Paul Anthony Second Tuxedo Fitting

[Original post April 2017 – Last Update March 2020]

During a recent trip to Patong Phuket, Thailand, Trevor Guilday and I wanted to find the best tailors the city had to offer. We had several needs to get a suit(s) and a tuxedo each for some events we had upcoming in Hong Kong and Macau. So the pressure was on!

From our initial research, we selected ten of the most highly rated tailoring houses in Patong based of Trip Advisor and Google Reviews. We then went to each shop and bought garments from custom shirts to tuxedos [and in the process massively blew out our budgets! When in Rome…].

Best Patong Thailand Tailors

Below are our top 5, please click for an individual and specific review of each:

  1. Suit Master – this is my personal favorite for a couple of reasons:
    1. Best selection of fabric (from entry-level to high-end mills)
    2. Most design options
    3. Best aftercare services and offerings, and
    4. Great at fitting larger / odd shaped men [like myself]
  2. RK Fashions – modern shop, with wonderful tuxedo cloths
  3. Star Tailor House – a large selection of fabrics for some fun dinner jacket options
  4. Exclusive Tailor – best cut for a slim man, and very close to Bangla Road
  5. Magnifique – fantastic lining options, with exquisite unlined jacket finishing

All five of these houses offered something slightly different, excluding the one most important common thread in that they were all great people.

I’d highly recommend all!

Even though they were not the cheapest on offer, they did offer by far the best value for money, but more on that later…

Quarter lined tweed jacked with purple piping

Things To Consider When Buying A Suit In Patong

When buying a suit in Patong, Thailand, or anywhere in Asia for that matter, there are several key things to consider:

  1. Timeline
  2. Need(s)
  3. Fit
  4. Budget

We’ll explore all four in a little more detail.

Your Timeline

Taking front of suit jacket measurment

Don’t clock watch, try to leave enough time to enjoy the custom suit experience.

Back “home” for me, being the USA a custom suit typically takes four to six weeks from initial measurements and ordering. Not all of us can / are away that long on vacation, so these guys can crank them out FAST!

I believe all of our top 5 have their workshops within the city of Patong itself, and some additional production facilities / fabric stores in Bangkok.

Some tailors can even offer an “overnight” service, but I’d strongly recommend against this if it can be avoided.

The five houses above all go through 2 – 3 fittings to get the jackets, trousers and shirts just right.  This is needed to make tweaks, especially for the first suit you have made, as this can be used as the template that you can order additional garments from in the future.

Trevor Guilday getting first bespoke suit fitting

Your Needs

If you’re like me and become an instant kid in a candy store as soon as you enter a tailor shop, you’ll need a plan / have an additional “fun” budget to satisfy your sartorial appetite.

Looking at bolts of fabric for suit jackets

I honestly can’t help myself, the struggle is real!

When you’re “accustomed” to paying well over $1,000 per suit, and can now have them in the $300 – $500 range it’s quite easy to get carried away.

Our recommendation is to go with the basics if you don’t have a strong “smart” wardrobe. You can never go wrong with a navy blue and / or charcoal grey suit. Then, if you have those covered, a black or more fashion forward navy blue tuxedo could / should be on your list. Finally, if you’ve reached this point / beyond that the sky is truly the limit!

Perfect fitting custom tuxedo on Trevor Guilday

With Magnifique’s owner Nick, a great guy like ALL the tailors / owners we met and worked with.

For example, I ended up getting a purple short suit, and Trevor got an ultra light-weight unlined travel blazer.

Custom Made Purple Linien Travel Suit

The one thing I would say, and this is directed to the already custom suit veteran, please don’t expect super high value cloths for this range as it’s just not economically viable. There are two costs to each suit: fabric cost and construction cost. So making a suit from four to six meters of $100 per meter fabric can’t make a $300 suit. They too have a business to run. In such a case, some of the shops offer higher grade fabrics, or like I did, take this lower cost opportunity to have a little fun and order something a little more crazy than you usually would!

