Get a copy.
Once you’ve gone through the paper-pattern experience and actually have a bench-made suit, it becomes easier to get your next superior custom suit at an earthbound price. Tailors in Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Singapore, and Hong Kong – where the excellent century-old A-Man Hing Cheong company works out of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel – can turn a suit around remarkably fast, provided you arrive at their office with a suit for them to copy. They usually have two fittings (they can sometimes do these two days apart), then discreetly send your suit to the States in the mail in order to avoid customs duties.
If you are referred to an Asian tailor visiting the States, again, be sure to bring the bespoke suit you already have. The specialty of these tailors has less to do with house style and more to do with satisfying the precise expectations of their clients. They’ll offer you a chance to duplicate the success you had with your first suit without duplicating the cost.Back to top