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We had obfuscated for years over buying a tailor-made suit. We're an active lot here at The Department. When it comes to business clothing, fit and comfort are key, but so is value. Why, we argued, would we spend 4 to 5-thousand dollars for a tailor-made suit that would be worn infrequently and even then, gingerly. Even more unpalatable was the prospect of paying into the coffers of an international brand name that already makes off-the-rack suits. Forking over even more money for the dubious double cache of having that recognizable name on something "made to measure." Now, though, we have no excuses left. It was a recent trip to Hong Kong that tipped the balance.

There's a store-front window on the street, but the shop itself is one level down. We were met by the congenial Andy Wong. He's the face of Y William Yu. He does the measuring, the consultation on the fabric, and the fittings. Y William has a team of tailors that is strictly divided by garment. The trousermen do just pants. The jacketmen, well, you get it. Andy Wong also travels to several major North American cities twice a year on sales trips. They take your measurements and will mail the suit back.

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The Department of Style is a field guide to the timeless, the adventurous, and the enthusiastic. We celebrate craft. We explore tradition. We find the creative imaginations that take classic forms and make them their own.

It is about understanding that in life, doing something right takes time, and skill, and effort. But therein lies the joy. Finding people who still do those things that way and telling their stories is the original Departmental mandate.

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