A CANADIAN DESIGN LEGEND
MODERNIZE TAILORS, ESTABLISHED 1913
At a packed hall at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver’s Chinatown, City of Vancouver councilor Kerry Jang surprised the audience with the announcement that November 3, 2013 was officially “Modernize Tailors Day.”
It was made in honour the 100th anniversary of operation at the legendary sartorial establishment.
Following the declaration, Bill Wong, son Steve Wong, and other members of family read passages from Bill’s soon-to-be-published book which recounts his year in China as a fourteen-year-old boy.
A great day for Bill and the whole Wong family.
The event also opened a small exhibition featuring the history of Modernize Tailors. Check out the show at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. It will run until November 30.*
Established in Vancouver in 1913, this family run tailoring shop, known for it’s careful crafting of fine clothing, has been the subject of:
an award winning documentary:
Tailor Made: Chinatown’s Last Tailors.
It’s about Messrs. Bill and Jack Wong and their commitment to the art of fine tailoring.
It first aired on CBC Newsworld’s The Lens, and currently on B.C.’s Knowledge Network.
a Global TV spot:
VANCOUVER CHINATOWN’S LAST TAILOR SHOP
Wed, Jan 25: Modernize Tailors is the last Chinese tailor shop in Vancouver’s Chinatown. It’s run by brothers Mr. Bill Wong and Mr. Jack Wong, whose father opened the shop in 1913. Jas Johal reports.
Wong Family Feast
Written by Joanna Claire Wong (niece). It recounts father Wong Kung Lai’s, journey from the village of Sam Lok Lei in China to Vancouver and from working as a houseboy to becoming a master tailor and the story of Modernize Tailors and the family that grew around it.
It also includes the Wong families favourite recipes.
and the backdrop to an autobiography:
J.J. Lee’s “MEASURE OF A MAN”
(J.J. LEE is a journalist, author & fashion blogger. http://jj-lee.com/)
KUDOS on ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF DRESSING THE MODERN MAN.
5 Pender Street W,
*from the blog – http://modernizetailors.blogspot.ca/