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Bangkok tailors

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MikeF, Jun 3, 2003.

  1. The Privateer

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    I second the Pinky recommendation. Prices (as I recall them some years ago) weren't the cheapest by Thai standards, but there was some room for negotiation. Quality has been top notch, especially trousers, and pieces have generally held up well to my abuse.
     
  2. Kiwi Man

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    Being a Thai citizen, I was told that Dioni located around Sukhumvit 18 is a great place. Many well-known Thai figures come to get their suits made.

    Another one is called Savile Row located at Rose Hotel. It is somewhere in Silom Road. This place is quite popular amongst expats who live in Thailand.

    As far as I'm concerned, both of these places have Zegna, Dunhill, Burberry, Versace, and others cloth to choose from.
     
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  3. Nicholas D C

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    I was in Thailand last month and got six shirts, a blazer and a suit made from Pinky. My father got three suits, one in a fabric by Canali and two others I don't recall. The fit and finish is fantastic, with very tight stitching - couldn't be happier for the price (around 400 to 700 $AUD depending on the level of the suit you go for) and around 50 $AUD a shirt.
     
  4. meister

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    Whats the best shoe maker in BKK now?
     
  5. TomTom

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    I would recommend Ambassador Tailors located in the hotel with the same name :) They don't have a website but I was taken there by a friend of mine who told me that they did a lot of work for his embassy staff(including the main man). Great selection of cloths and great quality of clothes. They made me a couple of jackets( full canvass,hand stiched buttonholes and the whole thing) plus shirts and a couple of pairs of trousers. The tailors there are superb and they don't offer 24 h service. I was once in a real hurry and they made me a jacket in 10 days with 3 fittings. Give it a go if in Bangkok.
     
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    Sounds very interesting, but from the pictures of men garb I see from Thai magazines, ie Hi So, Praew, etc. the gents don't dress quite too well :(
     
  9. Kiwi Man

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    Sometime, you cannot really blame the tailor for everything. When the customer goes into the store, the tailor can only do what those customers asked them to do. Therefore, if the customer wants to get their suits in "skinny" style or "baggy comfortable" style, it does not really matter what the tailor has to say because the whole experience is about what customer wants anyway.
     
  10. Halifax

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    Hi Stylers,

    As I am traveling to Bangkok and in the market for some clothing, I thought I might resurrect this thread. I have read of several stores along Sampeng lane who sell quality shirting material which can be taken for tailoring but not so much on suiting fabric. There is little to no mention of places where decent suiting fabric can be purchased. Is there a reason for this?
     
  11. Punjabjat

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    Whatever you do, don't let them rush you. That's what happened to me in India and the delivery was the day I was leaving and I had no time to try it out..
     
  12. Halifax

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    Hi Punjabjat,

    I will be very careful about timing; I plan to correspond with several tailors before I travel so as to notify them of my itinerary (minus a day or two for insurance). My local tailor said he would charge me double if I came back with an Asian suit requiring adjustments! Also, as I like the English style of jacket, I have been informed to make a point regarding waist suppression, natural shoulders and armhole height and size in order to avoid the 'Asian' suit look.
     
  13. deepitm

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    The best suiting fabric comes from Europe. There are often very high import duties / tariffs on European made goods so good suiting fabrics are often obnoxiously expensive in Thailand.
     
  14. Halifax

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    I had read that this was the case, but I still wasn't sure to what extent the duties influenced the price. Reasonably priced suiting fabric is not easy to find in Australia so I don't have the luxuries one would have living State-side or in Europe. I noticed that Raja's and Rajawongse only ever quote using 'wool blend' and refused to provide more details when prompted. They stated that they carried only a limited amount of merino wool - which is what I'm interested in.

    I'm on the hunt for a dinner suit (preferably three piece) and a more casual two piece notched for business. I'm trying to assess all my options. My "short" list (soon to get shorter)
    • Art's Thaniya, July (probably out of my price range);
    • Broadway;
    • Perry's;
    • Tramp;
    • World Group;
    • Tanika;
    • Pinky, Tailor on Ten, Rajawongse Clothier, Raja's Fashion (budget options, although Pinky isn't as cheap as I thought)

    Narin's out because of time; I also feel his is becoming too popular, but that is just my opinion.

