I was taken by my taxi to a tailor shop as soon as I landed in Bangkok.Was a big impressive shop and had a lot of fabrics,
I had 1 suit made for 450 Dollars,(not cheap) so I expected it to be good. the sales person told me that it would be delivered to my Hotel in 2 days time before I left for the beach.You can guess, it was Horrible,(probably the taxi got a commition to get me into the shop.Once bitten I was extra careful about everything,in Bangkok.
On my return,I passed under the Asok Sky train station on foot and spotted a grate tailor, MOON RIVER by VJ. The same sounded familiar.
I did not want to have a second suit but could not resist the temptation on a dark brown suit,that one of his french clients was having a fitting on.
the suit cost me 300 Dollars....(a savings of 150). had 2 fittings,and a perfect suit.in a space of 3 days.I also added 5 Shirts for another 150 Dollars to complete my wardrobe. EVERY PENNY WORTH .
What to buy: He has a big range of fabrics to select from , try his imported wool selections, they are the original wools from Italy.and Enagland.
His shirts at 5 for 5,000 is an excellent deal.I remember geting just 1 shirt of the rack in the US for 85 USD.
his web site is very basic but does give a map of the shop location.
... just search moonriver by vj on google to get the map.
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
We have been happy with a number of items made for us at A R Mani tailor, which is in the KhaoSan Road Area. Contact is with Raj - who has always been helpful and obliging. Recently had 2 suits and 12 shirts made for husband, and a cashmere suit made for son, who was not with us - only minor alterations required at home. Very reasonable prices, compared to other bad experience we have had. Has also made cashmere, leather and silk/linen jackets for other family members. We have also sent friends over, who have been very satisfied with the overall service and quality of garments.
What to buy: Men's or women's clothing well made at this store.
Like any other tailor in Bangkok, they can provide the finished product (Shirts , Pants, Jackets) without hassle.
BUT As most tailors know you may never come back again, they'll charge you extra.
For OM, they charge about Baht800 to Baht900 for the tailored shirts and Baht2000 to Baht2500 for working pants. Most of the time other tailors charge exhorbitant prices knowing that you may never come back. But its about 500 to 600 bh depending on the quantity of the shirts. [Update Nov 05 - Stylo now has a good deal and charges about BH500 per shirt, and may give additional discounts. The pants goes a bit cheaper too. I think it is the competition that is causing the price decrease]
OM charges reasonble and the guy is very nice. It will nice if you tell him that 0383 referred you to OM. He likes to keep up with his customers referrals. And he keeps cards of his customers which are from all over the world too! From the Wall Street guy to some guys from the Embassies nearby. [Update Nov 05 - Stylo is now under the care of James, Ronny is the other guy there , who will be able to help with it]
Always remember - Reasonable and fast (may not be up to your standard)
Reasonable rate and time frame given to Stylo to make your tailored wear.
(a) for a suit - 4 days and i went in for 2 fittings just to make sure it fit for my suit
(b) Shirts - one fitting
What to buy: Working Shirts
Jackets (Bush Jacket)
(Both mens and ladies)
What to pay: About Baht 800-900 per Shirt (micro cotton fibre and depending on quality)
About Baht per pants
jackets about Baht 3000
[Update Nov 05 - Stylo now has a good deal and charges about BH500 per shirt, and may give additional discounts]
[Update Dec 06 - The Baht has appreciated against the US Dollar. It might not be as cheap as Before. Just mention 0383 recommended you to OM. (The guys identifies me from my receipt no 0383), You prob get a decent price]
All depending on the material.
Shopping around for a tailor can be a bewildering (not to mention annoying) experience. There are hundreds of tailors around the tourist areas of Bangkok and it seems like every one of them is out for the hard sell. I found Narry's by accident a couple of years ago and I've now bought ten suits from them. I've always been happy with what they've done for me and the turnaround time and overall service is excellent.
The operation is run and staffed by Indians and Burmese of Indian descent. Most of them speak English quite well and know their stuff. My wife and I actually got our wedding outfits made there and saved quite a lot of money. My wife took in a photograph from a magazine and they made it.
