Is this one of the world's most expensive suits? It's a snip at HK$1 million

Arshad Mahmood shows off Apsley Tailors' suit. Photo: Thomas Yau

Video: Boasting 22-carat gold stitching, with a gold waistcoat and diamond-encrusted gold buttons, the one-off is on sale at HK$1 million (US$129,000).

Thursday, 13 June, 2013, 4:48am 5 comments

Tailor Hackett London opens flagship store

Jane Chao and Dominique Lee

British tailor Hackett London got itself noticed when it opened its flagship store in Causeway's Bay's Hysan Avenue.

Guests at Friday's grand opening of the two-floor boutique in Eton Tower included actors Julian Cheung Chi-lam and Michael Wong Man-tak, and socialite couples Ernie and Marie Shek and Brandon and Jenny Chau.

31 Oct 2012 - 3:54am 1 comment

From drug needles ... to a needle and thread

Kenny Shum spent years honing his skills as a tailor, specialising in the intricate detailing of women's suits.

At the same time, he fed an 18-year heroin habit that robbed him of his life savings.

He eventually had to stop working as a tailor and found himself doing menial labouring jobs.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Exorbitant suits - dressed in the finest fashion

Exorbitant suits - dressed in the finest fashion

Dressed in the finest fashion.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am


Who started it? Ellis Kreuger (who originally trained as a tailor) and Alex Daye founded Moustache in September 2009, as a bespoke tailoring house. The American designers had arrived from New York with bags full of attire unsuitable for Hong Kong's balmy humidity.

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Boys will be men

A change is happening in the world of men's fashion - and it's not a passing fad. No, this is a major force that will have lasting implications. The return of classic menswear can be seen everywhere, championed this autumn-winter by the big Italian fashion houses - Zegna, Ferragamo, Armani, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Bottega Veneta.

30 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Cutting edges

India was once known as the 'land of the unstitched cloth', highly regarded for its drapers rather than pattern-cutters and designers. But all that has changed in recent years as the country absorbed Western influences and reinvented its fashion industry with an eye to the modern woman.

26 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Getting it right the bespoke way

Traipsing around town for that 'just right' furnishing item can be time-consuming and frustrating. There is no guarantee that you will find it or, if you do, that it will fit in your flat, make it up the stairs, or any other number of variables that arise when you do not live in a standardised, mass-produced apartment. But when in Rome, as they say.

20 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Fresh-faced tailor shares snippets of his passion for the cloth

At the age of 21, Angelo Petrucci was already dressing statesmen, tycoons and megastars. At 39, he's now a veteran tailor, but his youthful looks didn't inspire much confidence when he was starting out.

The chief master tailor and designer for Italian bespoke suit maker Brioni recalled a fitting with then German president Roman Herzog in 1995.

11 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Fast fashion, like fast food, is not to master tailor's taste

Veteran Italian tailor Antonio Liverano is a firm believer in the idea that 'clothes maketh man'.

'We are not all lucky enough to be born handsome. However, if we know how to style well people will fall in love with us,' Liverano (above) said.

4 Mar 2011 - 12:00am


Bespoke by Richard Anderson Pocket Books HK$117

7 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Suits me fine

'MY PARTNER Ellis has worked as a clothing designer all his life and trained as a tailor. Before starting this company, my only fashion experience was working for a mad ex-soap opera star who ran a costume jewellery shop in New York's garment district. I'd wanted to be a writer, and spent my first year in Hong Kong agonising over a novel that is still sitting, almost finished, on my bookcase.

12 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Zero + Maria Cornejo

Who started it? Maria Cornejo was born in Chile and moved to Britain with her family when she was a child. Her career has included tenures in London, Paris and Milan, where she worked as a creative consultant for retailers such as Joseph, Tehen and Jigsaw. In 1996, she relocated to New York and set up her atelier in the edgy Nolita district.

3 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Street threads

1 If you missed H&M's collaboration with Jimmy Choo, don't fret; the chain will stock the work of another high-end designer in time for Christmas. The Sonia Rykiel collection features a range of goodies, from loungewear and underwear to nightgowns, slippers and pillows.

13 Dec 2009 - 12:00am


In 1984, London Fashion Week began as a chaotic collection of radical designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Katharine Hamnett. Twenty-five years later it has become a slickly run event set in a new venue, the historic Somerset House, with top names such as Burberry, Matthew Williamson, Jonathan Saunders and Pringle attracting a star-studded front row.

25 Oct 2009 - 12:00am