"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle."
Ernest Hemingwayemail me if google hasn't got the answer..
During my recent trip back to HKG, I decided to try a new shirt maker which I will disclose once I am happy. As mentioned many a times, bespoke is a journey & not an over night success.
What I can say is that this particular maker has a formidable reputation & unfortunately this comes at a price. For example, the price is more than 3 times for a shirt made in the same cloth as my usual tailor.
In this case I chose a light blue end-on-end Thomas Mason “Silver Line” & requested 3 variations to be made.
I will wear & launder before any adjustments to be made when I am back in a few weeks.
So the journey started with 2 sessions:
1st Session - measurements, cloth decision, collar styles (button down + 2 button band, “Italian” spread + 2 button band & semi-spread + 1 button band. All with no collar gap), cuff style (all single + 2 button + angled opening), body (plain back + 2 rear darts), split yoke, 3.5 mm mother of pearl buttons, no fusing for cuffs or collars & finally my chinese name hand stitched (this is always a good test).
2nd Session (1 week later) - semi finished fitting & further measurements.
Delivery in a few days after.
I will post some macros of the details later.
So for today (after 10 hours in the saddle) it is the “semi-spread” & my initial notes:
What do you think?