Fabric Market Shanghai Prices: How to Bargain (2019 Edition)


Fabric Market Shanghai Prices is part of the TPOL in Shanghai Trip Report.

Disclaimer: If you click on my Bluffworks affiliate link and buy something, I get paid. 

Who’s the flyest Arab you know? The answer is TPOL. While I stay looking good thanks to blog affiliate Bluffworks (see Bluffworks: 30,000 Miles Later, How I Showed Up Wrinkle Free to NYC), I require a full wardrobe of attire to stay fresh. And the best place to get said attire is at the Fabric Market in Shanghai. I wrote about it previously (see TPOL’s Guide to Bargaining Abroad) but have an update for 2019.

I have been coming to the same tailor since 2009. The suits last forever and the wrinkle-free shirts can’t be beaten. Ten years later, I still have to bargain to get the 朋友 price. They tried to say that the prices of old were now impossible, but you know I wasn’t buying that. Here’s what I paid and the delta. The initial prices were at least 50 percent more if not double. Here are the Fabric Market Shanghai 2019 prices:

  • Pants: 200RMB, $28 (same)
  • Suit: 500RMB, $71 (same)

    I bought the one on the left, among others.
  • Suit with interior lining: 600RMB, $85 (First time, not sure lining should be 100RMB more but maybe next time I’ll say 550RMB).
  • Tuxedo: 700RMB, $100 (paid 200RMB more but this one is fancier! I think 600RMB would be more appropriate).
  • 3 Sportcoats linen: 1100RMB, $52/coat  (first time and my favorite)

    Bluffworks shirt underneath
  • Wrinkle Free White Shirts: 100RMB, $14 (same)
  • Pattern shirt: 110RMB, $15 (10RMB more) I think this is nonsense because I never paid more for patterns before. I won’t budget next time.
  • Tailored ties: 33.3RMB, $4.75. Silk ties should be 10RMB, $1.43. These are ties made from the same fabric as my shirts. And they are beautiful.

    One is authentic Versace, not tailored. Can you spot it?


I bought enough clothes to last me until my next expat trip. I came away knowing that when it comes to bargaining, I still got it and I think they still like me (contrast my Fake Market post 2019 Edition where I was not welcomed). They seem to get a kick out of my bargaining style. When I brought up freshly purchased suitcases to pack my clothes, they were in awe that I only paid 230RMB for two giant ones. Obviously, the tailor must make some money off of me. Otherwise, they would say 不行 and leave me naked.

Look at my face. You know I’m not falling for the banana in the tailpipe.

TPOL’S TIP: Don’t fall for the ‘really no profit line’. They’ll respect you for it.

Fun with the tie lady and my great new suitcases.

TPOL’s TIP: Fabric Market Shanghai is located at 399 Lujiabang Lu. Take DiDi to get there.

TPOL’s TIP: My tailor is #261. Show them a picture of me for your entertainment. Let me know if you receive a better price than I did.

The whole crew.

TPOL’s TIP: Always better to get tailored stuff made at your fattest. It will motivate you to get in shape.

Fits better post dumplings and post chicken and broccoli.

For female reader’s here are the prices I negotiated for Ms. TPOL. I haven’t done enough reconnaissance to say they are rock bottom, but I believe they are very good.

  • Trench coat: 500RMB
  • Shirt: 100-150RMB depending on the style
  • Pants/Shorts: 160RMB, $23
  • Professional dress: 400RMB, $57
  • Blazer: 400RMB

Fabric Market Shanghai Prices is part of the TPOL in Shanghai Trip Report.



  1. Do they do clothes for guys that are a bit less form fitting? The jackets seem fine but the pants kinda look like leggings or capris. Or is that just how clothes are made to fit in Shanghai?

    • Haa well let me put it into context. I gave them my bluffwork pants to make copies. So they didn’t measure me. Came back with pants that were snug. Now they’re fine

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