Tour OperatorsTailor Made Shanghai offers a week-long shopping trip in the metropolitan Chinese city of Shanghai

This tour lets you eat local food, sightsee and buy tailor made clothes

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David Soffer, founder of Tailor Made Shanghai.
David Soffer, founder of Tailor Made Shanghai.

The startup, named Tailor Made Shanghai, is the brainchild of David Soffer, who launched the novel concept after a succesful trial run in April. 

A new tour operator is inviting small groups to experience Shanghai’s sites, eat Peking duck, and buy made-to-measure clothing straight from local tailors. 

The startup, named Tailor Made Shanghai, is the brainchild of David Soffer, who launched the novel concept after a succesful trial run in April. 

“Lots of people love travel, and lots of people love buying custom clothes, but nobody has ever created a one-week tour specifically to do these two things together. I’ve created a fun way to combine them together into a unique experience,” shared the dapper travel enthusiast who has had more than 100 items of clothing made over the years. 

The fluent Mandarin speaker previously lived in China for seven years before moving back to the U.S in 2014.

During the trip, clients will visit tailors to select fabric, before proceeding to choose designs and get measured. They can peruse a full range of customisable options including suits, shirts, overcoats, jackets, blazers, pants, dresses, and related items. Best part? They can take home their finished items before their last day of the trip. 

In between fittings, the group will be able to visit attractions in Shanghai such as the Bund, Yu Garden and the French Concession, experience stops that offer insight into Chinese culture – think Marriage Market, the Daily Food Market and the Propoganda Poster Art Centre – while indulging in popular local cuisine such as hot pot, Peking Duck and pan-fried steamed buns.

On choosing to position the business as a tour operator instead of a clothing company, Soffer explained, “There are already many companies who are selling clothes to customers in the U.S. and Europe but who are manufacturing them in China. I realized that I could offer a better value proposition, since my company does not take a cut off clients’ purchases. Instead, they’ll pay the tailors directly and be able to enjoy lower prices.”

Tailor Made Shanghai currently offers three trips during the first half of 2018, including one during Shanghai Fashion Week in April. Each trip costs US$1,995 per person (excludes airfare) with a US$500 refundable deposit required to secure a place on the trip.

To celebrate the company’s launch, clients who sign up for a 2018 trip and submit a refundable deposit by December 31, 2017 will receive two free suits/overcoats/dresses as well as three free shirts/blouses during their trip.

After the trip to Shanghai is established, Soffer hopes to expand the venture to Beijing, Hong Kong/Shenzhen, as well as other Asian cities such as Seoul, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

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