In this article, I’ll be rounding up my picks of tailors in Singapore – all starting from under $1000. In my personal experience, most Singaporeans are either unaware of the existence of these local tailors, or have the impression that having a made-to-measure suit would be incredibly exorbitant. In this article, I hope to shine a spotlight on the noteworthy efforts of these Singaporean tailors, whom I believe distinguishes themselves from others in the industry.
Without further ado, these are 9 tailors in Singapore I’ve personally tailored garments from that won’t break the bank. The tailors listed below are in ascending order of price. I would like to emphasize that the tailors are not ranked in any particular order, so do take the time to read through my comments on each individual tailor to better know their strengths and weaknesses. This is probably the most comprehensive guide on local tailors out there currently – there are other listicles out there, but none whereby the writer actually personally tailored from the all the mentioned tailors.
The “affordable tailor” segment is by far the most saturated space in the local tailoring industry. If you’re active on Facebook, you would probably have seen a barrage of “$399 suit promotion” advertisements by multiple tailors. Unfortunately, most of these tailors (in my opinion) often deliver sub-par products, and are staffed by inexperienced part-timers. To find out more on what to look out for when buying a suit, do read my tailoring guide here. I’ve been to most of these affordable tailors in Singapore and based upon my personal experience, have shortlisted three. If you’re on a budget, do check out the tailors below!
Based in Orchard Plaza, Ehkay Corner has been offering great affordable suiting options since the 1980s.
Basted Fitting: No, but they do a Muslin fit. A Muslin fit is similar to a basted fitting, with the difference being that while a basted fitting uses the cloth that you chose, a muslin fitting garment is often fashioned out of a cheaper material. Muslin fitting is sometimes used by tailors to save cost and wastage.
Lead time: 2-3 weeks
My opinion: Despite their affordable price point, Ehkay Corner ticks a lot of boxes. Unlike the majority of the other affordable tailors popping up on Facebook currently, Dinesh and his wife Hina have been managing Ehkay Corner since the 1980s – that’s over 30 years! In fact, Dinesh picked up the trade from his father and elder brother, who ran the business before him. In terms of experience, Dinesh and his wife definitely have it in spades. In addition, Ehkay Corner also boasts a local, in house production. In contrast to the vast majority of the other tailors at this price point, Ehkay Corner does not outsource – all garments are produced in their workshop locally. As a general rule of thumb, tailors with an in-house production have better control over their back-end, and therefore possess a higher consistency in their products as compared to tailors who outsource their production overseas. If you don’t trust me, just look at their Google ratings – a near-perfect 4.9/5 rating from over 400 satisfied customers! Furthermore, there’s even a fitting session in their tailoring process for a better fit. Overall, Ehkay Corner is one of the best affordable tailors in Orchard. Their shirts are also rather affordable, so if you’re looking for an affordable tailored shirting option, do consider Ehkay Corner! Lastly, Ehkay Corner also offers affordable rental services, so if you only have a temporary need for a suit (e.g groomsmen, prom, etc) that could be an option as well. Their rental prices are for 72 hours, so that’s a relatively better value than other tailor rental services that mostly only rent for a day.
In comparison: As compared to Mohan’s, I find Dinesh’s service at Ehkay Corner more personal and approachable. For example, they never fail to offer me a drink every time I’m there. If customer service is important to you, Ehkay Corner is the right choice. In comparison to Esquire’s Atelier, Ehkay Corner is lower-priced and thus can be said to be a better value proposition.
Price: Readers can enjoy an exclusive 10% discount off all products at Ehkay Corner. After the discount, a mixed wool suit from Ehkay Corner starts at just $326! That’s almost the same pricing as G2000 suits ($299). Simply quote “WAHSOSHIOK” or flash this post to enjoy the discount. Readers can also get 5% off rental services.
Recommended: I recommend going for the mixed-wool $326 2-piece suit – it’s a great starting point, especially given its half-canvassed construction. For weddings, you can consider the $432 3-piece suit set (pictured above) for more aplomb. I also recommend the $688 tuxedo set, which is inclusive of a 2-piece tuxedo suit, a tuxedo shirt, cummerbund, and accessories such as a bow-tie and pocket square. Finally, their $68 shirts and $77 pants are bang-for-buck options too! Prices stated are after the aforementioned discount. Readers can also rent a two-piece suit at $114, or a tuxedo set at $166.
