Bespoke Clothing + Accessories, Hong Kong
International Finance Center Mall
Tel: 852 2295 3833
Shop 311, Island Beverly Center
1 Great George Street
Tel: 852 3586 0478
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
5 Connaught Road
Tel: 852 2524 3317
18 Harcourt Road
Admiralty Centre, Tower 2, 1/F
Tel: 852 2136 9739
38 Cochrane Street
Tel: 852 2544 2456
Concierge.com's insider take:
The bespoke tradition continues in Hong Kong—especially for menswear and accessories—and the cost for custom pieces is very reasonable. Unfortunately for women, finding a tailor to make custom dresses and other womenswear is very tricky; most women's clothing requires several fittings over a period of weeks, and prices for well-made women's fashions are also much higher than for men's.
Ascot Chang, the local doyen of men's shirtmakers, now has four branches in Hong Kong, two in Shanghai, and one each in Los Angeles and New York. The International Finance Center store is conveniently close to the stock exchange and investment bank offices, perfect for a clientele that tends to buy its monogrammed bespoke shirts by the dozen. The shirts take just a few days to make, and prices begin at about $65. Ascot Chang also ships worldwide.
Super-popular with the young set, Colorful Workshop sells meticulously hand-painted and embellished canvas shoes and caps made to order in about a week, for around $70 a pop. On most days, one of the artistic sisters who own the store and do the painting is likely to be behind the counter. They keep afternoon and evening hours only; usually, the shop opens at about 3 p.m. and stays open until 11.
Mayer Shoes, which turns out custom men's and women's shoes and boots of every imaginable design, counts a series of former colonial governors, local tycoons, and foreign big shots (like Henry Kissinger) as loyal customers. The cobblers here are true wizards: If you bring in a photo of a pair of pumps or lace-ups you like, they can re-create them in just a few days. There's a good stock of fine leathers and exotic skins to choose from, in a full spectrum of colors; the fancier materials can be pricey. A pair of loafers in, say, alligator will set you back about $900.
Like your Louboutins but want them in other hues too? It's worth hauling your entire shoe collection to the cobblers at Liii Liii, who stock an extensive range of leather and exotic skins. Those in the know will recognize some of Hong Kong's bold-faced names nipping in to augment their designer-filled closets with these perfect copies. Custom orders can take three days but you can always have your new shoes shipped home.
Set free your inner Suzie Wong by purchasing a made-to-measure cheongsam or similar traditional Chinese garb at Linva Tailoring. Bring your own fabric or choose from Mr. Leung's colorful collection of quality silks in traditional shades. Expect to wait four days from initial fitting to follow-up, then another two to three weeks to complete the transformation, with shipping available worldwide.