Its a fairly big shop, with a mixture of blue, white and grey decor, amiable atmosphere, and hidden under the Bts Asoke station.
What to buy: If you are looking for a good suit, this is the place " Moon River " they are quite expensive as Raja's, but you cant beat their fabrics, their materials are too good, and they have inhouse tailors, so any alterations can be instantly done. I had a suit done for 300$. It looked like a 1000$ suit when it was finished. They also do women's dresses.
Ladies and gents tailors.
Arrived in Bangkok on the 19 January. Airline lost my case with all my clothes in it. Went into the shop at 5 30 pm and imformed Mike of my problem and told him that I needed some pants for 9 pm that evening. No problem,Mike tailored me 2 pair of pants and delivered them personally to my hotel at 8 30 pm. the garments were tailored superbly and fitted like a glove considering the short time he had to make them. I returned to the shop and ordered a further 2 pair of pants ,1 suit ,2 suits and 3 dresses for my wife and a further 5 dress shirts. I can not recommend these people highly enough for their friendly manner ,superb workmanship and reasonable prices.If anyone requires tailored garments in a hurry,then this is the shop to go to.
Thank you Mike,Aoi, and Poppa Bob. Look forward to meeting you all again next January
What to pay: Not the cheapest as the workmanship shows,but definitly the best in my opinion
Boss Apparels is a tailor shop for men's and women's clothing on Rama 1 Road, opposite the National Stadium and MBK. It is run by Mack, a really friendly guy. He will remember you if he's seen you before and will offer exceptional service from start to finish. We used him on at least three different trips.
The last time, however, the product wasn't really up to par. That, or my standards have risen. I ordered 2 suits and 4 shirts. All were completed on time. The stitching wasn't even on the shirts, not a uniform distance between the edge and the stitch. One sleeve wasn't exactly right, even after the third fitting (and I was out of time to do anything about it). Back home, the suits looked cheap when compared side by side with a £200 suit off the shelf in London. My wife had similar observations about her clothing.
The clothing wasn't horrible, but I now wonder if you're not better off simply buying better quality products off the shelf back home. We won't be buying there again, nor from any tailor in Bangkok. I think you get what you pay for, and my next tailored suit will be from Manhattan, Paris, Rome, or London, if I can ever afford it.
What to buy: It's a shame, because Mack is a really nice guy. I'm sure it goes beyond pure salesmanship. The last time I was there with a friend. We went the first day after arriving by train and we were complaining of being sore from the journey. Mack insisted and insisted, and after work he took us along with him and his assistant to a massage parlour. It wasn't that kind of massage, and Mack paid for it. It is an interesting story unto itself.
I forget where the place was, but ask Mack where you can get a great authentic Thai massage at cheap non-tourist prices.
My second unhappy experience with Amari Fashion (Part 2)..
We decided not to let him off the hook that easily so we get our fren whom is flying to bangkok for business trip to take the 3 shirts back to him. Inside the bag, we attached a drawing in it to specifically tell him where the problems and provided him with the exact measurement. At the same time, I gave him a call to ask him to do a good job since he got 4 days to correct it. Again, he said.. "no problem, don't worry. Ask your friend to bring it over".
The 3 shirts were passed to him on monday nite. I called him on Tuesday night if my friend can receive the shirts on Wednesday so we can check to see if the shirts were altered ok. He said "Possible, we can do that. Give me his room no and hotel". We gave him the information. The shirts never arrived that wednesday nite. I called him on the same night and he told me "the factory was closed, I pass to your fren tom... I can't talk to you now as I got clients now in the shop" and he hangs up. Gosh, how I wish I can be there at the shop and give him a scolding.
Comes thursday nite, my friend said he didnt receive the shirts. Again, I gave David a call and he didn't pick up his mobile. Called the office, no one picks up the call. I have no choice but to trouble my Thai client to give him a call, I was told that the shirts were in the shop but he has no time to deliver.
I was like "hey, you are the one that told me you are going to deliver the shirts". He is just a tailor who keeps giving me different excuses and shows no professionalism at all. My Thai client will be coming down this month to pass me the 3 shirts that she's going to collect from the shop for my behalf. I do not expect the alterations to be done at all and has no hope that those shirts can be worn on the wedding day. I am suspecting that the shirts were never delivered to the factory for alternation at all. I will know when I see the shirts.
Would like to offer some advices to those who are coming down to Bangkok for their tailored shirts/Suit/Pants. Never go for any tailor who keeps saying "no problem, ok, don't worry". You will most probably find yourself in my shoe if your tailored clothing needs alteration. Yes, do not make the rest of the payment until you see the final products.
Here's my story. My first unhappy experience...
We came across "Amari Fashion" which was very near to where we stay, the First Hotel off Petchburi Road. David, the guy from the tailor shop entertained us and we didn't waste too much time to decide on this shop as it was very convenient to make trips down to the shop for the fitting appointments.
