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Bespoke from Singapore (pic heavy!)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gshen, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. stylomilo

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    I don't know much about the details into fitting a suit yet, but I have to say it looks amazing on you at a first impression.
     
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    Just reviving an old thread... was in Singapore recently and decided to pay a visit to Iris Tailors based on some of the reviews here.

    Will post some photos once I get the suit in the mail (was only in Singapore for slightly over a week to try and get as many fittings in as possible).
     
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    I was in Iris 2 weeks ago for some work. They showed me a bunch: a pashmina, vicuna and cashmere blend made by Dormeuil. It came in a black shiny round box. Price per yard: $3,500. [​IMG] Yep, you read that right. 65% pashmina, 25% vicuna (I think) and the rest cashmere. The hand was hardly different from 150s and the designs were actually kinda tacky...like what a nouveau riche oligarch would wear. 30 minutes later, an east indian guy came in...scanned through the bunch, and ordered 2 pants and 2 suits right off the bat. He insisted on some "recession" pricing with some mischevious intent...then left 10 minutes later. Jeffery told me that's one of his regular clients.
     
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    Hello Gshen,

    great suit, very well done! Would you recommend i do my shirts from iris as well if I do my 1st suit there? Thanks!
     
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    I was in Iris 2 weeks ago for some work. They showed me a bunch: a pashmina, vicuna and cashmere blend made by Dormeuil. It came in a black shiny round box. Price per yard: $3,500. [​IMG]

    Yep, you read that right. 65% pashmina, 25% vicuna (I think) and the rest cashmere. The hand was hardly different from 150s and the designs were actually kinda tacky...like what a nouveau riche oligarch would wear.

    30 minutes later, an east indian guy came in...scanned through the bunch, and ordered 2 pants and 2 suits right off the bat. He insisted on some "recession" pricing with some mischevious intent...then left 10 minutes later. Jeffery told me that's one of his regular clients.


    wetnose, we might have been in at the same time... I met that customer too. And yes, i saw the fabric with gold trimming. Whack!
     
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    That's great suit for great price, also changed my view on Singapore tailor.
     
  10. LUBE UP

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    I'm just wondering if anyone has tried PIMABS or Clothesmith in Singapore, and if so how do they compare with Iris?
     
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    I'm just wondering if anyone has tried PIMABS or Clothesmith in Singapore, and if so how do they compare with Iris?

    If you want to pay S$2,000 or whatever amounts PIMABS charges for a 'designer' to send your measurements to a factory, be my guest! A fellow local SF-er asked once about their jackets and this was the reply exactly:

    " Our jacket uses both fusible interlinings and hand-stitched canvas on different parts of the jacket. We do not offer fully hand-stitched jacket because it will cost alot more and will take 3 months to complete at least."

    OK....
     
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    If you want to pay S$2,000 or whatever amounts PIMABS charges for a 'designer' to send your measurements to a factory, be my guest! A fellow local SF-er asked once about their jackets and this was the reply exactly:

    " Our jacket uses both fusible interlinings and hand-stitched canvas on different parts of the jacket. We do not offer fully hand-stitched jacket because it will cost alot more and will take 3 months to complete at least."

    OK....

    3 months AT LEAST for a half-canvassed jacket... Jeez[​IMG]
     
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    3 months AT LEAST for a half-canvassed jacket... Jeez[​IMG]
    Probably saving a few extra bucks by shipping the thing to and from China via seamail.
     
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    Batam, Indonesia, actually.
     
  15. apropos

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    Batam, Indonesia, actually.
    Wow. Just... wow.
     
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    At least 60% of Singapore's tailoring work, especially shirts, is outsourced to Batam. Alot of the tailors won't admit it, for fear that it would compromise on their ability to price higher.
     
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    At least 60% of Singapore's tailoring work, especially shirts, is outsourced to Batam. Alot of the tailors won't admit it, for fear that it would compromise on their ability to price higher.
    That explains a LOT.

    (Thanks for that.)
     
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    At least 60% of Singapore's tailoring work, especially shirts, is outsourced to Batam. Alot of the tailors won't admit it, for fear that it would compromise on their ability to price higher.

    Interesting - I know that alot of work was sent to Batam, but how did you get the figure you quoted?

    I would have thought that more suits were sent out than shirts, actually. There are quite a few shirt factories locally, but jacket/trousers less so.
     
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    One of my college mate has an uncle running an operation in Batam. So straight form the horse's mouth.

    There are a few locals but they are either currently advance in their years or themselves have hired PRCs, housewives, or some cheap overstayers to do the manual work. Don't quote me on that though.[​IMG] In case you are wondering, some of these old timers still do full canvas suits (that is the only way they have done it) but their house style will suit no one but North Koreans.

    As for production, yes, they do the whole works in Batam, suits, shirts and pants. When I said especially shirts, it is because the market for shirts is a whole lot bigger for Singapore than all their demand for the suits and trousers put together.

    Another reason why I think CMT with good fabrics is a pretty bad idea, if you do not know who makes your clothes eventually.
     
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    That was very enlightening, thank you.

    Cutting is done in-house at Iris, and I am fairly confident they have not been outsourcing their stuff to Batam and everything is still kept to local sifus for suits and a factory for shirts.. Of course, I could've been taken for a ride all this while. [​IMG]

    However, I've personally examined the work of some batam factories and what I've been getting is way, way better, and consistently so.
     

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