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Hong Kong tailor for women

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Does anyone have any recommendations for a Hong Kong tailor who does women's clothes? Also, would I have enough time to have something simple made (e.g. shirts, trousers, skirts but not a suit) if I go to the shop on a Monday and need to pick up the clothes by Thursday noon?

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    Kate:
    When I went to Hong Kong 2 years ago, I had many things made at Sitlani Custom Tailors in Kowloon. They did a really excellent job, treated us very well, and I believe they can accomodate your 3-day time limit. I will definitely return there on my next trip to Hong Kong. I received the recommendation for Sitlani on this website. If you search on "Sitlani" you'll find my original post. It looks like some other people offered some alternative suggestions subsequent to my trip. I believe I received a card from Sitlani within the past year stating that their address has changed. I will check for you when I get home tonight and see if I can find it. They may also have a web presence by now (I know they're on email). Below is the pertinent information from my original post:

    "My husband had several suits, slacks, and lots of shirts made and I had suits and dresses made. They also made a tux for my husband and my gown for our daughter's wedding. I found what I wanted in the US, took photos, and they made an exact copy. US price, custom made, was $1500. My cost in HK was $500 using the best silk they had. Their shop is small and not fancy but they do good work. Shirts and suits were about the same price as you'd buy in a US store ready made but the custom fit is wonderful! We found they don't negotiate cost much, cost will vary with fabric selection. Their address is 10 Humphrey's Ave. Phone 2368-5644, Fax 2366-3744. In Kowloon, from the Star Ferry, go north on Nathan Road, Humphrey's Ave is right off of Nathan. Just a few steps down the street on the right side, watch overhead for their yellow sign. They are on the second floor."

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    My ex- had some suits made by Ash Samtani, a tailor that I've been using for 15 years, and she was pleased with the results. Ash Samtani is on Nathan Road (about #90), in the Burlington Arcade opposite the mosque. It's the same building where the well-advertised Opal Mine is located.

    For blouses, David's shirtmakers has top-of-the-line stuff. They have an outlet in the Mandarin Oriental hotel, and their main shop is in Kowloon.

    3 days will be sufficient, but make an appointment in advance. You should plan to go for a second fitting, probably 2 days after your initial visit.

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    I lived in Hong Kong for 5 years and used a tailor from time to time. A few friends and most everyone in my office also used this tailor which is an old and established one in Hong Kong:

    Maxwell's Clothiers Ltd.
    7A Han Hing Mansion
    38-40 Hankow Road
    Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
    website: maxwellsclothiers.com

    e-mail: maxwell@maxwellsclothiers.com
    tel 852-2366-6705
    fax: 852-2366-6658

    Maxwell's is located in the Nathan Road area of Kowloon, where you will find a ton of tailors, as noted above in the previous threads. There is a map on their website showing their location. They have an astonishing selection of fabrics. Do try to make an appointment and if you want something copied, bring it. They will keep you measurements and you can order from them on-line in the future for simple things like shirts, skirts, etc. All that being said, I don't know how cheap Hong Kong tailors really are anymore. I think for men's shirts and maybe very simple women's shirts an skirts they might be OK. Nothing is really cheap in Hong Kong anymore. Do some serious shopping before you leave so you know whether what you are being offered is a bargain. If you want seriously cheap tailoring, you need to go over the border to Guangzhou. If the following places are on your itinerary, you can probably find cheaper tailors there: Bangkok, Ho Chi Min City, possibly Beijing.

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