They are open from 9am till 8pm. Generally a suit takes 48 hours, though in one case they made two suits in 8 hours for me so I think it's possible to negotiate there.
What to pay: I pay 6000 baht per suit.
I have been a regular client of VJ's since my first visit to Bangkok in 1999. While there might be a few other decent shops to visit for tailored clothing in Bangkok I have had no reason to even try another. I had other business colleagues recommend VJ and his shop, so I got lucky right from the first try.
VJ is nothing short of an absolute professional. He goes out of his way to make sure you are completely happy with the whole experience from start to finish, is very agreeable, and is knowledgeable in the latest styles and trends. I have been so impressed with his service that I have even taken advantage of his Road Shows in the U.S. when I have not been able to travel to his shop in Bangkok personally. I have been to at least 4 U.S. Road Shows, having driven a considerable distance to meet with him at the nearest city.
I have always been impressed with the clothing, service and prices, but what is truly impressive is VJ's attention to detail and his drive to continuously craft a quality product worthy of the finest clothiers. Just when I thought the clothing and experience couldn't get much better, Moon River by VJ has shown me again that there is no limit to VJ's ability to please.
I have had many suits, dress shirts, dress pants, and vests made. VJ was even able to recreate a pair of pants I purchased years before that I enjoyed so much and hated to lose.
If time is a limited, a fast turnaround is no problem. On one short visit to Bangkok they were even able to turnaround my order in just 2 days (measure and selection on day 1, fitting morning of day 2, and ready for pickup early that evening).
I would highly recommend Moon River, and wish VJ and his team continued success.
What to buy: Mens' suits, dress shirts, dress pants.
What to pay: Depends on the item, but the quality and experience always far outweighs the cost. You might get lucky and find something off the rack for less, but don't plan on getting as much enjoyment or pleasure for the cost as something tailored from Moon River.
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.
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.
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.
Has anyone tried Moon River ?
This post has too many of the same tailors doing the same thing.I was referred to Moon River by one of my cousins in Bangkok last year in June,As far as I know the shop has been there since the past 20 years doing grate work,It has been taken over by VJ the current owner since the past year and a half.
Out of 100's of tailor shops including the likes of Rajas,and pinky's he is the only one with in house tailors.so fittings were a breeze and the actual cutters were always there to see my fittings.
The shop has a large range of fabrics to select from the tourist 5000 baht to the real Italian Zegna fabrics, He is very informative and recommended me to try my first suit with a reasonable quality of 11,000 bats.
once we got the fittings right and I used the suit for 6 months,I was confident of trying out 2 more suits with the higher quality ones from 14,000 baht,did a perfect job,
I was more informative and wanted working button holes on the sleeves and a proper hand stitch on the lapels.really liked the finishing and fit.I also had 5 shirts for 5500 baht and got what I was looking for.next time I will try for some of the better imported wrinkle free cottons,as they are very expensive in the US.
The new owner does road shows to the US twice a year as well,check out his web page www.moonriverbyvj.com
What to buy: He also has excellent value on this shirts at 5000 bhats for 5 Shirts.
I am a yearly tourist to Bangkok and last year i was there was suprise by the increase in tailor shop in MBK. These days you go in MBK there is tailor anywhere and there is huge billboard of advertisement of it selling 2 suits for 150 dollars. I have recently tried myself some of the offer.
Wanna warn you fellow tourist reading this that in MBK the rental is really high and they cannot afford to give you anything for the price. I went into the shop for this offer and tended up paying 250 dollars for 2 suits. They were not so good quality since the rotation of customer is high there.
The service was bad. So never try any Mbk tailors. They delivered my clothes to the hotel as i did not have time to go and pick it up and it was pathetic.
I was tempted by the offer that was posted so i left my old tailor in downtown bangkok to try in Mbk.
Usually when i am in thailand i would buy at Excelsior since they are the most reputed in Bangkok.
I have read other reviews here about other shops but see none for this one.
