Albert Lam Bespoke

Meet the owner of this Manhattan Chinatown custom suit and tailoring shop.

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Meet Albert Lam Bespoke

Albert Lam Bespoke has been open since 1978, by Albert and his wife. They've served generations of customers, earning a national reputation for expertly-crafted suits.

"My wife and I emigrated from Hong Kong to NYC’s Chinatown in the late 1970s. When I first arrived, I apprenticed with an Italian tailor to learn his craft while working at a local garment factory to support my family. In 1978, my wife and I decided to open a tailor shop to sell handmade men’s suits. Even though my wife and I didn’t have high school degrees or speak English, we were able to open our own shop because the Chinese community gave us multiple resources and support channels." - Albert

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Determination

For over 40 years, they worked 7 days a week, eventually attracting customers like former mayor Dinkins and Ronny Chieng. With this work ethic, they sent all 3 children to college.

Albert Lam Bespoke (2021-01-17) by Fuxuan XinWelcome to Chinatown

Gentrification

After 35 years of business, their original landlord raised their rent by 100%, forcing Albert Lam Bespoke to move to a new location.

"We must save Chinatown. Due to this rapid gentrification, I moved to a shop on the 5th floor at Bowery/Canal. I hope to stay and survive the pandemic."

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Customers

Albert's business thrived through word-of-mouth, and customers come from all walks of life.

"My wife and I have made the finest hand-made suits for families across generations — from grandfathers to fathers, sons, and grandsons."

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Chinatown community

"As a Chinatown business owner for over 40 years, I interact with local Chinese-owned businesses on a daily basis. Chinatown is where I get everything done: from daily meals to banking, haircuts, accountant, grocery stands, hardware shops, and doctors."

"Chinatown is an essential part of my life, as well as thousands of New Yorkers from all backgrounds, colors, creeds, and walks of life.”

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Learn more

Read the full interview at https://welcometochinatown.com/news/business-spotlight-albert-lam-bespoke-63el6

And get your next suit at Albert Lam Bespoke, located at 80 Bowery, Suite 500

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Photos courtesy of Fuxuan Xin
Interview by Nicole Lam

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