"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..
"Welcome To Hong Kong"
Video by Angus Bennett & Robin Fall
Bloomberg explores how the rising cost of Hong Kong Island is pushing travellers across Victoria Harbour to stay and explore Tsim Sha Tsui.
"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 (empiretailors.com) 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."
"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"
By JEFF DUFOUR
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
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"
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."
"The best tailors in Hong Kong"
By Time Out HK
The shop’s reputation derives from its non-rushed, relaxed yet timely approach to bespoke tailoring. Time and care is taken with every single design, all cut and handmade by original Hong Kong master tailors in their on-site workshop just below the TST storefront. Empire’s house cut consists of a generally slim and tapered silhouette with lightly padded shoulders, a modern and ready-for-business look.
"A First Timer’s Guide to Getting a Custom Made Suit in Hong Kong"
By Joseph Lam
Empire International Tailors have a reputation as one of the best tailors in Hong Kong, a city known for its handmade suits. I got in touch with Mark, easy to do via their website, and set off to meet him and begin my suit.
To my surprise, Mark was young, well-dressed and handsome. I’d always pictured Tailors as men well and truly into their forties who wore driver’s caps and vests. Mark was the third generation born into a family business which has been around since the 80s.
"The ultimate guide to ordering a bespoke tailored suit in Hong Kong"
By The Loop HK
It’s no secret that Hong Kong is a world-famous destination for getting quality custom tailored suits. The options are seemingly endless — from shops flaunting suited and booted mannequins in Central to guys grabbing you on the buzzing streets of Tsim Sha Tsui, the city is a lively mecca catering to dapper men of taste and distinction. In fact, the legendary Sean Connery once said, “I know a good tailor in Hong Kong.” (As 007 in “Diamonds are Forever,” 1971, in case you were wondering).
"Best Hong Kong Tailors for Custom-made Suits"
By Graham Turner
This is one of the most popular tailoring houses in Hong Kong, a true local favourite, and a must visit destination for both locals and tourists alike. In fact, such is the lofty nature in which this Tsim Sha Tsui mainstay is regarded, I use it myself – and I have never been disappointed. Their level of care and craft is truly impeccable. A bit of background first – Empire Tailors is a third-generation family-run tailoring house, started in 1983 by brothers Andy and Anthony Asaf. They are still family-run to this day and the Master Tailors working at their onsite workshop are the same small team that have been there since the start.
"Have Empire Tailors design your man’s best suit ever"
By Sassy HK
Hong Kong’s social scene is filled with galas and events that are so fancy our boyfriend’s everyday suits just won’t cut it. So rather than spend a day scouring the streets of HK, we headed to the tailoring professionals at Empire, who as professional Hong Kong Tailors, knew just what to do when faced with our dilemma. With 35 years in the game and three generations in the business, the Asaf family at Empire Tailors has built up a solid reputation for putting out some serious suits. When they offered to give us an insight into how to get the best suit made for each occasion, we jumped at the chance. Here’s what we found:..
"Tips from top tailors on how to buy a bespoke suit"
By Phillippa Stewart
Conceived in the sartorial revolution of the early 19th century, the suit has since become a fashion staple that, when right, oozes class while also masking things such as droopy shoulders, short legs and long arms.
But it takes more than a credit card (a top set of threads can cost the best part of $50,000) and a torso to get the best out of your material coverings.
Fortunately, tailors aren't shy when it comes to giving style advice. We asked some of the world's best for tips on buying suits when away from home...
"Visiting a Tailor in Hong Kong? Be Specific"
By By M.J. SMITH
HONG KONG — Think of a major city, and you often think of a business. In London, it’s the pub; in Tokyo, the sushi restaurant, and so on.
In Hong Kong, it’s the tailor’s shop, home to a magician with cloth who can take your measurements one morning and produce a finished suit the next day. It sounds like a stereotype, but this city of about 7.4 million has hundreds of such businesses, supported by legions of tailors and seamstresses toiling away in drab industrial workrooms tucked into out-of-the-way neighborhoods or across the border in mainland China..
"Why Hong Kong Is The Best Place In The World To Get A Tailored Suit"
By Alexander Leung
The history of Hong Kong tailoring stretches back more than 100 years into the past, with its roots beginning in Shanghai, China. Shanghai was then considered an international mecca for tailoring talent, with many Chinese tailors learning their craft while abroad from the best Italian, Russian, and British tailors during their travels. Many of these expert Shanghainese tailors started making the move to Hong Kong in 1946 after China’s Cultural Revolution to seek better fortunes...