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Moda Republic - Official Affiliate Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Alex-ModaR, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. Alex-ModaR

    Alex-ModaR Well-Known Member

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    Hello Styleforum users, I’m Alex and I'd like to start off this thread by introducing my company Moda Republic, which specializes in quality tailored men’s and women’s suits, shirts and winter coats. My brother Chris and I are very excited to be a part of Styleforum and look forward to interacting with the folks here.

    We are an online tailor that also has a physical presence in Hong Kong. When we started this company, it was out of a love for clothing and because we had a difficult time finding a tailor in Hong Kong that offered both quality fabric AND construction at prices that didn't break the bank. Many of our friends felt the same way which is what spurred us to start Moda Republic. We started this company with a focus on offering high quality tailored clothing at an affordable price. We believe in having a wide range of quality fabrics so that even those with a lower budget can still have something that is well-constructed without having to settle for shoddy workmanship, and over time upgrade to finer fabrics. I truly believe that what we offer at our price point is much higher quality and something that customers will notice.

    Our team of tailors have over 30-40 years experience and we even opened a workshop located in Hong Kong that manufactures a portion of our suits. My brother and I were very adamant about a workshop in Hong Kong out of respect for a trade that is sadly, slowly disappearing in Hong Kong as many companies move their production to China. We also have a factory in China, but our workshop in Hong Kong acts as a school as well, where candidates that work for us are under constant tutelage by our tailors. What we hope to achieve by bringing these young apprentices aboard is two fold, to share our passion towards suits with them, and give them an environment where they can grow this passion and hopefully over time bring this trade back to Hong Kong. If you’re ever in Hong Kong, feel free to drop by our store for visit and watch our tailors in action.

    Some quick facts and information about what I think sets us apart:
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    Fabrics: All of our fabrics are quality fabrics and I'm sure you will notice a significant difference between what we have and those offered by other online tailors.
    2)
    Construction: The construction of our suits are all half canvas on our website and there is an option for full canvas as well for an additional cost. We also offer fused suits for those looking for a slightly cheaper option. Please email us at info@modarepublic.com for more details
    3)
    Virtual Tailor Service: We offer a virtual tailor service where we will setup a video conference and guide you through any questions about measurements.
    4)
    Stylist: Our Moda Republic stylists will be able to help you locally in your city with measuring and offer you a greater selection of fabric samples to chose from as they will have 6-10 swatch books. Right now we only offer this in Canada (Toronto and Vancouver specifically) but we hope to roll this service out to cities around the world (do email us at joinus@modarepublic.com if you want to be a stylist and earn commissions for your sales).

    For those of you interested in ordering from us check out our website via this link for a special discount to members of this forum: http://www.ModaRepublic.com/styleforum

    At this time our website only has menswear but for those who are interested in tailored clothing for women, don’t hesitate to shoot us an email at
    info@modarepublic.com for more details. I look forward to answering your questions and posting images of our items.
     
  2. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Hi Alex,

    Welcome to Styleforum. It really seems that you've thought things through for your customer. It would be great to see some examples of your work in all your ranges.

    Cheers,

    Fok.
     
  3. Alex-ModaR

    Alex-ModaR Well-Known Member

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    Will provide some images for everyone shortly!
     
  4. Alex-ModaR

    Alex-ModaR Well-Known Member

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    If you're ever in Hong Kong drop by our store and check out our full selection of suiting fabrics, including brands that we don't offer on our website like Ermenegildo Zegna and Dormeuil. Also come by and watch our tailors in action (the workshop is behind the glass to the left).

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  5. Chris-ModaR

    Chris-ModaR Well-Known Member

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    Hey everyone,

    I'm Alex's brother Chris, we're pretty excited to get things going with everyone here and just wanted to share some photos we have of the tailors at work. Here's a recent piece we worked on, a beautiful blue full canvas Vitale Barberis Canonico suit for a client, and we were able to get a few photos from one of his fittings.



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    More photos to come soon!
     
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  6. gyasih

    gyasih Senior member

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    Welcome to SF!
     
  7. Alex-ModaR

    Alex-ModaR Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Gyasih! Look fwd to answering any questions people may have. It's a long weekend here in Hong Kong so we may be slow to update photos. Will be taking pictures of suits, etc from clients over the next few days to let members have a better idea of what we offer.
     
  8. Alex-ModaR

    Alex-ModaR Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys just wanted to share some images of some special order stuff that we are also able to do. Here's some pictures of a coat we made for a client recently, apologies for the poor quality as we forgot to take pictures so we asked the client to send us pictures of it.
    Email us (info@modarepublic.com) if interested in this kind of a customized coat!

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  9. Alex-ModaR

    Alex-ModaR Well-Known Member

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    Will post some images of our tux and suits tmrw as well. Have a great day guys!
     
  10. Alex-ModaR

    Alex-ModaR Well-Known Member

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    Here's some pics of our Tuxedo and suit we recently made.
    Am interested to hearing what other members of the forum think?

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  11. Chris-ModaR

    Chris-ModaR Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys here are a few more photos of some details of our clothing :)

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    We'll have some shirt photos up soon shortly!
     
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  12. Chris-ModaR

    Chris-ModaR Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys,

    I’d like to get things rolling in this thread and get some discussion started by announcing a lucky draw that we’d like to offer to the members of Styleforum. We’d like to offer a half canvas suit for free to one lucky member and entry into the competition is simply posting your ideal suit on this thread. The deadline will be a little more than a month from now (Oct 31, 2013) and we’d also love to see the feedback users here will give other folks on their designs. As a sign of appreciation, we would like to provide some free shirts to the suit design our team decides is second best as well as a gift to users that are active in discussions on our affiliate thread.