Location: #01-57 & #01-01 Orchard Plaza, 150 Orchard Road Singapore 238841
There’s no shortage of affordable tailors in Orchard – there’s probably over a dozen of them just in Far East Plaza alone. Having been situated at Far East Plaza since the shopping mall opened in 1982, Mohan’s stands out from the many tailors there.
Basted Fitting: Depends. Mohan’s starts off with a muslin fit, and depending on whether the muslin fit is satisfactory, there may or may not be a basted fit.
Lead time: 1-2 weeks
My opinion: In the local tailoring scene, the Mohan brand is recognisable, with Mr. Max Mohan himself being somewhat of an icon. In fact, the government (more specifically, Gov.sg) actually did an entire episode on Max Mohan and his work! Like most of the older generation tailors – and unlike most affordable tailors – production for their garments are done in-house locally, overseen by master tailor Mr Koh (who also appears in the aforementioned video). Overall, I think that Mohan’s Custom Tailors is a great value proposition. For just $350, you get a mixed wool suit, as well as a shirt (after the promo code below). Their garments are well-crafted, and fits rather well too. Mohan’s get the important stuff – fit and craftsmanship – right, and in these two aspects, they really shine. Mohan’s has developed a healthy brand reputation over the decades (boasting a 4.9 Google rating with over 400 reviews) and after experiencing their tailoring, it was easy for me to see why.
In comparison: As compared to Ehkay Corner, Mohan’s has a shorter lead time. If you’re in need of a suit urgently, Mohan’s is the better best bet. Mohan’s also has an edge over Esquire’s Atelier when it comes to experience and reputation.
Price: A mixed wool suit starts at $350. Just for my readers, Mohan’s is offering a free shirt with every suit purchase from $350 and up! Simply quote “WAHSOSHIOK” whilst making your appointment or flash this post while at the store to enjoy the complimentary shirt.
Recommended: While suits at Mohan’s start at $350, I recommend topping up an additional $100 for a half-canvassed construction. As such, I recommend the $450 half-canvassed mixed wool suit, which comes with a free polyester cotton shirt. For those looking for better material (important if you’re planning on wearing the suit/shirt frequently), my advice would be to go for the $550 half-canvassed full wool suit, with a free full cotton shirt included. The $100 increment may be substantial, but it is definitely worth it.
Location: 14 Scotts Road, #02-73 Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213
Located in Lavander, Esquire’s Atelier is currently a popular choice in the wedding scene. With sharp style and a basted fitting process, Esquire’s Atelier is a great affordable option if you’re looking for a wedding/event suit.
Basted Fitting: Yes!
Lead time: 1 month.
My opinion: If you’re looking for a wedding/event suit, I believe Esquire’s Atelier may be one of the best affordable options. On your big day, you want to stand out – you’re the star, and all eyes are upon you. As such, you need a tailor with a sharp sense of style, and Esquire’s Atelier is just that. Not only do they have over 5 years of experience in dressing grooms and groomsmen for their big day, but they are also unafraid to push boundaries stylistically without breaking the bank. The production of their garments are also made locally, which should translate to a higher level of consistency. They offer both affordable linen/wool half-canvassed suits starting from $400, as well as VBC suits from $989 (after the promo code below). For those planning to re-use their wedding suit for work afterwards, I highly recommend topping up a little and going for the VBC option. Overall, if you’re looking for something sharp to stand out from the crowd during an important event, Esquire’s Atelier is one of the best bang-for-buck options around.
In comparison: As compared to Ehkay Corner and Mohan’s, Esquire’s Atelier is younger, fresher, and has a sharper sense of style. There’s also more customisation options available (lining, button, style options, etc) which are included in the price.
Price: Readers can enjoy an exclusive 10% discount off suits at Esquire’s Atelier. After the discount, a 2-piece half-canvassed suit from Esquire’s Atelier would start at just $399, while a fully canvassed VBC suit would cost a mere $989! Simply quote “WAHSOSHIOK” whilst booking the appointment or flash this post when at the showroom to enjoy the discount.
