Sartorial perfection is something that eludes many of us gentlemen. Mostly, it's just down to not knowing what we want or how to get it. Unlike many other cities, visiting a tailor in Hong Kong isn't a huge deal or whimsy of the elite – the city has a rich history in bespoke men's clothing that caters to all tastes and wallet densities. Here's some of our favourites whether you're getting suited up for the members club or just heading out to a particularly nice bar.
The best tailors in Hong Kong
A Hong Kong institution since 1952 and hailing from the golden generation of Shanghainese – the Red Gang – that created Hong Kong's reputation for outstanding tailoring has maintained their high-standard throughout the years by insisting on hand-stitching over machines to create truly artisanal pieces.
Run by third-generation brothers Nick and Bobby Daswani, Bobby's Fashions is your go-to place for a superb tailoring experience. If you're comfortable with leaving things to the experts, Bobby's Fashions has over 120 professional consultants, as well as master cutters and tailors who personally handcrafts all garments at a local workshop in Hong Kong. As for those who may have a few design ideas of their own, you'll have the opportunity to customise every detail of your garment to match your needs. From the cut, fit and finishing touches to the usage of threads, pocket sizes or even collar design, Bobby's Fashions houses over 20,000 fabrics from some of the finest mills around the world, so there's more than plenty for you to choose from.
The quintessential Italian tailoring experience – all the suits here use Italian fabrics and are handmade in Naples before being sent back for fittings. It's an exhaustive process but you can't really put a price or time limit on authenticity. This is a far cry from the in-out tailoring experience. Consultation slots are very limited so plan way in advance. Trust us though, it's worth the effort.
While Hong Kong is known widely for the 24-hour suit, Empire International Tailors refuse to rush their creations. Featured in the New York Times, CNN, and more, the iconic family run-shop has been around since 1983. With customers from around the globe, Empire’s jet setting tailors are also known for their frequent pop-up trunk shows across the United States, Canada, and Australia. They've become known in the city for their incredible attention to detail, you'll go through at least three fittings to make sure everything is perfect before you get your suit.
Three generations totalling 60 years of experience makes Raja Fashions one of Hong Kong’s longest-standing bespoke tailors in the city, earning a global reputation with the motto ‘perfection, elegance and splendour’. Raja oversees its own workshops, enlists top tailors and also boasts a dizzying collection of fabrics. For customers and tourists who are in a rush but still want a tailor-made suit, Raja can offer a 24-hour turnover. Go in during the morning, pick out what you want, return several hours later for a fitting and you’ll have your completed garment the following morning.
Hola’s ambience makes you feel like you’ve been transported back to a clandestine speakeasy of the Prohibition era, where drinks flow and the haberdashery never ends. If you need a suit to match your whisk(e)y, this is the place to go. Select from a handsome variety of patterned and dandy ready-to-wear suits, or speak to designer Raymond Lun for something tailor-made. The suits here are ideal if you're bored of the more run-of-mill patterning and designs and want to project yourself a bit more.
The future is here. Ditching the tape measure for a partially automated tailoring service, Gay Giano is a glimpse into the future of tailoring – whether you find that great or depressing is really down to your take on the automisation of many once sacred professions. That aside, there's no doubt it's pretty cool. So how does it work? Well, really many of steps are the same as any other tailor – consultation to decide what style and fabrics you want and the production of the clothes are still done by actual homo sapiens. The thing that sets Gay Giano apart is the 'measuring pod', which scans your body, taking over 120 measurements in 30 seconds meaning the end product's fit will be perfect – according to science.
With an option board detailing the choices on making your clothes – Cuffs' agenda is firmly on making sure you get exactly what you're looking for. Customers can choose everything from fabrics, collars (wide spread, straight point, slim, button-down) cuffs, trims, buttons, plackets (normal, French) and fit (classic, tailored, super slim). Cuffs constantly updates its choices of fabrics and buttons for a fresh look.
Although the Armoury offers plenty of beautiful ready-to-wear options from some of the best makers in the world, it's their custom and bespoke offerings that are truly spectacular. They have artisans who can help you get not only the perfect suit, but also shoes and accessories. It's a painstaking process, with The Armoury only working with some of the best known tailors and designers in the industry meaning this is a long and often expensive affair. But the fact is, at the end you'll likely have the best suit you'll ever own.