About David Soffer - Founder, Tour/Food Guide, Translator, & Tailor Made Clothing Expert
Fluent in Mandarin Chinese after living in China for 7 years, company founder David Soffer came up with the business concept when he returned back to the USA in 2014 and became dissatisfied with the high prices, lengthy shipping times, and alterations required of clothing for sale from existing online made-to-measure companies. After research revealed that most online made-to-measure companies were acting as a middleman and outsourcing their orders to tailors in China, Soffer decided to offer clients the chance to buy tailor made clothes direct from the source while offering them a fun vacation at the same time.
About the company
Tailor Made Shanghai was formally launched after a test of the concept proved successful in April 2017. The business operates as a travel company, and thus does not sell clothing nor make any commissions or fees on clients’ purchase of clothing or anything else during the trip. Bilingual tour guides are experts in the process of buying tailor made clothes and use their experience and expertise to provide assistance and translation for clients. The company has plans to expand this concept with trips to other cities in China and elsewhere in Asia in the coming years.
About the trip
Tailor Made Shanghai is the first (and currently) only company in the world to sell tours offering one-week sightseeing trips with a focus on assisting clients buy tailor made clothes, ready in 6 days for them to take home on their return flight. A few other items of note:
In addition to tailor made clothes, clients also have the chance to purchase custom made shoes and prescription eyeglasses/sunglasses.
Trips taken during April and October will let clients experience Shanghai Fashion Week.
Clients will eat 12 different types of Chinese cuisines during the trip.
Accommodation for trip guests is at the 5-star Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel.
Tour group sizes are from 5-15 people.
Tailor Made Shanghai currently offers 1 trip per year to Shanghai. Additional trips to other cities are currently being planned.
Reservations can be made online here. The cost for the trip is $2,495 per person. A $1,000 refundable deposit is required to reserve a place on a trip.
All pricing on this page is in US$ unless otherwise noted.