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Tony's top tailoring is timeless

TONY wears an interesting, light purple velvet jacket featuring big, black traditional Chinese knot buttons. The owner of Tony the Tailor, one of the top bespoke tailors in Shanghai, designed it himself. In fact, in his store on Changle Road, one can find many of Tony's innovative designs and timeless classic-tailored pieces as well.

The Indian native moved to Shanghai about four years ago to start a tailoring business in the city that, according to him, "didn't have a good tailor" at the time. Before he relocated to Shanghai, he had developed a long, respected career as a bespoke tailor in Hong Kong since 1977. He and his family have dressed a wide range of Hong Kong residents and famous visitors, including Clint Eastwood and Danny Glover.

At first, the store's major clientele were expatriates. But nowadays there are more and more Chinese customers coming for tailored suits and tuxedos, especially for wedding occasions, he said.

As business went so well that Tony opened a second shop, also on Changle Road, about two years ago.

The store provides more than 5,000 fabrics to choose from, most of which are imported from Hong Kong. It costs approximately 2,500 yuan (US$375.40) for a suit to be made and 300 yuan for a shirt. Usually it takes up to five days for a suit to be tailored, during which two to three fittings will be arranged. Tony is in the store every day to do the measurements, cutting and fitting services all by himself.

As Christmas is drawing near, it's time to get your new tuxedo made. A complete tuxedo set costs around 3,500 yuan at Tony's store. It also currently runs a 3,990 yuan promotion which includes two custom-made suits (wool and cashmere), two custom-made shirts and two ties.

Tony the Tailor

Address: 590 Changle Road

Tel: 5403-6138

Mob: 13611656476

Address: 684 Changle Road

Tel: 5403-0335

Opening hours: 11am-8pm (Monday to Saturday), 2-7pm (Sunday)

The wool coat is probably the most classic choice but wool is not always the warmest option. The down coat, instead, is always the most reliable in freezing weather. Anything with lining is a plus for warmth, and look for something waterproof considering the possible snow and slush.

Choose a down coat in lighter hues, such as beige or white, which will help set you apart from the crowds in the ubiquitous black. If you are curvy, look for a belted coat that hugs your waist to show off your hourglass figure. A wide belt will help achieve the same effect as well.

Fur has made a big comeback this winter. The furry cover-up can be worn over any outfit to give additional warmth as well as an instant injection of glamor.

It is also the best companion for thin, light cocktail dresses when you are out for winter night parties °?- it keeps you warm while looking effortlessly stylish.

For those who are against fur, faux fur is always an option. A fraction of the cost of real fur, it keeps you just as warm. You can find faux fur coats in many high-street fashion chains such as Zara and Mango. Be careful to choose the quality ones - faux should not be translated as cheap.


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