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Hong Kong Tailor on a tight schedule?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by UKyank, Jul 6, 2012.

  1. MikeDT

    MikeDT Senior member

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    Out of curiosity I just searched Google Images "sams tailor"
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    VIP clientèle, ex US Presidents, etc....except the guy top centre doing his iGent thing with a phone, I know him.
     
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  2. UKyank

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    I was going to contact some of the places that most pop up on the forum here, but of course am open to any suggestions. I really don't care who does the tailoring just so long as the results are satisfactory - which is the main problem, there's alot of crap "custom tailoring" on offer all over Hong Kong & having not been there before I really can't do much more then rely on what people have reported on sites like this one, hence my first leaning towards Chan. Not because i saw him as the end all be all option, really nothing more to it then reading a bunch of satisfied posts.

    As I said, I'm open to any suggestions that won't be a waste of my time or money. Thanks. If someone knows of places that the locals don't laugh at as touristy (though the statement sounds absurd to me) then by all means share.
     
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  3. add911_11

    add911_11 Senior member

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    PM.
     
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  4. Dwarfer

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    Please share?
     
  5. phillycheese

    phillycheese Well-Known Member

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    Dwarfer, you walked into a tailor, got treated poorly and still gave them your money. Sorry, to hear that you did not follow first instincts and get the heck out of there. The best advice I can give anyone - talk to a few tailors and see their work. I "interviewed" 5 tailors before deciding to go with the one that I picked in the end. I did my homework so could clearly articulate the look I was after. If someone makes you feel comfortable and their work is good quality, I say go for it. If a tailor is too busy, too arrogant, too inflexible, or even too expensive then go somewhere else. I put 8 names out there - based on location (1st criteria), plus the 2 that are widely viewed as top notch. Certainly I have my personal ranking, but if you ask another person, their rankings would differ of course. Tailoring is too subjective for complete agreement. Of course, if the client said they had time (can go back for multiple fittings), had the language skills then I could probably come up with a different list.

    One piece of advice - if a tailor brags about who their clients are, I look elsewhere. A good tailor should be discreet.
     
  6. justsayno

    justsayno Senior member

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    Interesting point. Although some tailors have pictures with dignitaries in the shop. Even though they may not talk about it, it's marketing the same message.

     
  7. GBR

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    I would suggest you stop to think before typing and actually open the door to learning from posts and threads gone by. Years of experience is not likely to emerge simply in response to a question from a new comer.

    A Search would not only give you the names you crave, you will also learn a lot about the collective experiences that many subscribers to this Forum have found in using the tailors. Many fail to recognize that simple fact.

    I daresay that some people in Hong Kong will be appalled by some tailors mentioned here (generally on spurious grounds) BUT you will protect yourself from the many Asians touts who stand on Nathan Road and Canton Road peddling low end garments made in sweat shops. Y William Yu, Gordon Yao , Chan and company do offer an excellent service and my experience of both Chan and Yao is that non-English speaking craftsmen will attend you at fittings to see at first hand what need to be done to perfect the garment. It is not at all a westernised facade. I can also assure you that some recommendations from locals are far from good - for a number of reasons.
     
  8. GBR

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    Absolutely right - look in Sam's windows for the worst excesses. That is for misguided tourists, decent tailors maintain their discretion at all costs.
     
  9. Dwarfer

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    phillycheese - like i said I was young and unsure of myself - but if the intent of your post was to say how much better you did then good on you.
     
  10. Petepan

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    Not only have you demonstrated arrogance, you have added presumptive ignorance. Like I said, I have asked another poster for specific details within his knowledge. It is quite unnecessary for you to offer unsolicited and paternalistic advice, especially in the supercilious tone which you are accustomed to. I have done ample background work. And by the way, My spouse is native HK, so is the rest of her family, which includes friends and relatives from members of the legal and finance fraternity. How does your feet feel in your mouth now? Would you like to reconsider before typing again?
     
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  11. bboysdontcryy

    bboysdontcryy Senior member

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    I have close friends from HK, and whilst they do think that some of these tailors are pricier than others (though not by much in comparison to the good and lesser-known HK tailors that locals frequent), nobody doubts the quality of these suits, 'laugh at you (behind your back)', or reckon it's foolish that one uses these guys because they're 'touristy'.

    Many of these guys have a significant local customer base as well and friends tell me that a couple of these guys go to law firms to fit and take orders. So that bold-ed statement is quite blatantly untrue.

    Furthermore, I find it puzzling why you'd think that foreigners (gwei los) who don't have to count their pennies, and have decided to use well-reviewed and established tailoring houses (AMHC< Chan etc), and who don't speak the native language are, as you write, 'ignorant', to shun local names where tailors only converse mainly in Cantonese.
     
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  12. GBR

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    Well said, I fear Petepan really does make a fool of himself and would do well simply to back his own judgement and not ask here.
     
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