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The Hong Kong Tailors Thread

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

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  1. Alex-ModaR

    Alex-ModaR Well-Known Member

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    Hi 32-20 just fyi it actually will work out more expensive for you if you plan to use your own fabric and ask a tailor to make your suit for you unless you have access to extremely cheap and good fabric.
     
  2. Fishball

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    Hi Alex,

    It was not my expenience though.
    Would you mind to quote me a 2 pcs H&S Snowy River your company charge?
     
  3. Alex-ModaR

    Alex-ModaR Well-Known Member

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    Hi Fishball, will PM you thanks!
     
  4. nihraguk

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    I've made a number of shirts from Practical Tailor. Reasonable prices and I'm satisfied with the fit. Also fairly affable chaps.
     
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    You guys didn't sell H&S, then please kindly quote me a 2pcs Lessers all wool 8oz.
     
  6. Da Beers

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    Hello all,

    Anyone have any recent experience with Y William Yu in Hong Kong? I am looking to have two good suits made while I am in HK for a week coming up and want to make the most of my visit, as well as get the best value for my money. YWY appears to be 4/6 the cost of Chan and 4/5 the cost of Gordon Yao.

    I am good to go with YWY or should I pony up the extra money for Chan or Yao as I may not get back to HK anytime soon. Anyone with recent experience and/or options re: these tailors would be very much appreciated.

    thx.
     
  7. tchoy

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    Here is a recent thread http://www.styleforum.net/t/361776/hong-kong-tailors-william-yu-tailor-and-e-italian

    I having used William Yu but I have seen their stuff not in the same level as WW Chan or Gordon Yao. In terms of handwork and quality WW Chan is amongst the best in Hong Kong. Having said that a recent change of policy is concerning. There are offering only 2 fittings, it would be fine if you are not are hard fit. In the old days Patrick will not let you out the door unless everything is perfect, in one case I had 4 fittings on a suit.
     
  8. Da Beers

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    tchoy - are you referring you William Yu or Y WIlliam Yu? I understand there are two Hong Kong based tailors with a very similar name. I'm looking at going to Y William Yu.

    thx
     
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    My bad I didn't read your thread properly. I was referring to William Yu tailors. I don't have any experience with Y William Yu.
     
  10. TheTukker

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    A little off topic, but hopefully still interesting for others as well:

    Tchoy: would you be able to make a (rough) comparison between WW Chan and BNTailor (handwork, fit, service, whatever you think appropriate)? Just curious.....
     
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    I'll just make it brief since it's a little bit of topic.

    In terms of handwork both are excellent with Bn you can ask for optional extra handwork. Both have excellent fit as you would expect for bespoke. I like the styling better on my Bn stuff, they do the spalls camicia better than WW Chan.
    The guys at Bn are young and very motivated and often travels to Italy to learn more on how to better their craft. Price wise both houses are very similar.

    I have gotten great service from both houses but as I mentioned above there have been changes at WW Chan, their reluctance to except CMT is a big minus for me, one of the reason I started to look for a alternate tailor. Two fitting are schedule with your appointment while in the old days there was no restrictions on fittings. If you ask them to make something that is not within their house style they may very well refuse you. I find Bn more flexible in that regard.

    I will continued to use WW Chan but I must admit I am really happy working with Bn and I can see majority of my commissions will be coming from them in the future.
     
  12. TheTukker

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    Many thanks Tchoy - I see a lot of BNT's work online and it's looks pretty terrific. Not much chance of me heading their way, but if they were to start traveling...:inlove:
     
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    YWY is legit. I asked about fusing etc. and their default is canvassing; I provided a printout of my style specifications, and they followed it faithfully; at the fittings, they prompted me for my opinion on subtler stylistic details (skirt length, lapel width.) I think it was Andy who suggested a slightly higher button stance, and basically asked for the go-ahead, rather than making presumptions; also slightly longer jacket sleeves. I assented to these suggestions to good effect. In short, it's a nice bespoke experience, though I think better for a customiser than someone who wants a house style. I went with Harris tweed (the real stuff,) so it's hard to judge the relative softness or hardness of their cut, since I'm basically wearing cloth armour.
     
  14. GBR

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    How detailed is your style specification?
     
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    You never know if they will ever travel to the U.S. but at the moment they are pretty busy doing local stuff. Patrick Johnson another tailor I used for some casual stuff are travelling to the US soon for trunk shows.
     
  16. TheTukker

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    Many thanks Tchoy - saw that too and while I like PJ's work, don't really think he's in the same league as BNT as he seems to be doing more MTM. Could be wrong though.
     
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    Cross post from the tweed thread [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  18. borbor

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    what cloth is that may I ask
     
  19. add911_11

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    thats a random new wool tweed I brought from Brookster before its bankruptcy. I only knew this is from Scotland.
     
  20. 32-20

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    Quite detailed. I provided a scrapsheet of example photos - a gorge height example, Jim Cagney raising his arms in a jacket with gloriously high armholes, a picture of some Phineas Cole open quarters, a H. Huntsman straight shoulder; and a pic of double vents, as I wasn't sure of the fluency levels before I went in. The only thing they couldn't do on the sheet was a biswing, which is to say, shoulder pleats. Well, Andy advised against it with thick fabric, and I took this to be a characteristically Chinese way of saying "I can't do this" without losing face. In fairness, a dishonest tailor would have assured me he could do it, let his workers bungle a feature they were unfamiliar with, and nodded all the way to the bank.
    We were also able to discuss things I couldn't find photos for, the like cuff button configuration.
     
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