Today’s obsession with fast fashion has created a world where we wear what we want right now until we find the next hot piece and then move on. Of course we all enjoy being on trend and having that “it” item, but if you’re looking for longevity and one-of-a-kind pieces then perhaps it’s time to delve into the world of custom clothing and tailoring. As you get ready to invest in bespoke garments that will last a lifetime, check out our list of the best and most established tailors and alteration specialists in the 852.
Irene Fashion has over three decades of experience in the industry and specialises in women’s made-to-measure clothing. You can be sure that you’ll get a piece that fits perfectly, flatters your size and shape and is totally personalised to suit your needs! A great go-to for any type of tailoring, from casual wear and business clothing, to evening gowns and even wedding dresses, Irene Fashion can not only help you to create your ideal custom piece, but can also alter any clothing that you may have that you’re not 100% happy with. Even if you’re not in Hong Kong, overseas customers can place orders via email and have the finished item delivered to your home.
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Opening times: Monday to Friday, 11am to 7pm; Saturday, 11am to 5pm (closed Sundays)
Irene Fashion, Flat B, 2/F, Welley Building, 97 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2850 5635, [email protected], www.irenefashion.com.hk
W.W. Chan is one of Hong Kong’s most established tailors, specialising in bespoke menswear. Although it focuses on men’s suits and fashion, ladies can head to Irene Fashion – W.W. Chan’s ladies wear section for all their tailoring needs. Started over 50 years ago, it is a member of the Shanghainese tailoring heritage – a Red Gang lineage that prides itself on expert craftsmanship and skills that result in the highest quality individual pieces. The focus here is high end, but low volume.
You are welcome to bring in images you have come across online or in magazines, sketches of what you want or even items you want copying – W.W. Chan & Sons has enormous knowledge and can assist you in altering what you want to best suit you. You may also provide your own fabrics if you have something specific that you want, but there is a vast range of fabrics from pure silk to wool and cashmere to choose from. The tailors hand-stitch up to 75% of each garment on site and can produce almost anything you need (from blouses to evening dresses), but specialise in woven fabrics.
With suits starting at $12,000, W.W. Chan & Sons is certainly an investment in your sartorial decisions, but the commitment to detail and personalised preferences, as well as the age-old accuracy and handiwork, is what makes this experience worth the money. It also has a delivery service.
Opening times: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 7pm
W.W. Chan & Son, Unit B, 8/F, Entertainment Building, 30 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 2366 9738, 2366 2634, [email protected], www.wwchan.com
Empire International prides itself on quality personalisation. The master tailors work under the man who founded the company back in 1983, Anthony Asaf. At Empire International, you can expect a dedication to the lost art of tailor-made garments, with each stage of the process adhering to an age-old tradition of custom creations. Although it accepts walk-ins, clients are encouraged to make an appointment (which can be done online or by calling ahead), as this guarantees you will be seen at your convenience and allows time to gather your resources.
With an international clientele (including American presidents!), Empire International offers delivery services from Hong Kong (where all garments are made-to-measure). It focuses on menswear, but does offer basic suit services for women, although prices and availability vary depending on fabric grade and silhouettes. Garments can take three to four business days for the full process, but the tailors recommend allowing more time to ensure attention to detail and alterations. Suit prices start around $4,600 and can run up far higher, but you are paying for top quality and longevity.
Opening times: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 8pm; Sunday, 10am to 4pm
Empire International Tailors, Shop No-6, G/F, Houston Centre, 63 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2723 2673, [email protected], www.empiretailors.com
If you’re looking to spoil a special man in your life, look no further than a custom suit from Tai Pan Row. Located in ifc Mall, Tai Pan Row is a Hong Kong favourite serving up international style and a focus on “the fit”, with over 450 hours and 60 hands going into each personalised suit. Collaborating with contemporary designers and brands, Tai Pan Row is modern, efficient and pays attention to detail.
It offers over 1,000 fabrics to choose from and an array of expertise that will ensure that your decision is rooted in what works best for you, your body and your style preferences. It recommends two weeks for the entire process – from your first appointment and fitting to the final product. Shirts start at $900 and suits will set you back around $10,000, but the excellent service and wealth of knowledge make this tailor a top name in Hong Kong’s bespoke scene. There is also a delivery service.
