‘I’ve fallen out with so many tailors,’ a friend and Dubai resident of over a decade told us as we made our way through the bustling streets of Satwa. ‘But I’ve been with this one for a while.’ So you have to ‘go steady’ with your tailor in this town? Odd. We then entered the smart wooden door to Deepa’s. Two friendly Indian men greeted us as we walked into the small, brightly lit shop.
Armed with mountains of fabric we’d previously purchased from the similarly named Deepaks on Plant Street round the corner (04 344 3182 – the Satwa Road store is currently closed), we ordered six garments to be made. Fast forward a year and a half and we’re still going strong with Deepa’s. Among the numerous pieces we’ve had made there, the best pieces have always been the copies. If you’ve got a few favourite dresses you want copied or made in different fabrics, they can do the job brilliantly.
Recently, we’ve had two Diane von Furstenberg dresses faithfully replicated – which everyone believes to be the real deal (and who are we to correct them?). If you’re not happy, they’ll alter anything until it’s perfect. But, if you want elaborate buttons, you’ll have to bring them yourself. They only do smart, but simple styles.
They are also honest about what will and won’t work. If you brought in a cotton dress you wanted remade in silk, they’d tell you if it wouldn’t hang right. Some tailors don’t always match the seams to the colour of the garment, but Deepa’s do beautiful finishes. Prices start from Dhs100. A simple cotton dress will cost you between Dhs150-Dhs200. Yes, we think this relationship is going to last.