Recommended: For those on a budget, I recommend the $494 linen suits, which has a lovely casual summer vibe due to its iconic wrinkled look. If you’re looking for something more formal, their $494 mixed wool suits are also great. For those with a little more to spend, I highly suggest going for the $989 fully canvassed VBC wool suits – it will last you for the rest of the decade. Prices are after the abovementioned discount. In addition, readers also get to enjoy special pricing on shirts (starting $79), pants (starting $89), and vests (starting $120) when they purchase a suit!
Location: 64A Pagoda St, Singapore 059223. Interested parties are highly encouraged to book an appointment first here – which states Wah so Shiok as a referral source – to enjoy the 10% discount!
Review: I reviewed my experience at Esquire’s Atelier here, and the fit and style of the outfit I commissioned here. In addition, I also reviewed a Holland & Sherry suit from them here, and a brown oblique suit from them here.
At the $700 price point, there is a noticeable increase in either the quality of the garments (fabric or construction), or the customer experience. The aforementioned sub-$500 tailors are great, but at $700 one begins to appreciate the experience in addition to the product.
Located in the heart of the CBD, Perfect Attire offers a wide variety of premium fabrics (VBC, Drago, Holland & Sherry, Piacenza, etc) at very affordable prices.
Basted fitting: Yes, with an additional preceding Muslin fit.
Lead time: 4 weeks
My opinion: Personally, I believe that Perfect Attire provides the best craftsmanship for the money. Even on their entry-level $500 house fabric suit, the suit comes half-canvassed, the buttons are shanked, buttonholes are hand-sewn, pic stitching is available and jacket cuffs are functional. Furthermore, all of Perfect Attire’s garments are made in-house, with the canvassing done by hand – consistency and quality control is top-notch. Fit is great as well, with two fitting processes implemented (Muslin fit first, and a basted fitting thereafter) to perfect the fit. Finally, the quality of fabric available is unparalleled for the price – currently, Perfect Attire is offering fully canvassed Drago suits for just $850, while VBC/Holland & Sherry suits are going for a mere $1000. Overall, if you’re looking for a great fitting, well-crafted suit constructed with premium fabrics at an affordable price, Perfect Attire is a terrific choice. One of the best bang-for-buck tailors I’ve personally experienced!
In comparison: As compared to Sors Studio, the craftsmanship of their suits are superior. Details such as hand-sewn buttonholes, Milanese buttonhole, Barchetta pockets and surgeon cuffs can be found on all of Perfect Attire’s suits – these cost additional at the other two tailors. Perfect Attire also offers the lowest priced “premium” fabrics (VBC/Holland & Sherry/Drago) at this price point. In comparison to Closeknip, Perfect Attire also incorporates a two-tiered fitting process, which in theory should lead to a better fit. It’s also arguably a quintessential aspect of tailoring that’s an experience in itself.
Price: A 2-piece half-canvassed suit starts from $500, with fully canvassed suits starting from $650. A fully canvassed 2-piece Drago fabric suit starts from $850, while VBC/Holland & Sherry fabric suits start from $1000. Just for readers, Perfect Attire is offering a free shirt with any suit purchase. Readers can get a free house fabric shirt with a purchase of a 2-piece house fabric suit, and a premium Andreazza & Castelli shirt free with a purchase of a 2-piece premium suit. Simply quote “WAHSOSHIOK” whilst booking the appointment or flash this post when at the showroom to enjoy the discount.
Perfect Attire has also kindly extended a 10% discount on any shirt, trousers and waistcoat purchase from its Elite collection. The Elite collection comprises cotton, linen, as well as wool blends, so there’s a great variety of fabrics available. After the discount, tailored shirts, trousers and vests would start at just $162 each. Simply quote “WAHSOSHIOK” while making the online appointment, or flash this post if you’re a walk-in.
Recommended: I wholeheartedly recommend the fully canvassed house fabric (mixed wool) suit at $650, as well as their Drago premium suit at $850. As aforementioned, I doubt one can find a fully-canvassed suit (with a free shirt!) for $650 anywhere else. In addition, it is virtually impossible to get a fully canvassed Drago suit (with a free Andreazza & Castelli shirt) at $850 in Singapore. For those on a tighter budget, their $500 half-canvassed house fabric (mixed wool) suit is a great entry-level option to the world of sartorial tailoring – and you still get the free shirt! Honestly, I think that Perfect Attire’s suits are underpriced, and consumers should take advantage of this pricing (and the free shirt) before they inevitably increase the price. I also like the style and fit of their vests, shirts and trousers.
