If you can’t find what you want, have it made
Today’s obsession with fast fashion has created a world where we wear what we want right now until we found the next hot piece and then move on. Of course, we all enjoy being on trend and having that “it item,” but if you’re looking for longevity and one-of-a-kind pieces then perhaps it’s time to delve into the world of custom tailoring. And because we believe in helping each other out, we’ve created a list of some of Hong Kong’s most notable players in the game. There are tons of hole-in-the-wall ‘tailors’ that are there to assist in alterations and fixing (which can lend a hand when your old clothes just need a new lease on life). But if you’re looking to truly invest in bespoke garments that will last a lifetime, check out our list of the city’s best and most established tailors in the 852.
Before embarking on this new venture, here are some general tips for your trip to the tailor:
- Have one yard more fabric than you think you need if you’re supplying your own
- Avoid wearing heavy or baggy clothing to fittings
- Be realistic with your expectations (know the difference between what something looks like on a model’s body versus your own proportions)
- Make sure to wear the underwear you would wear with that particular piece to ensure that it fits and looks right
- Wear the shoes you would wear with that garment so that your length measurements are accurate
- Be honest during fittings! It is much harder to change later on once garments have been stitched together and completed
- Give yourself time for two or three fittings
- Know what you want and stand by it, but be open to expert advice
It might seem crazy in the world of fashion, but in the world of custom tailoring, Hong Kong has more to offer for men than women. We highlight both options in this guide, so you really can shop for every member of the family…
Isabella Wren takes custom clothing for women to a whole new level. The incredible, cutting-edge technology solution the experts have developed ensures an exact fit, whilst employing a sustainable manufacturing system. In other words: only what is ordered is produced. Isabella Wren is a brand focused on making women look both feminine and strong. Really, the two go hand in hand! The designers create fabulous collections, so you can expect that every piece will flatter all shapes and styles. Personalising and perfecting amazing clothes has never been easier. Expect attention to detail, sensational fabrics, and a final product that goes from stylish to professional in a flash!
Address: Unit 1104, Wilson House, 19 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2310 2333, [email protected]
Hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday on request
Located in a small, elegant shop on Soho’s trendy Peel Street, Beatriz Da Silva offers fashionistas custom made, one-of-a-kind pieces and a contemporary approach to traditional bespoke fashion. If you’re looking for something unique made from top quality fabrics, this is the place to visit. Beatriz Da Silva’s mix of Portuguese and Chinese heritage gives her an edge – she fuses European and Asian culture into her designs. The store has its own beautiful collections created from a house of preferred fabrics, but you can also go in with designs and fabrics of your own and ask them to tailor-make pieces to suit your individual style. Prices vary depending on fabric choice and style, but its in-house collection of dresses, jackets and jumpsuits start at around $3,000 for one-off gowns. It also offers online shopping services for clients abroad.
Address: Shop B1 G/F, 58-60 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: [email protected], 2537 6292
Hours: Shop: Monday to Sunday 12pm to 10pm / Office: Monday to Friday: 9:30am to 6:30pm
W.W Chan is one of Hong Kong’s most established tailors, specialising in bespoke menswear but featuring ladies fashion sections (Irene Fashions), which was started more than 50 years ago. W.W Chan is a member of the Shangahainese tailoring heritage – a Red Gang lineage that prides itself on expert craftsmanship and skills that result in the highest quality individual pieces. The focus here is high end, but low volume.
Bring in images you have come across online or in magazines, sketches of what you want or even items you want copied – W.W. Chan & Sons has enormous knowledge and can assist you in altering what you want to best suit what you have. You may also provide your own fabrics if you have something specific you want, but there is a vast range from pure silk to wool and cashmere, from some of the biggest mills internationally. It hand-stitches up to 75% of each garment on site and can produce almost anything you need (from blouses to evening dresses), but it specializes in woven fabrics.
With suits starting at $12,000, W.W. Chan & Sons is certainly an investment in your sartorial decisions, but the commitment to detail and personalised preferences, as well as the age-old accuracy and handiwork, is what makes this experience worth the money. It also has a delivery service.
Address: Unit B, 8/F., Entertainment Building, 30 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2366 9738, 2366 2634, [email protected]
Hours: Monday to Saturday: 10am to 7pm
A formidable name in Hong Kong’s bustling tailoring scene, Empire International prides itself on quality personalisation. With more than 40 years of experience, master tailors work under the man who founded the company in 1983, Anthony Asaf. At Empire international you can expect a dedication to the lost art of tailor made garments, with each stage of the process adhering to an age-old tradition of custom creation.
Although it accepts walk-ins, clients are encouraged to make an appointment (which can be done online or by calling ahead); as this guarantees you will be seen to at your convenience and allows you time to gather your resources.
With an international clientele (including American presidents), Empire International offers delivery services from Hong Kong (where all garments are made-to-measure). Empire International focuses on menswear but does offer services for women, although prices and availability vary depending on fabric grade and silhouettes. Garments can take three to four business days for the full process, but the tailors recommend allowing more time if you have it to ensure attention to detail and alterations. Suit prices start around $4,600 and up, but you are paying for quality and longevity.
