HK tailor that lets you bring in outside fabric?

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  1. Svenn

    Svenn Senior member

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    WW Chan doesn't allow customers to bring in outside fabric to make the suit with... is that a industry-wide policy in HK/Asia or are some of the other reputable Hong Kong tailors open to that?
     


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    I believe WWChan has a largish inventory of quality vintage cloth. Lots of variety there. Is there a particular reason why you'd want to bring your own?
     


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    WW Chan doesn't allow customers to bring in outside fabric to make the suit with... is that a industry-wide policy in HK/Asia or are some of the other reputable Hong Kong tailors open to that?
    No, it is not a given in Asia or even HK.
     


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    I believe WWChan has a largish inventory of quality vintage cloth. Lots of variety there. Is there a particular reason why you'd want to bring your own?

    I've become fascinated by Trabado Togna's "Estrato" natural stretch wool- ~15% strech in the warp and weft. I thought it would be cool to get a bespoke suit made out of it, since it would be the ultimate in comfort I presume.
     


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    WW Chan doesn't allow customers to bring in outside fabric to make the suit with... is that a industry-wide policy in HK/Asia or are some of the other reputable Hong Kong tailors open to that?

    No, definitely not Asia, as Apropos said.

    I know that in Thailand you can easily do that. Afterall, that's part of the fun: picking your own fabrics by the yards at Sempang Lane and taking it to the tailor and having him make something out of it.
     


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    WW Chan doesn't allow customers to bring in outside fabric to make the suit with... is that a industry-wide policy in HK/Asia or are some of the other reputable Hong Kong tailors open to that?

    A Man Hing Cheong in the Mandarin Hotel will offer a CMT service on your own cloth
     


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    Actually, Chan is the only one high end tailor in HK that I know of which doesn't doing CMT. BTW, they just stopped doing CMT few years ago. They used to doing it.
     


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    Gordon Yao does, I've done it twice already.
     


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    Gordon Yao does, I've done it twice already.

    How much does Gordon Yao charge for a 2 piece suit for CMT?
     


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    Yes, A-man will do CMT but for a bit more than Yao.
     


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    How much does Gordon Yao charge for a 2 piece suit for CMT?

    HKD 5,200. Additional vest for HKD 1,500
     


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    HKD 5,200. Additional vest for HKD 1,500
    Wow that's really good, it leaves me $400 to spend on fabric to meet my ~$1000 goal. I assume it's been discussed ad nauseum on this forum, but is Yao as capable as Chan in terms of getting a good fit (basted fitting), full-canvassing, workmanship, english ability, and copying any photos of styles we give him? If the general agreement is they're relatively close then I'll just go with him, it's only if a substantial number of people think he's inferior then I'll reconsider. thanks
     


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    Wow that's really good, it leaves me $400 to spend on fabric to meet my ~$1000 goal. I assume it's been discussed ad nauseum on this forum, but is Yao as capable as Chan in terms of getting a good fit (basted fitting), full-canvassing, workmanship, english ability, and copying any photos of styles we give him? If the general agreement is they're relatively close then I'll just go with him, it's only if a substantial number of people think he's inferior then I'll reconsider. thanks

    Yes, Yao is as capable as Chan, IMHO. The only thing you have to watch out is "as specific as possible", you have to know what you really want, and have the ability to point it out at fitting.
    USD400 is enough for most high end brand "normal wool wrosted"(Super 100's, may be up to Super 120's) mid weight (9-10oz) suit farbic, like H&S, Scabal, Zegna, if you know where to buy.

    I think A-Man charged me HKD6,000 for 2pcs suit last time, IIRC.
     


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    I know WWChan and Gordon Yao tour the US. Does A-Man do US tours?
     


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    Yes, Yao is as capable as Chan, IMHO. The only thing you have to watch out is "as specific as possible", you have to know what you really want, and have the ability to point it out at fitting.
    USD400 is enough for most high end brand "normal wool wrosted"(Super 100's, may be up to Super 120's) mid weight (9-10oz) suit farbic, like H&S, Scabal, Zegna, if you know where to buy.


    Gordon Yao does, I've done it twice already.

    Yes, A-man will do CMT but for a bit more than Yao.

    I just want to make sure- does Yao have a semi-sophisticated default (house) style?- i.e. high armholes, conforming and non-bulky canvassing, and minimal shoulder padding if requested? And he does the proper number of fittings? I know what else I want in terms of lapel width and shape, amount of waist suppression, open quarters, and all around slim-fit... I hope that's specific enough for Yao.

    The 'estrato' stretch wool I mentioned before is 120's and like 8 ouces I believe... I hope that's not too light, flimsy or shiny??!! And wouldn't look odd on the 'hard' cut savile-row type style i was hoping for.

    Also, if anyone could post pics of what Yao did for you that would be great, on this thread or the other one I resurrected.
     


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