Location: Oxley Tower Unit 03-38, 138 Robinson Road, Singapore 068906. Interested customers are recommended to book an appointment online prior to dropping by.
For those who prefer a more sartorial vibe, Closeknip is for you. Despite having been established for less than a year, the brand has experience in spades – it is the brainchild of Leslie Chia, who has helmed bespoke tailoring outfit PIMABS for over 15 years.
Basted fitting: No, but there is a sleeve-fitting, and a comprehensive template system.
Lead time: 2-3 weeks.
My opinion: Closeknip has been one of my favourite tailors thus far. It’s a great blend of old and new – the showroom (with its complimentary booze) and contemporary styling feels young and fresh, but unlike other young tailors Closeknip is backed by decades of experience in the form of Leslie Chia. This is someone who’s a stalwart in the local tailoring scene, often mentioned in the same breath as Kelvin Seah, Thomas Wong, and Dylan & Son, someone who usually does $3000 suits for celebrities. At Closeknip, you not only get the design impetus and the styling advice of Leslie, but also his measuring prowess and meticulous attention to detail when it comes to fit. Yet, Closeknip suits start from a mere $699 (for TCC members) – when you consider that Leslie usually handles suits quadruple the price, Closeknip begins to look like a steal. Closeknip also recently provided the red carpet looks for the stars of local indie film Wet Season during the film’s opening during the Singapore International Film Festival!
In comparison: As compared to Perfect Attire, Closeknip definitely has the upper hand when it comes to styling, as well as customisation options. In terms of similarity, Closeknip is most akin to Sors Studio, albeit with subtle differences. Aesthetically, the styling at Closeknip is more timeless and classic, more Tom Ford. As such, I would say that their suits are slightly more versatile, appropriate for both wedding and work. Furthermore, Leslie has also been in the tailoring scene for longer than Gary (of Sors Studio), so Closeknip has a slight edge in terms of experience. Lastly, due to their unique template system, the tailoring process is more fuss-free for the customer (as compared to the other two tailors), and does not require the customer to pop by multiple times for fittings – a boon for those with a busy schedule.
Price: A sports jacket starts at $699, while a three piece shirt package starts at $480. Unlike the other tailors, Closeknip has a paid membership system whereby customers can opt to pay $150 for an annual membership, which entitles customers to discounts of up to 20%, as well as a welcome gift box and discounts at exclusive partners of the brand. Just for my readers, Closeknip has kindly extended a 10% discount on the Closeknip membership, meaning that Wah So Shiok readers can opt-in the membership system (and the discounts that come along with it) for just $135. For more information on the Closeknip Club, I did an article on it here.
Recommended: I would recommend the $699 Sports Jacket (what I’m wearing above) for a more casual look, or the $849 2 piece premium suit if you’re looking for a more formal or office outfit. Despite the affordable price, features such as half lining, Milanese buttonhole, functional buttonholes, pic stitching, etc come standard on the suits. The $480 Shirt Bundle is great for office needs as well. I’m also a fan of their $399 Safari Jacket, and the $1499 Tuxedo Set, which comes with a tuxedo shirt complete with tuxedo studs and matching cufflinks, and completed with a self-tied bowtie and pocket square. Prices stated are membership prices.
Location: 20B Cavan Rd, Singapore 209851, 3rd Floor.
Sors Studio is really interesting as the owner, Gary, does not see himself as a tailor, but rather as an image consultant. While most tailors simply alter the fit to the individual, Gary goes one step further by tailoring (pun intended) his style advice for each client as well.
Basted fitting: Yes, usually 2.
Lead time: 4-5 weeks.
