Shanghai tailors that will help you turn heads
We all know that custom duds are easy to come by in Shanghai. But what if you want something extra special? As much as we love them, the tailors at the fabric market at 299 Lujiabang Lu, and the quality of their materials, won't quite cut it if you're looking for a one-of-a-kind head-turning outfit.
Step up Shanghai's growing group of high-class, private tailors. When Shanghai’s growing class of nouveau riche need something to make even the best dressed among us double-take and scowl in envy, they head for these guys. Jing Daily picked up the trend and put up a post on Shanghai’s new love of bespoke threads.
The newest addition to the branded bespoke industry pack is Atelier by Louis Vuitton, the company’s first designer workshop in the world located at none other than Shanghai’s Plaza 66. Additionally, local branches of brands like Dunhill, Zegna and Fendi also offer bespoke services.
Shanghai Tang in Xintiandi also offers bespoke tailoring as part of its Mandarin Collar Society, according to the Jing Daily post.
You can get those services just about anywhere in the world though, so even in Shanghai you’ll be paying international prices. If you want to work with a local tailor for your next suit, two men to call are Dave and Tailor Chen.
Dave of Dave's Custom Tailoring (288 Wuyuan Lu, Lane 6, between Wulumuqi Lu and Wukang Lu 五原路288弄6号, 乌鲁木齐路和武康路之间) is something of a legend -- and should not be confused with the Dave’s Custom Tailoring in Shanghai Center. Dave's is considered one of the surest bets if you’re looking for bespoke wear. Owner Dave KC Shiung has been in the business for more than thirty years and offers fabrics at his store, so you don’t need to come with them in hand. Suits start from RMB 3,500 and can be done in anywhere from three to 10 days.
If you don’t mind buying your own fabric then Tailor Chen (tel +86 138 1738 3017) might be a slightly more affordable alternative, and one you don’t need to leave your house for. Chen will come right to your door, and merely asks you buy your material beforehand and he’ll make whatever you request. Expect to pay RMB 800 for a suit (not including material).