W hen Mushtaq Shaikh first moved to Dubai in 1967, he was jobless, with just Dhs19 in his pocket and the uneven footpaths of Bur Dubai to call home. Fast forward almost 50 years, and the Pune-born Indian runs one of city’s most beloved bespoke tailoring businesses. Lobo Tailors, as you may know it today, first opened its shutters in 1978 when Shaikh quit his government job and decided to give the people of Dubai better quality tailoring.
“My friends and I used to go to a tailor near Meena Bazaar in the ’70s, and he was really bad. So one day we got really upset, threw the clothes he made for us out on the street and walked out. That’s when I thought, ‘Dubai needs better tailors, someone who understands how to make a good trouser and a good suit,’” Shaikh tells us.
He then purchased a Pierre Cardin suit and operated on every aspect of it to understand what really goes into making quality clothing. That operation taught him the valuable lessons of tailoring, and saw the birth of Lobo Tailors.
Today, Shaikh has more than 180 tailors working for him, and the man still sources all his raw material and fabrics from Switzerland and Germany.
If bespoke tailoring is your preference, Lobo Tailors specialises in three-piece suits and safari suits. And who better to trust than the man who has seen Dubai evolve through four decades.
From Dhs1,500 for a suit (depending on the chosen material). Lobo Tailors, Shop #12-14, Ground Floor, Mohd Kunhi Building, Souk Al Kabeer, Bur Dubai (04 352 3760).Lobo