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Hi guys,

I recently graduated from college and am being sent to Shanghai on a due diligence project on behalf of a firm in Toronto. I'm currently unemployed but am optimistic. Considering my flight there is free, I was considering going to Beijing, Hong Kong and perhaps Taiwan afterwards. I have no rush for returning back in Toronto.

My wardrobe is all clothes from Indochino, primarily because I get an additional 30% off. I've gained a bit of weight though and my pants don't fit comfortably. I was considering buying a suit, an extra pair of pants and a few shirts from a tailor in Hong Kong but from reading, prices can be 15K HK for a suit alone from the well known shops here. That's wildly out of my budget.

Can anyone recommend a few shops that would be more in my budget? I'm happy to pay for quality craftsmanship and materials but I need to strike a balance considering I'm a mostly poor college kid.

Appreciate the guidance,

cd
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Hi guys,

I recently graduated from college and am being sent to Shanghai on a due diligence project on behalf of a firm in Toronto. I'm currently unemployed but am optimistic. Considering my flight there is free, I was considering going to Beijing, Hong Kong and perhaps Taiwan afterwards. I have no rush for returning back in Toronto.

My wardrobe is all clothes from Indochino, primarily because I get an additional 30% off. I've gained a bit of weight though and my pants don't fit comfortably. I was considering buying a suit, an extra pair of pants and a few shirts from a tailor in Hong Kong but from reading, prices can be 15K HK for a suit alone from the well known shops here. That's wildly out of my budget.

Can anyone recommend a few shops that would be more in my budget? I'm happy to pay for quality craftsmanship and materials but I need to strike a balance considering I'm a mostly poor college kid.

Appreciate the guidance,

cd

 

for Maple Leaf,

 

The best value tailors in Hong Kong are the tailors behind bespoke tailor shops who actually produce suits for tailor shops' customers. But this is for local customers only, one must prepare to purchase fabrics in different places, and this is called CMT : Cut, Make, Trim.

 

If you are a foreigner staying in HK for over 1 month,  you must bring your Cantonese translator who understand local culture to communicate with the tailors behind tailor shops. Otherwise, they ignore you! There are at least 30 tailors who are willing to make suits for everyone (if you speak Cantonese) during low season. They are too busy during high season (Sept to Chinese new year), they are really open during low season (March to August) . For me, I am a local consumer, I go for CMT instead of going to tailor shops. I paid HK$2.xk for workmanship for a full canvas suit + cost of fabric which I need to purchase somewhere else in HK. For example, I am 5 foot 10, regular size, I need 3.3yard for a single breasted suit basic style. I paid HK$200 something/yard for VBC fabric, HK$400 something/yard for summer Dormeuil and Scabal fabric, HK$600 something/yard for all seasons Holland & Sherry fabric, and HK$600 something/yard for winter wool or cashere wool. That means the total cost of a suit is HK$3.xk for VBC fabrics, HK$4.xk for Dormeuil and Scabal summer fabrics, HK$5.xk for Holland & Sherry all seasons fabrics, HK$5xk for winter suit, etc. If you just want basic suit, you might be interested to make a fused suit, and the cost of workmanship is HK$1.3k. For low cost fused suit, HK$1.3k workmanship + HK$800 for VBC = HK$2.1k.

 

Mirador Mansion in TST is the center of tailors’ workshops in Hong Kong since 1960's. In this building, there are tailors for men suit and shirt, women dress suit and shirt, and uniform for public and private sectors. Men suit tailors in Mirador Mansion are the tailors behind 95% tailor shops in HK, including top tier tailor shops, except WW and AC (they have their own workshops). What does it mean? It means 95% tailor shops in HK are outsourcing their suit making work to tailors in Mirador Mansion. These tailors are actually the cutter, this is the most important part of suit making, and the rest of suit making is located in their Shenzhen workshops. We call them "BaoTou" in Cantonese. They are not employees of any tailor shop, they are self-employed running their own workshops.
 

How does this outsourcing system work? Each tailor shop is outsourcing their work to a few independent tailors (BaoTou) in Mirador, and each tailor (BaoTou) is working with a few tailor shops at the same time. Tailor shops provide services to retail customers, display and sell fabrics, provide a place for measurement and fitting. Once tailor shops take the order and make measurement, they order the fabric and pass the work to their BaoTou. BaoTou will do the cutting in their Mirador workshops, and the unfinished products will be passed to the shops for customers' fitting. After fitting, BaoTou take care of all suit making work in their Shenzhen workshops with their Shenzhen teammates. The finished products have to be checked by the BaoTou before delivery to the shops. If there are any alterations, BaoTou will take care of it. There are over 100,000 workshops of all kinds of garment in Shenzhen, Dongguan, Guangzhou, and all over Guangdong province serving the world.
 
There are about 100 tailors in this building from 3/F to 16/F, with an average of 8 tailors in each floor. If you want an elegant suit, you are expecting Shanghai workmanship from bespoke for 2 weeks completion. If you insist 3/4 days completion, Guangdong workmanship can do a fine job for a basic daily suit. They are independent tailors (BaoTou) working with 95% tailors shops, including bespoke tailor shops in HK. Don’t expect service from tailor workshops, they are NOT retailers. They are old folks, and well experienced tailors in HK. Please keep in mind, 3/F to 16/F is NOT a shopping mall for you to shop around. This building is full of tailor workshops and guesthouses. BaoTou always ignore strangers asking stupid questions. They are like technical people, they are not commercial people, this is their character. In a short form, BaoTou are tailors behind retail tailor shops. They make suits for tailor shops, and they make suits for local customers who can communicate with them. The end product is the same when we deal with BaoTou directly, and the price is much lower than we go retail tailor shops.
 
Cantonese language only, HK$ cash only, no credit card, no paypal, no online shopping, no wifi, no computer, no tablet, no whatsapp or wechat or fax, no facebook, no mail order, no decoration, no changing room. It means this is for local people only. If you are a local customer without Cantonese skill, you need to bring your own Cantonese translator. Mon - Sat, 3pm - 7pm. 
 
If you are traveling to HK, you want to spend your time efficiently. Mirador Mansion is not a place for you. You go to a bespoke tailor shop (they usually markup over 100%), you spend more to save your time and effort. Bespoke tailor shops do have wide selection of fabrics for your choice, and they have sales people to serve you. BaoTou don't carry any fabric collection, and you have to spend time to shop for your fabric somewhere else. As a foreigner, you will be confused in this situation.
 
Google search : " Tailors (BaoTou) in Mirador for CMT suit HK. " or " suitcmt hk ", and you are there!

Edited by PekingRoadHK - 11/26/16 at 10:46am
post #171 of 171

I don't think tailoring shops usually mark up 100% at all for CMT, at least the ones I know of, excluding the hustly ones. They also handle a bunch of logistics, replacements, refunds, and trimmings. It seems a bit unfair to throw that number out there without substantiating it.

 

They do charge markup for using their own cloth, of course.

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