Chris - UK
Posted: Aug 20 2015
This is not Chris’s first visit to Tailor On Ten. He loves our Thomas Mason Egyptian cotton, and over the years he has had several shirts made with us. This time he came in for a beautiful navy blue suit, and during one of his fittings we sat down for a chat.
Let’s start with your relationship to the city. How long have you been in Bangkok?
I moved to Bangkok a couple of years ago after living in China for a year, in Shanghai. I enjoyed living there but I think that the quality of life here in Thailand is hard to beat, even if I do enjoy traveling around Southeast Asia for both work and leisure.
What is your favourite thing to do in the city?
I really enjoy Bangkok’s food scene, especially in Thong Lo where there are numerous restaurants to cater for everyone’s taste, for me I especially love Thai food.
You mentioned that you travel for work, what do you do exactly?
I am a financial advisor to both individuals and companies. I work mainly with expats and foreign owned companies. For my job, first impressions are key, which is why I come here to get dressed.
Do you remember the first suit you bought?
I do. It must have been in 1994, when I got my first job in a pharmaceutical company, I was in charge of their accounts. I bought the suit at Marks and Spencer’s and it was also navy blue, just like the one I am having made here. I have to say, between now and then my style has improved, and your suits are a mammoth upgrade on that first one.
How has your style evolved since that first suit?
I like my suits to be classic and not over the top. It helps in my job to give a good first impression, a balanced one. I like to be well dressed, but without excess.
Who is the biggest influence on your style?
You guys are the people that influence my style the most. I like the way I can come into the shop, tell you what I want, and then let you guide me. The whole process is really pleasant and I never feel under pressure. I think that people in general don’t like to be sold to, regardless of the product or service. You are quite good at making customers feel welcome, handing them drinks and what not.
Whoa Chris, enough flattery - let’s talk about you. Do you have any passions?
I just came back from Mont Blanc; I was on its summit roughly three weeks ago, at 4810 metres. It took us three days to climb to the top and back. The first day we were scrambling over rock to reach an altitude of 4000m where we slept at the Tête Rousse refuge. The following day involved seven hours of ascent over snow and ice to reach the summit. It was incredible. I am planning to travel to Borneo soon and climb Mount Kinabalu which is one of the highest peaks in Southeast Asia. Then, the end goal is Nepal.
That’s awesome, the photos look amazing. Next time you’ll have to bring a suit along to break our own measly 600 ft record for climbing in a suit...
Chris is wearing a classic navy suit from Holland & Sherry of Savile Row, a soft yet durable Super 120s fabric, which is easy to match and looks great with modern slim lapels, matched here with a strong blue chambray shirt and our Tangerine Treviso tie.