One of my favorite shirtmakers is Ascot Chang, a family-run business with almost sixty years of history. Founded in Hong Kong by the eponymous owner and tailor, Mr. Ascot Chang, the company has grown from a small shirtmaking shop in Tsim Sha Tsui to a global custom tailoring business. Throughout that growth, they’ve always kept the same high standards. Each of my shirts from them fits in the exact same way - clean through the chest, torso, and arms, with no pulling or blousing anywhere. The fit is both flattering and functional. And although I’m only able to afford their lower end cotton fabrics, they’re always much better than almost anything I can find off the rack.
I had a chance to speak with Tony and Justin Chang, the son and grandson of the founder, sometime last year (I’ve been sitting on this interview for a while). We talked about the history of their company, a bit about shirt construction, and some of the aspects of how a shirt should fit. It was a special opportunity for me, given how much I admire their work, so I thought I’d end our series on custom shirts with this interview. Click through the cut to read it.