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Tailor Made: Where to Buy Custom Suits in Hong Kong and What to Look For

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Sam's Tailor in Kowloon

A short trip to Hong Kong for Filmart is the ideal opportunity to pad out your wardrobe with custom-designed shirts and suits.

Gentlemen (and ladies) always look better in custom-made clothes, but unless you’re willing to spend big and more importantly have the time to go to multiple fittings its something that is either too dear or too impractical for most people. In Hong Kong, however, quality tailoring at breakneck speed has become an art form. If you have a few days in the city and are keen on experiencing the ultimate in personalized clothes shopping, here’s a guide on where to go, what to look for and how much you should budget. 

WHERE?

There are dozens of places in Hong Kong that serve customers looking for shirts or suits made at speed, but of course they all vary in quality and price. Kowloon is famed for rapid tailors but beware of the tourist traps.

Sam’s Tailor (Ground Floor K&L Burlington Arcade, 90-94C Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon) is one of the best known, having clothed everyone from Jeb Bush to Bruno Mars. For suits in a hurry Raja Fashions (2/F, Cammer Commercial Building, 30-32 Cameron Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui) and Rashmi (Block A, 12th Floor, Suite A3, Burlington House, 90-94 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui) is also worth checking out.

On Hong Kong island, there’s Pacific Custom Tailor (Shop 111, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty) which can knock up a suit in a few days, and at the top end of quality and price there’s A-Man Hing Cheong (M/F, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 5 Connaught Road, Central), which takes about five days.


HOW LONG?

There are a number of places that do ’24-hour suits,’ where you pick the fabrics and style and get measured in the morning, have a fitting later that same day and pick up the finished suit the following morning. The better tailors would prefer 2-3 days or more to work with you on fitting the suit to your measurements, and this can involve up to three or four visits.

WHAT STYLE?

If you’re a novice, Hong Kong tailors will walk you through the basics, but be mindful that they also want to push more expensive fabrics on to you. Despite that, choosing the right style and fabric from the outset is crucial. Slim and athletic? Double-breasted works well. Tall? A three-button is a safe option. Short? two-button or even one-button suit and vertical stripes can also help.

HOW MUCH?

Unsurprisingly, prices vary greatly depending on where the tailor is located and their relative fame even before you choose things like quality of fabric and style. At well-known tailors like Sam’s Tailor prices start from $500, but at places like Raja and Rashmi suits can cost as little as $300. At the high end, prices at A-Man Hing Cheong start at $1,200.


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