Opening times: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 8pm; Sunday & Public Holidays, 10am to 7pm
Tai Pan Row, Shop 2033, ifc Mall, Central, Hong Kong, 2147 2828, [email protected], www.taipanrow.com
Founded in 1953, Ascot Chang is another example of the Shanghainese school of tailors that made its way to Hong Kong more than six decades ago. Well established in the 852, Ascot Chang offers luxury tailoring and expertly made suits to order, curated from the finest fabrics and top-level craftsmanship. For local orders on shirts and suits, you can expect to have your garments ready to collect within one to two weeks for the whole process, from your first appointment through to fittings and final product. Prices vary depending on fabric choice, cut and finishes but are well within the competitive category of the city’s best tailors.
It offers a full range of services and the staff are all well versed in the necessary processes behind your customised garment, with only the best quality fabrics and finishes being used (with over 3,500 fabrics to choose from!). Plus, frequent travellers can even opt for anti-wrinkle fabric. Of course, should you want to change or alter anything that has been made for you, the helpful staff are happy to assist with your request. Ascot Chang has four locations across Hong Kong (ifc Mall, Prince’s Building, Kowloon and TST, and more internationally).
Opening times: Daily, 10am to 8pm
Ascot Chang, various locations around Hong Kong, 2295 3833, [email protected], www.ascotchang.com
With over three generations of experience in the Hong Kong bespoke tailoring industry, Raja House (and more recently Raja Luxe) believes that a good suit never goes out of style. Now headed by the founder’s grandson, Raja Daswani, this fashion house has gone from a family business to a global enterprise and you can experience all of its customs and expertise right here in Hong Kong! Best of all, you can easily walk into the TST store without an appointment and the staff will eagerly assist you. This commitment to service is part of the reputation the company has developed, with an attention to detail including your name on the inside of a jacket or monogrammed shirt cuffs.
Suits take one to two days for Hong Kong orders (and four to six weeks internationally) from start to finish, and there are more than 20,000 variations of fabric to choose from. Shirts start around $400 and suits range from $2,800 to $40,000. Its new space, Raja Luxe, also offers womenswear and Indian designer wear for ladies looking to expand their wardrobe!
Opening times: Raja House, Monday to Saturday, 9am to 9pm; Sunday, 11am to 6pm; Raja Luxe, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 8pm
Raja House, Ground Floor, 3-4 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2366 7624
Raja Luxe Showroom, 2/F, Cammer Commercial Building, 30-32 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2311 5612, [email protected], [email protected], www.raja-fashions.com
Located in a small, elegant shop on Soho’s Peel Street, Beatriz Da Silva offers fashionistas custom-made, one-of-a-kind pieces and a contemporary approach to traditional bespoke fashion. If you’re looking for something unique and made from top quality fabrics then this is the place to visit. Beatriz Da Silva’s mix of Portuguese and Chinese heritage gives her an edge as she fuses European and Asian culture into her designs.
The store has its own bespoke collection created from a house of preferred fabrics, but you can also go in with designs and fabrics of your own choosing and ask them to tailor-make pieces to suit your individual style. Prices vary depending on fabric choice and style, but start at around $3,000 for one-off gowns, with a more affordable in-house collection of dresses, jackets and jumpsuits also available. It also offers online shopping services for clients that are abroad.
Opening times: Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 10pm
Beatriz Da Silva, Shop B1 G/F, No.58-60 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2537 6292, [email protected], www.beatrizdasilva.com
The Armoury started in 2010 out of a need for more substantial products in the world of classic menswear. It’s a holistic style space for any man with an appreciation for fashion and high-end pieces. Men can browse over 50 partners – or artisans as they’re known here – chosen for their commitment to quality pieces and eternal style. Although it strictly only offers menswear, going into the store is a descent into a world of charm and sophistication for any shopper. What makes this place different is that it showcases everything from clothing, shoes and accessories to fragrances, luggage and more.
Opening times: Pedder Building, Monday to Saturday, 11am to 8pm, closed Sundays; Landmark, Monday to Saturday, 11am to 8pm, Sunday 12pm to 6pm
The Armoury Pedder, 307 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2804 6991
The Armoury Landmark, B47 Landmark Central, 15 Queens Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 2810 4990, [email protected], www.thearmoury.com
Putting a fresh spin on the traditional tailoring experience, CUFFS is a young, vibrant custom-clothing space that incorporates all aspects of your wardrobe. Hong Kong-made but designed for you, CUFFS is the hip younger brother of more traditional tailors – trendy and edgy with start-to-finish personalisation (clients choose everything from fabric and fit to buttons, cufflinks and other trims). And with the philosophy of “why should men have all the fun?” we love that CUFFS caters to women too, with sleek and chic suits and formal pieces that echo a modern women’s ambition and femininity all in one.