My opinion: If you’re absolutely clueless in terms of fashion, go to Gary at Sors Studio. Over there, you get not only clothing, but also invaluable style advice. In essence, you’re paying not just for the product, but for a makeover as well. Furthermore, if you’re the type who likes personalisation, Sors Studio is the perfect outlet to express your individuality. From custom inner linings for suits to uniquely patterned vests, these are designs that you won’t see at other tailors. Gary (pictured above) regularly searches for unique fabrics from suppliers, and buys a small amount of fabric if he sees something he likes. As such, most of these designs are extremely limited – often, only 2-3 garments with the same design are created. In addition, their production is local as well, which should translate to a higher level of consistency. Gary regularly experiments with different customisation options too – Sors Studio has one of the most extensive customisation options I’ve experienced. Currently, their suits are half-canvassed, and mother-of-pearl/horn buttons come standard on shirts/suits respectively. Overall, if looking good and standing out is your top priority when it comes to getting a tailored garment, Sors Studio is the perfect place for you.
In comparison: As I mentioned above, Sors Studio is actually quite similar to Closeknip, so I recommend that you check both tailors out if you’re interested. That being said, the styling at Sors Studio tends to be a tad louder – think Versace. Furthermore, Sors Studio has more unique fabrics available, so if you want to wear something that no one else is wearing Gary is definitely the guy you should look for. Lastly, Sors Studio also has at least two basted fittings sessions, as compared to Closeknip which does not do baste fittings. In theory, baste fittings should lead to a better final fit. It’s also arguably an integral part of a bespoke tailoring process, and an experience to behold by itself. As compared to Perfect Attire, Sors Studio is definitely superior in the styling department.
Price: A 2-piece mixed wool suit (half-canvassed) starts at $650, while a vest starts at just $200. Shirts start from $150, and trousers start from $130.
Recommended: I would recommend the $650 mixed-wool suits, as well as the $200 vests. For the more adventurous, Gary does denim/cotton suits too! If you’re looking for intriguing office shirts, their $150 shirts will definitely make you stand out at work. I really love the designs of Sors Studio – they are really stunning, and surprisingly affordable. However, the true value comes not from the clothing, but Gary’s styling advice.
Location: 34 Arab Street #02-01 Singapore 199733
For $1000, one begins to experience tailoring the way it’s meant to be experienced. Sure, the below-mentioned tailors are still some way off Saville Row (literally and figuratively), but I would say that they are the closest alternatives you can visit locally without breaking the bank.
Bespoke tailors are great, but the multiple fittings that are required can sometimes be a hassle. For those who don’t have the time to drop by for multiple fittings, but still want a quality suit that doesn’t break the bank, Edit Suits is your answer.
Basted fitting: No, though they do have ready-to-wear suits for you to try on.
Lead time: 3-4 weeks.
My opinion: As compared to the other two tailors in this category, there is no basted fitting process with Edit Suits – though that is not necessarily a bad thing. With the other tailors, I had to drop by at least 5 times (measurement, 2 fittings, alteration, final collection) – not everyone has the time for that. Effectiveness and convenience are Edit Suits’ key strengths. In fact, they also boast a brilliant online shop, whereby customer can customise and place subsequent orders based upon the initial measurements taken during their first order. Thereafter, customers can either opt to collect it from the Edit Suits showroom, or have it delivered to their home for free. Furthermore, Edit Suits features an integrated production, and thus one can expect a high level of consistency and stringent quality control. Their cut is refreshingly modern as well, developed for the modern professional – a breath of fresh air from the style of older, more established tailors. They are quite popular in the wedding scene too, with many grooms opting for a 3-piece suit from Edit Suits. Lastly, suits from Edit Suits start at an affordable $799, with their canvassed VBC suits starting at just $999. Overall, if you’re a busy professional who does not have the time (or patience) to drop by a bespoke tailor multiple times, Edit Suits delivers quality suits at affordable prices with minimum hassle.
In comparison: As compared to HST and Meiko Tailor, Edit Suits does not have a basted fitting, which results in less hassle in the tailoring process. Stylistically, Edit Suits “house style” appears to be ‘modern professional’, as seen from the suit I got from them below. If you’re intending to commission a suit for work, or you want to reuse your wedding suit for work afterwards, Edit Suits is a good bet. Lastly, Edit Suits is also arguably a better value proposition. You can get a VBC suit and a 100% cotton shirt from Edit Suits for just $998, which will definitely be in the excess of $1500+ if commissioned from the below-mentioned tailors.
