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He's famed for his little blue numbers and now we know where he buys them. Charlie Porter reveals the truth about Tony's tailor

"I am the master, I'm Raja you know," booms Raja Daswani, co-owner of Raja Fashions, which claims to be the largest tailor in Hong Kong. Forty-two-year-old Daswani, who this week took an order of six shirts for Tony Blair, is in his temporary atelier, a suite at London's Sheraton Park Tower hotel. He is striding over to his next customer, minutes after emailing his last sell (£900 for a couple of sports jackets, some trousers, a suit and two shirts, all bespoke) to his warehouse in Hong Kong, where his clothes are cut, stitched and mailed out in four weeks. Around the suite there are more clients waiting - one on a sofa, the others perched on a bed next door.

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