Still bringing out that old, pinstriped number from the back of the wardrobe? Whether it’s time, money or sheer laziness that’s keeping you from investing in new threads, we’re here to help. Hong Kong is known for having some of the best options in bespoke suits and custom-made clothing. Here are some of the top tailors in the city who will make you stand out.
Understated and known to connoisseurs for its iconic designs and exquisite craftsmanship, Magnus & Novus is a menswear and lifestyle brand that is centred on the elevation of the menswear wardrobe. From timeless pieces for the workplace, handsome ensembles for the evenings, through to leisure wear in cinematic style, each creation can be personalised to complement an individual’s lifestyle. Upon visiting the Magnus & Novus showroom, customers are welcomed to explore and experience the iconic bespoke menswear wardrobe for inspiration. Upon understanding the client’s preferences, creations are slowly brought to life, combining timeless design, intricate handcraft and access to a curation of the finest materials in the world, enhancing both comfort and longevity. With each creation intended to last a lifetime, customers will have privileged access to lifetime complimentary alterations. As the recipient of Lane Crawford’s global menswear design award, customers can also discover Magnus & Novus ready to wear and personalisation services at Lane Crawford.
Setting up shop in Hong Kong in 1953, Mr Ascot Chang now has locations in Beverly Hills, New York, Shanghai and Manila, quite the growth from his humble beginnings on Kimberley Road. Today there’s four stores in Hong Kong, still creating classic bespoke shirts done the traditional Shanghai way. But you can also get suits, pyjamas, even boxer shorts, all specially designed and hand-crafted.
Bobby’s Fashions has a long history in Hong Kong of providing locals with the best in tailored suits, tuxedos, shirts and more. Whether it’s getting ready for the big day in a luxurious wedding suit, outfitting you in a fashionable leather jacket, or making expert alterations, their skilled tailors apply their trade to a variety of custom-made clothing. Bobby’s is not just for the gents, they also specialise in creating stylish tailor-made outfits for women. As one of the city’s leading bespoke tailors, featured in the South China Morning Post and the Asian Wall Street Journal, their reputation in fine suit design spans decades, helping local and international clientele highlight their personal style. The talented team at Bobby’s Fashions guide clients into creating their ideal custom suit, going over every detail from fabric selection to the little, but crucial, finishing touches.
Bonham Strand’s products are 100% crafted in Hong Kong by master tailors with decades of experience. Men and women can get a quality bespoke suit, and leave a healthy carbon footprint through the ‘Second Chance’ program: Bonham Strand can refresh or update your existing suit, or will happily take your pre-owned garments for re-tailoring or eco-friendly recycling.
One of the better-known and long established tailors in Hong Kong, Empire Tailors offer a truly bespoke experience. It’s no secret that these Hong Kong Tailors are good at what they do (they’ve been featured in The New York Times and CNN) and they pride themselves in non-rushed, in-house tailoring crafting mostly menswear (and some apparel for women). With 40 years of experience under their belts, their talented master tailors will create a tailored suit with fine attention to detail, taking all of your personal requirements in mind to fashion a custom-made modern-fit garment. You may opt for their house cut, a fairly slim design with a tapered silhouette that’s contemporary yet business appropriate or pick a style which suits you from their style guide & lookbook for tailored suits. Keep in mind that Empire Tailors isn’t one of those 24-hour suit joints – their delicate process usually takes a minimum of four to five days – but you won’t mind when you see the exquisite tailoring that brings out your best form.
With suits well-known for their attention to detail, Gordon Yao also adheres to the fine Shanghai tailoring craftsmanship that his dad, T.D. Yao, was influenced by back in 1935. The Yao name has been known to Hong Kongers for more than 60 years, with fans from around the world visiting on a layover for a one-of-a-kind design. Each suit is handmade at their workshop with fabrics sourced from prestigious mills worldwide, with shirts to match.
The tailors at Tai Pan Row start with a unique paper pattern for every client, guiding you through a large collection of designs to inspire, from luxury brands including Cerruti 1881, Ermenegildo Zegna and Loro Piana. Garments are hand-stitched, accentuating the lines and curves of the body for a gorgeous fit. And if your shape shifts a bit, they offer a free alteration service within the first three months of purchase.
The three men behind The Armoury – Mark Cho, Ethan Newton and Alan See – came together in 2010 to produce classic menswear with outstanding design and craftsmanship. These guys are very selective with whom they deal with, and work closely with artisans to deliver tailored suits and casual wear from the UK, Spain, Italy and Japan.
A menswear tailor store with a woman at the helm, The Hackney is a one-stop destination where owner Tanya Wong will help you get styled from head to toe with custom made suits and shirts, chic accessories and slick shoes. The stylish Causeway Bay shop in an inviting place to browse in while you make your mind up between a Merino Wool suit or double-breasted silk and linen blazer.
W.W. Chan has been suiting up Hong Kong’s best dressed men since 1952, maintaining the traditional “Red Gang” tailoring process. The Red Gang tailors, respected clothiers from Shanghai, merged aspects of English tailoring with the intricate handiwork of Chinese embroidery. The technique influences the fine bespoke creations W.W. Chan makes today, which includes attire for women as well as men, stitched by hand to ensure the perfect fit.
Another long-standing Tsim Sha Tsui suit shop (since 1958), William Cheng & Son shirt up some of the biggest business people from around the world. But even the average Joe (and Jane) is welcome to pop in for custom-made shirts ranging from $390 for a simple cotton number, to $1,750 for a high-end one. You can also place an order online, coming in later for a fitting of your bespoke business suit or tuxedo.
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