We had our fitting the next day. My fiance's shirt's sleeves were long and needed alteration. My bro's suit jacket was ok except the suit pant which needed alteration. We made a few notes to David on what needs to be altered and reminded him that we are leaving bangkok the next day and hope that he can do a good job in the shirts as they were meant to be worn on the wedding day.
David said "no problem, ok, don't worry. We will do that for you and send it to your hotel at night." Then, I asked him what time his shop opens the next day. He said 11am.
My fiance got the shirts the next morning from the hotel's reception area and try it on the immediately. The sleeves were above his watch. How can the sleeves be altered to a length that stops above the wrist watch! In addition, the sleeves looks wide and fat, it looks odd! That was 9+am. I called David, he said his shop opens at 12pm. I told him "That's fine", we will wait at your shop @ 12pm. Please do not be late as I got a plane to catch".
We waited at the shop for half an hour. We called and David said "I'm reaching, I'm reaching "but he never show up and we had to leave for airport with the 3 shirts that can't be worn at all...
Hi I have been to Thailand on 3 different occaisions and twice had suits made...My greatest hint would be to allow at least 3 days but more importantly...take your own fabric.A lot of the dyes used are not colourfast and I have had trouble particularly with linens and cotton.Often colour will rub off onto your skin or stain undergarments. With cottons and linens,the colour always seemed to wear quickly around the seams. The wool and wool blends are not always very good and do not wear well.Some of my suits have gathered 'balls' after a very short period of wear.Some of the polyester blends do not respond well to dry cleaning. If you live in Australia,I would say for the trouble and time that comparatively,it's not worth the money
We all had a wonderful stay at the Oriental. Bangkok was lovely as ever. Only two negatives - first, my wife, accidentally walked into a glass panel in a shopping mall, bruising the area around her eye. Fortunately, she has almost fully recovered. The second involved the tailors, World Group, Their shoddy workmanship (one sleeve longer than the other, no button holes, uneven cuffs....) and unpleasant service (led by Nana) were a sharp contrast to anything we have experienced elsewhere.
And we found out later - they were overpriced too
Unlike some others Siam Emporium doesn't offer giveaways or gimicks. What they offer and supply are great quality suits (and shirts) and good prices. Best of all they last and don't fall apart when you get home.
I was there 18mths after my first visit and Jit (the owner) remembered me. Wow, how can they do that ?
What to buy: Men's clothes
What to pay: Suits that would be say $500 in Australia (after shoppoing around) would be $200. And the $500 suit in Australia would be off the rack, these are tailor made.
This is a very good tailor who can provide you with very good quality suits at very good prices. The shop is one of the few tailors where nobody is outside 'hassling' you to come inside their shop and have look. There is no specials board outside the shop stating "3 suits for $199 with shirts and ties". NONE of that - just a very friendly, professional service .
The staff communicate with you very well and always inform you when things will be done for you - I was never offered a suit within 24 hours and when I explained to the staff the length of my visit they 'tailored' the service suitably. I waited for around 2 weeks for the finished result and it showed on the suits and shirts (the timescale was partly to do with me giving the tailor incorrect neck requirements for my shirts and due to the fact that they knew that I was here for a month - so in that respect, it was in no way a timescale that had to be continually extended due to the fact that something was wrong with garments).
I can only thank the staff for being so patient and so helpfull with the advice from asking what kind of suit, what it was for (special occassion / functional etc..) down to the choosing of the material and the style and finish of the suit.
A true joy to work with them
I will post pictures as and when I get a chance to wear the suits :)
What to buy: I bought the following
3 suits (1 x All Year / 1 x Summer / 1 x very smart formal-fashioned)
5 Shirts (some with different requirements regarding Cuffs, Neck Height, Shoulder finish)
What to pay: I paid 32000 Bhat (approx EURO 620) and it shows in the finished result - very nice - suits you sir !!
Okay, so you are a bloke and you want to get some jackets, trousers and shirts: Bangkok will suit you sir, it will suit you.
Two places win hands down, for me at least. This photo is neither, reason - one of them would beat me up if I showed the other. And their window displays are woeful, this lot of costumes are more colourful.
For shirts, I use Nikkermans, basement floor of the Landmark Hotel (BTS Station Nana). Very quick and can do all the styles - great catalogues of collars, cuffs, fits etc. Decent Egyptian cottons and all the latest fabrics on hand.
From John Travolta to Dick Cheney. They'll sort anyone out.
Mrs Nikkerman and her sweatshop ladies can cope with that embroidering of initials, on the cuffs and pockets if you are into it. In case you tend to frequently forget your name and need a reference point. GWB.
It takes about two working days / one night to turn them around from a fresh measuring up.
