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Singapore - Tailors?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by black_umbrella, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. black_umbrella

    black_umbrella Senior member

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    All right, so I can't get to new york. I can't get to Hong Kong. But, I am going to Singapore for a couple of weeks for a conference. This turn of events suggests the question, Is there anything worth it, tailor-wise, in Singapore?

    Exchange rate is good. Caning? A possibility. But is there a chance of a horrendous entry-level bespoke gone wrong?
     
  2. ColdEyedPugilist

    ColdEyedPugilist Senior member

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    From what little I know:

    1) Iris Tailor in Lucky Plaza probably represents the closest thing to the SF Fit. GShen has used them to good effect. I suggest a forum search for pics and details.

    2) I have seen the website for Kevin Seah Bespoke; it doesn't look half bad, but I'm not sure about the somewhat closed fronts.

    I've done enough research on the usual suspects (Raffles Tailor, Joe Tailor etc.) to be skeptical about their claims.

    In conclusion: I don't believe the Singapore tailoring scene to be on par with that of Hong Kong.
     
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  3. black_umbrella

    black_umbrella Senior member

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    OK. thanks. I'll look through the threads for some pics. I wasn't actually expecting the tailor scene to be as good as HK, but I was hoping there might be some shining stars.
     
  4. lysandar

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    Kevin Seah and Dylan Chong are good places to start.
     
  5. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    Try the search facility here. This will take you to Gerald Shen's posting amongst others which tell the full story of a couple of suits made by Iris Tailor and the good results he enjoyed.
     
  6. Verniza

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    It depends on your budget. Iris and Dylan are relatively well priced. Kevin Seah on the other hand, runs quite high in Singapore standards but that said you should check out their works to see if you are satisfied with what you get.
     
  7. cocteau

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    Hi,

    Iris is defenitely a good pick. The Woman -Nani- who runs the shop with her husband is a punk with blue hair and so on. Therefore she knows that not everyone wants to look like the typical singaporean.
    The shop has a fidel group of fans who are probably the most sartorial people in town. Nani and Jeff know and mostr importatnt understand their taste and make pretty good things for them. I have bought some quite unusual things there myself and they really adapted to my wishes. it took a while until we got the stuff right, but they understiood the quintessence of what i wanted and did it for me.
    Kevin Seah is more expensive than nani but i would say not better. Ive seen no customers of his but when I see what he and his employees wear, i dont feel like they would understand my idea of a conservative suit. In my eyes his shop is more a fashion place. An this is what he is good at. But less a classical mens wardrobe place.
    Hope that helps a bit
    cocteau
     
  8. black_umbrella

    black_umbrella Senior member

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    I did and couldn't find the Gshen stuff. I'll try harder.
     
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    Hey guys, which tailor to recommend for 4-6 workhorse shirts? Looking @ a budget of below SGD 100 per shirt, on a fresh graduate's salary.
     
  11. trum01

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    Buy Charles Tyrwhitt and then go to Alter Pro for an improved fit.
     
  12. Tropicalist

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    You are not going to get much for less than $ 100 except alteration. Btw old favourites are cyc are not bad at all and Gentlemens quarters in raffles place is pretty decent for formal shirts.
     
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    I'm assuming CT cloth is better than sub-100 local shirts?
     
  14. trum01

    trum01 Senior member

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    IMHO, yes.

    CT quality is generally considered to be similar to TM Lewin, Brooks Brothers etc. TM Lewin is about 80 - 100+ a shirt I think in Singapore and for some absolutely ridiculous reason have BLOCKED their website for Singapore. Brooks starts somewhere near 180 and goes up and up.

    CYC sometimes has promotions in which they tailor shirts for around 110+ so maybe you could check that out.
     
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    bboysdontcryy Senior member

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    Blackumbrella, where do you usually get your suits made up at?
     
  17. Nguyenning

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    I'll be in singapore from Feb 7 - 18th and plan on getting a suit made. Figured I'd give this post a little bit of a bump...


    I've come across these suggestions from internet searches:
    • Iris
    • Dylan & Son
    • Maharajas
    • Justmens
    • Eurobest
    • Jacks Custom Tailor
    • Mohans Custom Tailors
    • A&P Custom Tailors
    • Mode & Creation

    I plan on doing a bit more research on all of these. Iris will be on vacation when I'm there, so that's a bummer. I've heard a lot of good things about Anthony Tan at Mode & Creation... and it looks like Max at Mohan's advertises himself quite a lot online.

    Anyone have any personal recommendations either on that list or not?
     
  18. Yika

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    Stick with the 1st 2.

    Dylan & Son default style drifts towards fashion forward. Iris towards classic with a modern touch.
     
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    Having tried the top 3 in that list I'd say don't expect global quality. If the best shirt you have ever worn is M&S, then you'll be ok. If you have had the pleasure of a Barba or a Borrelli, then I recommend what someone else recommended above -- get a CT or Hawes & Curtis online and get if altered if needed.
     

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