In Phuket as in all of Thailand there are lots of tailors. We went to a couple of get an idea on price – quite hard to do as they are quite pushy and want to sell sell sell.
We found one that looked good and went back the following day but found the process to be a bit of a problem.
We decided on the fabric for some shirts (this can take a while) and then got measured.
Then it was time to pay a deposit. The man then decided that the visa machine did not work and wanted cash. We did not have any cash on us so they then went out and decided they could use someone else's machine. Probably another shop close by?
Then he was going on and on about a 7% fee he got charged and wanted to charge 100% of the price upfront.
So after 2 hours all up or close to it I got pissed off and left the place never to return.
We had enough of tailors for that day
Next day we went out again and found a new tailor called “Thomas Exclusive Style”
I am not sure how the process works exactly, but it looks to me that this guy gas the fabric and then he has people who make the products from his stock.
Pam & I both bought some tailored clothing from this man. Every time we go back to his shop he tries again to upsell us something else – and every time the price gets better.
I bought 6 shirts (+1 free) + 3 pairs of pants for 9,000 Baht.
Got upsold 2 more pairs of pants for 2,000 Baht.
Got upsold 3 more shirts for 1,800 Baht.
This was it – no more now – all up about 12,800 Baht.
Pam had quite a few things made and also ended up buying some more.
The process basically goes like this
- You look for some fabric and decide what you like – colour, texture, pattern
- You get measured
- You pay a deposit
- They make one of the items and you come back the next day to try to try it. So 1 shirt, 1 pant.
- They then make any alterations if you want them to and a day or so later you pick them up.
- Pay the balance
They seem to work 7 days a week – always looking for the next customer.