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Bangkok, Getting a Suit made

by BeatrixNB1 »

I hear that you you can get a suit custom made very cheaply in Bangkok. Does anyone know a good tailor there?

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RE: Bangkok, Getting a Suit made

by Joanna »

I know a bad tailor there.  If I'd thought to ask hotel staff I might have had a better experience.  If no one comes forward with a convenient recommendation for you I suggest you do just that, ask a management person at your hotel.

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peter knight

RE: Bangkok, Getting a Suit made

by peter knight »

There are tailor shops on every corner. Especially in tourist areas. Majority of them do not have their own cutting/designer staff. There are groups which handle the cutting and sewing for a bunch of these shops. The owner will take your measurements and them off to these groups. Having said that, there are a few steps you need to take to ensure that you get a good suit.

1. Choose the fabric carefully. There are many kinds. Pure wool, wool blends, polyester blends etc. Take a sample with you when you order and compare it with what you get. Not many switch but it doesn't hurt to be careful.

2. Don't go for a one day turn around. You must have at least two fittings to get something well made. As you go around shopping talk to the owners to see how many fittings you get.

3. Don't go in to shops which sell suits as well as luggage etc. Look for stores which exclusively tailor suits.

4. Prices range from very cheap to very expensive depending on location and reputation. So make your budget accordingly. Cheap is not always the best and vice versa.

I made many suits, shirts and pants from Harry's Boutique. He is located in the Ruamchitt Plaza Hotel on Sukhumvit between Soi 13 and 15. He is good, but some friends did not like and others did. For me he has done a good job. But check it out yourself. There are many good ones on this road between Soi 3 and 33,

For women's suits and dresses I would say Queen Thai Silk also located in the lobby of the same hotel. They have a good reputation.

Also remember the Baht is quite strong now. 30 to one USD. So check your conversion. Average price for custom made mens suit around $100. If you like a particular style take a picture with you. They will duplicate.

Have a great trip.

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drfumblefinger

RE: Bangkok, Getting a Suit made

by drfumblefinger »

I would like to recommend Ranjawongse clothiers, a family run shop by father and son team of Jesse and Victor.  Their shop is conveniently located on Sumkumvit Road.  They are recommended by the American Embassy as a place for their employees to shop.  And Jessee has tailored suits for a number of celebrity politicans, including the two Bush Presidents (Bush 41 was ambassador in Thailand -- hence the connection) and I'm told Barack Obama as well.   So you know the work is fine.  And, of course, 3 suits for yours truly.

Basically you get what you pay for.  Cheap tailors in Bangkok will throw together a decent suit of mediocre material.  A quality tailor will throw together a perfect fitting suit that will last years and years. 

Here's the link if your interested.  http://dress-for-success.com/

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koonal

RE: Bangkok, Getting a Suit made

by koonal »

Don't pay in full for any tailored suit.  Take the time to check the fit too.   If you pay in full and take delivery just before you fly home you don't have any time to fix any problems.  Then you are stuck with anything you get.

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drfumblefinger

RE: Bangkok, Getting a Suit made

by drfumblefinger »

In Response to Re: Bangkok, Getting a Suit made:[QUOTE]

Don't pay in full for any tailored suit.  Take the time to check the fit too.   If you pay in full and take delivery just before you fly home you don't have any time to fix any problems.  Then you are stuck with anything you get."

 

That's good advice, Koonal, and really applicable to most things travel related.  Never pay in full until you know exactly what you get and it's to your satisfaction.

 

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