Raja Daswani travels for nine months of the year. He is the man David Beckham, Prince Charles and Lakshmi Mittal call when they crave a bespoke suit. Following India's Partition, Daswani's grandfather moved to Hong Kong from Mumbai in 1950. "The British set up base there, creating a demand for fine tailoring. The Chinese, although masters at it, didn't speak English. It was a moment of great opportunity," says the man behind Hong Kong's biggest made-to-order business, Raja Fashions, and proud recipient of the Best Citizen Award.
The absence of taxes made it easier to import fabrics, catapulting the city-state on China's south coast into a tailoring capital. When Mao Zedong took over China in 1949, some of Shanghai's best tailoring families fled from the grip of Communism, relocating here and quickly absorbing Western fashion trends.
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