Suit Up in Singapore
Visit these tailors if you need a bespoke shirt made during your trip.
Check out some of these tailors in town:
Coloc the Tailor
This old-school tailor has been around for over half a century, crafting quality garments for ministers, foreign dignitaries and ambassadors from Singapore and abroad. Fittingly, this veritable icon is located at the Raffles Hotel Shopping Arcade, where it has been since 1992. Coloc offers a mail order service where the client specifies the colour, design and material desired. The finished product is then dispatched to the customer by secured mail.
Address: 328 North Bridge Road #02-29 Raffles Hotel Arcade
CYC – The Custom Shop
A favourite of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister, the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, this family-owned garment maker has been making shirts since 1935. It offers a complete range of bespoke menswear, and has recently started to offer its services to women as well. Since production is based in Singapore at its own facility, turnaround times are quick, with a three-day express service available at an extra charge. It has three stores conveniently located near major shopping, hotel and business districts, with a flagship at the historic Raffles Hotel Shopping Arcade.
Address: 328 North Bridge Road #02-12 Raffles Hotel Arcade
One of the pioneers in the new wave of bespoke tailoring, PIMABS focuses on bespoke pieces with complete customisation over all details, including cuffs. The brand has a collaboration with Robinsons department store called Haber, which offers a faster “archetype fit” method that shortens the process of measuring clients using detailed fitting samples.
Address: 20 Cavan Road
Apart from bespoke shirts and suits made from top European fabrics, this shop on Telok Ayer Street offers accessories such as shoes, ties, belts and cufflinks. It is kitted out like a gentlemen’s club, with whisky served while you wait on a plush sofa. Founder Mr Chong Han San even flies overseas to measure and fit clients. Locally, he’s made bespoke shirts for Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong and the USA’s ambassador to Singapore, Mr Kirk Wagar.
Address: 116 Telok Ayer Street