we just got back from BKK yesterday night and it was a nice break from work. although to be honest, i don’t think we really had a good rest cuz we were always rushing to go somewhere! short trip, 4D3N. tons of good food. the best was the “zi char” at chinatown. AWESOMEEEE. i am drooling just thinking about it. :p and also, birds’ nest was quite cheap. 200bht for a rather huge bowl with lots of yummy birds’ nest in it. i tabao-ed a packet to have it for breakfast the next day. hahaha.
ok ok. so our main objective was to get G suited up! we already have a suit from Silhouette but that is a metallic grey one, more suitable for night. so we thought to get him an off-white/cream suit for the day. we went to Crown Tailor the moment we touched down (Saturday). selected the colour+fabric for the suit (8000bht) and fabrics for the shirts (options of 1000bht, 1200bht & 1500bht). G got measured, we selected the finishes for the shirts (e.g. types of collars, cuffs etc) and suit (slim cut, vents, number of pockets etc). paid a 50% deposit and were told to come back on Monday for a fitting.
the fitting on Monday went okay. the sleeves of the jacket was not yet done but i guess they wanted G to wear the shirt (which fitted perfectly!) so we can gauge how the jacket will fall. only thing was, we had to wait for the couriers to bring in the shirts which was a waste of time… could have spent it shopping instead of waiting aimlessly. the pants also fit well, except that it was a little long on G so we asked them to alter it. again, then told to come back on Tuesday at 11.30am (our flight back to SG was 7.40pm on the same day).
we went back on Tuesday at about 1+pm. and guess what – the shirts were not there yet! can you imagine if we went at 11.30am and had to wait – i would have flipped the tables. we did tell them we had a flight to catch. so after waiting for 10-20mins+ for the courier (they kept saying it will be here soon), we said we would get some food before coming back. we took our time and headed back to the shop. everything was finally in – with the exception of one shirt (we ordered 3 shirts + 1 suit). the tailor said he does not have the fabric for the 3rd shirt we ordered. we were abit ??? because he could have easily told us on Monday or even on Saturday (we waited for him to call and confirmed that he has the fabric for the suit, given that we wanted a cream colour). so that’s another minus.
anyway, long story short. we tried on the jacket. it was too long and the sleeves were too big on G! i guess it’s a matter of personal preference because we went with our friends who also made a suit and the cut of the sleeves were exactly the same. G needs to grow some major biceps to fit those sleeves lah. so we told them to alter the jacket and ship it back to SG. the tailor first quoted us 800bht for shipping – i felt it was abit too expensive given that we told him exactly what we wanted and they measured G! i don’t get how it still doesn’t fit him lah. and also the shirt that was missing. and the fact that we had to keep coming back. i guess i am fine with that if we had an additional day to spare but we read some great reviews of their fast and accurate turnaround… so i’m a little disappointed.
in the end, we negotiated to split the shipping costs (for the third shirt + jacket) and i got them to make an additional black shirt. since we’re shipping… might as well.
so here’s how G looks!
okay, i am also happy with how the cream suit turned out. it can be a tricky colour so i’m really really pleased that it came out well.
for those TL;DR – Crown had quite decent service. shirts were perfect, no alteration needed. pants was a tad long but nothing the local tailors can’t alter (if it really comes to that). the jacket was well made too, with the exception of the sleeves (too balloony and long). turnaround time was about 3-4days but for suits, i really think that having an extra day would be good. it’s cheap too – we spent about SGD500+ (inclusive of shipping) for 1 suit and 4 shirts.
Crown Tailor: 13 Sukhumvit Road Soi 8