Bespoke Suits and Shirts in Bangkok or Hanoi

I'll be traveling in Asia next month before starting work full-time in August and am looking to buy some high quality, well-made clothing for my wardrobe. While I intend to buy most of my shirts and a suits at home (in the US), I also want to explore buying some cheap custom options while abroad.

Does anyone have experience with specific tailors in Bangkok or Hanoi? Is one city preferable over the other? What should I be looking out for (I've never purchased a custom suit before)? Is this advisable at all? Or should I just sack up and pay for the more expensive options in NYC?

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Jun 10, 2018 - 1:29am
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Jun 14, 2018 - 1:55am
WardrobeEssentialist, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I had a similar trip in Hong Kong and China the summer before I started HBS, and loaded up on custom suits/shirts at a tailor a friend from work recommended. A few things to keep in mind:

1) Make sure you find a tailor that has top-quality fabrics and uses quality construction techniques. If you perfectly-fitting suit is made of cheap fabrics and fused linings, it's not going to make the impression you're going for, and won't last very long. https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/the-art-of-manliness-suit-school-part-i-fused-vs-canvassed-suits/

2) Do some homework before your trip so that you know what options you want (linings, accent stitching, buttons, etc.) Sites like Indochino can give you a basic understanding of your choices.

3) Allow time for adjustments. Even skilled custom tailors rarely nail it on the first try, so if you plan to pick up your clothes on the way to the airport, you will probably have to pay for some final tailoring when you get to NY.

Enjoy!

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Jun 14, 2018 - 9:23am
BrianHunter, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Straight to Sukhumvit Road. A lot of choice, and good quality. Btw, there's an image that comes in my mind whenever I think about Bangkok: at the very beginning of the trip a lot off ppl without luggage, at the end at least 3 out of 4 ppl with fancy suits and a tons of luggage full of shirts, suits and so on. I was stunned!

Jul 17, 2018 - 3:27pm
ConservativelyLeveredCat, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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Jun 15, 2018 - 4:50pm
Mantis Toboggan MD, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Tom's, Sukhumvit Soi 8. Contact them before you go and they'll send a car to your hotel. Don't go to the other "Tom's" in a different part of town and whatever you do definitely don't let the sketchy Indian guys hanging outside no name shops pull you in.

Was there last year and paid about $1100 for 2 suits, a blazer, and 5 shirts, all custom made. A bit more than some of the other places in BKK but great quality and stoll a hell of a lot cheaper than what you'd pay on the US/UK. Also included having most of my order shipped back to the US

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Jun 15, 2018 - 4:54pm
jbstar23, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I went to one in Bangkok that I really liked called Pinky's. It was located off Sukhumvit Road by the Phloen Chit stop. It seemed like a lot of foreign executives were buying there. Great quality but also more expensive than a lot of other places in the city.

Jul 13, 2018 - 11:45pm
tangiers, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If you're in Vietnam and get the chance, go down to Hoi An and visit Yaly Couture. The whole town itself is full of tailors, with Yaly being one of the better ones. Also it's not bad to lie on the beach for three days while your suit is made!

Jul 17, 2018 - 3:26pm
ConservativelyLeveredCat, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Don't know about Bangkok, but tailors in Hanoi are not bad. Make sure they know exactly what you want and keep a close eye on them. I had some experience with them doing shoddy jobs in the past. You will be paying a premium over market price in Hanoi but still very competitive when compared to NYC. Too bad you won't be in Saigon, i have a fabric guy and a good tailor there.

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Jul 23, 2018 - 8:59pm
Jamie_Diamond, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Ha I remember taking numerous trips to Bangkok and having to wait for my father to get his suits measured.

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Jul 23, 2018 - 9:03pm
SouthernAlpha, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Gulati (name of store) is incredible. The young guy there's name is Sam Gulati, run by a group of Sikhs. Would strongly recommend for highest quality suits and shirts you can probably find anywhere. It is about 40 a shirt and 300-400 for a suit fully bespoke (or more depending on preferences), can ship to you in the United States, everyone speaks english, freedom to design and by far the nicest clothing I have.

EDIT: Dont even consider paying $1,000 a suit in Thailand. You would have to be out of your mind. Just be careful because there are a million of these places, I noticed alot of them werent as high quality, so good to ask.

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Jul 24, 2018 - 1:26am
Lasagna_, what's your opinion? Comment below:

In BKK, I go to Narin Couture (tailor was trained in France) or Rajawongse Brothers (seems to be very popular with expats). Both their suits are top-notch, though Narin is much pricier, I think the lowest I got was 40,000 baht, versus 15,000 baht at Raj. If you're also getting some tailored shirts at Raj, make sure they make the collar button a bit looser. Ive had one of my shirts for almost two years and the button hole is still stiff and a bitch to button up the collar.

Jul 24, 2018 - 2:18am
PKMGSoledad, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Been to Hanoi a couple of times and I've personally got 2 suits from there. My personal go-to tailor is Thaicom (location here). This is your typical inter-generational tailor shop and I've always received compliments on the 2 suits I got since their cuts are more on the slimmer side, which is great if you have an athletic body. Be careful when you pick the fabric, though, because my impression was that most of their fabric are more summer-y and tropical, which is fine for me since I live in SoCal, but I wouldn't want to experience the Northeast's winter in that.

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