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Bangkok tailors question

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by markr, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. markr

    markr Senior member

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    I'm going to be visiting Bangkok shortly and wanted to try out one of the local tailors while there. I will only be in town for a couple of days, and so am thinking more in terms of a pair of trousers and a shirt rather than a suit. Based on this forum and other websites, Narin Couture looks like a safe bet. The only problem is that, based on my schedule, I'd like to go in for fitting on a Sunday, and Narin is closed Sundays. Does anyone know of any reputable/recommendable tailors who are open on Sunday (or at a stretch, late on Saturday night)? Thanks in advance.
     


  2. rayuela

    rayuela Senior member

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    I'd recommend reading this (long) thread by a guy who seems to be knowledgeable and to have thoroughly scouted things out:

    http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntre...readID=1207953

    I know it doesn't seem like lonelyplanet's forum would have much tailoring info to offer, but the OP on that thread is very well informed.
     


  3. Svenn

    Svenn Senior member

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    I heard good things about Narin except for the fact that his default style for suits is a sort of 80's sack suit style... and it took a lot of prodding by one sf member for him to do it full-canvassed. Granted you don't want to get a suit, and he's probably much more adept at simple shirts and pants. Among the Indians there is Rajaswonge, who seems to be one of the more reliable (typical clientele of diplomats and ex-presidents) and might be open crazy hours. July is focused on the hi-so jek-thai demographic, and there's another one or two in the same category whose name escape me... though I read reviews that they seem to lure customers in with expensive fabrics rather than on their tailoring capability (July flatly telling one member his jacket was full-canvassed when it wasn't). Besides that there's just a slough of tailors in the higher-end hotels and department stores.. I have no idea how you'd differentiate them.
     


  4. markr

    markr Senior member

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    Thanks for the quick replies. I had seen the lonely planet post and agree that it's a good one. Not having spent much time in Bangkok previously, my main question is how likely it is that any of these tailors will be open on a Sunday. Narin was the only one I found a website for, and they are closed on Sunday. I wasn't sure if the closed on Sunday thing was pretty much standard for Bangkok tailors. Any ideas?
     


  5. upnorth

    upnorth Senior member

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    If you are dead set on Narin, contact him early about your situation and set an appointment. I'm sure they will accomodate, even if it means to open for just a few hours, unless they are away on an overseas trip.

    Tailors in Sukhumvit area seem to make their homes near or even at their workplace, I don't think it is unreasonable at all for them to expect an earnest customer who makes an early appointment.
     


  6. Svenn

    Svenn Senior member

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    Thanks for the quick replies. I had seen the lonely planet post and agree that it's a good one. Not having spent much time in Bangkok previously, my main question is how likely it is that any of these tailors will be open on a Sunday. Narin was the only one I found a website for, and they are closed on Sunday. I wasn't sure if the closed on Sunday thing was pretty much standard for Bangkok tailors. Any ideas?
    Thais do love their holidays, but there are certainly tailors open 24 hours on places like Khaosan road, you'll have no problem finding them. Surely one of them has to be somewhat legitimate. My guess is the more standard place like rajaswonge would be open 7 days a week considering quantity or output is their focus.
     


  7. Francisco

    Francisco Senior member

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    Try telling them your departure time at least one day earlier as I know some of them will only give it to you on your last day that you can't change anything after trying on.
     


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    Two days is not enough time.

    You need to come in for a couple of fittings at least to make sure they fit right.

    If you rush things, you might just set yourself up for disappointment.

    myke
     


  9. the_sartorialist

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    Try telling them your departure time at least one day earlier as I know some of them will only give it to you on your last day that you can't change anything after trying on.

    Fully agree on this. Make sure you build a false buffer for yourself.
     


  10. the_sartorialist

    the_sartorialist Senior member

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    Just to add on to my earlier post, I have recently come across this which might be of interest to those who are considering a sartorial adventure in Bangkok:http://www.thetruthabouttailors.com/
     


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    I've written quite a lot of posts on that Lonely Planet blog and wouldn't go anywhere but Narin in BKK.
    For shirts Kiet at Milan Suit is good but I haven't tried his slacks or jackets - fabrics aren't great and the suits looked very average.
    Rule of thumb, stay away from the Indian tailors and if I were you, I'd wait until I had more time so you can get a decent fitting. I'd also totally ignore that 'Truth About Tailors' site.
     


  12. the_sartorialist

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    Haha I would avoid any tailors in Bangkok period, but thought I'd post that in case some people were still interested.
     


  13. markr

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    Following up on my earlier post -- I went with Kiet at Milan Suit for a shirt and pair of trousers. I had a Jantzen shirt and pair of TaT trousers for him to copy. I went in on a Sunday and he had the items ready by Monday evening. Quality of workmanship was quite good, though the fabric I bought from him (cotton shirting and wool for trousers) was only okay. Fit was excellent on the shirt (per my request he made some deviations from the Jantzen shirt example), and close on the trousers (a bit tight in the seat). I also picked up some fabric -- linen from the Chinatown market and flannel from the fabric store just down the block from Milan Suit -- and left it with Kiet to make a shirt and two pair of trousers for me (I told him I would either ask him to mail to me in the US or pick up on a subsequent trip to Bangkok). I also picked out some other shirting fabrics from his selection and took swatches home with me. He labelled the swatches and said that I could email him to make an item from the fabric.

    About a month later I was heading back to Bankgkok and emailed Kiet to go ahead and make the items from the fabric I had left him. I didn't receive a response from him, but when I showed up in Bangkok, the items were waiting for me. The shirt fit great. The trousers fit better than the first pair but were still a bit tight in the seat.

    All in all, I'm very pleased with my experience and would recommend Kiet for shirts and trousers. Obviously, it helps if you have an existing item that he can copy. Also, if you have the patience to search for your own fabric, you can get better quality than what Kiet has on offer (though the finished product will end up costing you more).
     


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    his fabrics are poor as are the buttons. Workmanship is good though and he does a remarkable job fitting you. Slim fit shirjs and tight seat pants and padded jackets are all thai tailoring trademark.
     


  15. bullethead

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    don't waste your time(or money)

    bought some shirts 3 years ago when i was there (embassy tailors, bangkok) and i tossed them quickly. fabric and fit were not so hot (collar stays sewn into the collars) and I tossed them after a few wearings.

    would not even consider it unless afforded the opportunity for a fitting. even then, i would pass
     


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