This post was written by Marybeth Ramey
I was speaking recently to Mrs Robert Loh, the owner of Lord’s Tailor Shops. She told me that about 40% of her clientele are expats. This percentage has held .rm since the mid 1970’s when the very public satisfaction of Boxing great, Muhammad Ali and his 20 man entourage hit the press. Former PM Dr Tun Mahathir, major international celebrities like Jimmy Choo and Mel Gibson followed his lead and word quickly spread throughout the expat community that here was a tailoring shop on par with the finest London has to offer.
About 20% of their customers are tourists including many repeat ones. They go to Lord’s, especially during the holiday seasons, because they know their garments will be flattering to them. As most expats already know from experience, the usual stock of clothes on offer here are for the much smaller frames of Asians and trying to buy formal or elegant evening attire can be very humbling and frustrating, not to mention getting regular office clothes. So why do they frequent Lord’s Tailors?
There are several reasons. First are the fabrics themselves. They are selected to be able to breathe with the person wearing them and have generous give and flexibility to them. The Loh’s do not skimp on fabrics but have decades old trusted sources with whom they discerningly choose from in a wide variety of shades and hues.
Second is the skill itself of the tailoring. The fabrics are approached in a scientific manner by master tailor, Robert Loh, who uses his deep knowledge of physics and engineering, to properly and accurately cut the cloth to the unique body he is working on. With the much larger sizes of expats both in girth and height, he is able to keep the material proportionally flattering to the entire body no matter the shape.
Wearing his flawlessly cut clothes at even the most upscale function will have you at ease knowing you are looking your absolute best. Unsightly bulges and unflattering areas of the body will be cleverly camou.aged by this brilliant master tailor.
This is a busy time of year for the Loh’s. 2008 they re-opened their conveniently located Bangsar store in the newly renovated Bangsar Shopping Centre. This shop is much larger than previously and patrons are able to select from a vastly enlarged stock of fabrics, styles, cuts and even some accessories now. Their other store in Ampalk Mall, Ampang in the heart of the Embassy district, is always humming with activity as long time expats mix with the crème of the Malaysian society crop plus their international clientele who are all excitedly in various stages of .nalising their special attire.
Why not give yourself a much deserved treat and pay them a visit yourself?
There are two locations for Lord’s Tailor.
Lot1.10 & 1.11, 1st Floor, .eAmpwalk (Ampang Walk), 218,
Jalan Ampang, 50450, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03.2166 0918, 2166 1918
Fax: 03.2166 8918
Opening Hour:11am-8pm (mon-sun)
F18 & F19, 1st Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Jalan Maarof,
59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03.2094 9776
Fax: 03.2094 6536
Source: The Expat December 2010
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