Bridging the high standards of quality that Hong Kong is known for and the exacting perfection of British tailoring lies the couture suit line The Artful Gentleman. Behind these handmade suits is designer Jake Wall and his unique experience.
The Artful Gentleman
Justin Howard - How was that process of apprenticing in a different culture like Hong Kong? What was the experience like?
Jake Wall - The first time around I was just there for a couple of weeks. I took an extended vacation. Then I continued the relationship with them, continued to work with them on different things. I created my own items. We got to joking one day and they were like "You are not so much a client as you are a designer. You are incredibly particular and you make us work hard for things." From there we have continued our relationship, and by continuing the relationship we have continued my education.
So my skill set has just improved and I am nowhere near as good as these guys who spend every day churning out suit, after suit, after suit. My space is much different in the way I play. It was definitely an immersive experience and continues to be now after three years.
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Photo Courtesy of Jake Wall