For suits, I use Rajas, on the corner of Nana Plaza and Sukhumvit Soi 4 (best go in the daytime as at night the area turns into a red light district). (BTS Nana and 150 yd walk.)
This guy has a better fleet of supporting back tailors to those over at Nikkermans, so you get double linings, better stitching and reinforcements that cause a bit of bother and negotiating from the Nikkermans crew. Italian cloths and more upscale fabrics in here. Stuff for impressing the punters and the potential mother-in-law.
Measuring up to first fitting is around two full days. Tidy up adjustments need another full day.
Key Tip 1: Whenever possible you should take in a current or old suit, trousers or shirt of your own, those you like the fit of. Copying patterns avoids cock ups ...and you get what you like.
Key Tip 2: If you go to tourist / hotel areas you are risking more than going to ex-pat business tailors like the above. Check the photos / business cards on the walls of fame. Locals, army, embassies, etc. you're okay. All overseas cards? Nope!
What to buy: See above
Don't be put off by the Kenny Rogers pictures on Rajas' wall. All the local tailors have them. Apparently Kenny lost his baggage when he was doing a concert, as did half his entourage, a few years back. So they needed loads of gear. Needless to say it was Ken what signed the photos, not the backing group.
Another thing. You may wonder what on earth these tailors are doing displaying luminescent green jackets and bright pink DJs in their windows. Well, we have a theory that instead of getting tatoos some drunken folk get measured for bizarre outfits, dump the deposit and then never dare go back and collect the finished articles. Believe me, when you get to Bangkok and look at these window displays you'll cry tears of fashion laughter.
Key Tip 3: Ladies' gowns etc... hit the decent boutiques on Lang Suan, Chidlom
What to pay: Depends how large your body is. Just remember... you can laugh and boast at how much you haggle these guys down to start with. They will be laughing when it falls apart on you two weeks later...
Most tailors ask cash deposit of 50% up front till they get to know you... and some proof of which hotel you are staying in Maybe they are tired of making yellow and green stripey trenchcoats.
James Fashion is reputed to be one of Bangkok's most popular tailors. I was taken there by a courier from the Pinnacle Hotel . There were armed guards outside which was scary but the staff were very friendly, and I felt very special the way I was treated. They have a huge range of fabrics and styles.
Oh and they do hotel pickups for free. When i returned form travelling around thailand they couriered my clothes to my room on KO San Road - very helpful as it was rush hour .
What to pay: I bought a tailored suit ( jacket and trousers, 3 shirts a 3 ties) a fitted dress for my sister and a kimono for my mum. That all came to 15 500 baht - roughly £200 which i think is fairly cheap - much less than i would have to pay back in the UK.
Tailored suits and shirts which are reasonably priced and really great quality.
You choose the design and the fabric. They measure you up and 24 hours later your fully threaded up.
What to buy: Suits, shirts, ties
What to pay: 1 suit, 2 trousers, 3 shirts, 3 ties all custom tailored cost me 7000BAHT
St Michael's of Khao san road is certainly not the cheapest tailor around - but he does appear to be one of the best.
I've always been impressed with the business ethics of the Sikh community, and this outfit (geddit ?) is no different.
So, I reach the age of 35 and buy my first fitted suit - and still way less than the cost of one off the peg in Burtons.
It took three fittings, but I was very pleased with the final result.
They have a pile of magazines in the shop, and the style can come from just about any range imaginable from Amarni to YSL.
They also do women's clothes as well. Nice people.
What to buy: The suit is the obvious choice - even if it does seem a bit odd buying in the centre of Backpacker land.
What to pay: About 60-70 pounds for a suit made from Kashmir wool.
I don't want to recommend this tailor anymore. They promised me to send three shirts to Germany within six weeks. I have paid them in advance. Still, ten weeks later nothing has arrived.
They haven't responded to any email nor have they picked up the phone.
So be aware that you don't make the same mistake!
That's what I wrote before this experience:
This is a tailor run by two friendly Indian men. They tailor you suits exactly how you want to.
I chose the material (produced in Thailand) and let myself taylor a suit. Just to see what it was like: they measured me, which was not easy because I am 2m and the tailor was about 1,50m ... :)
Finally on my way back (7 weeks later) I got my suit and was very, very satisfied!! They did a perfect job and the suit is the most comfortable I have! They also tailor within fewer weeks.
The price is, of course, advantageous compared to European or American prices. Nevertheless you should consider that you are in Thailand and costs are much lower there. Therefore bargain hard! There are many tailors in Bangkok and you don't have to accept any price!
This year I bought another two suits and shirts.
I don't want to recommend a tailor since everybody is making his own experiences, but I was satisfied with the results of Macway's.
What to buy: men suits, women dresses, etc
What to pay: 3 piece suit about 180 Euros. There is still a range for bargaining this price.