Hong Kong has long since been known for its high quality tailoring and reasonable price. So on my recent trip to the pearl of the orient I decided to visit some of these tailors and see what bespoke pieces I could get made.
If you are looking for a tailor and you don’t know where to start (and don’t have time for online research beforehand) then head to Nathan road in Kowloon. The end nearest the star ferry is where lots of the tailors tout for business. However, we chose to do a little research beforehand and found a couple of recommended tailors from articles and forums on the Internet.
For high end (and VERY expensive workmanship) head to W.W. Chan & Son right in the heart of Central HK in the Entertainment building. This is a swanky tailors and in my opinion for people who have more money than sense. I was quoted £1000…yes BRITSH POUNDS to recreate a dress I had seen online which was no longer made but originally cost £150! It was a simple wrap round knee length dress. I actually laughed at this quote (once I’d done the exchange rate!) and swiftly exited the building.
Onto the next… We headed for Kowloon where we had heard we would have more luck. We decided to visit William Cheng & Son as they had great reviews online, their own website and were close to the ferry terminal. The men lucked out on this visit…as they specialize in mens shirts and suits. My mom and I wanted to treat our men with their very own tailored shirts and they did a fantastic job at a really reasonable price.
We explained what we wanted and chose from the reams of materials, colors and patterns. You could choose what density of cotton you wanted, collar style, pocket or no pocket and basically anything you wanted. You can also ask to have initials embroidered onto the shirt, however we didn’t find this out until later so we didn’t do this. You can also order these tailored made shirts online by inputting your measurements and style preferences and it only costs £4 for worldwide shipping.
For women they also make work wear such as shirts, formal skirts, dresses and suits, which if I ever need anything like this in the future I will be heading back to William Cheng & Son for sure.
Let me know which tailor is your favourite to go to in Hong Kong or anywhere in the world!