CANADIAN LEGENDS: MODERNIZE TAILORS

A CANADIAN DESIGN LEGEND

MODERNIZE TAILORS, ESTABLISHED 1913

KERRY JANG CITY OF VANCOUVER COUNCILOR NOV. 03 /2013

KERRY JANG
CITY OF VANCOUVER COUNCILOR
NOV. 03 /2013

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.
www.knowledge.ca

TAILOR MADE: CHINATOWN'S LAST TAILORS

TAILOR MADE: CHINATOWN’S LAST TAILORS

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.

a cookbook:
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.

WONG FAMILY FEAST JOANNA CLAIRE WONG

WONG FAMILY FEAST
JOANNA CLAIRE WONG

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/)

THE MEASURE OF A MAN JJ LEE

THE MEASURE OF A MAN
JJ LEE

For an ongoing look at MODERNIZE TAILORS, follow their blog:
MODERNIZE TAILORS BLOG
http://modernizetailors.blogspot.ca/

KUDOS on ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF DRESSING THE MODERN MAN.

MODERNIZE TAILORS
5 Pender Street W,
Vancouver, BC,
V6B 1R3

*from the blog – http://modernizetailors.blogspot.ca/

This entry was posted in CANADIAN CULTURE, CANADIAN DESIGNERS, CANADIAN FASHION, CANADIAN TAILOR, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.