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I know of two Rajawongse a couple of shops past the landmark hotel heading towards Soi 4 and Barons on the opposite side of the road between Soi 3&5 or 5&7 both close to Nana station.

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5 minutes ago, Cutty Shark said:

Thank you for the suggestions.  Raja's website looks good and I will try it.

I have friends who were very happy there, but years and years ago

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Had a suit made by Rajawongse.  I am slim with narrow sholders and one slightly higher than the other (from being hit int he back by a cricket ball as a boy).  The trousers are fine but despite numerous fittings he was unable to produce a jacket that fell cleanly when butonned and unbuttoned.  No doubt he will do a good job if you have a moe classical build.

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On 1/26/2022 at 12:17 PM, Etaoin Shrdlu said:

Raja's, near the Nana BTS station, has served the expat business community and US embassy staff for decades. 

 

https://www.rajasfashions.com

Thats who I used the last time I ordered a Tailored suit... 

 

However, IMO...  I didn’t find the ‘quality’ of a tailored suit exceptional or anything special.

 

IF someone is a normal build a decent suit off the rack may be a better option - with the last couple of suits I purchased I spent a coupe of days looking around, trying suits on - then waited a few days for minor adjustments.

 

This was more expensive than a Tailored suit because of the brand, but both suits were much much better than the Tailored suits I have used in the past. 

 

 

Tailors I have used: Raja (as above) on the corner of Sukhumvit Soi 4 and also Narry at the Sofitel Lad Prao (at the time, which is now Centra Grand Lad Prao).

 

 

 

 

 

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Used to always  go to Indian tailor  for many years,    great selection of material,  expert service,  and not expensive.   

Forget  his name,  but  opposite  Ambassador Hotel  on Sukhumvit Rd,,    If your on the  Ambassador Hotel side of the road,   cross over  on the overhead pedestrian walk       outiside  hotel,   turn right   on reaching footpath, and  his shop  about   5 metres   along.

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Raja,  jesse at rong... & gullatis  are all 3  GULLatti family brothers.

 

in 1980,  all ran in 1 shop, called raja's where jesse is now

 

 

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Jesse has suited up 2 or 3 USA PRESIDENTS in his shop.

we were all cleared out by security while he did them up.

 

these shop owners/tailors do not actually do the suit tailoring, they just do all the initial and second fittings and measurements and final fittings on delivery.

they all have off-premise shop houses to make the clothes,

usually with chinese-thai actual tailors and staff.

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I have use Raja (Jesse) and I didn't like the work they did on the trousers. The shop I use is Emporium Tailors, they are located on Sukhumvit 29-31 right across Soi 22 just before the Brazilian Steak house. Vini is a good guy, if I had any problems, he would correct them. Here's there website.

http://www.emporiumtailors.com

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1 hour ago, Tropposurfer said:

Superb French trained Master tailor Narin @ Narin Couture: http://www.narin-couture.com/

All clothes are made in-house by hand by a small expert group of Thai tailors under the supervision of Narin himself, who also cuts and sews your garments. 

If you don't really se what i say here as inpoertant and relevant to your sartorial needs then by all means go and explore the tonnes of Indian tailors all over BKK.

Be warned - most tailors in BKK and all over LOS (except perhaps in small towns) farm their manufacturing out to factories that manufacture for a large number of shopfronts.

Everyone, but the very best (very few) tailors in Bangkok all do this.

These clothes are (on the spectrum of clothes making) some of the worst crafted clothes you can possibly buy.

 

A suit not only must 'fit you', but must be cut in a way that produces a balance in volume and line between jacket and pants. Most of the tailors in BKK haven't got a clue about such fine elements as this.

I know because I bought suits from a well known Western gentleman owned establishment in Chit Lom ... recommended to me as good many years ago and when I put them on, every suit was a different cut! They seemed to fit at first glance, but the volume of the pants to the coat cut was terrible, and, within 18 months of wearing the suit about once a week the warping I speak of below began and I had to literally give the suit away to a charity. It took me some years of expensive learning from such beginner (previously always an off the rack buyer) mistakes to train my eye and understanding of such things. Going to Narin will see him do all this for you, his eye is impeccable!

Other such debacles of cheap tailors in BKK can be told but the above experience is a good example of what to expect if you use factory made clothes shop.

Why? did and do these suits make a bad investment apart from the subtleties of cut and balance ... All suit jackets are lined with a skeleton / carcass but in these cheap BKK factory shops these separate parts on the jacket are glued together so as to marry the materials to cover the poor workmanship.

This results in drying-out of the glue resulting in/rippling, cracking of the glue, warping, shrinking, and sagging which of course ruins the suit.

This deterioration can happen very rapidly with seasonal temperature changes and normal body heat transferring through the layers of cloth. The stitching can also be poorly attended to and under stress the garments come apart, and it will eventually always happen!

Areas such as side seams on pants are more than often gathered/wrinkled, the fly and front gusset areas don't marry effectively, the rear waist/hip band gusseting also is usually crudely done, hems likewise. Jacket upper chest/shoulder areas have diagonal creases because the cloth has simply not been measured, cut, and joined correctly - poor 1st and 2nd fitting skills show here.

 

Good suits on the other hand are made so well that the carcass drapes inside the outer and liner and is only tacked in position in a few places ...  just one of the critical factors in the making of a well made suit.

 

While I am by no means a couturier I am a man of good taste and have spent a lot of my life learning from Master tailors such as Narin. I'm fortunate enough to have been able to have clothes made for me from the very best of London tailors e.g Gieves and Hawkes, Richard James and on to the exclusive houses por homme in Paris e.g Louis Feraud.  