    Well, let's talk about shirting materials then. How much would one expect to pay for the following on Sampeng lane/Pahurat:
    (i) Oxford Pima
    (ii) 2x2 100's poplin in Giza
    (iii) Cotton-silk blends (which I don't know much about, what are the typical weaves?)

    I constantly read about Kiet at Milan so I wanted factor in some decent fabric costs to his prices.
     
  15. Halifax

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    Hi SFers,

    Staying on the topic of mens clothing in Bangkok but moving away from tailors specifically - I know that Pratunam, Chatuchak, Bobae and Union Mall are big fashion markets. Has anyone visited these markets in search of RTW mens' clothing, immitation or otherwise, and/or accessories (such as silk ties, monkey's fists, pocket squares, etc)?

    Cheers
     
  16. Kiwi Man

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    Hello,

    I'm a local Thai here based in Bangkok. I can tell you that many of these places that you mentioned above do sell a lot of clothing, but mostly fashion clothing especially Union Mall. Personally, Union Mall attracts a lot of Thai teenagers so they tend to focus on clothes which target mostly low income and fashion forward.

    I might have never been to BoBae, but I was told that they have sell a lot of pieces of fabric for clothings, so I don't know if you will find a lot of RTW clothing there. It is closed to China Town here in Bangkok, so it is worth a try, I would presume.

    Because I do not wear tie or pocket square, I don't pay attention to these types of things, so you might have a better at the tailor here in Thailand.
     
  17. Halifax

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    Hi KM,

    As a local, do you source much of your clothing from Bangkok? I'm keen to try a couple of tailors for dress shirts as a starting point but what about OCBD's, chino's, etc. Where do the Thai gentlemen go for a bargain (business or casual wear)?

    I know of places like duly who supply RTW in the 3500THB+ price-range - I'm keen to have a look at some dress shirts.

    Cheers
     
  18. Halifax

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    Hi JP88,

    Unfortunately your post poses more questions than answers. For example, have you been lurking on this thread for a while? Did you consider other tailors?
    What made you decide to get a tailor made suit rather than just having adjustments made to a RTW suit?

    As you are new to the forum you should also elaborate on your preference of fashion style.

    Cheers
     
  19. zeusbheld

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    I live and work in Bangkok and I've been using Milan Suit for a while. Kiet can come off a bit surly but he's an alright guy. You do indeed need to request removable stays. If you have any tweaks in mind that he finds to be non-standard he may be a bit stubborn at first but he'll do it your way. He only uses plastic buttons, he doesn't have real mother of pearl. they're decent though. I'm pretty happy with his pants when I choose the right fabric, but the metal slider fasteners irritate me. I don't think this is unique to his pants but rather to the style of fastener. I'm having him put buttons on the next batch. He also by default puts the inside button at the belt line on a flap that covers the fly may make it awkward to get your block and tackle out when you need to take a leak. I'm having him change that. Pants start at around 3,000 baht.

    I just started using Narin, my first shirt should be done today. I tend to do one shirt at a time when I start with a new tailor, but be advised that the minimum first order with Narin is 3 shirts. Cotton shirts start at around 2,000 baht. Narin ONLY uses real mother of pearl buttons.

    Narin, Tanika and Milan are within a few blocks of each other. Tanika's supposed to be good too.

    I'm sure it's been said before but AVOID ANY TAILOR WITH A TOUT IN FRONT. There are countless shops of this sort in areas tourists frequent. They are invariably crap. In fact, I wouldn't venture into any tailor shop that hasn't been recommended here by multiple sources, or gotten a shout-out from that Kevin fella on Lonely Planet.

    One other thing about Bangkok: if you don't live here, don't come in August or September unless you really, really like rain.
     
  20. Halifax

    Halifax Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone know if Sam Hober works with any Thai tailors? For example, being able to have a jacket and necktie tailored such that the lapels closely match the tie width seems advantageous to me.

    Or looking at that question in reverse, are the any Thai tailors who would be happy to work with Sam Hober?
     

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