Everyone has that friend who went to Hong Kong and came back with five custom suits for less than the price of one in the United States. Are the deals for real? Yes, but before you hit the road, a few rules of thumb: Make sure you have several days (a week is best) to see your suit from first fitting to finished product. Be exacting in your instructions, and stick with basic silhouettes and classic worsted wools. Here are the tailors to check out on your next trip to the Far East.
Suits at the most famous destination on Hong Kong's sartorial circuit start at around 250 and can be completed in about three days.
(94 Nathan Rd., Kowloon, Hong Kong, 852 2367 9423; samstailor.biz )
A basic made-to-measure at this venerable Indian-run establishment is comparable to an off-the-rack Savile Row suit and will cost you 250 and change.
(34 Cameron Rd., Kowloon, Hong Kong, 852 2366 7624; raja-fashions.com )
W.W. Chan Sons
The city's most luxe tailor is expensive by Hong Kong standards, but for approximately 1,300 the shop can deliver in one week a custom suit cut from Loro Piana fabrics.
(94 Nathan Rd., Kowloon, Hong Kong, 852 2366 9738; wwchan.com )