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The Hong Kong Tailors Thread

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

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  1. porcupine85

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    I went there once (ywy). The experience wasn't stellar compared to ww chan. That said maybe it was just me not being able to get my message across and forgetting to specify.
     
  2. Digital Man

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    Just a follow up regarding my Gordon Yao purchase in November ..................

    As noted earlier, paid them a visit for the 1st time Sat. 11/23 for a measurement for a suit and (3) Thomas Mason shirts, returned Monday for a fitting and that was it. Gordon was in the US at the time so the initial measurement was done by a gentleman manning the store at the time followed by a fitting from who I gathered to be their main tailor.

    Was a bit concerned that: A. I was only getting one fitting and B. Gordon was on the other side of the globe.

    Suit was their entry level VBC Super 110 in Plain Blue and shirts were all cotton Thomas Mason. Total cost 10,000 HKD

    Package received 12/29 so just a month including delivery.

    I must say I am very impressed with the workmanship and fit of all items especially considering only one fitting. The only noticeable issue was a bit of a mismatch in sleeve lengths but that can be easily remedied. I just love the fit of the shirts and the suit but I must say I did not go into this with a lot of requests or requirements. I basically just wanted their "house" fit and I'm very pleased with it. Here's a few snaps ............ you be the judge.
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  3. GBR

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    That's a very commendable suit and typical of GY's quality. Were you measured by Peter Pak? How many back pockets and inside pockets does he provide as standard - mine are specified but I would be curious to know what his 'norm' is?
     
  4. GBR

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    Who is the tailor? Have you done more detailed photographs - your expositions on Grantham Brown were very interesting.
     
  5. add911_11

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    I have plenty of pics about this tailor on my tumblr 'obiter dictum'

    He is my most trusted bespoke master. He is located in Causeway Bay Hong kong, very old school and no website.

    He specialise in pagoda shoulders, although he can execute any shoulder well. I have big upper arms so I am not easy to work with and I must select the right person in order to get it right.
     
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    I spot this on one of the Chinese blog, this is from his weibo. He is also from Hong Kong now station in Shanghai.
     
  7. luminance999

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    Has anyone tried any of the tailors in Hollywood Centre, Mong Kok?
     
  8. originaljy881

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    Stay away from Il Sarto in Central.

    I just picked up my suit today and I haven't worn it out yet. I am not complaining about their quality since my suit has not been worn yet.

    But I am really pissed off by the sales guy. There are three sales people there:
    1) a lady in her 30's
    2) a young man in his 30's
    3) older guy in his 50's

    I was served by the older guy. All I can say is that his attitude is absolutely terrible. Every time I made a request, he would ridicule me.

    For example, I though the sleeve for the dress shirt was too long - and it was quite obvious it was way too long. He would say "What? No way. REally? That's the standard! Nobody wears it any shorter" And then he would say "it's no problem, we can shorten it...it's no big deal."

    If it's a custom suit, should the tailor not adhere to our requests? Should we be ridiculed for every request we make?

    During the last "fitting", I tried on the suit. Before he even looked at it, he said "It fits, get the bag ready." I was thinking to mysef "You didn't even look..."

    Seriously, the guy is absolutely terrible. Stay away from this place!!!!!! What a horrible experience.

    By the way, the jacket sleeves are too long. But he rushed me out of the store. Before I left, he said I can come back and shorten the sleeves.

    I don't want to see the guy anymore....
     
  9. Fishball

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    I don't know why this thread was full of posters who are just posting 1 or 2 posts, and all their posts are on this thread!
     
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    That looks really nice albeit the very high button positions. I also like the inner glasses, this is not something I see in Hong Kong everyday. They are very popular amongst the old style Japanese bespoke tailors. Hey Fishball, show us some of the deal breakers you owned, given your apparent authority in the HK discuss forum.
     
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    Deal breaker? You better ask Classic Car, hahaha ;P
     
  12. add911_11

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    After a chat with clasaic car, I admit I truly underestimate the power of group buy in HK....
     
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    haha :bounce2:
     
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    :)
     
  16. GBR

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    That looks really nice albeit the very high button positions. I also like the inner glasses, this is not something I see in Hong Kong everyday. They are very popular amongst the old style Japanese bespoke tailors.


    "Inner glasses"? What do you mean - the additional pocket in the facing which I think is a Japanese convention?
     
