Men’s tailoring in Dubai
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Bespoke @ Deepa’s
Bespoke @ Deepa’s stocks its own fabrics, but if they don’t have what you’re looking for, then it’s probably worth taking a look at the stock in Deepa’s textile store. Time Out has found that, in the past, the best items made at Deepa’s are the copies. If you’ve got a few favourite suits you want copied or made in different fabrics, then Deepa’s do the job brilliantly. And if you’re not happy, they’ll alter anything until it’s perfect. Some tailors don’t always match the seams to the colour of the garment, but Deepa’s do beautiful finishes. When we last called, the quote for a two-piece suit was Dhs1,000 (with a turnaround of two weeks), while shirts start at Dhs150 (turnaround of one week). This said, if you haggle, we reckon you can get suit prices down to about Dhs650.
Al Satwa, Satwa (04 344 5786). Directions: Deepa’s textile store (04 3499 733/34), opposite the new Emirates Post Office, is the easiest to find of Deepa’s three venues. As such, go here and follow signage from the store, or ask a member of staff to guide you. Open Sat-Thu 9am-1.30pm, 4.30pm-10.30pm; Fri 4.30pm-10.30pm
Don’t let the back-alley location put you off. Ishwar, the proprietor, has been churning out excellent ladies’ and gents’ outfits in Dubai for the past 26 years, and he’s got a loyal customer base to prove it. It’s a family-run business (his sons beaver away at the back of the shop, cutting cloth) and the service is ultra-friendly. Select your material from any of the shops on the main street – Regal Traders (04 344 9092) is just nearby – and he’ll do the rest. Be aware that during peak season you’ll have to wait for a couple of weeks to get the end product back. And it’s best to have a picture of what you want to have copied – or even better, a similar item that you can leave with him to work from. This isn’t the kind of shop that boasts coffee tables laden with Milan stylebooks. But for Dhs600 a suit or Dhs75 for a shirt (both excluding material), it’s an absolute bargain and a great place to visit.
Satwa Road (04 344 7563). Directions: Opposite Satwa Clinic. Open Sat-Thu 9.30am-1pm, 4pm-9.30pm; Fri 4pm-6.30pm
Hollywoods does a fine line in Indian men’s and women’s clothes (surely Bollywoods would be a more appropriate name?). What we especially like about the star-studded tailors is how they stick closely to what we describe – when we asked for a frayed edge on the sleeves of a sherwani (a long coat-like garment worn by men in India), they managed the difficult needlework precisely. They also went the extra distance when it came to fabric. Though we took in our own material (Hollywoods now provides its own), they picked out the lining and buttons. The approximate cost of a two-piece suit, including material and labour, is Dhs1,200 (with a turnaround of one week). Shirts start at Dhs180. Again, there’s no harm in haggling to get the price down.
Bur Dubai (04 352 8551/04 352 6463). Taxi: Mena Bazaar Fashions, opposite Hitachi Showroom. Open Sat-Thu 9.30am-1pm, 4pm-10pm; Fri 6pm-9pm
Just after Deepak’s on Satwa Road, you’ll spot a butcher’s shop and a small alleyway on the right. Ishwal is the second tiny tailors along. Inside, there’s just about enough room to swing a couple of sewing machines (carefully), a makeshift changing room, some mammoth design catalogues and lots and lots of clothes, all peeping out of random carrier bags. But while the colourful filing system may not inspire the greatest confidence that your re-hemmed chinos will make it back to you safely, there’s a reason that Deepak’s fabric store (and probably quite a few of your well-dressed mates) recommend Ishwal: buy your own fabric and you can have a finely made two-piece suit for Dhs700 (with a turnaround of one week-10 days) or a shirt for around Dhs70. Even better, once you become a regular client, they’ll make small alterations (mend holes, repair tears) for free or extremely little – although tips are eventually, and very modestly, accepted.
Satwa (04 349 2434). Taxi: First right after Deepak’s; before Abdullah Hassan Al Balooshi butchers. Open Sat-Thu 9am-1pm, 4pm-10pm; Fri 4pm-8pm
Much like Lobo, Kachins’ equally grand rival round the corner, this long-established store prides itself on being an elite, highly regarded fashion emporium. Forget all notions of cupboard-sized shops hidden down back alleys – Kachins is an extensive, well-appointed store where tea is served and customers can relax on sofas while browsing through style magazines for inspiration. There’s a good range of Indian outfits on show here – ideal for weddings – and if you’re just after a business suit and shirt, head past the colourful gowns and sequined slippers, and rifle through the more sober cashmere wools on display. The assistants are helpful without being pushy, and you’ll find plenty of materials to choose from. (Tip: they don’t like you taking in your own fabrics unless it’s something they can’t source themselves – they’ll tell you they ‘can’t trust the quality’). What makes Al Kachins a superior tailor is that they insist on two fittings and a final check before the suit is finished. Even if the measurements aren’t quite right, you’ll still get to try on the roughly tacked version and get them to make adjustments before the final stitching takes place. And to finish the job properly, there’s a range of different collar and cuff styles to choose from. It all adds up to a suit that you can craft exactly as you wish it to be. And for that, it’s worth every penny (that’s Dhs700, not including the material; Dhs 1,400, including material). Expect a turnaround of two weeks. Shirts, meanwhile, cost Dhs170, and don’t be surprised if you have to wait up until three weeks for a shirt on account of them being extremely busy.
Bur Dubai (04 352 1246). Taxi: First right before Astoria Hotel car park. Open Sat-Thu 9.30am-1.30pm, 5pm-10pm; Fri 5.30pm-8.30pm
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