WW Chan bespoke tweed jacket: Assessment – Everlasting Fashion


Generally a jacket actually impresses you from the off – the try-on, the becoming, the whole lot simply fantastically carried out from the beginning. 

It would not occur fairly often, and it would not essentially make a distinction to the completed garment; nevertheless it’s an excellent, very reassuring signal. 

This jacket, made by WW Chan, was a type of. 

I am going to get into the main points of the evaluate in a second, however simply to say I am going to additionally spend a while speaking about WW Chan and their journey. As a result of they’ve actually advanced lately, by way of type and construction, in a time when most different tailors have not. 

I’ve recognized WW Chan for a very long time, ever since I used to journey to Hong Kong with my outdated job. But it surely wasn’t till 2018 that I actually frolicked within the workshop there, with Patrick (Chu), Arnold (Wong) and the group. 

After I did, I used to be impressed at their consideration to element and their open-mindedness. They had been extra conscious than most tailors of different traditions around the globe – and the way these had been affecting what their prospects needed. 

Nonetheless, I used to be a bit not sure concerning the type that resulted. It appeared a bit early stage and I wasn’t positive it was for me. 

That modified when WW Chan joined our pop-up store on Savile Row, as a part of the Bryceland’s residency. I attempted on a jacket made for Kenji Cheung (of Bryceland’s), and liked the lower: wider within the shoulder, a bit drape within the chest, straight however open within the foreparts. 

It wasn’t a lightbulb second, maybe extra of a click on, a checkbox confidently ticked. I may see how I’d put on this type and why I would love it. 

(Extra proof for what I’m all the time banging on about: that each one tailors want try-on clothes exhibiting their type(s). It means the shopper has a transparent thought of what they’re shopping for, and their expectations are more likely to be met.)

There was a motive I preferred that WW Chan jacket a lot, I believe, and that’s that Kenji and Ethan had been engaged on it for years. 

Each time he made one thing for Kenji, Patrick would tweak it primarily based on their suggestions: a bit extra roping within the shoulder, maybe, or a barely longer jacket. It’s a testomony to the worth of getting prospects with style – one thing that has arguably influenced tailoring over time greater than the type of the cutters themselves.

Ethan additionally factors out that Patrick at WW Chan is comparatively younger in comparison with different head tailors in Hong Kong – and is definitely into his garments, which isn’t the case with many tailors. 

Nonetheless, I did find yourself altering some features of the type in the course of the commissioning course of. We eliminated the roping to realize a extra pure shoulder line, and used a curved or ‘barchetta’ breast-pocket form, somewhat than the straight one on Bryceland’s tailoring. 

I’m completely satisfied to try this, as soon as the basics of a method I like are in place. What’s a lot more durable is making a dozen such modifications, chasing some theoretical picture in your head. 

So, Patrick took measurements from me throughout that pop-up in London. We had a becoming throughout WW Chan’s common trunk present right here (they usually come twice a 12 months) after which yet another this previous Autumn, when journey was not potential. 

This was my first expertise of bespoke carried out remotely, however I’m unsure it’s that consultant, because the preliminary session had been carried out in particular person and the primary becoming was extraordinarily good: just about good stability, form and line. There was little to tweak aside from the type particulars. 

That meant that once we did the second becoming over Zoom, there have been solely small tweaks just like the size of a sleeve, and adjusting the drape within the again. 

One factor I’m positively studying from distant fittings (footwear and fits) is that the large drawback is usually quantifying modifications. It’s simple to see that the waist wants taking out, or there’s an excessive amount of area within the arch of a shoe. The laborious factor is for the craftsman to see how a lot that should change, or for the shopper to speak it. 

The ultimate jacket fulfilled all my expectations. It was a stunning, clear match, with pure shoulders and good 3-roll-2 within the entrance. In truth, I believe my barely messy collar and handkerchief right here belie how neat that make is. 

There is no such thing as a padding within the shoulder, simply physique canvas, and the chest has three layers, however gentle ones: a wool/camel hair layer all the best way down the jacket, horsehair to only under the armhole, after which cotton canvas on prime of that. 

WW Chan have been on a journey with this construction as a lot as their lower. Their conventional construction, originating with the ‘Crimson Gang’ of tailors in Shanghai, got here from the British, and so had heavier layers, horsehair down under the primary button place, and felt excessive of that. 

Previously decade they’ve changed the felt with cotton and shortened the size of the final two. They nonetheless supply three totally different ranges of construction although, relying on what the shopper needs (and the supposed formality of the piece). 

The identical goes for the shoulder expression too: it may be padded with totally different levels of roping; unpadded with a flat, pure sleevehead (mine); or a Neapolitan ‘spalla camicia’ development. 

I actually like that shoulder expression on mine, though I believe it’s borderline whether or not it and the lower imply the jacket can work with denims and informal chinos. 

The spalla camicia expression may assist there, however I additionally suppose it’s telling that Ethan and Kenji use the type extra for fits than informal jackets, for instance. Tailor-made trousers might be safer, and that’s what I’ll put on it with.

The jacket has a comparatively low buttoning level: 18¾ inches from the neck level, which Arnold says is ⅜ of an inch decrease than their normal. The pockets have been rounded extra, to suit with the pure type general. The Milanese buttonhole within the lapel is now a regular function. 

If I used to be going to see Patrick and the group quickly, I would take a look at whether or not the sleeve may very well be wider. I wouldn’t say it was slim, however I do want a extra beneficiant sleeve nowadays, and that’s the one tweak I can consider. 

The standard of the ending is superb – nearly as good as any regular English tailor (the likes of Chittleborough or Michael Browne counting as irregular). 

And I like the material. It’s a W Invoice shetland, 12-13oz; strong however not too bushy, with physique however definitely not too heavy. 

It’s the color that’s the killer although: a mixture of black and russety browns, which at scale gives the look of a darkish, somewhat city brown tweed. 

The code is 12110 and it’s accessible nonetheless, within the Basic Shetland bunch. 

There may be one different benefit of WW Chan, and one drawback. 

The benefit is that they’re good worth, being primarily based in Hong Kong: fits begin at HK$18,230 (about £1,800) and jackets at HK$13,000 (£1,300). My jacket was HK$14,830 (£1,480). 

The minus is that even outdoors of a pandemic, they don’t journey most locations steadily. They do go to the US East and West coasts thrice a 12 months, however solely come to Europe twice a 12 months. So if you happen to’re in London, as a primary buyer, it’s going to take over a 12 months. Lower than that within the States.

Different locations are Zurich, Stockholm and Paris in Europe, and Sydney, Melbourne and Singapore in Asia. All twice a 12 months. 

Within the pictures right here, I’m carrying a comparatively uncommon mixture, with a slubby striped shirt and scrap-of-indigo handkerchief. However the jacket is flexible sufficient to go along with a spread of issues, together with easy blue oxfords and gray flannels. 

The garments are:

  • Cotton/linen striped shirt, bespoke from D’Avino
  • Stone-coloured wool trousers, bespoke from Pommella
  • Brown-suede Belgravia loafers, from Edward Inexperienced
  • Torn indigo fabric, used as handkerchief

Pictures by Alex Natt (@adnatt)



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