4 Best Hong Kong Tailors for Custom-made Suits

[13/09/17] 

 

(Note: This article originally appeared on Localiiz.com)

It’s your big day, the day where first impressions are everything, where everything must be absolutely perfect and nothing should go wrong. You’re all set – you’ve got that nice new moisturiser, that designer aftershave, and even that suit you bought off the rack, which you’re sure will fit fine. You put on the suit. Something doesn’t feel right. You look in the mirror and your heart stops – you look ridiculous.

 

 

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1. Empire International Tailors

This is one of the most popular tailoring houses in Hong Kong, a true local favourite, and a must visit destination for both locals and tourists alike. In fact, such is the lofty nature in which this Tsim Sha Tsui mainstay is regarded, I use it myself – and I have never been disappointed. Their level of care and craft is truly impeccable. A bit of background first – Empire Tailors is a third-generation family-run tailoring house, started in 1983 by brothers Andy and Anthony Asaf. They are still family-run to this day and the Master Tailors working at their onsite workshop are the same small team that have been there since the start.

Empire has a reputation built on approachability and craftsmanship, and this is certainly the impression that I get – from getting solid advice on what looks and styles I should go for, the types of accessories which will complement my suit, customisation options, fabrics and colour combinations, to the actual fittings. This is also the type of craftsmanship and professionalism that has garnered them acclamation from international media such as The New York Times, CNN Travel, and Reuters. The tailors here joyously obsess over literal millimetres of difference – they won’t be happy until every stitch is akin to second skin. It’s wonderfully refreshing to receive an authentic tailoring experience, and it’s why I keep going back.

Empire International Tailors, Houston Centre Shopping Arcade, Shop 6, G/F, 63 Mody Road, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Kowloon, (+852)2723 2673

 


 

 

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2. W.W Chan and Sons Tailor

Having come from a traditional Shanghainese tailoring background, the Chan family still maintains those techniques and lives up to the rich history synonymous with Shanghai’s tailoring culture. They are part of the famed Red Gang – a collective of turn-of-the-century tailors who started their own movement in the industry by fusing Russian, British, Japanese, and Chinese techniques, and are favoured by menswear authorities like the Gentleman’s Gazette. W W Chan maintains a tradition upheld by the generations by creating bespoke suits that fit like a glove, preferring hand-stitching to machine work in order to ensure you get the perfect fit.

W.W Chan and Sons Tailor, Unit B, 8/F, Entertainment Building, 30 Queen’s Road, Central, (+852) 2366 9738

 


 

 

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3. Jantzen Tailors

Although there’s no doubt that Jantzen are no slouches when it comes to their suits as a whole package, it’s their shirts that have won them acclaim. Astonishingly, they can get a shirt made for you in two days which is impressive. What really makes them special though, is their use of split yoke in their shirts which allows the fabric to fall on the shoulder without those annoying folds or untidiness. Don’t ask me what split yoke means, I’m assuming they don’t just rub eggs into fabric and voila. Shirt. Another great feature of Jantzen’s shirts is the extra long tail so that they stay tucked in – there’s nothing worse than having maverick bits of shirt poking out at the back.

Jantzen Tailor, On Lok Yuen Building, 5/F, 25-27A Des Voeux Road, Central, (+852) 2810 8080

 


 

 

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4. Hola Classic

Like walking straight into an episode of Boardwalk EmpireHola Classic plays up the aesthetic and experience of prohibition-era America. From the style of suits, the look of the store, and the glass of whisky in your hand as you’re getting fitted, it’s quite unique and certainly a novel approach. Hola Classic is the brainchild of Raymond Lun, a longtime menswear designer, who brought on board 40-year veteran Daniel Yu to look after the fits and cuts. Although it’s maybe not quite as bespoke as somewhere like Empire Tailors, the suits are of high quality and are quite affordable.

Hola Classic, G/F, 11 Caroline Hill Road, Causeway Bay, (+852) 2870 0246

 

 

Top Tips for Getting a Tailored Suit

1. Slowly build your wardrobe. It can be easy to get a bit over-excited on your first trip to a tailors and dive right into something mental and overly flashy. First things first, you need the three basic, cover-all suits – blue, black, and grey.

2. Speak up. If there’s a specific look you want to go for, pull a picture from Google and bring it in. Any of the tailors on this list will happily take it from there.

3. Be honest. What’s this suit for? Do you want to look more imposing? (there’s a cut for that). Do you want to look bigger? Smaller? There are options for all of these. Talk to your tailor – they know the combinations of fabrics, cuts, and styles to make it happen.

4. Don’t rush it. Perfection takes time. Don’t go into a quality tailors expecting to have something that fits flawlessly within the week. It can be a long, meticulous process. And that’s part of the fun, speaking of which…

5. Enjoy it. Take pleasure in helping to craft something that is more reflective of you than anything you could ever buy off the rack.

 


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