Wednesday, March 25, 2009
At A Suitable Wardrobe, the most obscure tailoring details are grist for the mill. In the photo, trousers with an English back are on display while Patrick Chu of Hong Kong's W. W. Chan tailoring firm assists with a jacket. The split waistband helps trousers to move with less strain as the body moves.
I visited Chan with a friend who had had several nice looking jackets from there this year, and I wanted to see the firm in action. The measuring process was perhaps the most thorough I've encountered, which is good practice for an organization that strives to minimize fittings. In addition to the usual measurements, the customer is pinned into a trial jacket, photographed for reference and has the slope of his shoulders calculated with a special device.
I look forward to learning about the rest of their customer experience.