Furthermore, to add to the two “cost components” above, all the the jackets were fused chest pieces, and none offered a floating canvas. Technically, a full floating canvas being better than a half canvas is optimal, as the garment “floats” and conforms to your body shape better than the cheaper / less time consuming fused option. In addition, if poor quality glue and / or canvasing material is used, “bubbles” on the fabric can appear after several wears / cleanings. Again, for the price point and turnaround times I find this to be an acceptable compromise [but not at the $100 -250 per suit level as too many corners have to be cut on both the fabric and construction ends of the two piece cost equation].

Getting The Optimal Fit

All men are NOT created equal.

Although Trevor and I are both over six foot, we could not be more different.

I on the one hand am a larger set gentleman, with a “pronounced” stomach, and not a butt to speak of, whereas Trevor is a Slim Jim with a big a**!

Big and Tall custom suit in Thailand

Thus, we are not going to look our best in the same cut, fit, and pattern clothing [adjusted for our size].

I’d highly recommend you read our 15 Minute Guide To A Correctly Fitting Suit, and if you have time read some of our more specific guides on what clothes suit your individual body style.

Even with that being said most of us men have other common “irregularities”. For example, most men do not have evenly sloped shoulders [Trust me. Walk down the street, and you’ll be shocked when you actually “see” this for the first time].

So with these two things in mind – both body shape and any individual irregularities – a custom tailor can work wonders to get you looking your best.

BUT, and a big but, you should come prepared with some idea of what you may want and how you may want it to fit. These Patong tailors fit hundreds of guys each year, all with different tastes of what the ideal suit is for them [even if they are quite frankly wrong!].

Further to, it can be hard to achieve certain elements of a well fitting suit without meeting your tailor in person. The big advantage of getting a suit made right here in Patong is that you’ll actually get to interact with the tailor! I, for example, have forward sloping shoulders and often have issues with excess chest piece fabric. However, being able to articulate this in real time with the tailor eradicated this issue.

Arm hole on suit getting tailors attention

The Suit Master tailor nailed my arm hole and sleeve pitch, bravo!

Stick To Your Budget [Unlike Me!]

I know budgets are meant to be broken! Or is that rules I’m thinking of? Maybe it’s both….

Regardless, it is quite easy to get carried away. Unlike in the USA and UK where most of the cost creep is in up-selling higher end fabrics, here the risk is more of getting more suits!

Long story short, set a budget based of both your lifestyle needs and income, then go from there.

Tailor adding up cost of custom cuits

In any case, you’re going to get a great deal, but don’t ruin that “value” by making overly extreme purchases that make no sense to you!

For me, I’m 100% okay with $300 on a purple short suit, but for someone else that only gets dressed up for weddings and funerals that’s most likely not the best use of $300 while traveling around Asia.

Best Value For Money – Final Recommendations

For me the best value for money was not the cheapest and / or the fasted but a mix of these four:

  1. Fit – ALWAYS #1 consideration, no matter if it’s a $5 suit from Goodwill [which I’ll happily wear], or a $10,000 true bench made bespoke suit from Savile Row [which I’m yet to own!]
  2. Fabric selection
  3. Cost
  4. Service / People

Perfect fitting custom tuxedo on Trevor Guilday

From reading what must have been several hundred reviews, and personally trying out the “Top 10” in Patong, with the right game plan in hand ALL of our Top 5 Patong Custom Tailors shall get you suited and booted in the right direction with enough spare change for a cocktail or two down on Bangla Road.

As a quick reminder, remember that these will take 3 – 5 days, cost about $300 – 500 [or more for higher end fabrics], and have fused construction of the suit jacket’s chest piece. I’d stick to these Top 5 we recommended or others from other ratings sites. Be wary of a deal that seems too good to be true, as some of the competition is in a race to the bottom where you’re the one that ends up losing!

The best “things” in life aren’t free, but they can be a little cheaper and more fun when buying a custom made suit in Patong Thailand!

Please click the following links for our full review on each of our favorite tailoring houses:

Perfect fitting custom tuxedo on Trevor Guilday

Both enjoying our custom blazers outside Wynn Macau

Best Custom Suit Tailors In Patong Beach Thailand
Reviewed by Paul Anthony, on .
"Our review of the top 5 custom suit tailors in Patong! We had custom garments made at more than a dozen custom suit shops in Phuket before narrowing it down to a list of the best tailors based on value for money."
Rating: 5.0 ★★★★★

About the Author:

Paul Anthony is the founder and creative director at Bespoke Unit. He has had a life long affair with design, watches, fragrance and clothing. Originally from England, he now lives in the USA splitting time between NYC & Philly. Favoring "British Style", but has an overall eclectic taste.


