Sick of Savile Row rates and high-street horrors? Lucas Hollweg and David Mills discover the man who can craft you a bespoke suit for next to nothing

Raja Daswani is standing in a suite on the 10th floor of the Sheraton Park Tower in London, eyeing my suit. It is a dark-blue pinstripe with a fuchsia-pink lining — off the peg, admittedly, but pretty dashing nonetheless. Daswani is not fooled. “That suit was not made to measure,” he smiles. “As tailors, we can spot these things.”

Daswani is not your average tailor. He is the head designer of Raja Fashions, Hong Kong’s biggest made-to-measure business, and he can kit you out with a bespoke suit for as little as £170. That’s personal tailoring for the same price as something nasty from the high street, and about one-tenth of what you would pay on Savile Row.

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