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The Dugdale Bros Travel Journal: Asia

Our Huddersfield home is nestled in the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Pennines, but word of our luxury products reaches far further afield.

With a growing international client base, our status as a world-renowned cloth merchant has steadily spread, and we are thrilled that our reputation has become especially prominent in the Asian market.

Building relationships with our valued clients and retailers is hugely important to us, so our MD Simon recently embarked on a voyage to the East to catch up with some of our loyal retailers there…


Simon’s first destination was the emerging fashion capital of Tokyo. Here, he met with Eiki Kobayashi from tailoring business Eikokuya, and caught up with Dugdale’s Tokyo distributor, Akira Sawamoto.

With a workshop employing a hundred craftsmen and producing over 8,000 suits each year, Eikokuya is the largest bespoke tailoring company in the world. We’re delighted that they have recently chosen us to supply a range of mohair for their prestigious store, so this was a particularly special visit for Simon!

South Korea

After bidding farewell to Japan, Simon moved onto the thriving, style-centric city of Seoul in South Korea.

Although fleeting, this destination involved a number of productive appointments with the city’s highly renowned tailors Vanni, B&Tailor and Tailorable.

Hong Kong

Onwards from Korea, Simon travelled to Hong Kong, where he met with Dugdale’s agent Billy Lau and a host of esteemed tailors.

One of Hong Kong’s largest tailoring enterprises, E-Rave Tuxedo has stores throughout the region and across the delta in Macau. Making the most of his time there, Simon also visited Paul Wang of Luxe Tuxedo at his store, and caught up with William Au of August Tailors. And combining business with pleasure, he even managed to fit in dinner at the Aberdeen Marina Club with Felix Chan of Brown’s Tailors, one of Dugdale’s most loyal retailers in the region.

Now back in Britain, Simon has been sharing his stories and photos from his trip – enthusing about his meetings with talented craftsmen and reunions with long-standing, loyal customers.

And his excitement has been infectious – we’re delighted to see our relationships with this region’s most talented tailors going from strength to strength, and are certainly looking forward to them using our treasured textiles for their bespoke creations in the future.

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