Whether you’re visiting Shanghai or living here, you must go to the Shanghai South Bund Soft-Spinning Material Market. The entire building is filled with vendors that custom make suits, winter coats, dresses and so on. Our friends Kin and Alina (bless their hearts) took us where his mother has been a long time customer and the hubs bought some custom-made suits!
It was fun to pick the fabric (we picked wool, cashmere and some blends) and he got measured. The hubs wanted a super slim cut and told him exactly what he wants. If you’re not too sure, Mr Xia (our tailor) has tons of books where you can look through and pick the style you want. You can even bring in a picture and they’ll replicate it.
We took our friend Ed there when he was visiting Shanghai and he bought two suits, 3 shirts. He can’t stop raving about the quality and the cut. He even got to pick the kind of collar, cuff and cut he wanted for the button up shirts. Since we’re going back to New York in the near future, he asked us to make 5 more shirts and I can’t believe how amazing they turned out.
In the winter I got a custom fit cashmere coat. I brought in a picture of the coat I like (The red coat above) and he said it was no problem! I picked out the color (blue) and he had it done in less than a week! I wish I had taken pictures of the coat but I forgot and now that it’s spring, I already put it away. It looks exactly the same!!! I promise when winter rolls around again, I’ll take another pic but it’s exactly the same.
If you go, be sure to go to the 3rd floor, vendor number 326. The numbers are not in a particular order but he’s on the outer circle to the right when you get off the escalators. Tell him Mr & Mrs Liu (刘) sent you, if you tell him we’re the young couple (I’m Korean) and we bought a bunch of suits, he’ll remember quickly. Plus he’s more likely to give you an even better price on top of it already being crazy affordable. You can get suits for around 500RMB and 100RMB button up shirts depending on the material.
Don’t worry, Mr Xia speaks English! I had no problem communicating with him. And he’s super nice!
Mr Xia Rong Jun
Shanghai South Bund Soft Spinning Materials Market
399 LuJiaBang Road
Floor 3, Stall Number 326