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Bespoke Shirts / Suits

Postby Silverhawk24 » Fri, 25 Sep 2015 6:00 pm

Just got here and appreciate this has prob been covered ad nauseum. Need a recommendation on a quality bespoke shirt tailor. On scale from Fiat - Ferrari, I'm looking for the Volvo or Audi.

Once paid a guy in NYC US 275 for a shirt... great shirt... but don't want to do that again. What's a reasonable price range for quality french cuff w/ limited bells and whistles.

Recommendations on suit tailor also welcome. Targeting under US 1k per.

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Re: Bespoke Shirts / Suits

Postby Strong Eagle » Fri, 25 Sep 2015 9:11 pm

Check out this thread.

viewtopic.php?f=13&t=103033&p=706460&hilit=armani#p706460

Shirts run from S$100 to about S$160 depending upon the material and whether or not a second contrast fabric is used.

Full thread

viewtopic.php?t=103033&hilit=armani

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Re: Bespoke Shirts / Suits

Postby Brah » Fri, 25 Sep 2015 10:36 pm

Damn USD $275.....

I once paid up for some A&F shirts, top quality though off the rack, but they weren't that expensive and it was over 20 years ago in the height of Wall Street
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Re: Bespoke Shirts / Suits

Postby Silverhawk24 » Wed, 30 Sep 2015 11:35 am

thanks to both... I've been warned by my colleagues here that Singo might not be the best locale for custom shirts... only one way to find out.

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Re: Bespoke Shirts / Suits

Postby the lynx » Wed, 30 Sep 2015 1:29 pm

Silverhawk24 wrote:thanks to both... I've been warned by my colleagues here that Singo might not be the best locale for custom shirts... only one way to find out.

Cheers,


Well if you want to avoid Singapore, you can try Thailand or Vietnam but the same rule applies about fitting and alteration time frame (2 weeks minimum).

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Re: Bespoke Shirts / Suits

Postby Silverhawk24 » Wed, 30 Sep 2015 2:31 pm

Helpful.... many thanks

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Re: Bespoke Shirts / Suits

Postby JR8 » Wed, 30 Sep 2015 4:28 pm

Lynx makes a good point re: timing. IMO/E if you are in a rush then it's license for the tailor to cut corners.

I'd also avoid any tailor in the central touristy areas. And also any that hand out leaflets on the street or tout you as you walk by. Good tailors are busy tailoring and haven't time or need for such things.

But to start off, why do you want tailored clothes? I ask as IME tailored clothes are useful if you don't fit an off-the-peg size. But you have to pay a lot to get something that looks better than a solid quality shirt (or suit) that has simply been adjusted to a perfect fit. I've frequented a number of Jermyn Street (London) tailors over the years. The last one which I've used for years now is Lewin's, who will make any required adjustments for a nominal charge. Even their basic shirts look better than anything I have ever had tailor-made in Asia.

That is in part down to the quality of fabric used, but also the colour of stitching, and what the buttons are made from. Do the collars need removable collar-bones? On a suit, does the lapel button-hole actually open, or is it just a squiggle of thread 2cm long attached at either end? Do the back-pockets on trousers open, etc?

Time is also important as a good tailor won't risk cutting the button-holes until you've had a second fitting. IME the 1st fitting for a suit is just the foundation 'shell' of the jacket, the 2nd is with the sleeves attached. At that point sleeve length is judged and quite probably adjusted. Only then are the buttonholes cut.

In your shoes I'd do one of two things...
- Look at the sharpest dressed people at work with a similar style to your own, and ask them who their tailor is. SGns have a reputation for being hard-nosed with money, so if the colleagues are locals then all the better.
- Get an off-the-peg shirt from a quality tailor and have it adjusted as might be required. I know Lewin's (in the UK) offer adjustment for a nominal sum on their mail-order goods too. So if you visit their shop, buy a shirt and it needs adjusting, note what they are and then use their mail-order w/adjustments in future.

Lastly, there is no point trying to get cheap MTM. By definition quality tailoring is expensive. A budget purchase reveals itself clearly in the details. Simple things like plastic buttons on a shirt, or fake button-holes on a jacket.
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Re: Bespoke Shirts / Suits

Postby Addadude » Wed, 30 Sep 2015 7:10 pm

I'm not advertising for them but I was quite impressed with Suit Supply in Ion. http://apac.suitsupply.com/en/store?Sto ... -Singapore

I even managed to find a suit that just about fit me off the rack - which is quite an achievement. They tailor/adjust shirts too and the rage of fabrics and designs are very nice.

Certainly not cheap but the styling, cut and fabric are very good for the price you pay.
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Re: Bespoke Shirts / Suits

Postby Silverhawk24 » Wed, 30 Sep 2015 8:56 pm

Thanks to both.... Re: why tailor-made, I'm 6'4" and slim... really slim. A slim fit shirt, or an off the rack shirt that I get taken in looks like one of those $5 rain parkas they sell at sporting events when it rains.

No amount of strategic tucking and folding at the waistline makes it look right.

Off topic now... thanks for the recommendations... I get some shirts next week in London.

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Re: Bespoke Shirts / Suits

Postby Silverhawk24 » Wed, 30 Sep 2015 8:57 pm

One last point... it's not about cheap, it's about quality. I just don't know what the going rate in Singo is... I'm no haggler, so need something to go in armed with

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Re: Bespoke Shirts / Suits

Postby Kvothe » Mon, 05 Oct 2015 2:32 am

I tried a couple in SG off the back of advice on earlier threads in this forum.

Iris Tailor in lucky plaza was very good and I got shirts for around $150 a piece. The quality is outstanding and the fittings for shirts and suits are much like what JR8 described as far as foundations and care with button holes ;)

I also tried Christian Armani in Far East Plaza and would recommend to stay away. While the pricing is similar - the shirts were done in a single fitting, the quality of the cloth is incomparably worse, and both the cuffs and collar on all of them are coming apart after only 6 months of wear. Unfortunately this was my first experience of tailored clothes so I was somewhat naive about what to expect and ask for during my visit.

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Re: Bespoke Shirts / Suits

Postby Silverhawk24 » Mon, 05 Oct 2015 6:51 pm

Very helpful... Will give Iris Tailor a go.

Thanks for the firsthand account.

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Re: Bespoke Shirts / Suits

Postby Brah » Mon, 05 Oct 2015 8:02 pm

FWIW and IIRCC, that is about double what my local tailor charges for shirts, and he is pretty good.
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Re: Bespoke Shirts / Suits

Postby jacksonjo572 » Thu, 04 May 2017 4:29 pm

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Re: Bespoke Shirts / Suits

Postby ComingSoon » Thu, 04 May 2017 7:50 pm

I found Grand City to be a pretty good deal. They are in the middle of no where. But they appear to do the production for a lot of the tailors in town on a white label basis. They don't do suits (I think).

https://www.singapore-tailor-guide.info ... rand-city/

I don't remember how much I paid for a short sleeve button down with lots of extras, but I think it was between $65 - $85.

If you have a shirt that you like then bring it in and they can match the measurements.
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