Tailoring and suits will never truly go out of style. We don’t wear them as much anymore, especially in Singapore, but there will always be the need to suit up. And when those wedding invitations, black tie events and posh brunches come, the only way to go is with a well-fitted suit.
If off-the-rack suits fit you nicely—chances are, you’d still have to send them to a tailor for minor alterations—count yourself lucky. To really look sharp in one is to have one tailored to your unique body specifications. Like a magician, a good tailor knows what to look out for when recommending fabrics, fits and design details for your made-to-measure suit, and then materialise it to perfection. A well-made suit takes time but the results are most definitely worth the wait.
Ready to look sharp? We list down our recommendations for menswear tailors in Singapore to get you started.
KayJen Dylan is the result of a partnership between Matthew Lai of Kay Jen Tailored, and established tailor Dylan Chong of Dylan and Son. The duo handles different facets of the business—Lai is focused on made-to-measure while Chong does more in-depth bespoke services. Ultimately, their focus is on classic menswear tailoring but adapted for modern proportions and styles. KayJen Dylan’s workshop is housed in the same space, which means that they work closely together with the in-house cutters throughout the process.
Best for: Super neat and amazingly tailored trousers.
KayJen Dylan is located at 120 Telok Ayer Street. Contact them at 6221 1852 to make an appointment.
Q MENSWEAR has evolved from just being a tailor shop. The menswear brand has it’s own ready-to-wear line, bespoke shoes and even stocks custom leather goods. Tailoring however, is still core to the brand. At Q MENSWEAR, it’s all about letting their clients’ personalities shine through while making them look and feel good. They’ve dressed some familiar Singaporean street style stars too, so you know you’re in good hands.
We recommend: The extensive range of linings for suits is one of the reasons why Q MENSWEAR is special.
Q MENSWEAR is located at 116A Telok Ayer Street. Contact them at 6636 6939 to make an appointment.
Kevin Seah has been in the tailoring business for more than 25 years. That in itself is a testament to the quality of a Kevin Seah Bespoke suit. Offering both made-to-measure and bespoke services, every suit—from the buttonholes to seams along linings—is finished fully by hand. This means that a suit can take between three to four months to complete. And with a wide array of fabrics from some of the best fabric mills in the world to choose from, this is the place to go if you’re really serious about your suit.
Best for: Suits that are uniquely yours.
Kevin Seah is located at #03-11 The Mill, 5 Jalan Kilang. Contact them at 6532 2018 to make an appointment.
Mr.Bulli & Sons
If it’s prints that you want, Mr.Bulli & Sons is probably the tailor for you. The patterns and prints available at Mr.Bulli & Sons range from the common checks and polka dots to more extravagant floral and vintage-inspired designs. Pick from a selection of fabrics the likes of Ermenegildo Zegna and Cerruti for your tailored shirt, suit or pants at pretty reasonable prices. While you’re at it, pick a pocket square or two—also in interesting patterned fabrics—for the complete sartorial look.
Best for: Standing out from the other suit-wearing pack.
Mr.Bulli & Sons is located at #01-6 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard. Contact them at 9154 5507 to make an appointment.
Thomas Wong is highly-regarded as the master of Singapore’s tailoring scene. The founder of The Prestigious was the president of The Singapore Master Tailor Association and has been in the business for around six decades. At The Prestigious, everything is done at its on-site atelier and no tailoring project leaves the space. Its roster of tailors has all undergone years of training and they are personally mentored by Master Wong.
We recommend: Checking The Prestigious out for suits you'd want to invest in.
The Prestigious is located at 62B Boat Quay. Contact them at 6705 6708 to make an appointment.