How much will clothes and suits run you in Hong Kong? Is the Kowloon area the best bang for your buck?
I think many people go to Hong Kong expecting to get cheap custom made clothing, but a more accurate expectation is that you'll be paying the same as U.S. retail prices, except you'll get to pick out the style, fabric and it'll be custom made :) Of course, it also really varies, too, depending on the style and fabrics you want. I would say a suit could cost anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to the thousands.
I've had custom clothing made in China before, but never in Hong Kong, but it's probably the same experience, just less expensive. You can show up earlier in the day, either pick out styles from their catalogs (typically magazine photos of runway clothing or ads) or you bring your own, they measure you, you pick out fabrics, and at the end of the day, you can pick it up. Should you have a Chinese visa, you can take the train over to the Luohu District to get this done. It's literally just right on the border of Hong Kong and China in Shenzhen and places like those are all over the place. I got a custom-made Balenciaga-style peacoat that was a cashmere and wool blend with a silk lining for $80 USD a few years ago from some random stand. The tailoring was impeccable.
In Hong Kong, Kowloon would be the place to be for this. Sam the Tailor is probably one of the most well known place among international folks for this. You can also keep your eye out for signs for tailors as you walk along Nathan Road (the main street that runs through Hong Kong) and all the alleys. With Hong Kong being the small, dense city that it is, some of the best shops aren't at street level, so you just have to keep an eye out for signs and go upstairs. When you go to a place, look at their sample pieces, inspect the stitching, look at fabrics, ask for prices, etc, and just go with your gut. A lot of things in Asia, you can haggle about, but this isn't one of them since the product isn't ready made and you don't want to chance them skimping on materials and quality. Maybe just a little bargaining. Remember -- you get what you pay for.
Have fun in Hong Kong! :)
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Depends on what quality of suit you looking for and how many pieces. Luohu District is a great place but some people get scam there so you could try your luck. Hong Kong is a place to find good bargains after looking at different shops you may find $300 to $1000 difference (of course the quality will be different as well)
Shop at Tsim Sha Tsui varies on what kind of shop you walk into. There are two types the shops, first kind on the streets (street level shops) they carry tailor made to the finest point with hundreds of fabrics and designs. These shops are well known for quality cutting and material, but they do not come cheap. A full three piece suit with dress shirt may come to a total of $4000HKD to $8000HKD. Then there are upstairs office building tailor shops, practically the same as the street level shops quality, but better price! The down side to them are slow at production and may not have newer designs. Same three piece suit with dress shirt could go from $2000HKD to $6000HKD depending on what material you looking for.
I am writing all this base on my experience shopping for Suits in Hong Kong. So i might be wrong on some of the things, but hope this helps someone. Hong Kong Welcomes you!
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you can check William Cheng & Son Custom Tailor, good quality custom made suits starting at about USD 450. Two friends of mine who live(d) in HK (still) buy their suits there.
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