Launched by former Raoul menswear designer Chong Han San, Q Menswear takes centuries-old tailoring practices and modified them to fit the brand’s design philosophy: a focus on colour and proportion. As such, the goal is colour coordination and cutting fabrics to enhance one’s features. All products are crafted by a local team of tailors working with over 2,000 fabrics sourced from Italian and Swiss mills. Prices start from $170 for shirts and trousers and $870 for a two-piece suit. Additional design details can be requested at an extra cost.
Dylan Chong took over the business from his father, Peter, and rebranded it as Dylan and Son. Unlike other bespoke offerings that give you complete freedom over the design, Dylan and Son strive for classic styling – that means no ostentatious details. Nonetheless, the brand makes some of the finest suits using fabrics from Loro Piana, Scabal, Dormeuil and more. It’s also the only tailor in Singapore to offer Eurotex (fine yarn) fabrics. Prices start from $200 for shirts, $300 for trousers and $2,500 for two-piece suits.
What to look for in a suit
Don’t be swayed by those longer, leaner blocks you see in Saville Row’s windows. Those only work if you’re tall. And if you are vertically blessed, don’t opt for contemporary shorter cuts or your backside will be exposed. The length of your jacket should reach your knuckles or around the bottom of your zipper.
Take a good look at your figure and work out what suits you. Generally, the fewer buttons your suit has, the longer and sleeker the silhouette. The shoulder seam should also end where your shoulder does – any padding or rigid structure will throw the whole thing off-balance. The sleeves should follow the natural contours of your upper arm and stop where the arm ends and the thumb begins.
Suits are made of wool. Stick with that. Quality cloth can be squeezed and can bounce back with little or no sign of wrinkling. If it feels like there’s a structure to the fabric, that’s a good sign, too. Watch out for loose threads, cheap plastic buttons and puckering, especially at the seams.
Looking for something more casual?
Here’s a secret for guys who want to look spiffy in a perfectly tailored made-to-measure suit. Menswear labels Dylan & Son and Kay-Jen have come together in a shophouse along Telok Ayer, and specialise in bespoke tailoring and made-to-measure lines, respectively. Swing open the doors and walk into a minimalist space, furnished with an in-house workshop. An experienced team will take you from fitting to finishing, and you’ll walk out with a wellcut piece, no matter your tastes. Kay-Jen Dylan veers towards a youthful, contemporary style, while Dylan & Son are masters at classic bespoke cuts.
If you’re looking for bespoke tailoring and made-to-last clothing for both men and women, stop by homegrown outfit Inventory. Started in 2016, this bespoke, made-to-measure label focuses on everyday clothing for both genders and local craftsmen create each garment, which includes suits, biker jackets, jeans and more. Just like the best bespoke tailors, there are no off-the-rack shirts or suits to buy at Inventory – each piece sold is made according to the customer’s measurements. But unlike traditional tailors, the Lin sisters’ go beyond just classic three piece suits to create fashion-forward modern pieces including shirt dresses and utilitarian shirts in collaboration with creatives from difference disciplines such as fashion stylists and musicians.
This sprawling ION Orchard store probably has more suits on its many racks than smartly dressed men in our sweltering city. So the next time a fancy dress occasion rolls around, bring your father, brothers and other halves through its doors. Suit shopping can be pretty daunting if you can't tell your notched lapels from party-ready peaked tips, but the attentive – and very sharply suited – service staff here are in top form, ready to demystify the dress code without being too pushy.
Pick from the many muted shades of green, blue, grey, or black on the racks ($579-$1,549), or speak to the team about finding the best fabric for the garden wedding you don't want to melt at. The one-stop nature of the store also means that you won't have to venture outside in search of a shirt ($129-$309) or pair of brogues ($279-$1,159) to match. And those sewing machines flanking the entrance of the store aren't just there for show – alterations are done in-house while you wait, which means you can pretty much rock up two hours before your fancy fête to get dressed, if you roll that way.