    The format for entering the competition should be:
    1. Specifications of the suit such as the cutting, the type of shoulders (natural or more structured), color of the fabric, lapel width, how many buttons, pocket styles, etc.
    2. A reference photo or two so the folks here can get an idea of what you’re thinking of
    3. What occasion you have in mind for the suit, your own wedding? A friend’s wedding? Everyday work? Graduation? Prom? Starting a new job? A special event coming up? Let us know to get us excited for your suit!

    So what happens after we pick the winner?

    We’ll work with the winner to either let them choose from one of the suit fabrics that is already on our website (if it matches close enough to their ideal suit), or the winner can utilize our Find A Fabric service where we’ll help them find a fabric they like. Also if you win but you’re worried about measuring yourself you can use our virtual tailor service to video conference our team for measurement guidance.

    Let's get this started and we look forward to seeing what people have in mind!
     
  13. TheTukker

    TheTukker Senior member

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    Welcome to SF - nice looking garments.
     
  14. Chris-ModaR

    Chris-ModaR Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for your message TheTukker!

    Hey everyone, here is a photo of a suit we made for a client recently. They wanted something unique for wedding shots and so they went for a navy blue with orange checkered suit. I've also included a detail shot of the checks! Enjoy!

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  15. Chris-ModaR

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    Although the jacket isn't shown here, here is the vest and pants of the same 3 piece suit I posted earlier. The client purposely requested no break. Here is one of his pre-wedding photos.

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  16. Chris-ModaR

    Chris-ModaR Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys here's another sample to show some of the work we do. Enjoy!

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  17. Kenny Lo

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    Dear Alex and Chris,

    I am one of the fans and supporter of your company since your shop located in Jubilee street. And most of my shirts, suits and trousers from your shop. For me, a perfect suit is a combination of good fabric, tailor and design. Moda provides a lot of different kind and different price range of fabric, I do hope that Moda can introduce more different fabric from some British brand or order the fabric from the supplier directly for a lower price for the customers. The more discount your offer, the more I order. Second, It is no doubt that the tailor of Moda is the first class tailor in Hong Kong. They always gives useful advise on the fabric and design of suit and It is good to hear from the previous post that we can get a full canvased suit in a Moda. Lastly, the design of Moda is trendy but if the staff can give more advise on the design or suggest on the cutting or detail parts of bespoke shirt or suit is better.
     
  18. icekachang

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    Hi Alex and Chris,

    I am a law student, and therefore my ideal suit would have to be something that looks sharp, while still being conservative enough to wear to court. Given the strict restrictions on court attire in my jurisdiction, the ideal suit would have to define itself by having a superior fit, and details that suit the wearer perfectly. To answer the questions:

    Question 1
    Generally - The suit would be a three piece
    Cutting - I am a fan of the English style of tailoring, which in my understanding entails waist suppression, a flared skirt, open quarters, and a well defined shoulderline.
    Shoulders - I prefer to wear suits that are relatively lightly constructed, as they are more comfortable when worn for long periods of time. The Huntsman visit thread suggests that a distinctively English silhouette is compatible with a relatively thin shoulder pad. Additionally, I do not like roped shoulders.
    Colour - The fabric would have to be a dark charcoal approaching black, given the need to be court-appropriate
    Lapels - I prefer a wider lapel. To be specific, something marginally longer than halfway to the shoulder seam. Furthermore, I prefer a high gorge, as it creates a longer sweeping lapel line. Finally, I would prefer a stiffer canvas in the lapel, that would allow it to roll nicely.
    Buttons - I prefer the look of a 2 button suit.
    Pocket - While I like to have them, I would forego ticket pockets in order to enhance formality. Pockets would be hacking, and slanted to about 25 degrees.
    Length - The suit would be the classic length - ending slightly beyond half the distance between the collar and the ground.

    Question 2
    This photo from Anderson and Sheppard's website is to me how I would like the suit to look, generally. Everything from the shoulder to the lapel roll to the gorges is perfect. Certainly, there are minor differences that I have prescribed, and I am not sure I would like my suit to drape quite like one from A&S, but the picture to me represents true sartorial elegance.

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    Question 3
    This suit would strictly be worn to work, or to court where necessary. It would not need to straddle different levels of formality.

    I am thrilled to participate in this contest. I hope to see more interesting replies about what everyone's ideal suit would be!
     
  19. Alex-ModaR

    Alex-ModaR Well-Known Member

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    Hi Kenny, thanks for your kind words. We'd love to hear more from the other members in this forum and let us know what you like for a chance to win a free suit!
     
  20. Krish the Fish

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    Right now in my life, I'm not a traditional suit-wearer on a daily basis. I tend to skew more towards a casual wardrobe. That said, I would love to see a black textured weave wool suit with structured shoulders and a moderate taper to the waist, 2.5" peak lapels with a functioning boutonniere button hole, 1 button jacket. The jacket has a low button stance and frogmouth anatomically slanted pockets and a ticket pocket, so it resembles a casual take on a tuxedo jacket without the satin or grosgrain lapels. The pants would have belt loops and waist band with hidden waist buttons, and a slim-straight leg with significant taper with no cuff.

    It is a suit that can be worn with a white shirt like below though it would be worn with a hidden placket shirt instead (and the jacket would have peak lapels and a lower button stance, and more structured shoulders as well as slanted pockets and a ticket pocket):
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    or like this:
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    In fact that second picture would be a good indicator for how the jacket would fit. It could also be worn more casually with a u neck t shirt and side-zip black boots, which I've been trying to find pictures of but have been failing to do so. Basically, this is a suit that's much more casual than the normal fares around these parts.

    (I know this isn't going to be taken well by the general MC population, but I figured I'd add a different perspective. Hope no one crucifies me for this!)
     

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