A Popular Souvenir
A hugely popular thing to do in Thailand is have custom clothing made. Tailors are densely populated in the big cities of Bangkok and Chiang Mai leaving you with a lot of homework to do in advance to pick a good one or if you aren't picky, the convenience of them being everywhere.
My husband had planned to get a suit in Chiang Mai and had researched topped reviewed tailors before our arrival. The top tailors were so busy that many times we were not even acknowledged when we entered and even when we stood around for 10 minutes or more. Totally understandable that they were swamped. With so many other options, we decided why not spread it around a little, right?! I'm glad we did.
Our Choice & Perks of Bespoke Clothing
We ended up at the ultra-friendly New Moda Custom Tailors located at 50/1 Changklan Road near the Night Bazaar. We dealt primarily with Lucky and his uncle and they were really nice people. I think my husband is more knowledgeable than the average person on having suits made because he has had several made at this point and when we asked them questions they answered honestly. Some shops that we visited always told us what we wanted to hear, but when their samples were inspected... they told a completely different story. That gives us a bad vibe, so we didn't do business in places like that. On the other hand, Lucky was straightforward and that honesty is appreciated!
When having a suit made for you, you have the opportunity to return several times for fittings to ensure the fit is exactly what you want by the time it is complete. It's incredible what they can do in a short few days, and if you have more time it is better to get everything really tweaked.
Rather than buying off the rack and needed to get things altered, you are buying only things that you love and specifically want/need in your wardrobe. The cost is a great savings. It's more than the 85% off sale you may find at a department store, but it's far less than retail on a suit (dress, shirt, whatever) you would pick up at regular price that fits you horribly. Just saying. ;-)
Two Tips for Choosing a Tailor
No matter what tailor you go to, I recommend two things, mainly:
1. Feel comfortable with them. If you don't feel comfortable, don't do business there. If you get on well you will have fun in the process and they will be more likely to enjoy their work for you also which results in a better outcome!
2. If you are very particular, review those things several times. Make sure they take sufficient notes and sketches of your requests. (i.e., ticket pocket, double vent, and so on)
Finding New Moda
So if you're heading to Chiang Mai and want to have a suit, dress, or something else made, I can really recommend New Moda Custom Tailors.
If you want to check them out more see below:
New Moda on TripAdvisor
New Moda Website
New Moda Facebook
Hope that helps!
They also save your measurements so if you want to order again from your home country, you can. Or if you never go to Chiang Mai in person, you can still send your measurements to them and they will make you something great!