There will always be a debate on what shop makes the best Bespoke suits. Or what cut is the best. What fabric is the best. But there’s little debate in regards to what cities are the best destinations for the sartorial arts. From Italy to Vietnam, the world has embraced the Bespoke lifestyle in the last 100 years. And today, it’s become not only a staple of fashion but tourism as well. Here are out pics for the best destinations for Bespoke Tailoring.
Bangkok is the perfect balance between western and Eastern tailoring. Offer western quality at eastern price points. Often using the same fabrics of their western colleagues. Bangkok has burst onto the international scene as the ASEAN center of commerce. It’s understandable that Bangkok leads the way in fine tailoring as well.
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It would be impossible to have a list without London included given its pedigree and impact on men’s global fashion. Always the trendsetter, London offers the world’s best tailoring destination, Savile Row. If you’re willing to pay the price for the best of the best, London should be high on your list. From presidents to entertainers, anyone that’s passionate about Bespoke fashion visits Savile Row in London.
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Italy is the Mecca for fine tailoring. Italian fashion is defined by fine details, slim cuts, and pure passion. And Naples is not only at the center of this but of Bespoke fashion. Italian cut suits have been some of the most highly sought after looks for decades. Solidifying Italian tailoring as a force to be reckoned with. Although Italian fashion houses are dominating the fashion landscape with ready to wear pieces, their Bespoke offerings are endless.
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Since the end of the Vietnam War, Vietnamese tailors have been on the global Bespoke radar. While very popular with backpackers, more refined Bespoke consumers are finding their way to Hoi An. And don’t forget shoes. Hoi An has some of the world’s best cobblers. Unfortunately, Vietnam doesn’t have the tourism infrastructure that all the other destinations on this list have. Making it a bit more difficult to visit. However, they surely make up for this fact in affordability and skill.
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The world’s most famous city will top most lists when it comes to fashion destinations. While British suits came from an era of militarism and elitism, American suiting embraced a more “mass” suiting. Today, NYC is still the worlds fashion capital and you’ll have no problem finding amazing Bespoke tailors. For the best in American suiting, New York reigns supreme.
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Once upon a time, Hong Kong’s tailoring industry rivaled Savile Row as the go to for the rich, famous, and powerful. While today it’s far from its former glory, a few legends remain that are still creating beautiful pieces for the modern man. Hong Kong’s tailoring community is as skillful as it is diverse. With sartorial brilliance hailing from cultures around the world.
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