Posted 27 March 2012 - 12:51 AM
Concerning the quality of the Hong kong tailors.
I have worked alterations on a British Officers formal uniform jacket and trouser that was made for him in Hong Kong in the mid 1950's.
The garment was mostly machine sewed, but good amount of hand stitching. I was impressed by the quality and detailed workmanship of the interior make up of this jacket.
Unfortunately I did not take photo's. I have forgotten the establishment that made it. I salute the tailor who made this garment.
Concerning the suits that I have seen from the Asian regions for more modern times are below.
Fast work, low cost, okay only for a low very budget.
Natural materials are low cost substitutes that wears out quickly in the cuffs, elbows and major wear points. threads that fades or changes color when dry cleaned and dry rots quickly.
These materials make the buyer think they are getting good price, but the materials are coarse compare the the real deal.
Example: A real camel hair, should feel like running your hand over a long haired cat, not a burlap coffee sack.
By the way, I am not advocating that you bring your cat with you for sampling the materials. You cannot say your are blind and it is a seeing eye cat.
Most shops that produce budget suit of clothes, seem to use Synthetic materials and threads nowadays, that eliminate these problems.
The majority of these garments look okay to the unschooled eye.
The Interior of jacket makeup, cut and hacked fronts, seams split to give ease, pre-formed shoulder pads, tacked down canvases that are not even canvas anymore, etc.., lining that will shrink when cleaned and does not breathe well for hot and humid climates.
I could go on about the U.S. and European, east and west, but restricting myself to the Asian regions.
I also give praise to the fine tailors who still follow the finest tradition of bespoke in these markets.
"An intelligent man knows he is ignorant, a ignorant man knows he is intelligent".