While you may think you are getting a bargain by paying $300 for a suit you'll definitely get what you have paid for and within a year if you're lucky to get a year out of the bag-of-fruit before it hangs atrociously on you.

 

Remember too there are a lot, a huge amount of counterfeit things in LOS, suit fabrics are no exception ... and while a tailor will show you a bolt of fabric with a marque name on its bordering/trace this will more than likely be a cheap counterfeit cloth in a cheap priced shop.

 

Narin never cuts corners, is passionate, dedicated, and guarantees his work to be the finest. He makes for the most well-to-do Thai clients and has a large overseas clientele so you can't go wrong.

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4 hours ago, ehs818 said:

Try Gulatis on Sukhumvit, Near the corner of Soi 3. Great quality, suits last forever!

I used to use  them a lot between 1990 to 2010..They were pretty good

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Majestic Taylors been using them for decades. The clothes outlast any other I have owned. 

110-110/1 Sukhumvit Rd. English is spoken 

majestictaliors.com

 

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I can recommend:
 
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89 Soi Sukhumvit 57, Thong Lo Place Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Mon - Sat: 10am – 9pm
Sun: 11am – 7pm

+662-130-6575
[email protected]

 

I bought a suit and 2 shirts 11y ago. That time they were in Suk 11. I still wear all upon today. Shirts and suit still looks very good. Far from worn out. Other shirts i bought here, after a few years, the neck piece start to get dirty or even damaged but not those from There.

 

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14 minutes ago, Foexie said:
I can recommend:
 
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89 Soi Sukhumvit 57, Thong Lo Place Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Mon - Sat: 10am – 9pm
Sun: 11am – 7pm

+662-130-6575
[email protected]

 

I bought a suit and 2 shirts 11y ago. That time they were in Suk 11. I still wear all upon today. Shirts and suit still looks very good. Far from worn out. Other shirts i bought here, after a few years, the neck piece start to get dirty or even damaged but not those from There.

 

11 years ago! Perhaps  they are back in fashion  now!

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I've used George on Sukhumvit 3-1 (new location) for years. He and his son are great and are fair and honest.

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@ richardSmith     'shoot-from-the-hip' comments.

   why the stupid , I know-it-+all,  comment reply.

 

I 1st met Jesse in his shop in 1979.

have used him ever since.

His father came here from india.

in the 70's their 1st shop was in udon  with the us military personnel as customers.

the moved to bangkok in late 7.'s.

 

YES, actual USA presidents came for fittings at his suk. shop.

many pix and signed thanks notes on walls.

I have since travelled vacations with hin in france, usa and canada.

he owns the hotel over his shop, and recently developed the C.. residences hotel and prime indian restaurant off suk soi 15 or 17.

he told me of the presidents' visits on one of the many visits I make to his shop.

also has major clientelle from the us & canada  embassy and military peoples.

 

I am married to a thai lady now 40 years and own and operate a multitude of businesses and properties in thailand.

should you want to call out another's comments,  first check your facts,  or keep them to yourself.

 

jim

 

 

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No.

 

One -- and only one -- US president went to Rajawongse for a suit: George H.W. Bush, way back in the late 80s or early 90s.

 

Everything else on their walls is fake -- just pictures that Rajawongse has printed off of the internet and signed themselves.

 

Please use common sense. If people like Barack Obama and David Cameron were really getting suits getting polyester suits made at this notorious tourist trap, wouldn't you think someone would have noticed at the time? Or even taken a picture?

 

https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/blog/2012/11/18/president-obamas-first-stop-asia-thailand

 

According to the White House itself, Barack Obama visited Thailand only once and stayed less than one full day. You really think he snuck in a visit to Rajawongse between meeting with the King and having dinner with the prime minister? Without anyone noticing?

 

And since when to US presidents, UK prime ministers, etc. hand out signed photographs of themselves to the owners of stores they shop in? I've never seen that anywhere else in the world, yet supposedly numerous US presidents, UK prime ministers, etc. keep making these secret, undetected trips to Rajawongse -- and they all just happen to be carrying signed photographs with them! Special for Jesse and Victor!

 

Again, please use common sense. This is all just a sales trick for the Nana sexpats who stumble drunk into the shop and then get thrilled by the idea of being able to tell people back home they got a suit made by "Barack Obama's tailor" or "Tony Blair's tailor" or whatever.

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Scrubbing Rajawongse off the list then for telling porky pies 🤣

 

I'm also interested in getting a suit and some shirts made when I'm in Bangkok but not sensing much consensus from the comments so far. I'm on the short and stocky side so off-the-peg stuff doesn't work that great for me.

 

Going to agree with TheHammer2021 (probably the only time ever) that the Narin website is very poor....when it finally loads. Doesn't instill confidence, despite Tropposurfer's positive comments. 

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Most Tailors in Bangkok are "cloth salesmen" and farm it all out.

 

No experience but this lot get half decent reviews.

 

Woody Harrelson even got a suit made there!

 

https://www.facebook.com/TailorOnTen/photos/its-woody-harrelson-granted-the-chaps-were-having-a-bit-of-a-fanboy-moment-here-/3167057493364570/

 

https://www.tailoronten.com/

 

P.S They are actually located on the left hand side half way down Sukhumvit Soi 8.

 

To add.. I stumbled on the this place - they make hand made shoes:

 

http://bellshoeshandmade.com/

 

https://www.instagram.com/bellshoeshandmade/?hl=en

 

 

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