A day in the life of the world's most famous tailor, who works 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, and has made suits for Bill Clinton, Russell Crowe, and Bruno Mars

  • Roshan Melwani of Sam's Tailor is possibly the world's most famous and Hong Kong's best tailor, having made suits for an impressive roster of celebrities and world leaders.

  • Melwani, 41, said he has carefully crafted his lifestyle so that he can lead his business, spend time with his family, and stay happy and healthy.

  • Melwani's daily routine includes waking up at 5 a.m., drinking six shots of espresso in the morning, practicing handstands and yoga, and working 12 hours a day.

Roshan Melwani likes to say he is the “walking persona” of his Hong Kong business, Sam’s Tailor.

Over its 60-plus-year history, Sam’s Tailor has built a reputation as a world famous tailor by providing stylish bespoke suits to an impressive roster of celebrities and world leaders — everyone from Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton to celebrities like David Bowie, Russell Crowe, and Bruno Mars.

The 41-year-old is the third-generation proprietor of Sam’s Tailor. Like his father and grandfather before him, he works relentlessly — usually six days a week for 12 hours a day.

“There’s definitely a heritage,” Melwani told Business Insider. “To anybody, I would never say I’m a self-made man. I’m the rightful heir to my father’s hard work. I’ve used his platform to springboard into what I am now.”

Over the last decade, Melwani has rebuilt Sam’s Tailor to be a more modern enterprise, incorporating social media marketing and encouraging more fashionable clothing design. At the same time, he’s rebuilt his lifestyle towards being more healthy and happier.

That has meant taking care of both his body — giving up drinking, eating healthy, and regular exercise — and his spirit — regularly learning new hobbies like dance and yoga, and taking up leadership positions in his community and the local government.

Between his business, his many commitments, and spending time with his wife and three young children, Melwani has few free moments to spare. But he has a strong sense of responsibility for both the business he has inherited from his father and for his family.

“This company is my lifeblood. If I don’t take the responsibility to run this company, then I can’t ensure my future or my family’s future because my future is this company,” he said. “I’ve grown into that mentality.”

Step into a typical day for the world’s most famous tailor:

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