January 21, 2009

BESPOKE 12 YARDS


I was not exactly looking to do any shopping during my two weeks vacay while I was down south, I was rather surprised to see that they had a lot of independent shops sprouting like mushrooms and unsurprised to note that I could not find anything nice for myself (please don’t make me wear Dickies). Nevertheless, I ended up at a local department store and bought 3 yards of seersucker, gingham, poly-cotton and tartan fabric and had 4 instant bespoke dress shirts made (I still think manong Arseño is the best tailor in town).

I thought it was a pretty appropriate decision considering I only spent around Php2thousand for everything.

14 comments:

My Life In Receipts said...

P2,000 includes tailoring? Amazing.

fuchsiaboy said...

i spy an oscar de la renta-ish dress on the side! hehehe

i love bespoke.

when you say independent shops sprouting what basically do they sell? is it local designers?

BUDDHA BANANA said...

Yup, spent P800 for the fabrics and P1200 for labor (P300 per shirt)

Don – More like stuff from 168, divi and greenhills, sad but good enough.

You have to check out zamboanga city barter , the entire complex is filed with fabrics from china, Vietnam, Indonesia (batik),Malaysia and India. Some are fully beaded too! You’ll love it there.

knrchoy said...

hi. i have recently been following your blog and i have to say, i am a fan. i dig the inputs you contribute to fashion.

would it be ok to ask where you get fabrics/tailoring? zamboanga city barter? how do i exactly get there? i kinda live down south over here in alabang so i wouldn't know how to get there.

thank you for your time and hope to hear from ya soon!

--kevin

BUDDHA BANANA said...

Hi Kevin, Thanks big time :)

south I mean, Mindanao ( Southern Philippines). :)

Kevin Choy said...

oh!!! haha! i see. have any places to suggest around manila? unless it's your secret place?

thank you!

BUDDHA BANANA said...

Hey Kevin, yup! Fabric warehouse in Libis, Metro Gaisano in Market Market, Ilaya St. in Divi, Fanbi in Greenbelt 1 ;-)

Zamboanga Girl said...

barter! i have not been there in a LONG time even if i really do live in zamboanga city, unlike kevin choy :).

i have this great charcoal gray slacks i want to make maybe around, hmm, six copies of, for each day of the week. i hope barter will have a similar cloth.

and ram, who is manong arseño, where can i find him, and does he do slacks? :)

Kevin Choy said...

ayt thank you for the info!

BUDDHA BANANA said...

Manong Arseño has been my tailor for more than 15 years. I still courier mum fabrics from Manila and have my stuff sewn by him and yes...he can. Mums shop is a stone throw away lang from his shop.

Manong Arseño ( Shopping Center, Mendoza Building, Pilar St.) near Speedys

BUDDHA BANANA said...

"ayt thank you for the info!" you're welcome, man!

izzydore said...

ooh seersucker! I would love to have a suit made in a light gray seersucker. do post the shirts you had made! :)n

Zamboanga Girl said...

oo nga. you should post the shirts manong arseño mad. :)

BUDDHA BANANA said...

Ms. Yen - I’ll take photos of the shirts over the weekend. Pretty packed with work and client events…got airline new menu food tasting event tomorrow haha
Izzie - I will. btw, you posted your tailors addy in your blog...will check him out...