One of the nicest things about living in China is access to hand made clothes. I had my first experience of this on Friday. One of my work friends took me to the place that she goes (and she is always dressed immaculately!) and I was over-whelmed with the choice and quality of the fabric. I am having 2 trouser suits made, a pair of trousers and 3 shirts. They are so skilled, that they will even make exact copies of favourite outfits that you want in new colours as well as copy from photos of designer outfits.
I have a favourite dress that I am going to have made in a different fabric as well as some unusual cuts of jackets. I can’t wait to see how the first couple turn out. Having never had anything made just for me (other than my wedding dress!) I was amazed at how many measurements they took of my body. So many different places to get my statistics on. I loved the fact that they also asked where I like my jackets to fall, how long my trousers should be and how long I liked the sleeves. Completely tailored for me. I will definitely post photos with the finished results, which should be in a couple of weeks after 4-5 fittings.
All that for the price of an average suit off the rail in America and Britain!! (It helped going with my friend so that I got a good price – everything is a negotiation here!!) I wonder why the likes of Chanel, Versace, Prada and Armani bother to have stores here when their designs can be copied so effectively and so cheaply.