  1. Peter V October 20, 2017 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    Great article!!!

    I have a trip coming up in approximately 2.5 weeks in Phuket and I am highly considering getting a suit made during my stay there at that time. I will be staying 3 nights in the Karon area. As “Suit Master” seems to be the best fit for me based on your description, do you think a 3-4 day turnaround for a quality suit is realistic for this establishment?

    If am pushing the schedule too much, I would rather not get a suit as I do want good quality. Thank your help as it is appreciated.

    • Trevor Guilday October 23, 2017 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the question Peter!

      Yes, a 3-4 day turnaround time should be sufficient for getting a garment made at Suit Master including several fittings. I would recommend that you reach out to Suit Master via their online contact page before you arrive so that you can discuss your limited timeline and they should be able to accommodate you:

      Have a great trip!



      • Peter V October 23, 2017 at 12:13 pm - Reply

        Awesome. Thank you so much for your response.

        • Paul Anthony October 23, 2017 at 10:13 pm - Reply

          No worries Peter, anytime!

          Let us know if you have any further questions.

          – Trevor

  2. Jeremy November 30, 2017 at 6:57 am - Reply

    Hi, thanks for the great review. I’m planning a trip
    In late December. Planning to get a suit and gown or dress done for an upcoming family wedding. We’ll be staying at Patong. It’s really difficult to decide which tailor to visit. Who would you recommend. We’ll be there for about 3-4 days. Thanks mate.

  3. Tomo April 26, 2018 at 5:21 am - Reply

    Great Article,

    I had a couple of suits and shirts made at Instyle Tailors in Patong, they have done an incredible job and I loved their tailoring and the price wasn’t that high either.

    • Trevor Guilday April 26, 2018 at 9:06 am - Reply

      Hi Tomo,

      Thanks for the recommendation! We’ll have to check them out next time we are in Patong.


  4. San September 22, 2018 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Thanks for the article I’m interested in getting a tailored suit while in Phuket in November and your detailed reviews were very helpful. Although what makes me hesitate is the fused construction part. I’m not an expert here and I know even high fashion labels like Burberry make most of their over 1000€ suits fused or max half-canvassed. But I live in Germany and here you can get a decent made to measure half canvassed suit for 400-700€ so if all the suit jackets are completely fused in Phuket, I’m not sure if it’s really worth it. Would it make a lot of difference between fused construction and half canvas? I don’t want the suit to have bubbles on the surface after a while which happen to some cheap suits. From your experience does the quality last even after multiple times of dry cleaning and wearing? Also on the website of Exclusive Tailor it says all their suits are half canvassed. Was that true?
    I think I’ve asked more questions than I wanted to but I could barely find any information or reviews about this construction part online so I think your opinions will help me a lot!

    • Paul Anthony September 25, 2018 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      Dear San,

      Thank you for your questions.

      I think this raises an interesting question on the viability / appeal of the Thai tailor model going forward. Since the “custom” suit market has become so much more transparent, and disrupted the price difference has become much less / zero.

      Yes, of course you can still buy suits for 100-200 UDS while in Thailand, but they are total crap! The 5 tailors I reviewed all used decent quality fabric. But all only offer fused garments in Phuket (to the best of my current knowledge). Some like Suit Master offer a full and half canvas option from their Bangkok factories, but you wont get the garment in a couple of days.

      As for the benefits of half canvas over fused, it depends on the quality of the half canvas being used, the suit fabric your suing etc… It’s hard to isolate. A good guide is the old adage “you get what you pay for” (well unless you’re busing a 1,000 Burberry fused garment!)

      The biggest upside for me is the speed, and fit you’ll get in Phuket with a good tailor. After several fittings in 2-3 days with the tailor who is making your suit, you get the garment! Also you get to select from the many fabric options on show in all the shops.

      If you’re really happy with your tailor in Germany I’d say stick with them. If however you’re looking for something different / more edgy (I know most English / USA tailor, MASSIVELY up-charge for funky patterns, etc…) then Phuket is a great option.