  17. add911_11

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    yes you are right. Thx for the correction.
     
  18. GBR

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    Thanks, I have not yet tried one but like you I like this idea - I think I will incorporate it in the future.
     
  19. Isolation

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    Thought I'd post about my experience at Moda Republic, although I really wish I could give more as I only got 4 shirts from them. This is me wearing one of them the other day. As you can see I haven't had the chance to iron it and it was an entire day of wear so it's quite wrinkly. I know the picture isn't saying much, I can only say that the fit is good and it feels nice to wear.

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    Here's another outfit from another day but the shirt doesn't actually show much, but whatever:

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    I got the waistcoat from Jantzen btw, which I really quite liked.

    Here's another shirt, again you don't see much unfortunately:

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    Earlier I posted a bunch about Jantzen so I'll use them as benchmark. I will say that Moda's shirts is as good or better as them at a slightly higher pricepoint. I suspect that it's better, as some of my Jantzen shirts have small problems with loose strings and such, to a degree that is not a problem at all, but still noticeable (not a problem to just snip some loose bits off and usually they are on the inside, etc. I have not noticed this in Moda's shirts but I honestly have only worn them in a couple of occasions. The farbic possibly is better as they have told me. This is true for at least some of the materials, but this could be unfair as I'd be comparing the more expensive fabrics I got with Moda with the worse of the Jantzen offerings, and which are cheaper (350 as opposed to 500, both quite cheap really but when you compare it in % is something of a difference).

    For those interested in my quick personal opinion on "which is better" and what not, I'd say that I'm likely to use both tailors for shirts in the future. I like having a larger array of fabrics to choose from, and if in the future I decide that I prefer one over the other I will mention it. I will say that the slightly price difference factors into this somewhat, so hey.

    Also I'm interested enough that I want to see more of Moda's offerings, and I plan on getting a suit made by them and a wasitcoat next time I get the chance, and when I do I will post some pictures and thoughts.

    Lastly I want to mention the customer service. I want to note that I've been invited specifically by their representatives on this site. On one hand I want to thank them a lot for their help/messages (more on that later) but on the other I want to say that it's somewhat unfair to compare the attitude they take with a customer whom they know will voice their opinions on the internet, with the attitude Jantzen took with me as a rando who walked in. Again I want to say again that my experience with Jantzen (despite some negatives experiences from other posters) was largely positive. While they were very busy and seemingly brusque, they've in where it counts, been pretty good with their service, willing, not rude (just rushed), and are willing to give useful input and help with styling choices. I enjoyed my relationship with them.

    And it is with this in mind that I say that Modas has good service. Chris and Alex in particular were helpful with my questions via email, and after I had left HK I emailed them to ask for a somewhat less common fabric color (hot pink, duhhh) they were very willing to help me search for it, and when they were unable to find it from their usual sources, were willing to seek out less familiar sources, and even looked up some other OTR sources.

    I will say however that on my FIRST trip here, a bit devious or just lazy, I went in without mention that I was contacted on the forums to see how they treat a normal customer walking in. They were polite and good, but admittedly not quite as forthcoming with help as later on, mostly because they were quite busy with several customers. I will add that the person attending me didn't have as good English as the others who helped me later (Alex/Chris), who spoke fluently and were very friendly.

    Moda's price is I believe 400 or 450 and up (forgot which), whereas Jantzen is 350, and at the 350 point there are I think quite a few decent shirts I've had made and worn quite often, so it's not like it's just trash. Moda also charges 50 extra for thicker MoP buttons, and they used plastic ones as default. I like the plastic, it's nice, but I do prefer MoP, and when you put the price of the shirt in perspective an extra 50 HKD need to be accounted for. Their reasoning for the price is that they use better MoP than other companies, presumably Jantzen as a notable competitor. I'll be honest, I don't care too much about the thickess of the buttons. I actually like buttons even thinner than the Jantzen ones, which I quite like already, and I actually DO think the thick buttons make it a bit hard to button, but that's purely a personal preference I am sure most people prefer these ones.

    But all in all I think it's possible to get nice shirts I want to wear often at a cheaper price at Jantzen than Moda, this is the fact. There are however, more than enough reasons for me to get some other shirts from Moda as well.
     
  20. add911_11

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    i start to like the idea of a burgundy or jockey red blazer.
     

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