Address: Shop No-6, G/F, Houston Centre, 63 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Contact: 2723 2673, [email protected]
Hours: Monday to Saturday: 10am to 8pm, Sunday: 10am to 4pm
If you’re looking to spoil the special man in your life, look no further than a custom suit from Tai Pan Row! Located in IFC Mall, Tai Pan Row is a Hong Kong favourite serving up international style and a focus on ‘the fit’ – with more than 450 hours and 60 hands going into each personalised suit. Collaborating with contemporary designers and brands, Tai Pan Row is efficient and pays attention to detail. It has more than 1,000 fabrics to choose from and an array of expertise. Tai Pan Row has delivery service and recommends two weeks for the entire process – from your first appointment and fitting to the final product. Shirts start at $900 and suits will set you back around $10,000, but the excellent service and wealth of knowledge makes Tai Pan Row a top name in Hong Kong’s custom-made tailoring scene.
The Armoury started in 2010 out of a need for more substantial products in classic menswear. It’s a holistic style space for any man with an appreciation for fashion and high-end pieces. At The Armoury, men can browse more than 50 partners – or artisans, as they’re known here – chosen for their commitment to quality pieces and eternal style. Although they strictly do menswear, going into the space is a descent into the world of charm and sophistication for any shopper. What makes this place different is they showcase everything from clothing, shoes and accessories to fragrances, media and luggage. An all-encompassing vision, The Armoury is a top pick on Sassy’s radar!
The Armoury Pedder
Address: 307 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central Hong Kong
Contact: 2804 6991, [email protected]
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 11am to 8pm, closed Sundays
The Armoury Landmark
Address: B47 Landmark Central, 15 Queens Road central, Central Hong Kong
Contact: 28104990, [email protected]
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 11am to 8pm, Sunday, 12pm to 6pm
Founded in 1953, Ascot Chang is another example of the Shanghainese school of tailors that made their way to Hong Kong more than six decades ago. Well-established in the 852, Ascot Chang offers up luxury tailoring and expertly made suits to order, curated from the finest fabrics and top-level craftsmanship.
For local orders on shirts and suits, you can expect to have your garments ready to collect within one to two weeks for the whole process, from your first appointment through to fittings and final product. Prices range depending on fabric choice, cut and finishes but are well within the competitive category of the city’s best tailors. Ascot Chang offers a full range of services and the staff are all well-versed in the necessary processes behind your customised garment (it has more than 3,500 fabrics to choose from). Plus it offers anti-wrinkle fabrics for frequent travellers! Of course, should you want to change or later anything that has been made for you, it is happy to assist with your request.
Ascot Chang also has four locations around Hong Kong (and more internationally) for your convenience.
Ascot Chang IFC Mall
Address: Shop 2031, Podium Level 2 of IFC Mall, 1 Harbour View Street, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2295 3833
Hours: Daily, 10am to 8pm
Ascot Chang Prince’s Building
Address: Shop 131, Landmark Prince’s, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2523 3663
Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9am to 7pm, Sunday: 9am to 5pm
Ascot Chang Elements Mall
Address: Shop 2005A, Level 2 at Elements, Kowloon Station, 1 Austin Road West, Hong Kong
Contact: 2196 8438
Hours: Daily, 10am to 9pm
Ascot Chang Peninsula Hotel
Address: MW6, Peninsula Hotel, Salisbury Road, Hong Kong
Contact: 2366 2398
Hours: Monday Saturday: 9am to 7pm, Sunday: 9am to 5pm
With over three generations of experience in the Hong Kong bespoke tailoring industry, Raja House (and, more recently, Raja Luxe) believes a good suit never goes out of style. Now headed by the founder’s grandson, Raja Daswani, this fashion house has gone from a family business to a global enterprise, and you can experience all of its customs and expertise right here in Hong Kong! Best of all, you can easily walk into its TST store without an appointment and the staff will eagerly assist you. This commitment to service is part of the reputation the company has developed, with an attention to detail including your name on the inside of a jacket or monogramed shirt cuffs.
Suits take one to two days for Hong Kong orders (and four to six weeks internationally) from start to finish. It houses the largest collection of fabrics in Hong Kong – more than 20,000 variations to choose from. Shirts starting around $400 and suits ranging from $2,800 to $40,000.
Its new space, Raja Luxe, also offers up womenswear and Indian designer wear for clients who are looking to expand their wardrobe while sipping on a glass of wine and indulging in the ultimate personal shopping experience!
Address: Ground Floor, 3-4 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Contact: 2366 7624, [email protected], [email protected]
Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9am to 9pm, Sunday 11am to 6pm
Raja Luxe Showroom
Address: 2/F, Cammer Commercial Building, 30-32 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Contact: 2311 5612
Hours: Monday to Saturday: 10am to 8pm
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