Pants made specifically for braces

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Kai, Aug 25, 2003.

  1. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    I am getting a grey flannel 3-piece suit made. I will be wearing it exclusively with braces/suspenders, so it won't have belt loops. I've seen suit pants made with an extended rise in the back to accomodate suspender tabs. Kind of a retro look. (I most recently saw Harrison Ford wearing a pair of such pants in Regarding Henry) Anyone have any comments on this style of pants? Anyone have any pictures they could direct me to so that I can show my tailor what I want? (Although my guess is that he will likely be familiar with such pants.) Is there a name for such a style of pants?

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    Kai
     


  2. Nick M

    Nick M Senior member

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    Cut and paste from 'that other forum'... I've always referred to them simply as 'high-rise' trousers, and the m-shaped rise at the back as 'dovetailing'. Here's a very stylized picture, you may have to squint... [​IMG] I've no doubt a competent tailor will know what you're talking about. I've always considered it a very elegant look, especially with a vest, since the high waist creates a very smooth line to the leg. Couldn't find a single shot of Astaire wearing them, disappointing...
     


  3. The_Foxx

    The_Foxx Senior member

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    curious....who is making the suit for you? a grey flannel (esp in 3 piece.) is a real classic, one i've considered for a while.
     


  4. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    W.W. Chan & Sons Tailors in Hong Kong. http://www.wwchan.com/about.htm I was in Hong Kong last year for 8 days, and had them make me some suits. They are a quality bespoke tailor as opposed to the 24 hour suit shops which are everywhere in Hong Kong. Trousers are made mostly by machine, but the jackets are constructed mostly by hand. (beautiful roll of the lapel, and absolutely flawless fit.) Fabric selection is pretty much unlimited with choices from the best English and European mills. I went through 4 fittings, and was quite happy with the results. Quality is very high and fit is perfect, but the prices are quite reasonable. I paid about $850 for a very nice Summer weight tan suit made from Super 150s wool/cashmere blend, if that gives you any indication. Style is conservative English. Very fitted but comfortable. I ordered an ivory dupionni silk suit from them this Summer, made from my pattern as opposed to actually getting fitted again in Hong Kong. It also fit perfectly, even without the benefit of the fitting sessions. (They shipped it to me in a tiny box, however, and it took me forever to get the wrinkles steamed out.) I'm probably going to get most of my suits from them, as they are significantly cheaper than my Anderson & Sheppard suit, and seem quite close in quality. I've also been ordering my shirts from them. Again, they have an almost infinite fabric selection. I just give them some vague descriptions of fabric type, pattern and color. They send me some swatches, and I pick out what I like. So far, I'm quite happy. We'll see how the new suit works out. Kai
     


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