When he first arrived in Hong Kong in 2005, New York transplant Alex Daye was impressed by the craftsmanship at local tailor shops, but frustrated by the limited styles. "I really loved the personal service and of course having a garment that fit how I wanted it to," he says. However, "the fabric choices were generic and there was a lack of interesting and inspiring garments hanging around." His solution was to start a tailor shop together with his partner Ellis Krueger, who has more than 20 years of experience at labels like Liz Claiborne and Tocca, right in their studio in Sheung Wan. In September, the pair unveiled Hu Zi, or Moustache, on the edge of NoHo, where Daye himself is available for personal consultations. Touches like porcelain dragons, bamboo racks and Chinese screens add a Hong Kong flavor to the turquoise-painted boutique. You'll find customizable suits and weekend wear with a vintage feel; fabrics range from lightweight gabardines to synthetic linens, all found on sourcing trips to Japan, India and China. Though intended for men, some of their designs—such as a natty navy tuxedo jacket with satin lapels—have been snatched up by female customers during their trunk shows in Paris. (They're happy to tailor for women on appointment.) Other must-haves: quirky black-and-tan tartan trousers and a cerulean toggle coat made with melton. Check back for a collection of tuxedos during the holidays.
Tel: +852 2541 1955