Best tailors in Dubai

Time Out celebrates the best tailors in Dubai, including suit tailoring, alterations and more. There's also a useful guide to women tailors

Having a good tailor in Dubai is like having a really strong Air Miles programme. You know you’ve made it if you’ve flown to London, Business Class, thanks to your point-collecting dedication. Tailors are the same. While you will have to fork out a few dirhams, you’ll know you’ve made significant steps towards proper adulthood when you have a slick, dapper, well-fitted suit or bespoke ball gown that you haven’t had to remortgage your house to pay for.

However, of the endless tailors in Satwa, Bur Dubai and, more recently, JLT, how do you know which to choose? To make it easier, we’ve rounded up 18 tailors to be your seamless sewing buddies.

Before you head out, bank this handy guide to tailoring lingo.

Baste: The most basic of tailor speak, it’s the action of sewing easily removable stitches when mocking up a garment during a fitting.
Cutter: he person who measures and fits you. They are also responsible for making the pattern from the measurements. T
Darts: These are the folds sewn into a fabric to enhance the shape of a particular piece of clothing.
Darning: This is the traditional way of mending holes and rips, using only a needle and thread.
Functioning: If you want your suit to look custom without breaking the bank, get your tailor to use a different coloured thread on each jacket cuff’s functioning buttonhole.
Gorges: These are the V-shaped notches that mark the place where the collar meets the lapels. This may also be referred to as the exposed shirt area between the collar and the buttons when the jacket is done up.
Hem: The edge of a piece of fabric that is always sewn in, to prevent it from cascading.
Inseam: This is the seam that runs along the inner part of the trouser, which is measured to the ankle.
Warp: This is the effect of vertical threads of a fabric.
Weft: This is the effect of horizontal threads of a fabric.

Tucked away from the glitz and glamour of the Dubai we all know, apparel and accessories store, Amongst Few, is the cool new spot that needs to be explored. The contemporary shop front stands out among Palm Strip Mall’s other outlets, incorporating clean lines and sweeping angles that mirror the simplicity of the ready-to-wear basics hanging prettily inside.

This shopping destination captures the essence of youth culture in Dubai.

Aside from sneakers, snapbacks and sweatshirts, Amongst Few also stocks limited-edition vinyl records, as well as coffee table books by Rizzoli, skateboards, mobile phone covers and incense sticks for your living space.

The stock ranges from Jordan to New Balance, Puma, adidas, Nocs and Krink. This is also the only shop in the city that sells caps made exclusively for it, which feature a range of Arabic sayings and 3D appliqué logos.

If you can’t make it into Amongst Few (even though we highly recommend you do), it also has an online shop that offers delivery across Dubai. There’s really no excuse not to check it out.

I n a city full of pricey minimalist furniture stores and gold-kissed interior options, finding a little haven of tasteful vintage buys is a blessing.

Pier Import has been a household name in Dubai for the past 19 years, and with almost two decades gone, the Mazaya Centre store has maintained its reputation for selling some of the region’s best vintage buys.

Want a sewing machine from 1885? Pier Import has it. Looking for a camera that dates back to the 1900s? No problem.But despite wares worthy of discerning collectors, this chic store is not pretentious.

Pier Import houses an expertly edited collection of suitcases, old-school radios, vases, mirrors and cutlery much of which looks like it once belonged to your grandmother. In fact, it has been refurbished by the owner, aka the furniture whisperer, Dr Faisal Al Mutawa. The contemporary options don’t lag behind either, with calf leather sofas and faux-vintage coffee tables putting up a fair fight.

While there may be more than 12,000 products in the alcove-filled showroom, a grand organ from 1889 and a classic typewriter from the late 1800s are some of our favourite pieces.

Walk into this maze-like store inside the Sheikh Zayed Road shopping centre and feel a sense of déjà vu as you sift through racks of curated treasures.

Made 2 Measure was founded in late 2009 to cater for the more dapper denizens of New Dubai. The ground floor of the villa boutique is dedicated to bespoke suits, while the first floor focuses on designer ethnic wear. M2M employs 25 tailors, who can fit and stitch a suit in three to four weeks.

This specialist tailor set up shop in Al Quoz in April 2009. Since then, it has been slowly building a reputation for itself with its snappily cut suits and fashionable networking events. British designer Leonard Logsdail deals directly with mills in Italy and the UK, and all suits fitted here are made in Canada (so expect a usual turnaround of six weeks). Expensive, yes, but quality is paramount here.


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