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malaysia Feb 5th, 2006 08:32 AM

Tailors in Bangkok
 
We will be in BKK for 5 days staying at the Shangri-la.I am looking to have clothes made...dress shirts for my husband and cocktail dresses and evening outfits for me...Any info on tailors?

rhkkmk Feb 5th, 2006 09:04 AM

two that we have used:

for women, the cotton house in OP Place, which is directly behind the oriental hotel--ground floor...fabulous workmanship

for men: jack at monet il sarto in the marriott resort and spa mini mall, 2nd floor facing parking lot of mall...take boat to marriott from next to your hotel at taskim pier--free

Gerhard Feb 5th, 2006 09:15 AM

I hate to disagree with you, rhkkmk, but I had 2 suits, 10 shirts and one additional pair of pants tailored by Jack at Monet il Sarto, and I can honestly say that they were the worst tailoring job I have ever encountered. I have been going to Bangkok for 15 years and get all of my clothes tailored. The best men's tailor for the price is ANTO, on the top floor of the Peninsula Shopping Center (next to the Four Seasons Hotel on Rajadamri Road). For $350, you get a great fitting suit made with excellent, 100 %wool fabric. The best in Bangkok is Marco Tailors, but they take about 6 weeks to finish a suit. For shirts, I strongly recommend Rajawongse (between the Landmark Hotel and Soi 4). It's a hole in the wall, but for $25 each, you get great shirts. They also do decent suits. As for women's tailors, I heard Miss Hong was good, but not sure where the shop is located.

Shade22182 Feb 5th, 2006 10:21 AM

Gerhard -

What differentiates the tailors? For example, Marco? Is it the fabric or the tailoring. If it's the tailoring, please elaborate. Is it the stitching, the fittings, the flexibility in getting exactly what you want?

Also, has anyone heard of Art Tailor? I had read that they make suits in the $1,000 range and that this is where the top Thai businessmen go.

In the meantime, Rajawongse (Jesse and Victor) is immaculate.

Shade

Nadyad Feb 6th, 2006 08:47 AM

Gerhard,
We'll be in BKK, and will be using Rajawongse for BOTH shirts and suits. My husband is very particular about suits - do you think they will do a good job? Do they have good, heavy wool fabrics?
Thanks...

Craig Feb 6th, 2006 09:28 AM

My understanding is that both "W" and his father have purchased suits from Rajawongse - they always look pretty good, don't they?

Nadyad Feb 6th, 2006 10:18 AM

at the risk of sounding ignorant, who's "W"???

hawaiiantraveler Feb 6th, 2006 10:38 AM

George "W." Bush

Gerhard Feb 7th, 2006 03:31 AM

Shade,
I think Marco makes the best suits because they take great care in measuring, fitting and assembly. Most of the lower cost tailors work with big tailoring sweat shops. They will knock out a suit overnight. Tailors like Marco, Art and Pierre probably do their own tailoring. I had two suits made by Marco about 8 years ago, I still have them and I get compliments whenever I wear one. Art Tailor is also excellent, but expensive. That's where all the JAPANESE businessmen go, and the prices are accordingly.
I would recommend Rajawongse for suits without hesitation. Jesse and Victor do an excellent job. Just make sure you tell them exactly what you want, e.g., pleated pants, cuffs, length of the coat, types of vents in the back, etc. Raja's (Bobby) is also good, but I prefer Rajawongse. You will not be disappointed. Insist on a final fitting when the suit is finished.
I think the key issue is the type of material you choose. You are not going to get a great looking suit for $150 made with cheap material. Choose pure wool material ONLY. You will pay about $300 to $350 per suit at Rajawongse for their top of the line material, and you'll feel great when you're wearing your new suit. Tell Jesse and Victor I said Hi when you go.
I would NOT recommend Lucky & Oscar, Hi-Mark or Monet il Sarto.

rhkkmk Feb 7th, 2006 09:06 AM

gerhard...i would be interested in exactly and specifically what you found wrong with the tailoring at monet??? i have found it to be quite good....he is not top of the line nor do his things cost top of the line prices.. could you please elaborate for us? thank you

CFW Feb 19th, 2006 03:10 PM

I am a lone voice, but I have not had good experiences with tailors in BKK. Maybe it's just me, since everyone else seems to have great results, but at both Monet Il Sarto and Cotton House, the fit was just not right, despite 2-3 fittings. I'm a size 12 petite, and I don't have problems finding ready-made clothes to fit in the U.S., but somehow I just have had no luck with tailors in Thailand, which has been disappointing.

barnetda Feb 19th, 2006 03:42 PM

Cotton house for women.

Rajawongse for men. Jesse and Victor are superb. Great fabric and the suit feels perfect.


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