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Making a third suit in Hong Kong

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Gentlemen,
2010 has been an eventful year clothing wise. I picked up my first two bespoke suits (indeed my first two suits); one a relatively heavyweight charcoal grey SB from Singapore which I'm ambivalent about, and the other a wool-cashmere midweight navy SB from Peter Lee which I'm delighted with.

I'll be headed to HK again in April and will be making a third one. I'm leaning towards Lee again, but yfyf has influenced me to try WW Chan.

I'm looking for a non-lined navy linen two piece. It'd be for use when traveling and to smarten up a pair of jeans in as comfortable a fashion for the Singapore climate b

Any thoughts?

Cheers.
 

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You will not go wrong with WW Chan. I'm not a fan of linen suits i'd go with a lightweight wool suit instead.
 

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Between Chan and Peter Lee, you're in good hands. If you do Chan I highly recommend getting measured ahead on their tour if possible. That way the suit can be ready with the basted fitting when you arrive.

One word of caution: a linen suit would be great, but not ideal for travel since it wrinkles so easily. I'd suggest a Fresco suit from Minnis or Holland & Sherry (Crispaire). Chan carries both and Peter can get them for you if need be. They're very tough suits and work well in warmer weather unlined. I've brought my Fresco suits on many trips and they hold up incredibly well.
 

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I'm in Singapore mate, no tours.

That said, it is only a 3.5 hour flight away.

By the way, any idea in how much a fresco two piece will cost (in USD) at Chan?
 

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Originally Posted by dbc
I'm in Singapore mate, no tours.

That said, it is only a 3.5 hour flight away.

By the way, any idea in how much a fresco two piece will cost (in USD) at Chan?


Hmmm...yeah I guess they don't do SIN. I believe a Fresco suit would be around $1200 depending on the fabric. The H&S probably a bit more.
 

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I may be crazy but I think a linen suit is best for traveling. Sure, it wrinkles, but it's linen so everybody knows it's supposed to wrinkle. But then I don't attend business meetings, just social events.

I wonder what Chan's pricing is for linen versus fresco.
 

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Originally Posted by Kent Wang
I may be crazy but I think a linen suit is best for traveling. Sure, it wrinkles, but it's linen so everybody knows it's supposed to wrinkle. But then I don't attend business meetings, just social events.

I wonder what Chan's pricing is for linen versus fresco.


Good caveat. I guess I just mostly wear suits for business so tough to dis-associate the two.

I think Chan's pricing for each would be pretty similar.
 

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If it is similar, and I would guess you're right, and if you want to save some money perhaps it would be better to get the linen jacket from a cheaper place. It seems to me an unlined linen suit could be had decently by lesser-skilled tailors, more so than a lined wool would.
 

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Patrick Chu of Chan is rather high on Harrison's Frontier as a fabric for lightweight summer suits. It is comparatively heavy (11 ounces) for good drape and durability but open-weave for coolness. I have two suits Chan has made for me from this fabric. I think they're good for temperatures into the low 80s but after that can get kind of hot. I am not sure any suit can be comfortable in hellishly hot weather, however.
 

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I live Singapore/HK area and just had this done by Chan - W.Bill 10oz unlined Linen. Perfect for Spring/Autumn in HK, evening wear for Sinapore, too hot to wear during the day:



Chans are great - would def consider them.
 

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That doesn't even look like linen, which I can't decide is desirable or not. Does it wrinkle as easily?
 

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I have nothing against Chan.
But if you do a linen suit, I think Peter is good enough.
 

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Originally Posted by Kent Wang
That doesn't even look like linen, which I can't decide is desirable or not. Does it wrinkle as easily?

It's linen.
It wrinkles in the best posible way.
It is just freaking comfortable.
Personally I don't think you'll find a better linen anywhere.
 

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dbc,

Where did you get your suit made up in Singapore? And why are you ambivalent about it?
 

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You can get a navy Harrison's Mersolair from Chan, its a Linen/Mohair mix.

I have one from Chan in Oatmeal and its great
 

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