HONG KONG TAILORS
The famous Hong Kong 24 hour suit is a thing of the past, buy you can still have clothes custom-made in a few days. Today, prices are no longer as low they once were,but they’re often about what you’d pay for a ready-made garment back home, the difference, of course, is that tailor-made garment should fit you perfectly. The workmanship and qualityof the better established shops rival even those of London’s Savile row-at less than half the price. A top-quality men’s suit will run about HK$7,000 (US$78) or more, including fabric,while a silk shirt can cost HK$600 (US$78).
Tailors in Hong Kong will make almost any garment you want-suits, evening gowns, wedding dresses, leather jackets, even monogrammed shirts. Manytailors offer a wide range of cloth from which to choose, from cotton and linen to very fine wools, cashmere and silk. Hong Kong tailors are excellent at copying fashions. Bring apicture or drawing of what you want. You should allow three to five days to have a garment customs-made, whit at least two or there fittings. If you aren’t satisfied during the fittings,speak up. Alterations should be included in the original price. If, in the end, you still don’t like the finished product, you don’t have to accept it. However, you will forfeit the deposityou are required to pay before the tailor begins working, usually about 50% of the total coast.
With more than 2,500 tailoring establishment in Hong Kong, it shouldn’t be any problemsfinding one. Some of the most famous are located I hotel shopping arcades and shopping complexes, but the more upscale the location the higher the prices.
Once you’ve had somethingcustoms-made and your tailor has your measurements, you will more than likely be able to order additional clothing later, even after you’ve returned home!
Tpo Noch., Joan Saslow, 2006
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