By Jonathan Lai
Hong Kong's H. Baromon has a small and unassuming storefront in The Galleria at 9 Queen’s Road Central. They do not tour; that is, the company does not send its cutters or tailors out to other cities to accommodate foreign clientele. Clients must visit the shop for measurements and all fittings, which include the basted, forward, and finished bar finish. The entire process takes between 5-7 days from the selection of fabric and preliminary measurements to the delivery of the final garment. This is standard with most Hong Kong tailors, providing one is present for each fitting as soon as the garment arrives at the next stage of development.
The Baromon silhouette is trim and structured, but the jacket still allows room to breathe, with moderate waist suppression and little drape. The round sleeve head that is characteristic of Hong Kong tailoring comes with minimal extension over the shoulder, which is heavily-padded and straight. Armscyes are large. The sleeves have a gentle curve and are neither very narrow nor full. The trousers sit around the natural waist and continue full and straight over some break at the bottom. Lapels have a relatively low, but not anachronistically low gorge.
A lightweight garment in spite of its structure, the jacket never clings. Buttonhole stitching is tight and well-finished. The buttons are of good-quality plastic. Pick stitching is tidy and consistent throughout. The lining, though a different color than was requested, is mated tightly to the edges with mostly machine stitching.
Baromon receives comparisons to Oxxford, the Chicago firm, which is understandable given the conservative and clean silhouette. Of the three tailoring houses reviewed in this series, its style is the most understated. The suit in the photographs was approximately HK10,000 (roughly U.S. $1,300) for a Scabal Super 120s 10 ounce/300 gram worsted in 2008.
H. Baromon Limited
9 Queen’s road Central
Shop 203-204, Second Floor
Telephone: (852) 2523 6845