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Tailors in Hong Kong, Beijing, or Shanghai

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Hi all,

My family and I will be travelling to China this week, and while there I was thinking on purchasing a new suit, but before diving in I had a couple of questions.

1) What is the average price for a men's suit? Also for a women's suit / blazer?

2) How long does it normally take for the suit to be made?

3) How much should I expect to pay for the men's suit and the women's suit?

Also, if anyone has any recommendation for particular tailors, we would be happy to here them!

Thanks in advance.

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    For some suggestions on tailors for Hong Kong see http://www.fodors.com/community/asia/having-a-suit-made-in-hong-kong.cfm

    For your other questions.

    What is the average price for a men's suit? Also for a women's suit / blazer?

    This will depend a good bit on the material chosen, as a silk suit with a silk lining is going to cost more than a poly-blend suit with a polyester lining. An Italian cashmere blazer will cost more than a cotton blazer. In general in Hong Kong, a well-made men’s suit or women’s suit made with quality fabric will cost the same, or perhaps more, than a good quality off-the-rack suit in the US (excluding designer brands in the US which will most likely cost more). For a very rough example, I believe that a men’s wool suit at Maxwell Clothiers, a long-establish and reputable tailor here in Hong Kong, would be in the range of US$600-900 depending on the material chosen. A wool blazer would be in the US$300-500 range. Women’s prices would be about the same. (I believe the men’s suits come with 2 pairs of trousers.) Their cotton dress shirts are probably their best value, you can get three for about US$175. While not cheaper than off-the-rack in the US, the fit will be perfect and the quality of the tailoring generally means that these suits will last a long time and hold up well with wear. It’s certainly cheaper than having a custom suit made in the US or London, but expectations of price should be realistic. In my experience, you would find cheaper prices in Bangkok, but not sure if that is on your itin. I can’t speak for prices in Beijing or Shanghai.

    2) How long does it normally take for the suit to be made?

    It depends on the fit you are expecting. Generally, you need at least 2 fittings and IMO about 5-6 days if not more. I believe there are places here which will do it more quickly, but you may not get the custom fit and the good tailoring you want – and are paying for. If you don’t have the time for at least 2 fittings, IMO, you should not bother with having clothes made. I generally have 3 fittings. The days of bargain suits made in 24 hours are long gone; OK well you can still get that at someplace here but you will get what you pay for: not a lot for not a lot.

    3) How much should I expect to pay for the men's suit and the women's suit?

    I think this is the same question as #1 above.

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