Whether you’re after a bespoke suit, custom clothing or alterations, here are our favourite Hong Kong tailors to turn to.
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 Hong Kong tailors and alteration specialists.
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Here are some general tips for your trip to the tailor:
- Have one yard more fabric than you think you need if you’re supplying your own
- Avoid wearing heavy or baggy clothing to fittings
- Be realistic with your expectations
- Make sure to wear the underwear you would wear with that particular piece to ensure that it fits and looks right
- Wear the shoes you would wear with that garment so that your length measurements are accurate
- Be honest during fittings – it’s much harder to change later on once garments have been stitched together and completed
- Give yourself time for two or three fittings
- Know what you want and stand by it, but be open to expert advice
Empire International Tailors – Tailor-made custom suits
As one of the few remaining family-run Hong Kong tailors, Empire International Tailors prides itself on its long-running history. With three generations of in-house quality tailoring, the iconic New York Times featured store was opened in 1983 by brothers Andy and Anthony Asaf. Although primarily a men’s bespoke tailor, Empire does also provide basic tailoring services for women. Suits start at around $4,600 and run up depending on fabric grade and thread count, with the entire process typically taking one to two weeks.
Opening times: Monday to Friday, 11am to 7pm, Saturday, 11:30am to 6pm
Empire International Tailors, Shop 6, G/F, Houston Centre, 63 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2723 2673, WhatsApp: 5182 4497, Facebook: Empire International Tailors, Instagram: @empiretailors, www.empiretailors.com
Bobby’s Fashions – Tailor-made suits, shirts, tuxedos, overcoats and more
Bobby’s Fashions has consistently been recognised as one of Hong Kong’s leading Bespoke Tailors Since 1952. Specialising in cusstom-made suits, shirts, tuxedos and overcoats, for decades it has been regarded as one of the most trustworthy tailors in town. On top of stocking over 20,000 fabrics from the finest mills in Europe, all of Bobby’s Fashions garments are handmade in-house by a team of Master Shanghainese Tailors, ensuring you come away with the style you want to your exact specification. Plus, Bobby’s Fashions is one of the few tailors in the city to also specialises in custom ladies fashion.
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Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 8pm
Ascot Chang – Luxury tailoring and made-to-order suits and shirts
First established in 1953 as a humble door-to-door bespoke shirt business, Ascot Chang has blossomed into a world-renowned Hong Kong apparel empire with Shanghainese roots, offering luxury tailoring and expertly made suits to order. 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.
Opening times: Daily, 10am to 8pm
Ascot Chang (Landmark Prince’s), Shop 131, Landmark Prince’s, 6-14A Chater Road, 2523 3663
MILK Shirts – Custom men’s shirt specialists
Founded in 2011, luxury bespoke shirtmaker MILK Shirts is the brainchild of Sheetal Pritmani, a London College of Fashion alumnus and former intern at Stella McCartney. 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 and sleeves to suit every body type. Book a one-on-one consultation via email and choose from over 250 fabrics in person, or order made-to-measure shirts from the site.
New customers can use promo code SASSY15 to enjoy 15% off their first order. Offer valid until Sunday, 31 December, 2023.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 11am to 7pm, Saturday, 11am to 2pm
The Armoury – Timeless tailor-made menswear and accessories
The Armoury opened in 2010 out of a need for more substantial products in the realm of classic menswear. Exclusively offering menswear, clients can browse over 50 partners – or artisans as they’re known here – chosen for their commitment to quality pieces and perpetual style. What sets this place apart is that it showcases everything from clothing, shoes and accessories to fragrances, luggage and more.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 11am to 8pm, Sunday, 12pm to 6pm (Pedder location by appointment only)
The Armoury (Pedder), Shop 307, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2804 6991
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Irene Fashion – Women’s made-to-measure clothing and alterations
Irene Fashion boasts decades of experience in the industry, specialising in women’s made-to-measure clothing. You can be sure that you’ll leave with a piece that fits perfectly and flatters your figure. A great go-to for any type of tailoring, from business clothing to evening gowns and even wedding dresses, Irene Fashion can not only help you fashion your ideal custom piece, but can also alter any clothing that you’re not 100% happy with.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 11am to 7pm; Saturday, 11am to 5pm
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Raja House & Raja Luxe – Tailored suits, womenswear and Indian designer wear
With over three generations of experience in the Hong Kong bespoke tailoring industry, Raja House 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! Head straight to the Raja Luxe Showroom in Tsim Sha Tsui’s Cammer Commercial Building for womenswear and Indian designer wear.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 8pm (Raja House); Monday to Saturday, 10am to 8pm (Raja Luxe)
Raja House, G/F, 34-C Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2366 7624
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Remy Fashions – Quick and affordable alterations and custom clothing
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 are after something special for a fancy dress party, this one of Hong Kong’s best-kept secrets. Inexpensive but of the best service and quality, Remy Fashion offers express alterations and experience that you just can’t beat.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 9pm, Sunday, 10:30am to 2pm (by appointment only)
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Tai Pan Row – Quality bespoke tailoring services for men’s suits
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 the heart of Central, Tai Pan Row is a Hong Kong favourite serving up international style and a focus on “the fit”. Collaborating with contemporary designers and brands, Tai Pan Row is modern, efficient and pays attention to detail.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 7pm, Sunday, 11am to 6pm
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W.W. Chan & Sons – High-end, low-volume tailored pieces
W.W. Chan is one of Hong Kong’s most established tailors, specialising in bespoke menswear. Founded 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 tailors hand-stitch up to 75% of each garment on site and can produce almost anything you need, from fited suits to blouses and evening dresses.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 7pm
Editor’s Note: “Top Hong Kong Tailor Shops For Bespoke Suits, Custom Clothing, Alternations & More” was most recently updated in February 2023 by Team Sassy.
This article contains paid partnerships.
Main image courtesy of dima_sidelnikov via Getty, image 1 courtesy of Empire International Tailors, image 2 courtesy of Bobby’s Fashions, image 3 courtesy of Ascot Chang, image 4 courtesy of MILK Shirts, image 5 courtesy of Irene Fashion via Instagram, image 6 courtesy of Tai Pan Row via Instagram.