Oppenheimer also once offered me a pearl of widsom. He said 'praise individually, discourage categorically'. I try not to discourage and concentrate on praise on this blog. If any of this is discouraging, please understand that it is only my observations on this particular order. So without further ado, I will give you my opinion of Raja Fashions from Hong Kong.
I was very impressed with the service and the final product from Raja Fashions. A caramel / camel suit arrived in wool and the other item was this window pane sports jacket below which was a silk and wool mix. Since I am involved in the world of tailoring and have a good relationship with both tailors and alterations people, I took the chance and refused for Raja Fashions to do the second fitting and asked only that they finish the suit for their 3/4 fitting and send it to Sydney and that I would take responsibility for the final alterations (that is a disclaimer in itself).
When the suit arrived it was flat packed as below. I opened it up and laid it out to have a look at the workmanship and to evaluate what I would need to do to finish it. I then tried the jacket on in the mirror and this was the first moment I realised that perhaps I had jumped the gun in refusing the second fitting. The suit was very big on me, in fact, it was slightly swimming. So, the first thing I did that afternoon is go to the tailor to get my alterations done. It was then that I realised there truly is a benefit both in time and in quality in having your tailor in the city where you live. We went through the suit with a fine comb and we made the following notes.
1. Despite asking for a soft shoulder the shoulder was more British than Italian and there was not a lot she was going to be able to do about this. I felt as though I was in a time warp but I didn't mind since the inspiration for the suit came from Prince Charles. The same problem would have occured for Raja Fashions should I have noted this with them, but they might have had a chance to do something about it.
2. The area between the chest and waist was straight down, there was no tapering to the suit despite many photos being taken. Again, I take most of the responsibility for this since I did not accept the invitation for a second fitting.
3. The rise in the trousers on the suit was too big. One thing I don't like is a sagging rise. This won't be able to be overcome but luckily the problem was not so great and I can live with it.
4. I went for vents in the rear. Unfortunately these vents jutted out a little too much so we will be bringing them in.
5. The padding in the front lapel seemed overly generous. I would probably recommend next time that they pull back a little on the front of the jacket. It did not feel lightweight - the suit felt rather heavy.
6. The arms were too big so we will need to take them in which poses a slight problem for the armhole trying to make sure we marry it all up.
7. There was a small mark on the lapel of the caramel suit.
8. The suit was 18 days behind scheduled delivery.
Would I recommend Raja Fashions to you? The answer is YES. The price of the caramel suit and window pane blue jacket was roughly $1200.00AUD. Two items at this price, given what I received, to me, represents good value. What I would recommend is that you have a good alterations business, such as Alterations By Master in O'Connell Street or Bellevue Tailors in Bellevue Hill +612 9389 9490 to do your work for you after Raja Fashions is done. There will always be slight tweaks that will need to be done and you should factor these alterations costs in when you negotiate the price. Where I was disappointed was that some of the alterations I would have liked to have had done are not available to me now. The changing of the shoulder padded area, the armhole size, these are items that should have been done at the first fitting, and this is perhaps my fault because of my impatience. Unfortunately, once these things have been completed, it is price prohibitive getting your local Australian alterations company to do the work. You may as well buy a whole new suit. As for what my alterations cost me? In the end, Bellevue Tailors will work on the two jackets for roughly $500.00. It takes the edge off the transaction, yes, but then I am very finicky and for me, I most likely would have spent at least $300 dollars on alterations regardless.
If you would like to meet Mr Raja and his friends, you can contact them below:
Customer Care, Raja Fashions
Tel: (+852) 21087023 | Fax:(+852) 21087010
Unit M, 13/F, Kaiser Estate Phase 3
Hung Hom, Kowloon
www.raja-fashions.com | Skype: raja.customer.service
You are nuts not taking the second fitting
My suit arrived on Friday – it is perfect! They fixed everything, took out the excess padding, brought it in here, fixed it there etc, didn’t cost me a dime
The sports jacket is a little broad across the shoulders so I am going to get them to alter it when they are next in town
|How It Arrived, The Window Pane Jacket And Caramel Suit Flat Packed|
|Opening Up The Window Pane Jacket, Crushed And Ready For A Press And Alterations|