Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Silk, Apr 6, 2007.
I've seen their fabrics for under $100USD. Lets just say the clothes on some clowns look better.
For shirts, Hemrajani should be an option.
Not anymore, I got the cheapest fabric one for $790 (or $890?) last year....this year it's 1190.....
Ascot Chang obviously has a great reputation, but for a more economical choice I recommend Mytailor (hemranjani brothers). Good quality that won't cause an arm or a leg.
There is a place called David's Shirts in the 2nd floor of the lobby of the Mandarin Orient. I've had oxford cloth shirts made there for about HK1000 which I liked. Its easy to find and convenient if you are in central. May take at least a week.
Thanks for the recommendations, any others people can recommend?. Just a final question is 6 days enough to make a few shirts?
Recommend you to do a test shirt first, get the fit right (that should take 1-2 days) then if that's ok you can order away 4-5 shirts won't matter it can all be done in another 1-2 days.
That's what I did with the guys at Mytailor.
I recommended TCNY earlier (still have to do a proper review of it some time).
Re: time, it really depends on which places you go. Some of the places mentioned above (like Mytailor and Jantzen) take only a couple of days to make, others (like TCNY) will take at least 7-10 days. I must say that 1-2 days sound ridiculously fast, but hey, good for Mytailor if that's what they do!
6 days is enough for shirts. Usually 5 days is good enough.
I just got back from HK; I was there for a little over a week as part of a post-bar exam trip before I start work. My goals were to get two moderately nice suits for about or under $500 apiece. I figured if they're awful, then ok I know in the future (when I actually have more money), going to a more famous/expensive tailor would be the way to go. I did a bunch of research online and on my first day there checked out 5 tailors (Empire International, Sam's, WW Chan, Ascot Chang, Maxwell's). WW Chan and Ascot Chang were out of my current price range, although they looked like they would do an awesome job at an OK price relative to the US. Sam's was super sketchy and I felt like they weren't upfront with any of the costs or the process. They kept pushing me to go get measured, and they'd "have something for me in a few days and you can make adjustments." When I said, "but then aren't I committing to buy your suit?" the guy just kind of stood silent and looked around for 10 seconds before saying pretty much the same thing to me again. Weird-ass vibe, I don't care how many pics they have with Prince Charles in that place. Plus a lot of other reviews I came across said the suits were crappy quality. Maxwell's was nice, but just a bit out of my price range for what looked quality and they kind of had a vibe like they would not give me any kind of personal attention, like they were just cranking suits out and weren't all that interested in my specific requests. But maybe I just had one guy who didn't seem too enthused; the place seemed pretty high end though. I settled on Empire Tailors; I had read some good reviews online that said they were solid suits, maybe not the finest suits in the world, but totally passable and at a reasonable price.
So my experience with Empire was pretty good. They have a few package deals, depending on the quality of the fabrics you choose. I don't really know much about fabrics, but you could kind of tell they did get nicer as the prices went up. Basically these weren't just arbitrary distinctions. I went with the option that gets you 2 suits, 6 shirts, and 6 (completely bogus and not worth anything) ties for $890. I feel like you could haggle with them on the price, but it seemed reasonable enough to me, and it was hot that day. Anyway, they did three fittings altogether over the course of 6 days. I brought pictures with me of some Burberry slim suits that were along the lines of what I wanted and the tailor checked them out each time. Here's the thing that I think is important to know. I had to be really really specific about what I wanted, since they didn't volunteer too many questions about how I wanted the suit. I think they asked about the vents and whether I wanted flat-fronts or pleats. The rest was all me telling them about lapel width, the type of lapel (I think they assume notch but they definitely didn't ask me until I said something), functional buttons on the cuffs, the break (seriously I think they would have just done a medium break if I hadn't specified repeatedly no break), jacket length, etc. etc. Also I had to go out of my way to ask about choosing the lining myself. On the third fitting all I really had to do was adjust the pants a little (I must have said "slim" about 50 times that week), but the jackets were definitely on point.
So now I'm back and I have my suits and shirts, with nice little patches stitched inside that says they were made specifically for me (I just noticed that on the second wear). I am really really happy with these suits; they do fit great and they are exactly what I was looking to get out of the experience. So I would recommend Empire highly, but only if you have the time to do 3 fittings and have a pretty good idea of what you are looking for and the ability to express that to them. The tailor was cool/didn't take offense to my repeated requests for slimming the whole situation down a bit on each fitting. The staff is also genuinely nice. Zero pressure, which was a welcome relief, and totally accommodating. So that's the trade-off. Maybe a higher end tailor would be able to do a better job intuiting what you want, but as long as you put in a little extra time, Empire seems to me to be worth the trade-off. Of course these are the only suits I've ever gotten in HK so I maybe I got snowed. But as far as I can tell, I got 2 nice, modern-looking suits and 6 very well-fitting shirts. The ties were garbage, and they kind of admit it. Also they come to New York throughout the year, so that's a plus if you live here and like what they do. Also it made me feel like they were a pretty legit outfit. Anyway, like I said, maybe a bit of extra work on your part to make Empire worth it, but I think my experience was definitely worth it.
"AbeFroman01" may be the straight goods, but doesn't anybody else here feel a little suspicious when a first-time poster pops up to deliver a lengthy encomium for a hitherto little-regarded HK tailoring house? It seems to me we have observed this sort of thing in this thread and elsewhere several times before.
Agree and the price is ridiculous.
2 suits and 6 shirts for $900 is way too low. At least for something decent.
If you're implying that I'm in cahoots with the tailor, then no. I am in fact a real, flesh and blood American, born in Livingston, New Jersey in 1985 who felt inspired to share a story that (to me) was a completely new and fun and interesting experience. This website was one of the places that I used to help me make my decision and to know what to ask for with the suits, so I thought I'd give something back. So take my opinion at whatever value you assign to a "first time poster" or whatever, but everything I said was true, especially the price. If the suits fall apart in 6 months I'll be sure to report back.
Fit pics always help.
I'll be in Hong Kong for work next week and could use a recommendation for where to get a suit made. I've read several pages of this thread and have heard of Raja, TCNY, Empire, Peter Lee, WW Chan etc and need to differentiate between them. I have a few restrictions:
I'll be landing Tuesday afternoon, and will likely be able to do a measurement late that afternoon. I can then come back Thursday morning and again Friday morning, but then leave Friday afternoon. I don't need to bring the suit home with me, but it would be nice.
I'd like to go for something in the $700-800 CAD range (currently around $5500-6500 HKD), but lower is better of course. I'd bias towards a better tailor and choose a cheaper fabric to make this happen.
Ideally, I'd like to be able to get the first suit with a cheaper fabric, and then just order another one in a few months time with a better fabric if they can keep the measurements on file. Shirts would also be nice, but I don't need to get any now.
On a side note, if anyone has a recommendation for a place to get cheap (but not complete crap) dress shirts there as a stop-gap, let me know.
Thanks in advance.
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