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Manila Tailor

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Dr. J, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. bbaquiran

    bbaquiran Senior member

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    Nope.
     
  2. acidboy

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    ^ tassels, armoury in hkg, or you could place an order with p.lal in malaysia for c&j's (and loake, cheaney) and they'll have it sent to your address fast- too bad they don't carry eg anymore.
     
  3. aon

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    Just pray that the post office wont makeyou pay duties and import vat. The last time I ordered from plal I had to pay around Php2500 for duties and import vat.
     
  4. acidboy

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    ^ true. but last time I ordered something from them they used a door-to-door courier and I got them 4 days after ordering sans taxes. must be a lucky day for me.
     
  5. aon

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    do you remember what courier they used?
     
  6. acidboy

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    no, sorry- can't remember it now... I'm sure its not the usual dhl/fedex/tnt though...
     
  7. bbaquiran

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  8. emptym

    emptym Senior member Moderator

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    ^Hope you have fun. I'll let you know, B, if/when I hear from J. Pls. give my best to Mr. C.
     
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  9. alco

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    had a lot of experience with shipments from shoes ordered abroad. Its a hit or miss thing, if you're lucky, it gets delivered straight to your place with a 35 pesos delivery charge. If not, then you have to go to your local customs office or customs office in Pasay and "haggle" for the duties and import price :censored:
     
  10. Thanks SF (a new me)

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    drink some real San Miguel for me gents, it's been a while since the last time I was there....
     
  11. neyus

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    These suits and Jackets from Cornell look great. It seems that Cornell is alot better than more than 90% of the other tailors in the Philippines. The biggest thing working against tailors there is the fact that The Philippines just isn't a suit wearing place. This means that most customers aren't familiar with what a good suit is or how it should look and this doesn't encourage the local craftspeople to include their work. Also I tend to find that many Filipino business people seem quite content to do mediocre work and not try to improve or push the boundaries further that what they are comfortable with.

    I would definitely be interested in getting something from Cornell.

    Aon the suit looks great. The only real improvement would be to increase the size of the patch pockets to match up the proportions of the rest of the coat. Yeah the bottom front of the coat could be opened up a little but it looks good anyway.

    Can you take a closer picture of the buttonholes. I like the fact that most Filipino tailors do handworked buttonholes anyway. I actually like the rougher buttonholes because they can't be mistaken for machine stitched buttonholes.

    Can someone post pictures of Cornell's shirts? I really want to get some made.
     
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    ^ ^ I'll take pictures of the buttonholes this weekend. I have an RLPL suit with unfinished cuffs which I plan to bring to Cornell's. After having a couple of suits from him I trust he won't mess up the RLPL.

    I do not have any shirt from Cornell's but I believe some forum members have shirts made by him. I just noticed that their collars and cuffs are very stiff compared to the ones you get from the department stores.

    BTW, I got my grenadine tie yesterday from Sam Hober without being hit by customs duties. The post office delivered the tie straight to my house. Lucky day I guess.
     
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  13. bbaquiran

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    You can specify soft collar and cuffs with Cornell's.
     
  14. neyus

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    My wife had a shirt made by King Phillip. I dont think I would ever use them for suits but her shirt was quite nice. The collar was fairly soft felt like it had a sewn interlining and the buttonholes where all sewn by hand. My Tita said that we got ripped off but I think it wasn't too bad. So Im hoping that Cornell would be good if not better and use a soft interlining for his collars and cuffs. If only I could go to Philippines again.


    Aon, thanks for agreeing to take the photos. Would be great to see them. I read earlier in the thread that Cornell's fuse their coats? Do they still do this? Do they canvass if you pay extra? I dont actually mind so much about this but if they did canvassed jackets it would be great.

    I think customs is pretty hit and miss in Philippines. My brother sent an Ipod once to his girlfriend at the time in The Philippines and they hit him up big time for it.

    Empty M, did you end up taking photos of that jacket that Cornell made for you? I really want to see it.
     
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    I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to construction so I can't tell if their coats are fused or canvassed. I'm not also sure if they can make a canvassed jacket for a premium.

    As promised here are the photos of the buttonholes:

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    Those look good, aon. Cornell's coat buttonholes are a little rustic, but quite acceptable and great for the price imo. I really like their handsewn the shirt buttonholes. I've never had a problem with them coming undone.

    Hey Neyus, here are some pics of the linen jacket lined w/ shirting. Sorry for the delay:

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    (If you're wondering about the white line at the lower pockets, that's from how they first put on flapped pockets when I'd asked for patch pockets. At a fitting, I reminded Mr. C that I'd asked for patch pockets but didn't ask for a change. When I picked up the suit, I saw they had sewn on patch pockets. They were too small and too low, so I removed them. It was a little irritating, but for the price and since I was leaving, I didn't and don't mind much.)
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    What I really love about the jacket is that I can machine wash it. The only other things I'd change on it are to have a tighter, higher collar and remove the shoulder pads.
     
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    Those ain't bad. I will have to pay your tailor a visit the next time I am there. How long is the turn around time?
     
  18. aon

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    ^maybe three days between fittings. It depends on you if you'll be satisfied after the first fitting. I brought back this suit last weekend for some adjustments and to have the pockets replaced. Hopefully I can already get it tomorrow.
     
  19. neyus

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    Thanks for posting the pictures. . The suits and Jacket look great. The buttonholes look great. The buttons themselves not so great. If I go back to Philippines I will take with me a big box of horn buttons and give them to him. I think things are almost there in terms of styling. I think if Filipino styleforum members continue to work with him and insist on getting things done a certain way the overall product will improve especially since it looks like its almost there. Unfortunately this takes time and patience but I know these Filipino artisans are capable of the work. I know because I have been getting them to produce wonderful shoes. The products continue to get better as the craftsmen become more comfortable making them.
     
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    I totally agree with you on the buttons. I just don't have the time to look around for nicer ones. Does anyone know where to buy horn buttons? Even online. Thanks.
     

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