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Hong Kong Suit & Shirt Tailors Recommendation

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by andycx, Jun 1, 2007.

  1. andycx

    andycx New Member

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    Hi Everyone,

    I've been floating around the forums for a while now, and finally decided to join.
    I'll be heading to HK soon enough and want to buy a tailored suit and a few tailored shirts. From my understanding through the research in these forums, the general consensus is that W.W. Chan are Jantzen are both highly recommended for suits and shirts respectively.

    W.W. Chan seems out of my budget for a suit at the moment (My budget being around $US500 per suit) and is generally regarded for the people who require the up-most quality at a good price. My question is, who would you guys recommend as the next best to go to in terms of quality of the material used and general workmanship? Jantzen? Taipan Row? Hemrajani?

    In regards to shirts, are Janzten the absolute best in terms of price/quality ratio? Any others in Janzten league?

    Thanks,
    Andy.
     
  2. Silk

    Silk Active Member

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    I bought 7 jantzen shirts when I was there and I am pleased by their quality in view of the price.

    Here's a recommendation. Do get Ricky to measure you up. He's more experienced than the hired helpers that stand around.
     
  3. chobochobo

    chobochobo Senior member Moderator

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    Yes, if you are there, you should have no problems with Janzten. Do try to go during the day and avoid weekends especially Sundays.
     
  4. kolecho

    kolecho Senior member

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    Jantzen is closed on Sundays. Best time to go on weekdays is between 2pm to 5pm when the mob is at work.
     
  5. chobochobo

    chobochobo Senior member Moderator

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    Jantzen is closed on Sundays. Best time to go on weekdays is between 2pm to 5pm when the mob is at work.

    Well spotted. I've only been once, it was during the 'mobless' time but still very busy.
     
  6. andycx

    andycx New Member

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    Thanks everyone for your replies so far. I'll definitely be checking out Jantzen for shirts.
    But what about suits?

    Jantzen? Taipan Row? Hemrajani? Keeping in mind my budget is around $US500 per suit.
     
  7. maxevans

    maxevans Active Member

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    Thanks everyone for your replies so far. I'll definitely be checking out Jantzen for shirts.
    But what about suits?

    Jantzen? Taipan Row? Hemrajani? Keeping in mind my budget is around $US500 per suit.



    You can visit Taipanrow for a set of 2-pc suit with a selection of fabrics of the budget. Keep in mind out of 3 branches, you will save more in their Manning House branch.

    Also you can visit Zen tailor at 1/F Entertainment Building just nearby.

    I am not sure of the quality yet, I am awaiting for the first fitting next week.[​IMG]
     
  8. supercarl

    supercarl Senior member

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    has Jantzens timlieness for online orders improved?
     
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    supercarl Senior member

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    also, which of his materials are similar to C Tyrwhitt Sea Island Quality?
     
  10. Toiletduck

    Toiletduck Senior member

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    Jantzen is in the progress of moving his workshop (not the store), so I wouldn't touch Jantzen right now as his move looks not well coordinated. I believe he said the move will probably be complete in about 1 month.

    I am also trying out "Jim's Tailor" right now for a suit, in Admiralty Center
     
  11. pspelly

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    has Jantzens timlieness for online orders improved?

    Afraid not
     
  12. Spencer Young

    Spencer Young Senior member

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    Just a note, Jantzen's timelines do not apply to purchases in house. I remember him turning shirts around in about three business days when I was there.
     
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    Toiletduck, mind telling us how your Jim's suit turns out?

    There are quite a few tailors on the same floor as Jim's, not sure about their quality but are much less expensive than Chan's.
     
  14. chobochobo

    chobochobo Senior member Moderator

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    Has anyone had any experience in getting waistcoats made up by HK tailors?
     
  15. luk-cha

    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Has anyone had any experience in getting waistcoats made up by HK tailors?

    there ok can pretty much do i fine job!
     
  16. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    Gordon Yao at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kowloon for the suits, Ascot Chang for shirts - nearest to Gordon is at the Peninsula Hotel M16 shop.
     
  17. luk-cha

    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Gordon Yao at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kowloon for the suits, Ascot Chang for shirts - nearest to Gordon is at the Peninsula Hotel M16 shop.

    not really for ascott chang the nearest would be at the intercontinental hotel
     
  18. jdldore

    jdldore Well-Known Member

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    There are quite a few reputable tailors in Hong Kong in addition to the ones mentioned quite frequently on these boards.

    I have used Master & Co., for 10+ years and have been happy with their work, especially at the price I pay. I cannot say for sure whether their suits and shirts measure up to the quality of the shirts and suits of other tailors, as I have never ordered from anybody else, but I have been happy with the quality of their product.

    I have ordered about 14 suits over the years and all but two of them are still in fine shape. (Not knowing the effect, I took the first two I ordered to the dry cleaners after every wearing...lesson learned.) I have probably ordered 20 or so shirts from him as well and still own all but three (I spilled wine on one, bled on another, and a third mysteriously vanished after my younger brother visited me a year or two ago).

    Mater & Co., are located in Far East Mansion Shopping Arcade (I have not been there since I last visited HK in mid-1996, so I do not know where that is exactly), but their owner, Tsao Fat, visits the US annually and is accessible by e-mail. I do not believe, however, that Master & Co., has an online presence.

    As for prices, I took a friend up to NYC to visit Fat in April and he quoted $450 for a suit and $40 or so for a shirt. He doesn't use Lesser or Scabal wool for suits, but he does use some nice stuff a notch or two below, viz., Barberis Canonico, Loro Piana, Zegna. I think the shirt fabrics are Acorn, but I'm not 100% sure of that. It should go without stating that the suits do not compare in quality to the two SR suits I own nor would they likely be as nice as those of the finest NYC or U.S. tailors, but they are very nice for the money and they also fit quite well.

    I don't know how Masters price-point and quality compares to others, but I am sure they are all in the same ballpark unless they are a significant step up in quality.

    One of the partners in my group uses Sam's and he is always very pleased with the results. I also think the suits are quite nice (he's standing over my shoulder as I type this, so I feel like I have to throw him a bone).
     
  19. dah328

    dah328 Senior member

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    Sam's default jacket construction is fused. In fact, I don't even know if they will do a canvassed jacket upon request. Having seen jackets from a number of HK tailors, I can assure you that Sam's lower price point is reflective of generally lower quality cloth and construction.
     
  20. Naturlaut II

    Naturlaut II Senior member

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    I didn't know there are so many HK members here, perhaps Kolecho could arrange another gathering.

    If this is your first order, it doesn't really matter who you go to. Rather, the important thing is the instructions you give to the tailor. You need to give VERY detailed instructions for these people, and never assume anything. Every one of us is going to tell you our own favourites, but that's probably because we all have been working with our favourite tailors for quite a while. Your first result from my favourite tailor is probably not going to be as great as what I am getting from the same guy. I (together with one or two other members here) use a tailor in TST almost exclusively, partly because he listens to us and is willing to go a long way in accomplishing what we have in mind (such as a particular construction, styling, etc.).

    That said, (trying not to be subjectively bias) Chan, Sam's, Gordon Yao, are all great value for the money. Ascot Chang does a fine shirt, and charges for it; I think they have a minimum order of three to start with, so that may not be what you're looking for. Start with Jantzen on shirts.
     

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