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Manila Tailor

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

  1. knite

    knite Member

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    I stopped in to both Cornell's and Glenmore today.

    I exchanged a few emails with Adam at Glenmore, but he wasn't at the store this afternoon. The staff there didn't speak a lot of English, so I wasn't able to do much more than have my measurements taken and put down a deposit. Leather and construction quality both seemed reasonable, especially for the price. None of the styles especially wowed me. I wanted them to make me a monk strap, but I think an oxford may be safer. I hope that if I forward them photos of several shoes, they'll be able to copy well.

    Cornell's didn't seem very concerned with discussing the details of my suit. They're just a 10 minute walk from me, so I'll be heading over tomorrow with lots of photos and hoping for the best. I did not get a good sense of quality from them. I'm a little wary, but the prices are quite good. Do any of you have tips on how I can get Cornell's best work?

    Cornell's doesn't do jeans, so I'll be checking out The Manila Haberdasher as well.

    If any of you who are local have spare yards of nicer quality fabric (suit or shirt) that you'd like to sell, please let me know ASAP!
     
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  2. bbaquiran

    bbaquiran Senior member

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    At Cornell's did you talk to the old man, or the son?
    You're in the Makati CBD. Head over to Greenbelt and look for the Fanbi fabric store.
    I just came from Manila Haberdasher's place an hour ago for final fitting of a linen jacket.

    Heh. You, me, Cornell's and Manila Haberdasher are within a 2km radius of each other.
     
  3. aon

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    What's the address of Manila Haberdasher?
     
  4. knite

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    Having literally just returned from seeing him, I can say he's at >. Jay is young (26) but sounds like he knows what he's doing. I'll post photos of the jeans he's making for me when they're complete. Bad news at Cornell's - they can't do a fully canvassed jacket in 9 days. I'm getting trousers, a matching vest, and two shirts. Glenmore really sucks at replying to my emails. On top of that, Jay says their shoes are glued instead of welted. I'm tempted to write my $50 deposit off as a lost cause.
     
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  5. emptym

    emptym Senior member Moderator

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    ^I hope you get your stuff from Jay/Jr./the manila Haberdasher. The shoes I have from him, posted above, are great. But as I've mentioned before, I still haven't received the jeans and shirt I ordered from him, along with a shirt and pants from Cornell (that he used as models) and some extra suit fabric. It's now been well over a year. He's told me he's attempted to deliver the stuff several times, but... He says he'll get back to me on Monday after checking to see if my stuff has been held up at the post office.

    Earlier in the thread, I mentioned a place in Manila that does fully canvased coats quickly: Toppers at 277 Katipunan, across from Ateneo. It's a tiny, dingy place, but the work looked pretty good. Prices are between Cornell and Jay. I haven't tried it, but I'd love to.
     
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  6. rexy8800

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    Hi, thanks to this forum I discovered Cornell. I already have 8 shirts, 4 pants, and 1 suit made by them. My first suit was made by them, wore it for the anniversary party at work. Never wore it ever since, this is not a suit country.
     
  7. knite

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    Today was my first fitting. I told Cornell that the trouser front is too tight, and that there's too much material on the sleeves.

    The next fitting is tomorrow, and the final one the day after. I'll post a vest photo after tomorrow's fitting. I will also have my jeans from Jay, assuming that fitting goes well.

    Be brutal, the fit needs some help!

    [​IMG]

    My Glenmore shoes should be ready in a few days. Though I haven't met him in person, Adam has been a delight to work with over email. I couldn't decide between an oxford and a monkstrap, so they're making both. The one I don't choose will become a store sample.

    Shoe specs:

    Leather: DRED Side leather with Foam and Antra skin Lining
    Shoe Point/Cap: Semi Extended, Rounded Cap "Point 1"/ Slopped
    Sole: Waist ended Quarter MS Carasole Welt to Dark Brown finished Argentine Bendsoles
    Heel: 3 cms Straight stacked carasole
     
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  8. silvermagenta

    silvermagenta Well-Known Member

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    what is a carasole waist?
     
  9. greenblueblood

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    I was at Cornell's at the same time. I hope they were able to adjust your shirts and trousers properly. How much did it cost for the Glenmore shoes? Can you post pictures once you get them? I'm thinking of having a pair made soon.

     
  10. neyus

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    How did the Cornell or Glenmore shoe thing work out?
     
  11. neyus

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    Glenmore should be able to make a welted shoe. I had a couple of pairs made by them, both of these were welted.
     
  12. bbaquiran

    bbaquiran Senior member

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    Someone from glenmore just created a SF account.
     
  13. emptym

    emptym Senior member Moderator

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    ^Interesting. Update about themanilahaberdasher, aka JR, aka Alejandro:

    I never received the email he promised a few weeks ago with the tracking info. I called him yesterday. He says he emailed me that he found my package at PhilPost and that he sent it again last week through FedEx. He emailed me what he said was a forwarded message from FedEx saying FedEx tried to deliver it last week and would try again. I tried checking the tracking number myself, but it wouldn't work. That was all yesterday. I've emailed him and FedEx to see what's up with the package. Haven't heard from either yet. I hope he really has sent it. Will let you all know.
     
  14. emptym

    emptym Senior member Moderator

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    Update on themanilahaberdasher, aka Jr., aka JR, aka Alejandro:

    FedEx says the tracking number he gave me is invalid. Jr. himself hasn't replied to me. I'm going to have to call him again. Am really getting tired or the runaround.
     
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  15. bbaquiran

    bbaquiran Senior member

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    But Ed don't you go to HK on the regular?
     
  16. bbaquiran

    bbaquiran Senior member

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    A new tailor opened up shop near my office. "The Tailor Shop" with "master cutter" Nando Villareal. I'll drop by tomorrow.
     
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  17. acidboy

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    ^ a quick google search showed he was with pour homme in makati.
     
  18. salut

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    Hey guys,

    This is a very interesting thread. It seems like at the start several years ago the sartorial environment was very bleak but it is picking up thanks to your efforts.

    I am hardly an expert on suits but am developing an idea of decent vs. average vs. bad. I used to live in China and had several suits made there and was very happy with the results. Since then, I have been living in Switzerland where everything is expensive. I have new OTR suits but even after alterations they don't feel nearly the same as the ones I got in China.

    Anyway I'll be in Manila the 11th to the 17th and am thinking about getting a new suit made while I'm there. I know HK is the place to go but unfortunately I won't have enough time to go there on this trip. Will be going to Singapore for just two days which probably isn't enough time for a new suit anyway. (I'll be in DC and NY later the month though so I'd also be interested if you happen to know of reasonably priced places there you'd recommend.)

    Jay/the haberdasher sounds great but delivery takes long (if it ever happens)...

    It looks like people's opinions of Cornell's is improving. I would like to get a wool three-button suit. Do you think they would be able to make it in less than a week? If that's the case, I know you all said the fabric selection is not that great. Do any of you have extra good fabric you're looking to sell?

    Also what is the latest thinking on Sarto Manila? It seems it takes them several weeks, right? Have any of you tried Naluzzi?

    Thanks!!
     
  19. bbaquiran

    bbaquiran Senior member

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    Cornell takes 2 weeks for a suit, at least, and December is probably a busy time for them.

    I recommend you get a bunch of shirts or trousers done instead.
     
  20. alco

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    Any news on "The Tailor Shop"?
     

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