Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MikeF, Jun 3, 2003.
Out of curiosity, what happened to the title of this thread? Can someone fix it? EDIT: Fixed
Thanks for all the information in this thread, it's been really useful.
Has anyone tried Pinky Tailor? (http://www.pinkytailor.com/Suiting.html)
I had a look today and got quoted around 19,000 bht for a Super 160 Vitale Barberic Canonico (Wool/Cashmere from memory).
Also had a look at Narin Couture, but the fabric/suit I had my eye on was out of my price range, around 35,000.
Any advice would be appreciated...
Does he do a full canvas? I didn't think he was able to do that.
One more thought, I think Kiet sews in collar stays by default. I had to request removable stays.
Background: We've been to a few tailors in Shanghai and Phuket for shirts - from friend's recommendations, as well as notice boards. So we're not complete noobs.
We got shirts and pants done for the husband critter for work, now that he's decided that wool pants are more comfortable for work - and hide the beginnings of his paunch. We were in BKK for 10 days, so we decided we could get a few things done.
We intended to try Pinky Tailor and Milan Suit - we showed up on 23 Dec for Pinky and were the absolute last customers for the day - and on Milan on 26 Dec. Milan was not taking any further orders when we showed up - they were closed for a long vacation over Christmas Eve and New Year - same as Julie's, the woman's tailor. So, peeps thinking of heading to Bangkok, take note (this might also be true over Songkran festival).
So, absolute last customers of the day. Pinky was surly, to say the least. I have a BMI of 24 and he called me prosperous to my face while measuring me for ladies pants. We got a shirt and pants made as a "test case" for fitting and workmanship.
2 days later, we returned on Christmas day and the cut and fit of the pants and shirt completely redeemed itself. We ordered another 2 pairs of pants for him, and another 6 shirts.
Pictures to follow.
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.
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.
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.
Whats the best shoe maker in BKK now?
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.
They have a website, too (www.siamleathergoods.com), and Magnoli Clothiers uses them as well.
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
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.
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?
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