Hello everyone – welcome to another of my reviews. In this article, I’ll be reviewing my experience of tailoring a double-breasted suit at Edit Suits.
I first paid a visit to Edit Suits in early 2019, where I commissioned a navy 3-piece suit crafted from a lovely VBC (Vitale Barberis Canonico) Perennial fabric. Since my last visit, the showroom has undergone a significant makeover, with the team having been changed and expanded. As such, I decided to return to meet the new outfitters in this iteration of Edit Suits – let’s see how my experience went.
Edit Suits – the Experience
The first change I noticed was the look of the showroom.
When I first visited Edit Suits in 2019, the company has already begun the process of bringing in Bali-esque wooden furniture to brighten up the space. In the two years since, Edit Suits has doubled down on that aesthetic, resulting in a showroom that feels bright and airy – a relaxing environment to be in.
I also noticed the suits hanging on the mannequins had a more relaxed style. Previously, the suits on display were formal – tuxedos, navy 3-piece suits, etc. 3-piece suits and tuxedos are still present, but now in lighter colourways that reflect the general shift towards a more relaxed dress code in this post-pandemic era.
The focus on more “summer” colours is also reflected in the accessories Edit Suits carries. There’s now a visually arresting wall of ties, where there’s almost every colour imaginable. Sure, there are the usual navy/black ties, but also pink/pastel ties in equal measure.
Edit Suits has one of the widest ranges of premium fabrics locally – fabrics from mills such as VBC, Loro Piana, Zegna, Drago, Holland & Sherry, Dormeuil, Scabal, and more are available at relatively affordable prices. Currently, a half-canvassed VBC suit starts from a mere $999, while fabrics from Reda, Dormeuil, Holland & Sherry and Loro Piana are available for under $1500.
After browsing through a bunch of fabric books with Juriani, I eventually narrowed it down to Loro Piana – an Italian mill that produces some of the world’s finest fabrics and is part of the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy group. It’s a renowned brand that even has its own boutique in Ion Orchard, so I was really interested to see if the quality matches up to the prestige.
Upon hearing my preference for Loro Piana, Juriani recommended the mill’s Australis collection. Made from Super 150’s Australian merino wool, the fabric is lightweight, breathable and soft, making it appropriate for Singapore’s tropical weather. She recommended a few textured fabrics, and a particular navy pinstripe fabric caught my eye. A navy pinstripe is one of the most classic patterns in tailoring, thus complementing the versatility of the Loro Piana Australis fabric perfectly.
As I’ve previously done a 3-piece suit with Edit Suits, I decided to opt for a double-breasted suit instead. The pinstripe fabric I chose would be appropriate for both work, events and even weddings. I decided to pair it with a classic white shirt from Edit Suit’s brother label, Edition One, which I will feature in detail in a later article.
After choosing my fabric, Juriani began with the measurements. 27 measurements were taken in total for my 3-piece suit which took about 30 minutes. They also took into consideration my body posture, which I was told plays a very important part in how the suit is made and ensures it drapes perfectly. I was also told that my measurements were largely similar to my old ones from 2019, so I guess my diet hasn’t been too effective.
Although there’s no baste fitting process at Edit Suits, it does have a template fitting system that uses fitting jackets to achieve an ideal fit. Similar to a baste fitting, it lets customers visualise and feel how your jacket will look. As I’ve already covered Edit Suit’s fitting process in detail in my initial article, I won’t repeat the specifics here.
It was immediately apparent that Juriani (and the other outfitters at Edit Suits) possesses an extensive amount of experience in tailoring. This translated to her pointing out every detail of how the fitting jacket fitted me, such as the sleeve pitch (as seen in the photo above).
After the fitting was done, we moved on to finalising the customisation options. The process remains almost identical to my first visit, except that it’s now done on a laptop instead of an Ipad.
We started by deciding upon the most important aspects of the design, namely having the suit in a double-breasted configuration and with wide peak lapels for more aplomb. Unfortunately, Edit Suits currently only offers the double-breasted suit in the default 6×2 arrangement, so if you’re searching for a more adventurous style (4×1, 6×1, 2×1, etc) you will have to look elsewhere.
We then moved on to the customisation options for the trousers. I went with side adjusters as usual, and without pleats for a cleaner, more modern look. Once again, I’ve covered the various stages of Edit Suit’s customisation options in my previous article, so I’ll be brief here.
After about three weeks, I returned to try on the finished suit.
The first thing Juriani had me do was sit on the bench to check if the suit was comfortable. That’s interesting, and an added touch from my first visit. I conveyed that the suit felt comfortable – neither the jacket nor trousers felt too tight, even in a sitting position.
We next scrutinised the overall fit of the suit. I was impressed at how well the suit fit off the bat, although that’s perhaps unsurprising given that the initial suit from Edit Suits fit well too. The only area that needed alteration was the back, which didn’t drape as cleanly as I would have liked. Juriani promptly pinned up the relevant areas – one can tell that she’s very familiar with pins and chalk (quintessential tools of the trade) – and told me that the suit would be ready within the week as alterations are handled by Edit Suits’ in-house tailor.
