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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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    He's constantly travelling between Manila and his workshop in Pampanga so I don't know when he gets to check his emails.
     
  2. UberDyologzz

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    Manila, Pampanga, and increasingly lately, out of the country.
     
  3. emptym

    emptym Senior member Moderator

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    Still haven't received what I ordered over a year ago.
     
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  4. aon

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    Finally I was able to try Cornell's. Here's my first jacket from him. This is patterned from my RLPL double breast suit.

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  5. bbaquiran

    bbaquiran Senior member

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    I saw your jacket when I dropped in last week.
     
  6. aon

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    I think his work is not bad at all compared to all tailors I have tried in the past. His buttonholes just need a bit of improvement.
     
  7. emptym

    emptym Senior member Moderator

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    Looks good, aon. I wish I was there and could get stuff made by him regularly.
     
  8. bbaquiran

    bbaquiran Senior member

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    Where'd you get the fabric, if you don't mind?
     
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    I wish I discovered him earlier. :)


    Got it from Tutuban Center in Divisoria. The store's name is Mega Solo Enterprises. If you want I can give you their phone number.
     
  10. bbaquiran

    bbaquiran Senior member

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    Phone number would be great.

    Thanks!
     
  11. aon

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    MEGA SOLO ENTERPRISES
    D-5-6, Cluster Bldg. 1
    Tutuban Center
    Tondo, Manila
    Telephone: (632) 253-1729
    (look for Ate Beth)
     
  12. aon

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    Got my new suit from Cornell's:

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  13. emptym

    emptym Senior member Moderator

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    Looks great imo. Fits very well. And I'm impressed by your ability to wear a three-piece suit in Manila!

    These are stylistic recommendations, but you might ask him for three things: (1) slightly shorter pant hems (2) slightly larger patch pockets positioned slightly lower (maybe 3/4-one inch longer and positioned 3/4-one inch lower, so that the top of the pocket is level with the bottom button hole and the bottom of the pocket is about 2 inches above the bottom hem), and (3) slightly more open quarters/fronts. Most custom tailors I've encountered position the bottom button in the front right behind the bottom buttonhole -- since most customers want to button up this button. And you may want to do that. But if you don't, you might tell Mr. Cornell. My preference is for the left side of the jacket's edge/hem to run vertically through the halfway point of the bottom button, (ie, so that half of the bottom button is covered).

    Did he make the shirt too? The collar looks very nice. He used to make shirt cuffs too loose. But on my order last year, he made the nice and snug. I love the rough-ish, handsewn buttonholes. And my only complaint w/ my last order is the non-removable collar stays.

    If you have a chance to post pics in "The Tailors' Thread," that might be helpful to you, us, Mr. Cornell, and his future customers.
     
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  14. aon

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    Thanks for your comments emptym. (1) I was not wearing my suspenders today so the trousers are falling below my waist. But the trousers would not look as lousy as in the picture had I worn my suspenders. (2) I also noticed that the patch pockets were too small and I am planning to ask him to replace these with larger pockets as soon as I have the time to buy another half yard of this fabric. (3) I agree that the quarters should be slightly more open. I'll tell him next time to improve on this.

    I have never worn a three-piece suit in Manila. I only plan to wear the vest to a friend's wedding in Tagaytay. I just wore the vest today so I can post the entire outfit here and in "The Tailors' Thread".

    As for the shirt, I just got it from M&S. I thought the collar does not look nice because the collar tips does not tuck in under the jacket's lapels. I actually prefer a widespread collar.

    I also posted pictures in the The Tailors' Thread. I'll take note all of your comments since I plan to have another suit done by him maybe next month.

    Thanks again!
     
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  15. bbaquiran

    bbaquiran Senior member

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    Hey Ed, Cornell's is near Rockwell.
     
  16. emptym

    emptym Senior member Moderator

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    ^Yep, I posted the address earlier in this thread.

    B, have you heard from J? I haven't. I need to call again.
    Sounds good, A. Is Tagaytay even that cool? (my avatar pic was taken there btw.) Hopefully our tailors will give you some good feedback soon.
     
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  17. alco

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    nice suit, even better shoes!

    May I ask what brand they are and if its available locally?
     
  18. bbaquiran

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    Hi M. Haven't heard from J in a couple of weeks.
     
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    It will be in January, so I hope it will be cool enough for this.



    mrUnicorn, bbaquiran is right it's near rockwell. PM me, I'll let you know when I will be going back there.

    alco and mrUnicorn: The shoes is Carmina split toe in the alcudia last. It's from The Armoury in HK. Unfortunately it's not available here.
     
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    Thanks for the info! am planning to hit up the armoury when I go to Hong Kong.

    On another note, is there a local store that sells quality leather shoes? (alden's, c&j's, edward green's, etc.) or is Tassel in Hong Kong the closest choice?
     

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