Price: A 2-piece canvassed house fabric (100% wool) suit starts from $799, with canvassed premium suits (VBC, Loro Piana, Dormeuil, etc) suits starting from $999. Shirts start from $99. For readers, Edit Suits has kindly offered $100 off the total purchase amount when buying a suit and shirt. This means that you can get a canvassed 100% wool suit + shirt starting from just $798, or a canvassed VBC suit + shirt for a mere $998! Simply quote “WAHSOSHIOK” whilst booking the appointment or flash this post when at the showroom to enjoy the discount. You can also quote the promo code “wahsoquick20” to enjoy 20% off your first shirting order online.
Recommended: I definitely recommend opting for the $998 VBC suit + shirt bundle. Firstly, to get a canvassed VBC suit under $1000 is quite a steal – in contrast, other tailors at this price point offer mixed wool house fabrics. I’m also a fan of their $1347 three-piece VBC suit (as pictured on me above). For those looking for shirts, I recommend their $103 Somelos shirts.
Location: 35A Duxton Road, Level 2, Singapore 089499. Interested customers can book their appointments here, and choose “Wah so Shiok” as the referral option when prompted to enjoy the aforementioned $100 discount!
Hwa Seng Textiles (HST) was established in 1960, and is the oldest tailor on this list. In terms of expertise and experience, the people at Hwa Seng Textiles has been practising their craft for a very, very, long time.
Basted fitting: Yes, usually 2.
Lead time: 4-5 weeks.
My opinion: Till date, I’ve been to over 30 tailors in Singapore – none has wowed me upon the first impression more than HST. Step into the shop, and you will be greeted by rows upon rows of fabrics (see the first image of this article). Unlike other tailoring showrooms where you can only feel the fabric in little booklets, the staff at HST will bring down the entire roll of fabric for you to see, touch, and drape against your body. HST’s fabrics are of great quality – HST started out as a purveyor of textiles, and till today still supplies fabrics to tailors locally, some of whom are on this list. In addition, the staff are very experienced. Chief of which is Ye Shifu, who has been in the industry for almost 60 years. Knowing that Shifu nitpicked over the fit of the garment put me straight at ease. That feeling of trust and comfort when you visit an ‘uncle’ barber? It was exactly the same feeling here. He pointed out little peculiarities about my body to me that I didn’t even know myself, such as my arched back, unevenly sloped shoulders, and left forward shoulder (probably caused by a lifetime of pressing WASD on the keyboard). The attention to detail, as well as the sheer amount of customisation choices at HST, astounded me while I was there. Furthermore, each piece at HST is measured, drafted, cut and fitted precisely, their exactness enhanced with the use of a state-of-the-art Computer CAD System. That’s right – despite being one of the oldest tailors in Singapore, their outlook is futuristic with the owner unafraid to invest in IT to enhance the effectiveness of their operations. In addition, HST also offers custom jeans for denim fanatics and those looking for well-fitting casualwear. For those looking for an affordable Saville Row experience, I highly recommend HST. All suits at HST are fully canvassed.
In comparison: As compared to Edit Suits, I would say that the suits at HST are of higher quality and workmanship. For starters, the suits at HST are fully canvassed, as compared to mostly half-canvassed at Edit Suits. There are also multiple fittings involved, which in theory should result in a better fit as compared to Edit Suits. It’s also arguably an integral part of a bespoke tailoring process, and an experience to behold by itself, especially at HST. In contrast to Meiko Tailor, there’s a much higher degree of customisation available as well, in terms of fabric, buttons, etc. Prices are also generally lower.
Price: Readers can enjoy an exclusive 10% discount off all products from HST. After the discount, a 2-piece fully canvassed mixed-wool suit from HST would start at just $855. Simply quote “WAHSOSHIOK” whilst booking your appointment or flash this post when at the showroom to enjoy the discount.
Recommended: I recommend the $855 mixed wool fully canvassed 2-piece suit – it’s surprisingly affordable for a fully canvassed suit in general, even more so considering the experience and expertise that HST possesses. For those looking for a “branded” fabric, I recommend the $1350 VBC Revenge (Super 150s) fully canvassed 2-piece suit. For an older, more established tailor, that’s one of the lowest (if not the lowest) price in the market. In a surprisingly modern twist, HST also offers bespoke denim jeans, which I recommend if you’re looking for a more casual look.
