We’ve endlessly espoused the importance of a good suit. Even if the tech wunderkind CEOs of today are more often in jeans and T-shirts, there’s always a place for a well-made three-piece — it’s modern-day armour, where the right look and details can, as they say, maketh the man. For a piece of clothing where fit is everything, off-the-rack just won’t cut it (unless on the off-chance you’ve a body that’s shaped exactly like a mass-producer’s pattern). Making a suit — especially a bespoke one with multiple basted fittings — takes time.
This is where Edit Suits Co. comes in with a mix of tech-forwardness and technical know-how. Started by Patrick Jungo and Reto Peter in Singapore, many of the processes in the company have been built to optimise the tailoring of a suit that fits well — from having close relationships with Saville row-quality mills to embracing technology, and have an efficient production chain.
The company has seen rapid growth, and now has two more ateliers in London. There’s good reason for the growth: the company comfortably fills the gap made-to-measure and bespoke suits, and having one of the fastest turnaround times — suits made using its most popular fabrics take three weeks or less.
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There’s some amount of old-school romanticism surrounding tailored suits — the idea of a tailor taking your measurements, hand-tracing patterns on a bolt of cloth, and cutting everything by hand. At the company though, the suit patterns are drawn and edited using computer-aided design (CAD) software and then machine-cut, which ends up being more precise than those cut by hand — especially if a tailor isn’t as experienced or skilled.
Shares Jeroen Develter, director and country manager for the company, “While we started out in Singapore, we have two stores in London because there’s a bigger market there, although there’s definitely still space for expansion in Singapore.” On the cards are MTM womenswear, and shoes.
Making a suit
Edit Suits Co. focuses on modern, more fitted cuts that particularly suits Asian body types. The range of fabrics available is massive, and features esteemed mills including Ermenegildo Zegna, Loro Piana, and Scabal. They’ve also got close working relationships with all of them — their guys meet the mills at least once a week to talk shop and also source for new fabrics; so the possibilities are endless here: from their entry-level house fabric (already 100% wool), to high-tech, hydrophobic materials should you ever need to wear a suit to the seaside.
While they’ve got many of the made-to-measure options — including a choice of interior lining, gorge height, and lapel width, all of which you can easily pick out on an iPad complete with illustrations — their attention to details really shine through with the measurements for an MTM outfit. Outfits take into account shoulder slope (it’s rare to have perfectly symmetrical shoulders, although padding in a suit can even them out), the size of arm holes, and even whether a wearer is going to the gym or not.
Once you get the measuring out of the way though, (and you’re sure that your size hasn’t changed much) making more new suits is a breeze. They save all measurement profiles on their database, and it’s just a matter of logging in to customise a new suit from anywhere in the world — which, frankly, is so close to online shopping that it feels dangerously easy to keep buying new ones.
Book a fitting at the Edit Suits Co. website.
35A Duxton Road. Tel: 3158-3926