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The Hong Kong Tailors Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Silk, Apr 6, 2007.

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  1. TheTukker

    TheTukker Senior member

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    Got it - interesting to see how these turn out.


    Ascot Chang is also US based these days, no?
     
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    AC has 2 shops in the US, Los Angeles and New York but all their shirts are made in HK with a few exceptions. The shirts are cheaper on tour than in the shops.
     
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    Ascot Chang run way over 150 into the 250 range. I was thinking more along the 150 price. Do you know any others that fit what I am looking for?
     
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    That's pretty much their starting price ($150) but most of their good fabrics are $220 and up. Simpson Sin is in the range your looking for.
     
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    Simpson offers Thomas mason fabric and good quality work?
     
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    They offer TM and although I've never had a shirt made but if its anything like their suits then its pretty good for the price.
     
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    I just had the followup sizing and was very impressed with Peter and his tailor. They made about 20 minor adjustments to the shirt they had and many more to the suit. Many of the tweaks were a quarter inch here and there.

    Over the years I've had three tailors in HK and Peter was by far the most detail oriented. I usually like a very modern, form fitted look and I'm excited to see what Peter delivers. I pick up the order on Saturday (May 6th) and assuming there are no other tweaks, which require more adjustments, I will post pics in the following weeks.
     
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    I don't think you'll find either WW Chan or Gordon Yao in the $1,300 range. I visited both and they're closer to the ~$2k and their shirts would be closer to ~$200-250 as mentioned by others. It seems like all the good tailors in HK are very busy which looks to be causing price inflation (although, I was very happy with Peter Lee's pricing).
     
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    Helpful - many thanks.


    Interesting; glad to hear it's working out for you.
     
  10. dragon8

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    Chan is still at the $1300 range when I visited them in March.
     
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    What was the fabric offered at that price?
     
  12. dragon8

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    VBC
     
  13. JLibourel

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    Yeah, VBC Super 110 seems to be Chan's principal bottom-end suiting, and a perfectly good one, in my opinion, if you fancy a 9-ounce year-round worsted. I wouldn't hesitate to get another suit in this fabric from my buddies in Kowloon if I wanted one.
     
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    Its a very durable fabric and I wouldn't hesitate as well
     
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    Have suits and some trousers (noob purchase early on in my fabric knowledge) in VBC which have held up extraordinarily well after using them as regulars. They are still good 2 years on.
     
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    Bespoke tailoring is a dying art in HK as it has been in the US. I have yet to meet a tailor younger than 50 here in the US. The situation is probably similar in HK. However I am glad WW Chan is still "grooming" younger tailors. If you visit their KL store, there are many "younger" employees there. I would guess Patrick Chu is only in his 40s himself. However I haven't seen Gordan Yao with a younger apprentice. I am afraid when Gordan retires, his shop will close.
     
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    I don't think the younger fellows at Chan are tailors. I think they are customer service reps.
     
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    Gordon's son Eric works with/for his father and I believe he has plans to take over the business once his father retires. I don't think that he has been trained as a tailor, but seems to have a keen interest in clothing and traditional tailoring, as well as being very helpful in servicing customers, particularly those not based in Hong Kong. I'm not sure who will take over as "master" tailor when Gordon retires, but I am sure they must be grooming someone as I don't think there are any plans to close the business, and I would think the elder Mr. Yao will be ready to retire soon.
     
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    Gordon is not the tailor and don't really know if he was one. I know his master tailor is up there in age and believe he's in his 70's.
    I think most of his tailors are close to that age bracket. Gordon, IMO, has a good eye to detail if you know what you want but his prices have gone up in years as well particularly CMT prices.
     
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    Gordon is a skilled and time-served tailor - see his biography. He does not personally make the suits but oversees the process and the equally skilled tailors he employs.

    Eric seems set to take over the business eventually although Gordon is still quite able and fit.
     
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