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Hong Kong Shirt Tailors - WW Chan vs Ascot Chang?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by apple3210, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. apple3210

    apple3210 Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys,

    i know there are a fair few HK shirt tailor threads, but i haven't found one comparing these two.

    So for those with experience, how would you compare WW Chan and Ascot Chang shirts?

    Keep in mind, i'm aiming for around $150 max per shirt and only have about 4-5 days.

    Thanks
     
  2. nohit

    nohit Active Member

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    I think I remember AC was starting $250-300 when I was there last spring, with a minimum order of three shirts. I haven't asked Chan about shirts but I would guess they're also above the $150 max you want to spend.

    If you're set on that amount with a fitting in HK, try Hemrajani.
     
  3. Dib

    Dib Senior member

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    I've used both Chan and AC for shirts.

    My chan shirts fit me a lot better than my AC shirts, and so i've stuck with them.

    Price wise, i think they are pretty similar (i think Chan may be a touch cheaper on a like-for-like fabric basis). AC defnitely stock fabrics cheaper than the $250 - $300 mentioned above, and both should have fabrics within your price range I think (although they would be at the lower end of their quaity spectrum).

    Notwithstanding my experience above, by most peoples' accounts AC make excellent shirts (and I have seen AC shirts on other people that look great) and so my suggestion would be to try them (on the basis that this is what they specialise in). If you do try them, the people to get fitted by are either Nelson (in the TST/Peninsual hotel store) or Thomas (in the Princes building store in Central).
     
  4. nohit

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    Thanks for the correction. I may need to give them another look.
     
  5. dragon8

    dragon8 Senior member

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    I love AC and the quality and construction is probably the best in all of HK. I did get some Chan shirts made but they fell apart after several years but those were made in Shanghai and not he HK branch.
     
  6. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    I've had a lot of experience with both. Construction and fit-wise, AC is the clear winner, by a wide margin. My recollection is that AC is more expensive, though. I purchased my shirts and was measured in Beverly Hills, which may account for the difference in price.
     
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  7. Fishball

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    Bring in your own shirting. AC charge HKD750 for CMT.
    So, you can get a very good shirt at USD150.
     
  8. Fishball

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    I got my TM silverline shirting at around HKD300 for 2 yds, so USD150 is ok if you know where to spend your money.
    In HK, you can find a shirt tailor to do a CMT as low as 150 in HK Dollars!
    However, don't PM me, I won't tell.
     
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  9. Fishball

    Fishball Senior member

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    C used to charge just HKD450 for CMT, is was not long time ago, it was 2010 price, IIRC.
    Hong Kong tailors, both suit and shirtmaker charged much higher price than they used to for CMT, to discourage people doing CMT.
     
  10. Cantabrigian

    Cantabrigian Senior member

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    I got two Chan shirts on different occasions from Patrick on their US tour. They fit quite well but they made it clear that shirts aren't their focus / aremoreof an accommodation for tailoring customers.

    They weren't used to doing an unfused collar which is why I havent used them again.
     
  11. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

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    I've used AC but not Chan, but FWIW, I'm extremely happy with my AC shirts. I rarely wear anything else. The construction is very good, the price is excellent, and they have a very wide range of shirtings.

    Most of all, I've been very happy with the service. I don't think they've ever said no to any of my requests, and they've never grumbled when I've been a less than ideal customer. I travel a lot, so sometimes I'm not able to get back to them about how a sample shirt fit for four or five months. I often don't even answer their emails for weeks at a time. Still, they've been nothing but incredibly kind, patient, and pleasant to work with, which I think is important for a long-term relationship with a shirtmaker.

    Because of import duties, their Hong Kong prices are cheaper than their US prices. Prices in the US start around $150-200. In Hong Kong, I think it's something more like $125-150. Of course, it's best if you check with them directly, as my memory may be incorrect.
     
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  12. bboysdontcryy

    bboysdontcryy Senior member

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    If you want a less pricier alternative to WW Chan, and Ascot Chang, Baron Lee seems to be a popular favorite, with prices from 65 usd for their stock cloth. They accept CMT as well, which imho, might be better because you get to bring down more luxurious shirting.

    There's also Gordon Yao, and David's Shirts at Mandarin Oriental.

    Oh, btw, the last I went to Ascot Chang in HK, 6 months ago, their shirts began from 190 USD, and that is for non-branded shirting. Thomas Mason etc will be priced higher.
     
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  13. bboysdontcryy

    bboysdontcryy Senior member

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    They now do unfused collars and cuffs for an additional 20 USD. Their MOP buttons are simply amazing. Iridescent. Buttons are hand-shanked too.
     
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    I simply think OP is under budgeted for AC or WWC, however the king of shirtmaker should be AC.
     
  15. Fishball

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    If you are introduced by some VIP, AC will do CMT for you and even without the 3 pcs min limit.
    My friend did it before. ( not introduced by me )
     
  16. Fishball

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    At Wanchai, you can find two shirtmaker shops, you can also find one at Causeway Bay. I mean shirtmakers, not tailors. If you count the upstairs shop, you can find more. Foreigners just don't know it.
     
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  17. Dib

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    +1, the Chan MOP buttons are some of the best I have seen, and their hand-shanked buttons are a really nice touch.



    Are you able to tell where to buy TM fabric (as I thought TM don't sell direct to the public)?
     
  18. Fishball

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    Sorry, The answer is no. There ain't no free lunch. I can give you some hints, you can find the wholesaler tel. no. on the books.
    Hmm.. depend on what you means selling to public. They do wholesale business. So if you just buy 2 yards as a new customer, then of course they will turn you down. But if you buy 20 yards in cash, then they will sell it to you.
     
  19. Timeless Fashion

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    I think WW Chan can make a good shirt even though they are suit maker. If you visit them in HK, they will even do fitting for shirts.

    AC's specialty is shirts and they pay great attention to detail in producing a well-fitting shirt.

    Price-wise, you may be able to get some of the less expensive TM Silverline from WW Chan at $150, but the same shirt will be $180-200 at AC.
     
  20. add911_11

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    :embar:
     

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