It also offers gift boxes, so be sure to keep CUFFS in mind for the next time you want to give a special someone a unique and personal present. The experience is easy, simple and guided by Fashion Advisors with step-by-step instructions to get you exactly what you want. Not sure what you’re looking for? You can also choose from a selection of cool ready-to-wear mini collections and special edition fabrics.
Opening times: Monday to Saturday, 11:30am to 8pm
CUFFS, 2/F, Yuen Yick Building, 27-29 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2413 8098, WhatsApp: 6360 6027, [email protected], www.cuffs.hk
Technology has been influencing fashion for many years, but using it to customise your own pieces is something fairly new. Launched a little over a year ago, Gay Giano’s 3D Tailor Studio embraces technology in order to make the process of tailor-made suits exceptionally easy, accurate and exciting. Using a three-dimensional full body scanning system coupled with on-site consultations with stylists, Gay Giano is merging old and new (with top quality fabrics from some of the most elite houses like Ermenegildo Zegna and Dechamps) to give clients the most precise and accessible tailored suit experience.
Opening times: SOGO, 10am to 10pm every day; Shun Tak Centre, 10am to 8pm every day
Gay Giano 3D Tailor Studio, 5/F SOGO Department Store, 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2831 8463
Gay Giano 3D Tailor Studio, Shun Tak Centre, Shop 252, Shun Tak Centre, 200 Connaught Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2802 3771, www.gaygiano.com
Founded in 2011, MILK Shirts is the brainchild of Sheetal Pritmani, a London College of Fashion alumnus and former intern at Stella McCartney. Perfecting simplicity, MILK specialises in men’s shirts. Starting with only white shirts (and subsequently expanding into a range of beautiful colours), the idea of “less but better” transcends its range of products, with service that is impeccable and beyond what is expected in modern retail.
Sourced from Europe, the fabrics at MILK are of the highest quality and are paired with considered accessories (such as Mother of Pearl buttons) and stitching, along with tailored waists to suit every body type. Custom shirts start at $1,300 and are shipped directly with a perfect fit assurance, meaning that should you have any issue with your fit you can return the shirt for free and immediate alterations. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments can be made online or by calling the showroom directly.
Opening times: Monday to Friday, 10am to 7pm; Saturday, 11am to 2pm
MILK Shirts, Room 503, Wing On Plaza, 62 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2723 3467, 6535 3781, [email protected], www.milkshirts.com
With over 25 years of experience as a seamstress, King at Remy Fashion is a wealth of knowledge and a mastermind on making it work. Whether you’re looking for tailors to alter jeans, bridesmaids’ dresses, or to pick up something special for a fancy dress party (it has a vast array of extraordinary costumes, from traditional Chinese pieces to PVC apparel and HK Sevens’ worthy ensembles!), this one of Hong Kong’s best-kept secrets. Inexpensive but of the best service and quality, Remy Fashion offers express alterations (with standard changes taking up to only 48 hours) and experience that you just can’t beat. The team is super helpful and friendly, giving you the chance to bring your outgrown clothes back to life.
Opening times: Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm (just make sure to contact ahead of time); weekends by appointment
Remy Fashion Company, Unit B02, 10/F, Kwai Shing Industry Building, Stage 1, 36-46 Tai Lin Pai Road, Kwai Chung, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2524 8847, WhatsApp: 9384 4079, [email protected], www.remyfashion.com
This is a no frills, no fuss alteration experience that offers serious bang for your buck. Mrs Poon has a small store in Sheung Wan that may not seem to have too much going on, but after spending five minutes in it you will understand that this lady knows what she’s doing. Quick, efficient and affordable, Mrs Poon can help you change things up, working on various fabrics (including denim) to revive old clothes and give them a second chance.
Mrs Poon Altering Company, Unit 13, Ground floor, Welland Plaza, 350-380 Queens Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 4, September 2017 and was updated on 23, July 2019.