In October, I wanted to get a few shirts, pants, & a suit, to be mailed back to me in the U.S. With a ~31" waist and ~28" legs, I've had trouble finding nice-fitting clothes in the U.S. After spending an hour or two researching the fabric market on several websites (e.g., timeoutshanghai, shanghaiexpat), I made sure to visit a few booths that were recommended by these sites (e.g., 196-Amy, and 235-Jiang Hong He). I was happy with their selections of fabrics, hanging examples, and prices (post-haggling), and I also found a few others that seemed decent (171-Sherry, 105-Harrison, 212-Rita, and 310-Eric).
For each of the shops that seemed decent, I took their card and made notes about what I liked/disliked, and the prices they quoted (post initial haggling). I spent 3+ hours walking around and chatting/haggling with shop owners (due to my grandfather's genes), before making a decision. Most of the tailors started with a high price for a basic suit around 800-1000 RMB, pants for 300 RMB, and shirts around 200 RMB, but most came down to 500-700 for a suit, 150-200 for pants and 110-150 for shirts. I wore a shirt and suit that I already owned that fit OK (a little snug), and most tailors can copy existing clothes, but it wasn't necessary.
I ended up ordering 4 shirts, 2 pairs of khakis, a gray suit, a summer cotton jacket from 310 (Eric Chang, Cotton Shirt/ Custom Made). I really liked his examples, he was friendly and seemed competent, and was not pushy. His prices were not the lowest, but I felt it was the best bet (since I wouldn't be around to request alterations). I really had fun picking out fabrics, and Eric helped me pick (floral) patterns for inside cuffs & collars that matched my shirts. I was also able to pick button colors, thread colors, and angle-cut cuffs.
He offered to deliver the products to my hotel to try on, but I didn't have enough time, so he just mailed them to me in CA. I told him several times not to rush, and they arrived about a month later. I've honestly never been complemented so many times on my clothes. The shirts are a little snugger than I would have asked for, but are still nicer than any of the store-bought shirts that I have, so I wear them weekly. They've been laundered many times by now, and still look good. I've worn the suit a few times, and the summer jacket once, and they fit great.
PS The street food outside was awesome.
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