I think from what I read before, someone mentioned Raja's at Sukhumvit Rd and soi 4. Raja's wife also has a store across the street on Sukhumvit Rd, he can direct you. Tailored clothing is a bit expensive, depending on what you need made could run you on the average of about 75$ to 100$US per suit/dress and depending on material silk, wool Poly etc...
If you are trying to get some clothes made for someone else, make sure that you have measurements. Measure all the places that need to be fitted, chest, neck, waist, back, from neck down to the waist, sleeves, point of shoulder to cuff. Measure exact and then allow for movement.
You will also want to allow for fittings into your intinerary, usually done on the second day and a final fit either in the afternoon or a 3rd day. If you were also asking about shoes? Just down the street on Sukhumvit there are several custom made shoe stores, Siam Bootery and Bangkok Bootery, ar ejust a couple. Here again, shoes will stretch but if you get them fit, allow a little room to breath, custom shoes can often times be fit too tight. Depending on the skin you choose, shoes can run you 100 to 1000$US or more.
5 years ago I got the address of A.Song Tailor by recommendation of a friend from a rather wealthy family. The shop is a little bit hidden off-the-track and we needed some time until we found it. Anyway: I went there and got an altered copy of a coat, which I brought, as well as a suit. Both items were custom-made and I had 3 fittings until it was finished. I payed around 100 USD per item, made from Armani-cloth that I chose before. The suit I got looks very YSL-ish. I am very very satisfied with both items. Mr. A.Song is very professional and friendly and did all he could do to make the suit in the way I wanted it without any complaint.
My girlfriend had a dress made from scratch, but was not 100% satisfied. She only brought a tiny 2cm x 3cm picture from a magazine though, so I'd rather say it was her fault and A.Song did the best out of her description as he could.
Best thing is that the son of A. (don't know his full name) took over the shop recently. His name is Pop! This means if you go there to get a suit you get it hand-tailored by Mr. Pop Song. That alone would be worth visiting this place, I wish they would alter the labels in the suits from "A.Song Tailor" to "Pop Song Tailor"... omg, that would be amazing!
They have recently launched a website that is very informative and if you get your measurements done in the shop then they will always have them at hand and you can order more suits directly online. Haven't found this option at another tailor that got recommended here.
What to buy: Anyway: when I was visiting they had a couple of magazines where you could chose your suit from (besides their own style that is a little bit more Bangkok-Business-Man-ish whatever this is [rather wide straight trousers and slightly waisted I guess]) but I'd say the best thing is to bring as many pictures as possible of the suit you want to get made so they can adapt that style (that was what I was doing).
They also make perfect copies of already existing suits in only 2 weeks. You just send the suit to their address and get it back two weeks later, together with a new one with exactly the same measurements. It's like a suit-copy-machine. You don't even have to pay the costs for shipping as they have some special contract with UPS (don't nail me on this, maybe it was DHL...).
So: perfect tailor. Couldn't imagine someone who's more experienced, friendly and professional; just tell him exactly WHAT you want and bring as many pictures as possible and you'll end up with a perfect result.
What to pay: Around 100 to 150 Dollars per suit, sometimes more, depending on the cloth.
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.
Now. I was told about this shop by a nice VT-member ;-)
I called the shop, and the picked me up at the hotel in the morning. In the Shop the shop they showed me the different cuts, the materials and I made my choice. the measured me, and afterwards drove me where ever i wanted. The same day at night, i was picked up again at the hotel for the first fitting. one pair of trousers and a shirt where already done, the jacket was sittet to my body... again I got a ride back wherever i wanted to.
the next day in the morning, the tailor came to my hotel with all items for the final fitting in my room. We discovered a few tiny mistakes, and he took the articles, which had to be redone with him. the same night everything was delivered to my hotel.
It was en exelent service and great stuff...
What to buy: I bought 4 suits (cashmere) and 6 shirts, they also have Ladys fashion
What to pay: for the whole pack (4 suits + 6 shirts) i payed 60.000 bath (1.200,-EURO) without negotiating ... well, i was not used to this by then and for german standarts it was a great buy...