I'm heading to Thailand/Cambodia for a couple of weeks, and looking at getting a couple of suits made in Bangkok (probably Narin) or Travellers Apparel. I only want to spend ~1k per suit, thus PJ is out of the question. Previously, I've used a HK guy who has come down to Melbourne, but I have found that I want a more fitting suit.
Most Bangkok suits can be spotted a mile away on the street - thats if they stay together more than a month or two.
Opshops are full of them. They are almost uniformly dreadful. This is not SF snobbery. I have never ever seen a Thai made suit that was anything less than embarrassing.
I'm told, (I have never seen it), that NARIN is ok, but that you will easily pay aud$1,200+ for proper UK/Italian material, floating canvass and 3 proper bespoke fittings over at least a week or so, and it might still have more padding on shoulders than you would like. Thats no real saving over something here and it would be rushed and possibly not right.
edit:: unless you are a funny shape (not anyone here) you'd do better here with an on sale off the rack suit for $300- $400 here and $120 worth of good alterations. Try Azzaro in Melb or Tolley on sale. Mind you if I was to go to BKK, not that I am, I'd have a squiz at getting, say, an unlined, unstructured, cotton or cord jacket if it was less than $80 aud or so. Or maybe not. For stage clothes that get sweaty and or rough treatment and look good under lights then a cheapo thai suit in a bright colour might be ok.
Edited by fxh - 9/18/12 at 9:36pm