If you don’t know what Surrender is, the hipper-than-thou sales staff sure expect you to. Carrying brands like Thom Browne, Casely Hayford, and the exclusive Nike Tier Zero and Converse First String, make this quiet boutique a heavy-hitter in the local fashion game. Denim-wise, look to Japanese brands Visvim and Neighborhood for washed and unwashed versions.
The store is a lot more like a museum than a retail space, giving off the airs of a ‘look-but-don’t-touch’ policy – and it carries the price tags to match. However, you’re definitely going to find gems here if you can bear staying long enough to shop.
The Union Jack on the floor serves as a gigantic welcome mat for visitors to the first Singapore outpost of the UK-based fashion boutique. Catering to both men and women, the clothes and accessories stocked at Jack Wills – including jeans, suits and pretty dresses – are all inspired by classic British aesthetics, so expect to find plenty of stripes, checks and florals.
Here’s where every young Singaporean male kick-starts his denim phase. Nudie, that brand you now see knock-offs of at pasar malams, is the big seller here, but we suggest you skip it. You’ll want to seek out Pure Blue Japan, Imperial Denim and APC instead. The latter tends to run in slimmer cuts (it is a French brand, after all), while Imperial jeans are heavy, sturdy and thick – which means you’ll literally sweat your balls off. The Pure Blues use far lighter denim, so go for those if you don’t want your denim to stank after five wears. The Denim Store will move to 313@Somerset in April 2016.
The Spa Esprit Group's male counterpart to the brand's popular Strip and Browhaus concepts is an all-in-one space for men to get their head-to-toe treatments in a space that feels less princess palace and more superhero hideout. A small retail area is stocked with goods by Malin+Goetz, label.m, Geo F Trumper and a We Need a Hero house brand – so dudes don't have to wait until the next tune-up to hit up this Tiong Bahru joint.
Services-wise, haircuts ($40-$85) are administered by veteran scissorhands Janice K and Quester Ng, while an in-house team is responsible for colour work (from $75), treatments ($70-$180), shaves and trims ($15-$65) for wild moustaches and beards. Strip's expertise in hair removal is on full display, too, with the same menu of waxing ($9-$85) and IPL ($120-$1,926) services that cover guy-specific crannies. We Need a Hero also provides proprietary techniques to remove all that fur from the ears ($14) and nostrils ($20) – and plans are underway to launch facials for men.
Hidden on the second floor of the F&B-dominated Club Street is The Blind Cobbler, a modern, woody man cave outfitted with a pool table, a bar area (because beer) and rows upon rows of leather and suede shoes for the lads only. Founded by Steven Rogers and Simon Barnett, the shop stocks brands from the UK and Europe, including Grenson, Hudson, Swear London and Matthew Cookson. They’re also expanding into other men’s products – think socks, bags and wallets – as well as attire for women by designers like locally based Aussie Ana Perova.
Tuckshop and Sundry Supplies, which opened in 2011 on Kandahar Street, offers the discerning Singaporean man a wide selection of apparel, footwear, leather goods, accessories and various other gentlemanly requirements, including shoe oil and hair products. Brands featured include Iron Heart from Japan, Rising Sun from the US, China’s Red Cloud and even its very own local OBBI Good Label, which specialises in handcrafted leather wallets, belts and pouches.
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 2 hours before your fancy fête to get dressed, if you roll that way.