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Our Tailored Suits have been featured by International Media such as the New York Times, CNN Travel, Reuters, and more! Find out how you can book a custom fitting appointment for your suit online.


"His Tape Measure Encircles the Globe"

By Henry Alford

SOMETIMES opportunity calls, and sometimes opportunity whistles at you from across the street.

The e-mail came one morning in late October. A friend was writing to say that a pop-up Hong Kong tailor — a men’s suit and overcoat and shirt maker who, thrice a year, books a hotel room in which he does customer fittings before scurrying back to...


"Tailored suit boom in spite of tailor shortage"

By Jane Wells

CNBC's Jane Wells has the story on a tailor shortage in Hong Kong..



"When in Hong Kong..."

By Keith Bradsher

The best clue to Empire’s success lies in a battered brown cabinet of steel and glass in the sidewalk store. It is plastered with the business cards of customers. Dozens of Eastman Kodak managers are there, photos of their faces on their cards. So are numerous American diplomats....


"How to have clothes made in Hong Kong"

By Chance E. Gartneer

Visit an established tailor. Shops such Empire International Tailors ( have built their reputations on providing customers with the finest custom-made clothing. Patrons can choose from a variety of suits, including tuxedos, and a number of different dress shirt styles, deciding on different materials and colored fabric..


"Everything you need to know about buying a bespoke suit"

By Phillippa Stewart

What to ask, what to look for, how to prepare -- top tailors reveal how to make sure you get what you pay for anywhere in the world..You only have to walk around Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong to find myriad tailors....Empire International... have all received much international press attention.


"Hong Kong's aging master tailors need a stitch in time"

By Donny Kwok

Anthony Asaf, of Empire Tailors, whose clients include judges and senior executives, sells more suits during his infrequent U.S. trips than from his main outlet in Hong Kong.

"As far as overseas business goes, we do as much as we can, not more, because there aren't many young people doing the cutting, stitching end of the process," said Mark, Asaf's 26-year-old son.


"Suiting 101: How to buy a custom-made suit"

By Nik Addams

"A custom suit allows one a vast range of options in fabric choices, style customisation, and fine detailing,” says Mark Asaf, a tailor at TST’s Empire International Tailors. And, in stark contrast to buying off-the-rack, tailor-made suits “are based specifically off an individual’s body measurements, followed by detailed fittings and trials,” rather than a scale of made to fit-all sizes.."


"Elite Hong Kong Tailors Running Out of Craftsmen"

By Valentin Schmid

"We are seeing an increase in demand in the United States. Tailor-made suits are becoming more and more popular,” says Anthony Asaf, the founder of Empire International Tailors. Empire is one of Hong Kong’s most successful custom made tailors, since 1983."   


"What to Wear: Hong Kong"

By Bee Shapiro 

"When it comes to suiting at least. Hong Kong tailors are renowned for making a top-notch suit to measure. Some favorites are in Kowloon including Empire International Tailors.." 


"Men's Tailors in Hong Kong"

"A family-run tailor shop established in 1983 by brothers Andy and Anthony Asaf, Empire Tailors is one of Hong Kong’s best loved outfitters. With a loyal customer base from around the world, their very own in-house workshop next to their store in East Tsim Sha Tsui is always buzzing"


"How to Make the Most of a Hong Kong Business Trip"

By Andrea Park

"Hong Kong is famous for its tailors, and Empire’s jet-setting customers swear by the quality and fit of the shop’s bespoke suits. Empire does fittings around the world, but you can come straight to the source and choose from over 40,000 fabrics to get a suit made exactly as you want it." 


Tailor: "Power brokers moving to a more ‘Obama-like’ fit"


Anthony Asaf has been tailoring for the high-powered, high-profile men in Washington for years, coming in from Hong Kong to create bespoke suits, shirts and ties. We caught up with the tailor last week while in town for his thrice-yearly visits.


"Hong Kong Tailors Stage 1-Day Suit Fitting Marathon In San Francisco"

By CBC Local


"Rambling Man"

By Candice Dyer

Defying the “ugly American” stereotype at every turn, he bones up on languages and looks the part of continental, in custom suits from Empire International Tailors in Hong Kong. Bliwise currently alights in Buckhead, when he is not reaching for the stars—the kind in The Michelin Guide.


"Shape Shifters: Men’s Suit Designers Consider Looser Fit"

By Jean E. Palmieri and Alex Badia

(with contributions from Lorelei MarfilPaulina Szmydke,Alessandra Turra)

In China, where slim is definitely in, retailers and brands don’t expect a quick shift. Mark Asaf, managing director of Empire International Tailors in Hong Kong, said, “Male fashion icons from major Asian entertainment industries in Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Taiwan are still commonly seen wearing extra-slim and boyish suits, so it seems that the slim suit will be staying around for a while.”


"Bill Clinton’s suit has an Indian gene"

By Nona Walia

"Amid-afternoon call made to Empire International Custom Tailors Ltd. in the Tsim Sha Tsui area along Hong Kong's harbour, to track down Anthony Asaf, went nowhere. It was easier to log on to the store's website, navigate to the 'tours' page, match the date and pin him down at Renaissance Manchester Hotel, City Center. Brussels, Vienna, Frankfurt and Paris hotel rooms is where Asaf is holed up all this month. "Please ask for 'Mr Anthony Asaf 's room' on arrival" is the polite instruction you read at the end of the webpage.

From 9.30 am to 8 pm every day, Asaf will run through a throng of customers, over 100 fabric swatches lined on a coffee table, spending 15 minutes on each fitting, before he and son Mark lug the data back to their workshop where a bespoke suit will be crafted, and shipped to the customer's address, within three weeks.

Originally from Punjab, Asaf is part of a community of travelling Indian tailors from Hong Kong who've earned the best bespoke suitmakers tag, servicing powerful men and women, including sportsmen, pop icons and presidents of countries."