      As for longevity, I try to avoid dry cleaning at all costs using a garment brushed or steam as no matter what the construction it kills clothes. If you must dry clean then yes a fused garment is much more likely to look bad. I have many many suit so think I’ve at most only had the reviewed suit dry cleaned once (and most never), so can’t attest to several runs through the gauntlet of dry cleaning.

      Hope that helps – Paul

  5. Pree November 23, 2018 at 5:35 am - Reply

    Hello Paul, do these guys easily cater for the female market in terms of suits?

  6. Orlando Reyes April 1, 2019 at 5:45 am - Reply

    The review in this article for the suit master is misleading. By reading it, you’d think they only cater to the big and tall. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’m 5’9 of athletic build and I can tell you, Peter (The suit master) can work with all shapes and sizes. Not only that, you are more likely to find those hard to acquire fabrics that everyone else says they can’t get. His attention to detail is unchallenged and his passion for ensuring you receive the finest quality suit created, is guaranteed. As a highly critical consumer, I care most about service after the sale. With Peter, I couldn’t be happier. He ensures that you are completely happy with your purchase, and if there should be anything that needs correcting, he handles it quickly. If you are in Phuket, and are looking for a respectable and trustworthy tailor, look no further than the Suit Master.

    • Charles-Philippe April 1, 2019 at 6:19 am - Reply

      Hi Orlando,

      Sorry if it sounds like Suitmaster only caters to big and tall gents as that wasn’t at all the intention! Our other staff member who had a suit from him is 5’10” and was very happy with his garments too.

      We highly rate Peter and his team for all shapes and sizes and I’m delighted to hear that you agree!



  7. Craig June 7, 2019 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Great article.

    What would be a reasonable price for business
    shirts tailored in Phuket? Looking for no iron style fabric. I still have shirts made in Karon from 8 years ago and look new.

    I may have paid $15-$20 AUD in 2011..


    • Charles-Philippe June 11, 2019 at 9:29 am - Reply

      Hi Craig,

      I’m afraid that I don’t remember off the top of my head. I suggest contacting them via Facebook or Instagram as they have a good online presence.



  8. Al Neime September 11, 2019 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Great review on tailors in Phuket and details about each tailor. Good comparisons as well between the top 5 tailors.
    I have 5 custom made suits in high-end fabrics – they are great and very well made. Unfortunately I have reduced from a size 42 to a size 36. Which tailor could do alter these expensive garments and what would be the approximate costs if the lining and fabric is all the same?


    • Charles-Philippe September 12, 2019 at 1:25 am - Reply

      Hi Al Neime,

      I’m afraid that I wouldn’t know the prices. I recommend that you ask Peter from Suitmaster and I’m sure he’ll happily sort you out.

      All the best,


  9. Mark Struve December 10, 2019 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    Thank you for writing this article!

    I read this article back when I was in Thailand. After seeing all the suit shops, I decided to see if buying a suit in Thailand was a good idea. It was not my intention to buy a suit on my trip but after reading this article I decided to give Peter at Suit Master a call.

    Peter picked us up from the hotel and drove us to his shop. From the moment we stepped into Suit Master we were treated like VIP’s. The staff had drinks ready. The shop has many fabric options.

    Peter really knows his suits!. He made recommendations and explained the options. Prices were reasonable, and the quality looked excellent, so I decided to purchase. On my first visit they took all of my measurements and the next day I came back for a second fitting to make sure it was perfect. Peter and his staff are great at what they do, their level of professionalism impressed me.

    I had them ship to me in WA, everything arrived in perfect condition. I have continued to order from Peter. The quality is always great and his prices are very fair. I bought 90% of my work attire from him. Peter takes trips to the US to do measurements for clients. I invited him to come visit my team in Washington. About 10 coworkers ordered suits and they all are very happy.

    Thanks again for your article. I have found an amazing tailor that I will use for life!

    • Charles-Philippe December 11, 2019 at 5:52 am - Reply

      Hi mark,

      I’m really happy to hear about your fantastic experience! Glad that you had a great time and that you even invited him back tailor your coworkers! That’s wonderful!

      All the best,


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