Hong Kong has been ranking first in bespoke tailor service among the world. Hong Kong tailoring industry has over 100 years’ experience of fine craftsmanship, the industry has long provided customers with good quality clothing. As a global sourcing hub for fabrics and accessories, Hong Kong custom tailoring shops offers a high variety of choices in terms of styles, colours, fabrics, buttons, and other accessories which help produce high quality tailor clothing.
The culture of bespoke tailoring in Hong Kong can be said to be from the United Kingdom began to rule Hong Kong. The bespoke tailoring started to grow rapidly after 1949. During the peak period, the tailor masters had more than 13,000 people. At that time a large number of Chinese and foreign businessmen, comprador from the Chinese mainland, especially from Shanghai to Hong Kong as their base, thus triggering their demand for a large number of bespoke tailoring.
In 1949, due to the political reasons in China, there are several well-known tailor shops also moved to Hong Kong, including Shanghai's famous tailor shop "H. Baromon" and Guangzhou famous tailor shop "Yee O Tai “. Due to geographical differences, all tailor shops in Hong Kong were divided into the "Shanghai Gang"(上海幫) or "Guangdong Gang"(廣東幫). Both in terms of service objects and prices were very different. But also in the production and the craftsmanship also had some differences, and thus cause decades of "Shanghai Gang" and "Guangdong Gang" in the craftsmanship controversy.
In the 1950s and 1990s, the union of bespoke tailoring was divided into "Hong Kong Shanghai Tailoring workers general union" (香港上海縫業職工總會) and "Hong Kong European- Style Tailors Union" (香港洋衣工會). “Hong Kong Shanghai Tailoring Workers General Union "’s members were engaged in Shanghai craftsmanship, and “Hong Kong European- Style Tailors Union"’s members were mainly engaged in Guangdong craftsmanship. The service objects of Shanghai Gang were usually people who had higher purchasing power, such as Shanghai immigrants to Hong Kong businessmen, foreign businessmen, or local big businessmen. They liked relatively high craftsmanship and production with all handicrafts, so they did not mind to pay more for the suits. While the Guangdong Gang’s service objects were mainly office clerk or engaged in sales, finance and so on. They wore suits because of the need for work, so the price of suits was relatively moderate. Today, there is no obvious distinction before Shanghai Gang and Guangdong Gang.
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