (read: cheery).

    SoCal2NYC is just a grumpy old man...
     
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    How true is this? Can people who live in Japan, Taiwan, or HK confirm?


    I'm on the small side and although I love the style and cut of Zegna and similar designers, I find it impossible to find anything in my size. I don't want to either go the route of bespoke/mtm or use the boys room, so I'm thinking of travelling to Tokyo, Seoul or Hong Kong to get a decently fit suit. Most Asians are close my size and I'm sure the designers stock appropriately sized garments in those outlets. Why they don't bring some of them over here is a mystery to me. Asians and other shorter statured guys make up a sizable proportion of customers in the major coastal cities where I live.
     
  12. yfyf

    yfyf Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    HK is sadly not the Mecca of 36S either, though there are certainly more than your average American city. I go to HK for the tailors and because Tassels sells Edward Green's consistently at less than full retail.

    Tokyo is a better bet since 36 is more common and they will go down to 34. Seoul I've never been.
     
  13. Viktri

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    How true is this? Can people who live in Japan, Taiwan, or HK confirm?
    I can't speak for the suits, but I know the T shirts and stuff are alot smaller in HK.
     
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    Hmm, I thought he's gay (read: cheery).

    No, I think he's gay (read: does dudes)
     
  15. Coho

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    Not to hijack the thread, but what's the cheapest airline fair for round trip from Cali to Hong Kong or Japan? Through whom?
     
  16. Flipcharmer

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    I'm on the small side and although I love the style and cut of Zegna and similar designers, I find it impossible to find anything in my size. I don't want to either go the route of bespoke/mtm or use the boys room, so I'm thinking of travelling to Tokyo, Seoul or Hong Kong to get a decently fit suit. Most Asians are close my size and I'm sure the designers stock appropriately sized garments in those outlets. Why they don't bring some of them over here is a mystery to me. Asians and other shorter statured guys make up a sizable proportion of customers in the major coastal cities where I live.

    Haven't been to Seoul or HK but if you're planning to go to Tokyo you'd best be prepared to bring lots of $ since the prices over there aren't cheap unless you plan on going to the 100yen shops which doesn't sell suits(They usually sell household necessities and cheap white printed shirts). You might want to consider going to Manila if you're considering going to HK.

    I also have a hard time here in Toronto buying clothes since they're either too long or too wide for me to wear. If I buy a size 34 pants, I usually have to go to a tailor and have the length adjusted [​IMG] .
     
  17. Coho

    Coho Senior member

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    How is getting pants hemmed funny?[​IMG]

    Haven't been to Seoul or HK but if you're planning to go to Tokyo you'd best be prepared to bring lots of $ since the prices over there aren't cheap unless you plan on going to the 100yen shops which doesn't sell suits(They usually sell household necessities and cheap white printed shirts). You might want to consider going to Manila if you're considering going to HK.

    I also have a hard time here in Toronto buying clothes since they're either too long or too wide for me to wear. If I buy a size 34 pants, I usually have to go to a tailor and have the length adjusted [​IMG] .
     
  18. HomerJ

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    On a trip to Seoul a few months back I checked out Pal Zileri and Brooks Brothers among others.

    I found that the "standard" was a 38 and they carried 37, 36. Didn't see if anything went smaller because I'm 38. Prices on a Golden Fleece were a trifle less than a BB I visited in the US because there was a sale that offset the weak dollar but overall the retail price was high. I think you get a refund on the sales tax (?) so that could make a small difference. But it wasn't no outlet/ebay/sf pricing so I passed.
     
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    RE: Flight Rates, best bet is to go to the closest "International District" and talk to a travel agent that does only Asia travel. Much much much cheaper in my experience. Or call Senkei travel or AA Travel in Seattle.
     

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