Rated among the top 5 tailors in Bangkok in a CNN travel website piece last year, legendary tailor Perry’s has been going strong for four decades. It is run by genial septuagenarian twin brothers Narong and Phonchai, who learned the trade from their father, a tailor who came to Thailand from mainland China in 1928.
Prior to opening the Perry’s outlet on Silom Road (so named on the advice of a Filipino diplomat who told the brothers it was an easier name to remember than either of theirs), Narong and Phonchai would visit the homes and offices of their clients for measurement and fitting sessions.
“We catered mainly to local and international civil servants, diplomats, businessmen, and senior military offices…still do in fact,” says Narong.
Among their more illustrious clients they count the Duke of Edinburgh, former UN Secretary Generals Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Javier Perez de Cuellar, and the late Hollywood star Robin Williams.
The brothers, both of whom speak English fluently, are known for their ability to measure and cut ‘by the eye’ – so good are they at this that they can size you
up for a perfect-fit suit without actually taking any measurements at all. They are also able to maintain superb quality because they operate their own workshop at the back of Perry’s – no sending garments out for cutting at a third-party sweatshop. And Perry’s 30 plus artisans use only imported fabrics – the likes of Ermenegildo Zenga, Loro Piana, Dormeuil and Lanificio from Switzerland, Italy and England – to create bespoke garments for discerning gents.
“We take the time it needs to get a job right. If you want a suit made in 24 hours, I’m afraid you’ll have to look elsewhere,” says Narong.
On average, it takes from one to two weeks for Perry’s to make a two-piece suit, which will run to B20000 or more depending on the material selected.
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