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Default Bangkok Suit Tailors...Advice Please.

Unlike most travellers to Bangkok who get suits made from scratch, i plan on taking vintage clothing (mainly suits) and get them reduced down to size...can anyone recommend an ALTERATIONS EXPERT ( if there is such a person/shop) in Bangkok ? While i am interested in getting the suits altered, i would like to get suit shirts made from scratch...so if anyone can recommend an alterations expert and a shirt maker that would be brilliant....i probably cant afford a for a bespoke master tailor...but i dont want dodgy/cheap tailoring either.

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You really shouldn't have a problem finding a tailor in BKK! There are many on Ko San Rd and also at Chatuchak market. I've heard good things about the guys on Ko San and their English is really good so you won't have a problem communicating what you need done. It's a very touristy area though so remember so bargain them down on price!!... Lower than you think is my motto when shopping at markets! Good luck!

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One tip - tell them you live here (even if you don't). I had suits made in Bangkok before that fell apart very quickly (after maybe a dozen wears and one dry clean). When they know you might come knocking on their door and/or may be back for repeat business you should get better service.

Many of the tailors here with obvious street shops are Indian - they cater mainly to tourists and in my opinion give very inferior results. Look out for a less obvious Thai tailor (or tailoress is more likely) - good price and good work I have found.

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One tip - tell them you live here (even if you don't). I had suits made in Bangkok before that fell apart very quickly (after maybe a dozen wears and one dry clean). When they know you might come knocking on their door and/or may be back for repeat business you should get better service.

Many of the tailors here with obvious street shops are Indian - they cater mainly to tourists and in my opinion give very inferior results. Look out for a less obvious Thai tailor (or tailoress is more likely) - good price and good work I have found.

KhwaamLap- Is there a particular tailor you recommend ? As i mentioned i would be looking for alteration work mainly.

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Thumbs down One more thing about Tailoring in Thailand..

One other thing...i will be looking for good quality heavier wool-gabardine fabric to get a couple of shirts made...do they have good quality gabardine there ?...the heavy weight kind that falls nicley.

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You really shouldn't have a problem finding a tailor in BKK! There are many on Ko San Rd and also at Chatuchak market. I've heard good things about the guys on Ko San and their English is really good so you won't have a problem communicating what you need done. It's a very touristy area though so remember so bargain them down on price!!... Lower than you think is my motto when shopping at markets! Good luck!
Avoid Khao Sarn, in my opinion. I wouldn't want to buy anything here, that I wanted to last for more than a couple of days. It's the street where all 'want to be' backpackers gather, and that's where most scams are going on.

Better do as KL said, find a nice, serious thai shop on a 'not-so-touristy' street. Get a guide (an honest one, if possible) to help you find the shop and translate.

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If there's an Indian/Bangladesh guy with slick hair reaching out to shake your hand as you're casually walking down the street, keep walking, as he will probably overcharge you alot! (Sorry for my prejudice, but that's the way I see it)

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If there's an Indian/Bangladesh guy with slick hair reaching out to shake your hand as you're casually walking down the street, keep walking, as he will probably overcharge you alot! (Sorry for my prejudice, but that's the way I see it)
Thanks for all your tip...i've been reading about crown tailors...they may be too high-end but i will pay them a visit and see what happens.


thanks agian guys..

hmmm...getting a good guide for Bangkok, how does one go about finding one i wonder..

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One other thing...i will be looking for good quality heavier wool-gabardine fabric to get a couple of shirts made...do they have good quality gabardine there ?...the heavy weight kind that falls nicley.

Cheers
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How far are you altering? There are limits. Also depends on what you mean by down to size. The more extreme the better the work needs to be. After a point it stops being alteration and starts being a total recut of the suit.

If you're looking for certain fabrics why not bring your own? There must be a shop that does CMT. Cut mesure and tailor of customer fabric.

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Can't really recommend any place - been a long time since I've bought a tailored suit here (off the peg at Big-C is fine). However check out this Bangkok & Thailand Scams - Thai Gem & Tailor Scams - James Fashion Taylor Scamas one to avoid. One post there list six rules which seem pretty good advice - I'll repeat the post here just incase the link goes dead:

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(1) Do not enter enter any shop that has touts out front. A tout out front is a sure sign of worse pressure inside.

(2) Do not follow recommendations from taxi driver or bellboy. They can't afford tailor made clothes, so they don't know quality or value. But they will get a commission, which you will pay in the price of your order.

(3) Select a tailor _inside_ a 5-star hotel. If a tailor shop is dodgey, it won't last very long in the hotel.

(4) Select a tailor shop where the staff is _not_ East Indian. That means, the staff is Chinese-Thai. There are only a few such shops in Bangkok, perhaps 1% or less of all tailor shops. (East Indians reading this may feel offended. Volunteers in the "politically correct thought police" may feel outraged and complain to the moderators. I do not apologize for this fact: you will have a lower chance of being cheated by Chinese-Thai tailors, than by East Indian tailors)

(5) Select a tailor shop outside tourist areas. If you don't know the city, that will be awkward, but possible. Easiest is at a big shopping mall in the suburbs. The best malls for that purpose are named, "The Mall" -- a chain of malls all around Thailand, with several locations in Bangkok. Remember, in the suburbs, _not_ in tourist areas. If you see more than a few other Caucasians, you are not yet in the suburbs.

(6) Select a shop that displays Thai government uniforms in the window. That indicates they have Thai local customers. It will be impossible to find this sort of display in any tourist areas. Must go to the suburbs.
2000B is way too much for a shirt, and how do you know it is silk, did you do the ring test. I would dispute gain with your credit card and tell them they took the money unauthorised. Yet again you need to do your research extremely well.... Thai/Chinese are the best people to deal with in Thailand. I would send an e mail to James Tailors and copy and paste this site, mention there name is on Bangkok scams, also other sites as being unscrupulous as well. With prices like this your better of going to LL Bean in Maine at least you get what you pay for
If you meander down Sukhumvit you will see dozens of tailors. Most have touts outside - these are to be avoided. If you actually see through a window people sewing garments, then that's probably the place for you. Try a small purchase first and go back if it works out. Most tailors don't actually tailor at all here - they make a great show of measuring then, but most of it mass manufactured in a factory. Some better ones (slightly) may them make alterations in a second fitting.

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