Hong Kong has an absolute army of tailors and the city is rightly famed for being able to stitch-up top quality suits at bottom dollar prices - we've picked five of the best. Best in Hong Kong doesn't always mean pretty and the top tailors are as likely to be found buried down a backstreet or at the wrong end of a shopping arcade as in a five-star hotel.
In our top picks we have selected those tailors that combine high quality, bespoke service with value for money. That doesn't mean they're cheap. Most of the picks below are not cheap in Hong Kong terms, although they remain significantly cheaper than New York, London and other city's that have top quality tailors. If this is your first time going for a fitting you might want to check out our Top Six Tips When Buying a Suit first, for an insight on what to expect and some inside tips.
Copyright Punjab House
Once the tailor of choice for Hong Kong's British colonial masters, as well as the British military that kept them in power, Punjab House has over 100 years of suit making experience. Headed up by hotshot Arshad Mahmood - as close as the tailoring industry has to to a celebrity tailor - Punjab House are famed for their friendly service and retain a host of high profile clients on their books. Mr Mahmood tours Europe and the US and the firm is also in partnership with Apsley Tailors in the UK. Address: Flat C, 5/F., Golden Crown Court, 66-70 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui.
Jim's Tailor WorkshopWhile it may not attract the glossy magazine spreads and celebrity splashes of some of its competitors, Jim's remains a favourite for many of Hong Kong's most influential families. While the suits themselves are faultless, the low key, fuss free service makes this a great location for suit beginners intimidated by the options and aggressive sales tactics at other tailors. Address: Shop 37-38, 1/F, Admiralty Centre, 18 Harcourt Centre, Admiralty.
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Perhaps Hong Kong's most famous tailor, it's hard to flip open a paper here without seeing Raja beaming back boasting about top quality suits at cut down prices. There is substance to his claims. Raja's quality tailoring has doubled business in cut throat Hong Kong since the handover and delivered a raft of regular customers from the Canadian Rockies to the Australian outback and everywhere in between. Prices are generally more competitive than his rivals and if you're looking to stuff your wardrobe with smart suits there is a constant roll of excellent multi buy offers available. Address: 34-C Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.
Sam the Tailor a.k.a SamsAnother of Hong Kong's celebrity tailors, Sam's gets a mixed report card. Lauded by Time as the best tailor in Asia and tapped-up by celebrities from Bill Clinton to Pavarotti to turn out their suits, Sam's can undoubtedly sow together a first-class ensemble. However, a not small proportion of now ex-customers have reported high handed treatment if you aren't a mover and shaker or dripping with diamonds. First class suits, possibly not first class service. Address: 94 Nathan Road, Burlington Arcade, Tsim Sha Tsui.