Hong Kong Tailors

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  1. unmetro

    unmetro Member

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    At the new style forum wiki site, it says tat "W.W. Chan and Sons is generally regarded as one of Hong Kong's top three tailoring houses"...

    out of curiosity what are the other two? thanks.

    btw...i patroned both Sam's and Jantzen on my last visit...in regard to Sam's, the suits are great for wat you pay ($300-400) and the turn around time is amazin (1-3 days)...they even offer Loro Piana fabrics (additional $250)...i found tat the shirts i had made ran a bit long by default and are looser than Jantzen, who were able to get a slimmer fit and had a larger selection of fabrics for their shirts....no terrible complaints about either...

    also somethin to keep in mind if ur a muscular guy...i found tat the arm holes run a bit small at both establishments for my liking...
     


  2. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    H. Baroman and A-Man Hing Cheong are the others.
     


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    I wonder how Sam's compares to Chan for suits. In Shanghai on Maoming Road, the two stores are adjacent to each other. There is even a hidden passageway connecting the two.
     


  4. dah328

    dah328 Senior member

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    Sam's doesn't compare. They put together a suit as cheaply as possible for a largely uninformed clientele. If you are very specific about what you want, you can get better work there, but if you want canvassed construction and decent handwork, you're better off going to a tailoring house that does that by default rather than only when specifically asked.
     


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    chorse123 Senior member

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    I wonder how Sam's compares to Chan for suits. In Shanghai on Maoming Road, the two stores are adjacent to each other. There is even a hidden passageway connecting the two.

    Do they share the same kitchen?
     


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    My View2 Well-Known Member

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    I agree with Dah328. I am a frequent visitor to HK and I must say that Sam's looks like a tourist trap to me. I had been in Sam's, spoken to the man himself, asked questions and examined some of the pieces on display and I must say that I had seen better things.

    No doubt, they probably do more business than Chan - you see truckloads of tourists or half the crew of some US battleship calling port at HK at Sam's but not at Chan - possibly because Sam's spends more advertisements dollars in HK or in the countries these tourists are from.

    For quality bespoke suits, I'd go to Chan.
     


  7. GBR

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    Sams really is so tourist oriented as to be unworthy of serious mention.
     


  8. acidboy

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    i wouldn't be so smug if i was wearing mr. brosnan's shirt (taken from sam's website) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


  9. luk-cha

    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    not to up set the apple cart again! but did you know most of the taliors both chinese and indian all out sourse their work some will be to local workshops and others to workshops in shenzhen on the mainland! where they get their fabric from too! the suit might be cut in HK but then stitched in shenzhen
     


  10. Lyndon

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    Hi I've been looking through some of the posts about Hong Kong Tailors and nobody seems to mention David's shirts on Kimberley Road in Kowloon. I've been going there for several years now and I'm more than happy with what he makes for me. He may not be the cheapest but he does what it says on the box as the saying goes. Also I have tried Sam's on Nathan Road and I was more than dissapointed. I tried him out with 3 shirts the result was utter crap. I threw one away within a week gave one to a charity shop the previous one was disgusting so I didn't want to insult anyone with it and the last one I use to garden in.
     


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    Hi I've been looking through some of the posts about Hong Kong Tailors and nobody seems to mention David's shirts on Kimberley Road in Kowloon. I've been going there for several years now and I'm more than happy with what he makes for me. He may not be the cheapest but he does what it says on the box as the saying goes. Also I have tried Sam's on Nathan Road and I was more than dissapointed. I tried him out with 3 shirts the result was utter crap. I threw one away within a week gave one to a charity shop the previous one was disgusting so I didn't want to insult anyone with it and the last one I use to garden in.

    There are all manner of persons offering suits and Shirts on both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. I rather suspect that the better ones have been reported and people would be best advised to stay with them. Odd people may be satisfied with the rest but no more.
     


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    what about peter lee of lee baron. How this this tailor rank comparing with Chan?
     


  13. dragon8

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    what about peter lee of lee baron. How this this tailor rank comparing with Chan?

    Peter Lee has gotten good reviews on this forum but I believe its a notch or so below Chan
     


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    I wonder how Sam's compares to Chan for suits. In Shanghai on Maoming Road, the two stores are adjacent to each other. There is even a hidden passageway connecting the two.

    In a previous post, someone post that the share the same tailors.
     


  15. wsanford-shanghai

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    I wonder how Sam's compares to Chan for suits. In Shanghai on Maoming Road, the two stores are adjacent to each other. There is even a hidden passageway connecting the two.

    From what I understand there is some overlap with the tailors, but the main difference is one is fused and the other is full canvas. Prices are similar, but with the former you get extra pants and some shirt (maybe some discount) and with the latter you get a better made garment.

    Quite smart on their part. They can satisfy more customers at different price points and requirement levels. Rather than refer them to another vendor they can sort them out in house. When you go in for a visit they are upfront about their business.

    I am not sure about the HK shop.
     


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