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“If you want to get tailored clothes, this is the place to be”

South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

Outside the market you can by necklaces cheap, and inside you can have a choise of houndreds of tailors to make you some item of clothing, either from a sketch you bring or to make a copy of one of your favorite pieces of clothing. There are also a lot of styles to choose from inside the market, although maybe not all to european taste. You can also find some scarfs and already sawn clothing and accessores.

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Reviewed April 23, 2012

Great place with all sorts of fabric, cloths, designs, all under one roof (sheltered and air-conditioned)... Just pick your cloth and your clothing will be tailor made for you. Almost all shops provide the same services, so remember to bargain! I bought a cheongsum and a dress for 250rmb each. It was ready for collection in 2 days.

Recommended to bring a picture (print out if possible so the shopowner can pass the pic to the tailor) of your desired design so they can emulate it for you. If not, they also have fashion magazines/ catalogues of not-so-trendy dresses for you to choose from haha.. usually old-fashioned as the magazines are old.

Take note that the mall closes at 6pm... so no night shopping available ;p

4  Thank wallflower69
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Reviewed February 26, 2012

If you need a custom suit, shirts, coat etc this is the place to come. It worth going around a bunch of the booths and working out what the ballpark prices should be before focusing in on the one you want.
Prices seem pretty consistent, so go for the ones that seem to have the best quality for what you want. I got shirts and a cashmere coat from 2 different places and was impressed with the finish. Remember that they will make exactly what you want, but you need to tell them, and not assume...

3  Thank chris_king_atl
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Reviewed October 29, 2011

If you have 3 days in Shanghai, you could pretty much tailor anything at this market. Make your first stop here. Some tailors are even willing to let you collect on the second day. If it doesn't fit, then there is sufficient time for alterations and you can collect on the 3rd day. If you do not have sufficient time for tailoring service, you could still visit this market for belts, ties, tablecloths, etc., ....

Almost every shop here will claim that their material is real silk. Most shops do not have real silk. Those with gold embroidery definitely are not real silk. First test is that real silk crumples. Then if you could, wrap it around your neck or your body. Wait a few minutes. If it feels suffocating, it is definitely polyester. Real silk is smooth and comfortably warm or cool depending on whether it is winter or summer.

Although the shops I visited did good when I was there, I suspect most of the shops are about the same. They probably use the same bunch of tailors or seamstresses in the back rooms and these shop fronts are just sales people. They are very competent sales people, though...they could even advise you on what suits you and what are the latest trends, etc., A very enjoyable visit altogether.

Since it is probably just a matter of luck which tailor/seamstress you get cos they are all in the backroom somewhere, it is probably a good idea to take a good look at their samples out front to decide on the style and workmanship.

As for buying ties, most ties are not silk. You could go as low as RMB15 per tie. As for belt , I paid RMB60 for each.

I made sure I did not have to visit the bathroom here, so I cannot say how clean it is.

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Reviewed September 26, 2011

I have bought 5 custom tailored suits, and 6 shirts here over the last 15 months. Pretty much every trip I make to Shanghai I will go and get something at this market.

I love this place - it's a big building with lots of merchants inside pretty much selling you exactly the same thing. Each stall has 1 or 2 people trying to get your attention and engage you in buying anything from ties, to scarfs to shirts, belts, shoes, suits and leather jackets. If they can get you to touch something, and engage you in bargaining, lookout... you will probably buy it. They are all very convincing sales people. The challenge is of course, how much you pay. I never have paid whatever they first offer. Yesterday I bought a belt.. the first offer price was 180rmb. I laughed. She asked me "how much" I countered with 50rmb... and after a few back and forth rounds of negotiating, I started to walk away and then she agreed to the 50rmb price. And I KNOW I still paid too much. :-)

For suits, I have bought from stall 222 - second floor... the pricing is very good - under $100 CDN for custom tailored suit!

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