Bespoke through to ready-to-wear have quickly become key offerings by the best tailors in Singapore. However what makes them “the best”? And what is the difference between Read-to-Wear, Made-to-Measure and Bespoke.
We searched for creators of quality suits in Singapore and discover the finest suits appropriate for formal, casual through to office wear. The tailors in Singapore are specialists in climate and travel fit pieces, reasonably priced and experienced offering a highly personalised service with plenty of creativity. The ingredients to becoming a dapper man.
Here are our top 5 menswear tailors in Singapore:
Aston Bespoke is more than meets the eye. Having recently moved from Millenia Walk to Club Street, this savvy bespoke menswear label has a fierce eye for detail and sources the most exquisite fabrics. Experienced in creating bespoke menswear, Aston Blake also carries a wide range of ready-to-wear tailored suits and shirts. Should sizing be an issue, items can be made-to-measure at no additional cost. What makes Aston Blake different is their approach to incorporating tailoring with their in-store stylist to ensure each man walks out with a suit (or shirt) that fits perfectly and has been crafted to his personal style and look. What’s more gift-wrapping and international delivery are available. Opening hours. By appointment only | 89 Club Street Singapore 069457 | +65 6337 3504
It’s not often you come across a young experienced tailor who was schooled by tradition. Kevin Seah’s appreciation for all things classic can be seen in his approach to tailoring. Stand out details of Kevin Seah’s suits are most certainly hand canvassing, linings, trims and buttons (genuine real horn buttons or mother of pearl). Hand-stitched shirts with French seams and a cutting-edge range of ties are also signature pieces from Kevin Seah’s creations. Available at Fiftyfive 55 Boat Quay Singapore 049844 Mon-Sat 11am-7pm or Kevin Seah Bespoke 5 Jalan Kilang Singapore 159405 by appointment only | +65 91884681 |
Besides being one of the hippest gentlemen’s lifestyle boutiques in Singapore, Swagger offers a collection of items every man should own. Among the inviting space lies an exquisite range of high quality ready-to-wear through to bespoke suits. The forever welcoming and exceptionally knowledgeable staff will assist in suiting up and styling to the individual. Swagger also offers a fine selection of ready-to-wear apparel, leather goods, accessories, vintage collectibles and grooming products to polish off your look. Opening Hours. Mon-Sun 11.00-20.30 | Swagger 15 Ann Siang Road Singapore 069695
The Black Label was the first to offer a bespoke butler service to connoisseurs of fine shirts and suits in Singapore. The Black Label’s distinctive feature is the their creative flair and an uncompromised attention to detail. Using only the best of fabrics from the top mills of Italy, the products are crafted to the highest standard of quality and complemented with customised craftsmanship that exudes class and elegance. What makes The Black Label exceptional is their range of over 4,000 high-quality fabrics, 30 cuff styles, 20 button colours made of shell or mother-of-pearl, 11 collar styles, and not to mention the different yoke styles. The Black Label is true to their promise of a butler service; Just call them to schedule an appointment and they will come to you at a location of your choice to suit you up. Opening hours. Mon-Fri 10am-8pm. Weekends by appointment only. The Black Label #01-61 Tower 2, 1 Raffles Place Singapore 048616
The strong customer centric approach of Victor York has kept gents in Singapore appropriately suited up for over a decade. Offering personalised tailoring services and classic creations with a twist, Victor York delivers a rewarding experience and a consistently high quality product. With a focus purely on detailed bespoke shirts and suits, Victor York will strive to make you feel good about yourself. 40b Boat Quay Singapore 049829 | +65 6220 5908
Given fit is one of the most important contributors to looking good in a suit, it’s worth looking into your options:
Read-to-Wear. Basically, you like the suit hanging on the rack, you try it on, it fits, you pay and you leave. To fit perfectly on the body the suit may require some alterations which can be offered by the tailor or you may choose to take it somewhere else.
Made-to-Measure. Takes the design/pattern of a ready-to-wear suit and customise the fabric, colour, buttons etc. Ordering a made-to-measure garment requires measurements to be taken and then a base pattern is selected. Delivery time can differ between tailors so best to ask up-front.
Bespoke. As The Black Label defines it, “The term ‘bespoke’ is from of old when a gentleman would handpick his choice of fabric and his tailor would mark it as ‘bespoken for’. It has an age old traditional craft form of tailoring in which upon a gentleman choosing his preferred pattern and design, a suit would be tailored for him based on his measurement.” Again, delivery time will depend on the level of customisation and fabric availability.
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