Shanghai Fabric Market
As a new Shanghai resident, I had to tell you about one of the most essential place of the city – except from the Bund – called the fabric market. It is the best place you can dream of to make all the tailored clothes you are missing. I personally tested for you the Lujiabang Road fabric market – metro Nanpu Bridge – where you can find hundreds of tailors and seamstresses. The best advice I can give you first is to go all over the building and its 3 floors to see what kind of clothes are available. Nevertheless, if you don’t find what you are looking for or if you have a really precise model in the lead, just bring with you a picture of it. The fabric market tailors will certainly have the ability to match your expectations.
Following friend’s recommendation, I have decided to go to “Milano Tailor”. Their corner is located on the ground floor, on the left side when you enter in the building. I suggest you to ask for Kate Xu. She will be able to inform you precisely on styles, cuts and fabrics. Give her only 10 minutes and she will take all the measurements she needs.
I was personally looking for a made-to-measure duffle coat and blue navy velvet jacket. The cut was evidently perfectly adjusted to my bulk and I have been surprisingly pleased by the quality of the fabric and the finish done with great care, particularly for buttons and internal pockets – see pictures below.
To try your tailored clothes, you will have to wait only one week after the day you ordered them. If you are okay with the shape and the cut, you can go back home with them immediately, but if you want to adjust some elements, you can get them back from the morning after.
I already plan to go back there next-end and I will certainly yield to an old fancy. I would like to order my first tailored tuxedo and pretend to be a respectable trucker. If you don’t want to be much extravagant, you can also order made-to-measure shirts and suits for unbeatable prices.