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Taiwan tailors?

post #1 of 14
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I've heard often of the tailor rich environments in HK, Thailand, etc, but what about Taiwan? I'll be over there end of this year for a time and was hoping to take advantage of the growing tide of custom suits/shirts out of asia. I'm sure I'll have more luck searching while there, but I'm curious to hear about anything there (if there is at all), be it "decent" quality or top notch. All that I've been able to dig up on the internet is a tailor or two whom have faired well in tailoring competitions (WCMT and the like).
post #2 of 14
From my experience, Taiwan's not really known for good tailoring, and going around Taipei, I haven't seen any of note. Perhaps London Lounge's member Rover might help you out though, since the guy's from there. Also, shopping there is more expensive than Hong Kong.
post #3 of 14
I'm curious. Why is Hong Kong, supposedly a very affluent patch of land, able to keep their prices so low, esp. for tailoring operations? Do they have more "mainland" workers behind the scene that I don't know about?
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From my experience, Taiwan's not really known for good tailoring, and going around Taipei, I haven't seen any of note. Perhaps London Lounge's member Rover might help you out though, since the guy's from there. Also, shopping there is more expensive than Hong Kong.
post #4 of 14
^Hong Kong has zero to minimal taxes. More than that, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, enjoy a richer tailoring past because they were major foreign outposts- Hong Kong was controlled by the British till '97, and Shanghai was a very diverse foreign outpost in the early 20th century. Taiwan, on the other hand, is mostly peopled by people from Southern China, the Fookiens, which have a very different past from the Cantonese and the Shanghainese.
post #5 of 14
I have tried Nobility Tailor in Taipei last winter. I think they are pretty good but their price is on par with Chan's.
post #6 of 14
Because HK don't have min. wage, and no union.
The labour cost for "craft" is genally low.
The top house like Chan and A-Man will charge the customer around USD120 for a pant CMT. (I know Chan doesn't do CMT, but if you minus the cloth, it cost around that price) But the actual labour charge for a normal pair of pants normally is just USD30 or less. The best may charge more, but hardly more than double. That is also why no young people want to get in the trade.
post #7 of 14
My friend told me that A-Man charge USD200, not USD120 for pants CMT.
post #8 of 14
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I'm curious. Why is Hong Kong, supposedly a very affluent patch of land, able to keep their prices so low, esp. for tailoring operations? Do they have more "mainland" workers behind the scene that I don't know about?

They use cheap fabric, at least in my experience. Polyester seems to be their best friend.
post #9 of 14
I have lived for a while in Taiwan. But always went to the mainland for shopping (HK, Shanghai), TW is not very interesting for tailoring, and clothing in general.
post #10 of 14
[quote=Fishball;1127477]Because HK don't have min. wage, and no union.
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This doesn't even matter in a lot of cases as many of the tailors (maybe not the higher end ones), don't even bother doing things in shop in HK and instead send it across the border to Shenzhen for the majority of the work.
post #11 of 14
[quote=modern_leifeng;1132404][quote=Fishball;1127477]Because HK don't have min. wage, and no union.
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This doesn't even matter in a lot of cases as many of the tailors (maybe not the higher end ones), don't even bother doing things in shop in HK and instead send it across the border to Shenzhen for the majority of the work.

This has to be the main reason, although I have seen some workman making clothing in little shops in the upper reaches of the Chungking Mansion. It is probably going even further afield than Shenzhen. The cheaper tailors do use a lot of poly blends for the shirting and suiting. Also, the better, imported, fabrics are much less costly than in other Asian countries due to minimal import taxes.
post #12 of 14
I have made several suits in Taipei, Taiwan.
I live here but I would prefer to make my suits from Korea.
Well, if you look for nice tailor shop in Taipei, i would recommend following shop.

http://www.nobility.com.tw/

Their price is from TW$25,000~60,000.
For $25,000 is approx U$ 850. For this price you can get the fabric of their stock.
For the bunch ones you would expect to pay more than TW$35,000 or up.
They make a good suits.....tailors are pretty very old (70 or up) so you should communicate well otherwise the outcome will not be exactly what you thought.

There few more shops looks nice but personally never tried except the one i recommend.

Perhpas you can spend a day to explore few shops and make your choice.
post #13 of 14
I've had custom shirts made at James Lee Tailors in Taipei, right around the corner from the Sheraton. Very pleased with the results...
post #14 of 14

Does anyone remember a Tackson Tailor in Taipei and where it was located?

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