With over 40 years of experience, tailor William Au of August Tailors in Central Hong Kong gives us his bespoke insights for the season ahead.
With Covid disappearing into the distance (albeit slowly) and working from home a thing of the past for some, it might be time for you to invest in your post-pandemic tailoring. August Tailors at the IFC (take the escalator down towards the Airport Express) has extensive experience making the men of the city look their best. Sadly, like so many businesses across Hong Kong, after decades of success, William is closing his tailor shop in a few short weeks as he prepares to retire, so if you’re looking for a great deal on a truly world-class suit, one that really taps into the city’s tailoring traditions, now is the time.
What inspired you to become a tailor?
I became an apprentice of a great Shanghai tailor in the late 1950s in order to secure a useful profession. The learning process was hard and slow but solid. I was totally enchanted by the master’s skills in tailoring and was determined to be a master in my own right. I was lucky to have made it.
What are the most timeless styles that men can’t miss following?
A navy blue two-button single-breast jacket and straight pants – nothing fancy, just timeless and a must-have.
If we were to narrow our focus to three suits, what should they be?
A navy blue two-button single-breast; a charcoal two-button single-breast; and a dinner suit (don’t miss your black bow tie!).
What are the benefits of a tailored suit or shirt compared to off-the-rack?
You wear them. They don’t wear you.
What would you say is August’s specialisation?
We make suits of class.
What are the colours and fabrics you’d recommend for the winter ahead?
Navy blue and brown; dark green for a blazer would also be a great choice.
What are the styles and features that are making a comeback in men’s tailoring?
Time to get a three-piece! Also, spend more time picking the right pocket squares to go with your suit, with or without a tie.
What are three mistakes most men make when it comes to tailored items?
Making a suit that makes you look good but which you are not comfortable in it; matching it with the wrong belt and wrong shoes; and buttoning your suit incorrectly.
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