Tailors in Singapore: Bespoke suits, custom suits, and menswear
These tailoring houses offer both bespoke and made-to-measure services.
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Ambassadors, royalty and numerous members of the business community: Master tailor Thomas Wong has outfitted them all in his five decades in the tailoring business. And now, the 71-year-old veteran would like his clients to put their sartorial faith in the young team at his relaunched atelier, The Prestigious. The Prestigious is Wong’s brand and the name of his former tailoring shop, which was housed at Shaw Centre for 13 years until the shopping centre closed for major renovations in 2012. At the new atelier, every piece of bespoke clothing is made in-house by a team of tailors and apprentices – under Wong’s watchful eye, of course. Outsourcing, a common practice in the industry, is a no-no here. The Prestigious also prides itself on its selection of materials such as European silks and Italian horsehair canvas.
The 43-year-old Kevin Seah started out as an apprentice in women’s tailoring when he was just 17. While Seah currently stocks a ready-to-wear clothing collection in his boutique, those seeking a made-to-measure outfit will find over 40,000 fabric samples at their disposal; the possibilities of customising a suit – down to the fit, fabric, and colour – are endless. Kevin Seah also produces sartorial garments suited for Singapore’s tropical climate with remarkable expertise. With a firm belief in the traditional method of creating suits, the house individually cuts and canvasses suits by hand, crafting them to last a lifetime.
5 Jalan Kilang, #03-01, The Mill, Singapore 159405, Tel: 6532-2018. kevinseah.com
Established in 1935, this family-run made-to-measure tailoring house is one of Singapore’s oldest tailors. It counts amongst its clientele political and business leaders, including Singapore’s first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew. Originally known as CYC Shanghai Shirt Company, the business is currently run by third-generation managing director Fong Loo Fern, who started out working on the shop floor at the age of 12. Offering quality imported materials, superior craftsmanship, and highly-personalised service, customers will find it easy to create their own sharp signature style at CYC Company.
Dylan and Son, helmed by partners Dylan Chong and Matthew Lai, offers suits tailored for the man with classic taste and an appreciation for subtlety. Dylan and Son’s bespoke suits are designed to be clean, precise and minimal. Quality workmanship coupled with quiet detailing and an overall balanced look makes way for a handsome, evergreen outfit.
The only Tom Ford boutique offering made-to-measure services in Southeast Asia is located right here in Singapore at Marina Bay Sands. A specialist is flown in from Milan three times yearly to meet clients, take their measurements, assist in selecting fabrics, and see to the personalisation of each suit. Following this consultation, artisan factories in Italy then begin work on the suits before the finished product is flown back to Singapore within eight weeks.
With Edit Suits Co, one need not attend numerous fittings in order to find the right fit. After an initial consultation, a personal measurement profile will be created for the customer. Thereafter, subsequent suits can be tailored without the customer heading down for further fittings. This, however, does not discount Edit Suits Co’s selection of premium quality fabrics and skilled tailors. Those who prefer to get their measurements taken before ordering a suit can still do so at the store.