Manila Tailor

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

  1. emptym

    emptym Moderator Moderator

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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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  2. Bonggoy

    Bonggoy Senior member

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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?
     


  3. 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.
     


  4. 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.
     


  5. aon

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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.
     


  6. bbaquiran

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    There is, apparently, a button factory somewhere in Caloocan.

    Any leads on custom shoemakers? I've been thinking of having some custom shoes made. I would much prefer to buy OTR but have difficulty finding my size. Besa's does custom shoes, but I haven't seen any of their work. Themanilahaberdasher has given up on the last shoemaker he was working with, and the one before that died in Ondoy -- the one that made emptym's pair of shoes.
     
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  7. Bonggoy

    Bonggoy Senior member

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    I have a list of shoe manufacturers in Marikina and their contact information. PM your email address and I will send them to you.

     


  8. neyus

    neyus Senior member

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    Yes there is a button factory in Kalookan. The persons name is Melcor Virata. They make mother of pearl and coconut. Not sure about horn. Pm me and I can send you a list of manufactures but none are in The Philippines. For shoes, you can try Glenmore shoes, I forget where they are located maybe Pasay. They have a shoe factory also in Rizal.
     


  9. aon

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    I have tried Wilson shoes before in Cubao. IIRC it's located along Detroit street in Cubao near New York Ave. Their work is decent enough but the leather they used was not very nice. A pair will cost you Php4,000.00. I'll try to post a photo later.
     


  10. bbaquiran

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    Thanks, I had forgotten about Glenmore.
     


  11. emptym

    emptym Moderator Moderator

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    No prob. He's flexible w/ style. If we can get him to make a more SF look as his default, that'd be great. My main complaints are: low, loose neck, low arm holes, lots of padding, front buttons set too far in from the hem. I wouldn't mind a canvased coat too.
    Really?! That's too bad. I'll say a prayer for him every time I wear the shoes. I showed them to a shoemaker here who said they show a high level of technical skill and artistry.

    Hmm... maybe that's why J hasn't sent me the clothes: he doesn't want his tailors to die!
    Neat. I like the creative names for their types of shoes. Very FIlipino.
     


  12. alco

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    How about some good leather bags/satchels? Somewhere in the quality of Filson or the like.

    Are there shops that have a good selection?
     


  13. UberDyologzz

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    Fino Leather Goods is extremely good value for money if you ask me.

    They have stores in Rockwell Powerplant Mall, MoA, and more besides, I'm sure.
     


  14. bbaquiran

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    I agree that Fino makes good products, but their style is nothing like Filson.

    Couple of years ago Rustans' house brand (I forget the name) had Filson-inspired bags.
     


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    Hey guys, this thread rocks!

    I'm flying to Manilla in a few days and would love to have some new clothes made. I'm on a world tour, and a change of plans has me returning to Europe instead of continuing my travels through Asia, so I won't have a chance to have things made elsewhere. Eleven months of wear has basically destroyed all of my nicer clothing, so I'm interested in just about everything, if the price is right: suits, trousers, shirts, and shoes. And jeans! I have a pair of custom jeans from MakeYourOwnJeans that has served me well, but they're in dire need of replacement.

    At the beginning of the thread, you were all (or at least acidboy!) negative about both work quality and fabric selection, but recent postings have been much more positive. This thread has been active for almost four years - have you finally trained the tailors on how to do things right? :)

    If any of you are free, I'd love some help when I visit one of the local tailors. Help or no, I owe you guys some beers just for being so informative!
     
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