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Singapore - Tailors?

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

  1. alloy13

    alloy13 Well-Known Member

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    For alteration of CT shirts, who is recommended in Singapore?

    The point in bespoke is really the fit. In this case, material quality is dependent on the brand, fit depends on the alteration tailor.
     
  2. pkiula

    pkiula Senior member

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    There are several who'll do a decent job. I recommend May on 4th floor in Lucky Plaza. Same side of Lucky Plaza as Iris Tailors is on Level 1, but up the escalator. The owner is a lady named May and she does the official alterations for Zegna, Dunhill, Canali, etc. Knows what she's doing. At alterations, Singapore tailors are pretty competent. I think the many folks at Far East Plaza (next to Hilton) will also be fine.

    You're right fabric is important in bespoke. But full bespoke can quickly get pricey. Iris, or HCT in Katong shopping center, can easily quote upwards of 200 SGD for decent Thomas Mason standard fabric.

    I buy online from UK/Italy brands because of their variety of patterns and fabrics. The finishing of CT, or Hawes & Curtis, or Hildich & Keys, and such, is pretty good. TM Lewin here is useless as they have blocked online shopping to prevent cannibalization of sales from the local Malay owners who make it sometimes 3 times the price in physical retail, but if you can figure out VPN and a UK address with VPost (Sing Post service), and therefore complete the entire purchase as if you were in UK, then it works; their "John Francomb" line is very slim and usually has fantastic designs (that link won't work from a regular Singapore connection, just FYI...yet it works flawlessly from my VPN connection.)

    Personally, I find that the Italian makers -- Barba, Finamore, Borrelli etc -- to make far superior garments overall. For a lean tall body that works much better. The Brit shirts are much lighter on the pocket though, so my workhorse shirts for daily office rotation come from them. The recent Hawes & Curtis lines have a luxurious silken touch to them. The Brit body frame of reference seems much stockier and shorter to me than their Italian counterparts (not a scientific fact, just my observation) which is why alteration is needed at all. A Barba "Extra Slim" shirt fits me off the rack and it might you too.

    Anyway, whichever brand you choose to buy: unless you're a very unusual shape, all you need to alter typically is the waist. A good tailor does this with the length of the spine anyway, so the shirt's overall drape gets tightened.

    Hope this helps.
     

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