Mr. Singh's thailor and fashion gallery, Patong beach, Phuket, Thailand
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 Keeping up Appearances: Mr. Singh's Tailors

Here both  in hotels themselves and in the beach resorts. One of the best-known in Thailand, however, is Mr Singh's, who now has the recently opened Mr Singh's Fashion Gallery in Patong.

Situated at the northern end of Patong's Rat-Uthit Road, the gallery is bright, spacious and airy. On display is a huge range of cloth (linen, cotton and cashmere to name a few) plus ready-made shirts, blouses, jackets, ties, scarves and much more.

The congenial Mr Singh, as he is universally known, began business in Bangkok in the early 1970s and his first shop is still on the same premises on Rangnam Road. He gradually opened many more shops, scattered around Bangkok. After over two decades of great success, Mr Singh decided to head south and he opened his first shop in Patong, Phuket, in 1999. 

After searching for the appropriate site, he opted for the Rat-Uthit location, away from the hustle and bustle of Patong's Beach Road and Soi Bangla. The Fashion Gallery stands out along the road lined with European guesthouses, hotels, bars and restaurants. Set slightly back from the road, the brightly lit array of clothes in the large window certainly attracts the eye. Once inside, staff will gladly be of immediate assistance or leave you to browse, advising you on cloth selection as you wish.

Displayed items are generally priced (discounts negotiable). The high-quality cloth comes from all over the world: from Thai silk to English wool, Italian wool and Swiss cotton (although the range amazingly extends to over 20,000 different fabrics and colours).

Mr Singh was born in Thailand and lives here. His main customers in Phuket are tourists, although in Bangkok he is very popular with locals who need well-made, attractive suits and clothes for the workplace. The Fashion Gallery offers many options for the buyer, including bargain packages from suits, shirts and ties, to dresses, skirts, blouses and scarves. Individual requirements can be catered for easily. Off-the-peg items are also available, as are leather jackets and a great variety of Thai-silk ties and scarves.

The best-selling items are suits: for many people outside of Thailand, it can be a costly exercise to buy a suit (even from a department store). What Mister Singh can offer is a hand-made, high-quality, made-to-measure, fitted suit in a fine fabric for a fraction of the cost back home. The time taken for measurements and fittings can also be tailored to most needs and the staff speak seven languages.
According to Mister Singh, "the market is booming" and the Phuket shop, opened less than a year, has achieved "a success rate beyond all expectations". He believes that "expansion is on the cards" and that the excellent service provided here in Phuket can only help to improve the confidence of tourists in buying tailored clothing here in Thailand.

So, for a friendly welcome and a few bargains, take a trip to Mister Singh's and treat yourself to a new wardrobe (you may have to buy a new suitcase to fit it all in, though).

Mister Singh's Fashion Gallery: 26/2 Rat-Uthit Road, Patong. 
Tel: (66 76) 345 037. E-mail: fashiongallery@hotmail.com


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