Edit Suits – Suit Review
I returned to collect the suit – let’s see how it turned out.
The front of the suit fits well, with the jacket comfortably hugging my shoulders without any wrinkling. The jacket is of the right tightness as well – tight enough to look fitted, but without any wrinkling emanating from the jacket buttons. One can also see a slight tapering, though it’s less obvious on a double-breasted suit. In addition, the suit jacket is of the correct length, ending at the middle of my crotch/the middle of my palms. Lastly, there are none of the dreaded shoulder divots here – one of the cardinal sins of tailoring.
From the side, one can see that the sleeve pitch is good too, with minimal wrinkling at my arm’s natural resting position. The sleeves are of the optimal length, being short enough to expose about 1/4 inch of shirt cuff. The suit jacket also rests nicely on the shirt collar – no unsightly gap between that often besets off-the-rack and even made-to-measure suits.
For those that have read my past tailoring reviews, you would know that the back is where most tailors stumble. It was also the area where the most alteration was done. Ultimately, I would say that the back drapes fairly cleanly. There are a few wrinkles, but most look to be due to the natural creasing of the soft Loro Piana fabric – which can be alleviated by steaming – rather than from poor fit. It’s not the cleanest back I’ve had, but considering the lack of a baste fitting process at Edit Suits I would say it turned out better than I had expected.
I was most impressed by the fit of the trousers, which draped cleanly with a classic half-break look. It’s roomy enough to be comfortable, but tapered enough to look sharp. It’s one of the best-fitting trousers I own, and I’m very pleased with it.
Another aspect I’m really pleased with is the Loro Piana Australis fabric. It’s one of the most exquisite fabrics that I’ve tried on – premium to the touch, while being lightweight and comfortable on the body. I remember taking the suit to my usual dry cleaner, who commented on how nice the fabric felt.
I also loved the pinstripe pattern, which adds a subtle level of detail to the suit. The white pinstripes complement the white shirt perfectly, while the horn buttons add another level of sophistication without being over the top.
Paired with the double-breasted design, the resulting suit is one that’s as timeless and classic as they come. Several elements such as the wide peak lapels and the ticket pocket add a rakish old-school, Mad Men vibe to the suit. Yet, the suit doesn’t come across as dated at all, pulling off a delicate balancing act successfully. Due to the double-breasted design – and touches such as the wide peak lapels and ticket pocket – the suit possesses enough pizzazz to make a memorable statement at events. I can definitely see myself attending weddings in this outfit as well.
Finally, I found the suit to look great both in the daytime and nighttime. Some suits look better during the day, while some look better at night. I found my new double-breasted Loro Piana suit from Edit Suits to be equally capable both when the sun’s up and when it’s out – it’s the definition of an all-rounder suit. I can honestly see myself wearing the suit a lot, which is one of the highest praises I can give to a suit.
All in all, the suit ticked a lot of boxes. I wanted a versatile suit that would be appropriate in almost all scenarios, and I would say that Edit Suits delivered.
Conclusion – so Edit Suits “shiok” or not?
Despite the changes, Edit Suits has retained its core strength, which is to provide good-fitting suits, crafted from quality fabrics by reputable mills, at an affordable price. In terms of style, Edit Suits is best at offering timeless looks (in terms of cut, design and fabric) that are versatile and won’t go out of style. The new outfitters are experienced – Juriani previously worked at a bespoke tailor prior to joining Edit Suits – and turnaround times are quick due to the streamlined fitting process. For busy professionals and grooms on a tight timeline, or anyone that just wants a pleasant, hassle-free experience, Edit Suits ticks all the boxes.
A 2-piece house fabric (100% wool) suit at Edit Suits starts from $699, with canvassed premium suits (VBC, Loro Piana, Dormeuil, etc) starting from $999. Shirts start from $99. This specific Loro Piana Australis suit costs $1698. For readers, Edit Suits has kindly offered a free shirt (worth $99) with every purchase of a suit with a minimum spend $999, and a free pair of chinos (worth $189) with every purchase of a suit with a minimum spending of $1499. Simply quote “WAHSOSHIOK” while booking your appointment or flash this article in-store. You can also quote the promo code “wahsoquick20” to enjoy 20% off your first shirting order online. Interested customers can book their appointments here, and choose “Wah so Shiok” as the referral option when prompted to enjoy the free shirt/chinos. Edit Suits still delivers quality suits at affordable prices with minimum hassle – I’m glad that hasn’t changed.
Edit Suits Co.’s Location: 35A Duxton Road, Level 2, Singapore 089499
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P.P.P.S Shiok is a common word Singaporeans use to express admiration or approval. As of 2016, you can find the definition of the word in the Oxford English Dictionary.