Peace Chen (Chen Heping 陳和平) is a legend among Taiwan bespoke suit tailors. He started his career in 1976. In 1989 he became a disciple of the most noted Shanghai tailor in Taipei who at the time ran the Grand Tailor shop on the Chung Shan Road North. Three years later, at age 29, he took over that operation and became the most noted tailor in Taiwan ever since. In the ensuing two decades Mr. Chen took part in international competitions and won major awards at the World Congress of Master Tailors, notably the 2nd place winner of men's suits at the 31st Congress in Berlin in 2005, and the Champion of Creative Design award at the 2009 Congress at Salzburg, Austria.
I got to know Mr. Chen two years ago when I directed the Off-Broadway award-winner comedy Other People's Money in Taipei. In that play the male lead Lawrence Garfinkle was a successful Wall Street liquidation expert who wears expensive bespoke suits. My costume designer was able to persuade Mr. Chen to take on that project. The result was not only the male lead had expensive-looking suits, the female lead and the second male lead also wore excellently tailored clothes. Mr. Chen apparently took only a nominal fee, for our costume budget was pittance when compared with the usual amount he charges his customers.
I have had two suits and a Loro Piana cashmere sports coat ensemble made at Mr. Chen's store. Before then I had had a number of bespoke suits made in Taipei and Hong Kong, and I had purchased quite a number of ready-made ones made by famous brands in Italy and England. I should say that the suits and the sports coat made by Mr. Chen were definitely superior--not only in the painstaking details in measurement and fittings, but also in material selection. I won't hesitate a moment to recommend him to other international customers, even the most discriminating ones.
I should also add that Mr. Chen is a well-known figure in Taipei society, a fine gentleman with good taste and a most pleasing personality. You'd be lucky if you became a friend of his.
Daniel S. P. Yang
Professor Emeritus of Theatre
University of Colorado at Boulder
Artistic Director Emeritus, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre