Sodhi - The Shirt Maker

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Neighborhood: Silom
Despite the lack of any major tourist attractions, this lively neighborhood is a favorite of many. Whether it's the (somewhat naughty) nightlife of Soi Patpong, the various handicraft night markets or the plethora of dining options that tickle your fancy, a night out in Silom is a must on every itinerary. It's worth a stop during daytime, too: join office workers on a quest to tasty street food during lunch and shop at Silom Complex for a great mix of Thai and international stores. After a day of strolling around the congested sidewalks, a visit to Silom's Lumphini Park, Bangkok's answer to NYC's Central Park, is a welcome change of scenery.
How to get there
  • Chong Nonsi • 5 min walk
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Max
Munich, Germany1 contribution
15+ Years of Perfect Shirts & Suits
Dec 2020 • Couples
I am a very big fan of Sodhi's workmanship. In particular the shirts are outstanding and so are the suits. Sodhi's large variety of fabrics from European, mainly Italian suppliers, makes it hard to resist from ordering more than you actually need (lucky me having a patient and tolerant wife). Peter, the owner, has quite a talent of not influencing you in your selection process but catering your preferences, while 'stepping in' if he sees you committing a fashion sin. This, as well as him being pretty up-to-date on trends is what I really appreciate. A couple of times, he dared me to go for some extravagant items (a very bright navy blue suit, a summer jacket from Italy) and those later became my very favorites.

My experience with Peter Sodhi & his products goes back more than 15 years, and it has always been positive. First coming to Bangkok in 2004, Peter has been my tailor ever since. Every time I flew over from Germany, dropping by at his shop was compulsory. Until today, I have had an uncountable number of shirts and suits made by him and quality has been uncompromising. When it came to my wedding outfits (Stresemann and Smoking) it was clear that I would also entrust Peter with this mission. Even though the Stresemann (a special kind of Long Suite) is not everyday wear, he did an excellent job and contributed a memorable item to my best day.

If you're seeking for a flipside: Surely he is not a budget tailor, as you can find some on Silom road with 99 Dollar offers in unreliable quality, however, his prices are very fair given the quality he delivers.

Hope this helps! Max
Written February 21, 2021
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Willem D
Bangkok, Thailand1 contribution
Outstanding service and world class quality shirts
Nov 2020
I was recommended by a friend to go to Sodhi for my shirts as he had been purchasing from him for many years and because I really liked the look and feel of the shirts he was wearing. After having purchased many shirts from Peter now for several years, I cannot understand how anybody would go anywhere else. His shirts are of the highest quality and fit perfectly. Other than the quality fabrics and craftsmanship, the whole experience when buying at Sodhi is excellent. Peter is very knowledgable and takes his time explaining the different fits and looks. He is up to date on all the latest trends and recommends the look and fit that he feels will make you look the best. I highly recommend Sodhi to anyone who has been looking for a tailor who can produce the highest quality shirts and offers the most warm and welcoming service.
Written January 14, 2021
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Nomad
Palma de Mallorca, Spain45 contributions
Can't even copy their own shirts
Jan 2020
Have used Sodhi for 5 years due to high quality fabrics and shirts - even despite hick-ups where cotton shrank beyond being able to fit any longer (at correct temperature) which Peter later admitted had been an issue but did not make any amendments to this.
Ordered 7 shirts in Januray and to avoid mishaps gave a previous Sodhi shirt as template to make it exactly as that.
Apart from not being as large, wrong button holes as the template shirt, the new shirts shrank 3.5 cm in length when washed at 40 degrees and now "Custom made" is "Tuck in every 3 minutes shirts".
Peters first reaction was it is not their problem how their material shrinks. What is the point of having measures taken if they are only right without washing the shirt!
Eventually he offered me 75 % off making new shirts. Why should I spend more money for getting shirts to the correct (?) measure at a so-called premium tailor at premium prices? Naturally this was not acceptable and eventually he replied:
"As agreed kindly return the shirts that you picked in early January.
And kindly email us as and when you will return them so I will keep myself available with the funds.
Peter."
I did immediately after it was possible for my friend to return to Thailand after Covid restrictions but ...ZERO REPLY.

Sure Bangkok has more honest and professional alternatives.
Written December 3, 2020
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It’s our responsibility to give a full explanation. Sodhi, is a business that gives extensive value to its customers. Let us portray our understanding of the situation in the clearest way possible. Mr. Steen Christensen, you have been our client for 5 years and we thank you for that. When you say ‘Can’t even copy your own shirts’. We’d like to inform you regarding the professional approach adopted by Sodhi, in order to make shirts identical to your previous order, in terms of measurements/fitting, we use a pattern or more commonly known as a template. Such a template is designed for each individual client to ensure homogeneity of a shirt. Moreover, Sodhi offers all clients a mock up fitting shirt, allowing clients to have a perfect fitting and only after their approval we start the shirt making process. We take great pride in going an extra mile to ensure top notch fitting of the shirt, to not avoid mishaps but provide a garment that fits you like a glove. And as you are a returning customer, we used the same template to create your shirts. Additionally, before you took the delivery of the new batch of 7 shirts, you tried the shirts in the store and were satisfied with the length & the fit of the shirts. On your return home, after 2 weeks, you then ordered 4 more shirts, which you regarded as perfect. Hence, it was well understood that you were satisfied with the previous batch of shirts, and therefore you proceeded to order 4 extra shirts. However, we were confused when you complained that 5 shirts from the previous batch shrank. Disregarding your attempt to quote us conveniently. We would like to educate you and our future clients of Sodhi. There are two types of Shirts; first there are short casual shirts that are not meant to be tucked in, suited to a smart causal lifestyle. While the second type of shirts are ±5 cms longer than the short casual shirts, more commonly worn by those working a white-collar job. Now, when you tuck in the short casual shirts, attempt to lift your arms above your head, only to complain about the obvious fact that the shirt isn’t perfectly tucked in because it isn’t meant to. Long shirts are meant to stay perfectly tucked in, however you have never ordered a long shirt. All 36 shirts you have ordered from us in the past 5 years, have remained one size and one length only, known as the short shirt tailored for you. Therefore, we find it rather odd when you complain regarding the measurements of a shirt you’ve ordered numerous times before. Nevertheless, since we considered you as a loyal client, we tried to explain and educate you about the shirts. And we will happily do it again. According to the science of natural fabrics, it is common knowledge that a material will shrink over time, no matter what. At Sodhi, we use nothing less than the best quality of 100% Pure 2 Ply’s Egyptian Cotton Fabric woven from premium mills. We always pre-wash the fabrics before processing the order. 2 Ply means the threads are intertwined and are tougher to shrinkage in comparison to a Single Ply fabric. Yet as mentioned before, a small degree of shrinkage is inevitable. Yet we gave you the benefit of the doubt and offered you a rare discount of 75% to remake the shirts with a longer length than your last order. Yet other matters must be covered. Regarding the false accusations of Sodhi not communicating with you. We would like to kindly quote our email exchanges: "Steen As agreed kindly return the shirts that you picked in early January. And kindly email us as and when you will return them, so I will keep myself available with the funds. Peter." And on 20th May 2020 you replied: "Peter, Will do, however due to Corona virus my friend has not been able to travel to BKK and this will take another month or more and the cost for shipping does not make sense. Steen" We haven’t received a single email, phone call or any form of communication from your end after that. Anyhow, even after a year, we still stick to our offer, kindly return the shirts and we will gladly refund your money. We thrive to maintain our legacy and uphold promises. Don’t get us wrong, Sodhi appreciates all form of feedback, especially constructive criticism that will enable us to improve the quality of our service. However, we are not one to tolerate misinformation. We’d like to leave you with the simple work ethic Sodhi follows, we treat all our customers the way we want to be treated. And it’s our humble duty to point the fact that though social media is an accessible and a powerful tool, customers like you should not take advantage of such a platform when we are clearly accommodating and communicating with you, with all means necessary. Best and Kind Regards Peter Sodhi (Owner)
Written January 18, 2021
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Aidan S
Cape Town Central, South Africa12 contributions
Amazing service, amazing quality
Sep 2019 • Business
I have been buying shirts from Peter at Sodhi for almost 16 years and i cant recommended them more, amazing service all the time as well as the quality and quantity of options and work they do. Do yourself a favour and stop in at the shop to gwt5 some shorts on your way thrpugh Bangkok
Written October 3, 2019
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Marien779mhmd
Malaga, Spain11 contributions
Best shirt maker in Bangkok
Aug 2018 • Couples
We have just been there and we have been his customers for more than 8 years now. The quality is outstanding and the way shirts are made shows how much does he care about details. All these would be more than enough to go there but the service and the way they treat you make it all just perfect!

Hoy hemos estado alli y somos clie tes desde hace mas de 8 años. Sin dudas hacen las mejores camisas de todo Bangkok. La calidad es espectacular y la atencion que prestan a los detalles deberian ser motivos suficientes para ir pero mejoran la experiencia aun mas con el trato que le dan al cliente. Es muy recomendable.
Written August 11, 2018
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MS-aroundtheworld
Faenza, Italy69 contributions
A great tailor
Jan 2017 • Couples
I ve been a customer for almost 10 years I ve always been happy with my shirts. I ve reccomended the store to a couple of friends and they ve been just as happy.

The fabrics are nice, easy to iron and the service is always excellent. Last time we were in BkG I had my shirts delivered directly to the hotel, which saved us a few hours.

I 'll keep going back.

Marco Samorini

Written January 26, 2017
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Geoffroy D
1 contribution
Great quality, service and kindness
Dec 2016 • Friends
I have been buying shirts at Sodhi for 2 years now and never disappointed.
They have find a large choice of colors and fabrics for men shirts.
Be aware that Sodhi is not specialized into cheap shirts - but into quality ones.
He is always welcome to advise and you feel secure in your buyings.
I highly recommend it!
Written January 8, 2017
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Juergen_Klotzek
Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany2 contributions
Outstanding service
Sep 2016 • Solo
I already tested 2 tailors in Thailand. Both were not that good, that I wanted to go there a second time.

Sodhi was different: Only best textile (e.g. egyptian cotton), enters upon every customers wish. I have a long cacharel-pleat in my shirts. They did all my wishes not only very well, they did it without additional charge. Even sending the goods to my hotel was without charge.

I will come back. Definitely.
Written September 29, 2016
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billdeu
Bangkok, Thailand3 contributions
Great Shirt Maker
Mar 2016 • Solo
I've been living in Bangkok since 2007. I've gone to many tailors and suffered many disappointments. I was very happy to find Sodhi. When it comes to shirts, they're the best. Here's why. The selection of fabrics is abundant. The fitting done well. The results are a custom shirt with any customized embellishment you'd want. Many collar and cuff styles, embroidered initials, etc.

What people don't understand about Bangkok tailors is that they're not a place to go to to have slacks hemmed or even cuffed or waist let out or taken in. Most tailors don't have in-house tailors. They display fabrics, take measurements and send the fabric and measurements to their factories.

Also the fantasy of having one fitting and ordering a bespoke suit with hand sewn stitching and full canvass interface for $100 in 3 days is just that ... a fantasy.
There are tailors who will make a bespoke suit with fine British or Italian fabrics with all the hand sewn detailing but it takes about 3 - 4 weeks, several fittings and between $600 - $1,500 depending on fabric.

Shirts are a different matter. You can get a beautiful custom shirt in 3 days. And Sodhi has never failed to produce a great product. I've had about 20 shirts made over the years and they hold up beautifully in washing and dry cleaning. The cost depends upon the fabric chosen. The average I've paid is about $60 for a good cotton.

Sodhi does have fabrics for suiting ranging from wool/poly blends, all wool, wool and cashmere and wool and silk as well as linen suits. And they can be fabricated in a few days with one or two fittings. It probably will have a glued interface which is what you'll find on most off the rack suits from top brands. And the cost will again depend upon fabric but will start considerably lower than those with full canvass interface. Most people won't know the difference as a decent fabric and good fit will satisfy most customers.

I did buy a birds eye fabric Hickey-Freeman suit in New York but the slacks were too small. Sodhi was able to find a birds eye fabric in stock matching as close as possible to color and shading and fabricated suit slacks that worked perfectly and saved the suit.

I would recommend Sodhi to anyone who wants a great looking and wearing shirt as I've found even the most expensive shops in Bangkok can't compete with the workmanship for any price.
Written June 23, 2016
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honest0112
Salt Lake City, UT48 contributions
High Expectations Exceeded
Aug 2015 • Solo
Briefly, my standards are pretty high. If I buy off the rack it's usually Canali, if custom, it's Ascot Chang. Generally, the overall quality of tailoring in Bangkok just isn't on par with Hong Kong...you really have to seek out quality. When it comes to shirts, it's even tougher. I had shirts made at 3 different tailors, and had 3 very different levels of quality (throw away, keep but will never wear and then Sodhi). The Sodhi shirts didn't have a close second, they are on par with anything you will find at the finer tailors in Hong Kong from a construction (true English construction), fit and finish point of view...simply fantastic shirts so I loaded up and they were all superb. Great experience, service and follow-up to match what are now some of my favorite go-to shirts! Did not have a suit tailored here but certainly will give them a try next time...I'm really that impressed with the work they did.
Written September 30, 2015
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