Location: #07-12 Gemini@Sims, No 2 Sims Close, Singapore 387298. Interested customers can book their appointments here.
Review: I reviewed my experience with HST here, and the fit and workmanship of the resulting suit here. They also do custom jeans, which I reviewed here. I recently commissioned another suit (black, seen above) with them, and reviewed it here.
Located within the luxurious premises of Pan Pacific hotel, Meiko Tailor pays homage to the art of tailoring. Run by Head Tailor Uncle Chung – who has over 50 years of experience in tailoring – Meiko Tailor is perhaps the personification of the maxim ‘old is gold’.
Basted fitting: Yes, usually 2.
Lead time: 1-2 weeks.
My opinion: Out of all the tailors mentioned in this listicle, Meiko Tailor is perhaps the only true blue bespoke option. A tailor is considered bespoke when he specialises in the drafting, cutting, and fitting of the garments – all of which Uncle Chung oversees for every customer. There’s no template used at Meiko Tailor, as everything is custom-made from scratch, based upon an individual’s specific measurements. The experience of Uncle Chung (who has been doing tailoring longer than even my parents have been alive) shone through during my experience at Meiko Tailor. In addition, Meiko Tailor boasts a local in-house production. Not only does that translate to more stringent quality control and greater consistency (Uncle Chung personally inspects every finished garment), it also allows Meiko Tailor to offer one of the shortest lead time amongst bespoke tailors. The lead time of bespoke tailoring is often 1-2 months – due to Meiko Tailor’s in-house production, their usual lead time is just 1-2 weeks! Furthermore, Uncle Chung has recently been joined by his daughter Adele in the business. Adele, being a trained image consultant, brings modern styling advice to an established lao jiao tailor, ensuring that customers get the best of both youth and experience. Overall, if you’re looking for an affordable bespoke tailor with an emphasis on craftsmanship, or simply need a well-crafted suit in a jiffy, I highly recommend paying Meiko Tailor a visit.
In comparison: As compared to HST, Meiko Tailor differentiates itself by offering true bespoke tailoring. At Meiko Tailor, Uncle Chung oversees the drafting, cutting, and fitting of all the garments – that’s a level higher than Ye Shifu of HST. In comparison to Edit Suits, Uncle Chung provides significantly more experience, better craftsmanship, and multiple basted fittings that is typical of a bespoke tailoring experience. Meiko Tailor also has a considerably shorter lead time. If you want a truly bespoke experience, or need a great suit in a hurry, Meiko Tailor should definitely be at the top of your list.
Price: A 2-piece fully canvassed mixed wool suit (poly-wool mix) starts from $990. For readers, Meiko Tailor is giving away a free travel shirt bag for your first custom-made shirt order (minimum spending of SGD159) – simply flash this post to enjoy the free travel shirt bag!
Recommended: While prices at Meiko Tailor technically starts from $990, I would highly recommend going for their $1200 house-fabric suits – it’s a slight premium for significantly better quality fabrics. For those looking for breathable fabrics, I recommend the $1790 Irish linen suit (pictured on me above), which is perfect for Singapore’s humid weather. If you have the cash to splash and want the best of the best, you can consider getting a 2-piece suit from the Loro Piana Zenit collection, which starts at $4000. The Zenit collection is Loro Piana’s (a top Italian mill) premium-grade fabric, and includes pure cashmere, merino wool, Tasmanian wool, silk and vicuna blends. Only a select few tailors in Singapore are appointed to carry the Zenit collection – that in itself speaks volume about the credentials of Meiko Tailor.
Location: 7 Raffles Blvd, #02-01 The Pan Pacific, Singapore 039595
Review: I reviewed my experience at Meiko Tailor here, and the fit/craftsmanship of the eventual suit here. I also reviewed a linen suit and a sports jacket from them here, as well as a more casual ensemble here.
I hope that you guys have enjoyed reading this list of affordable tailors in Singapore! In many ways, this is my definitive list of tailors in Singapore that I would recommend – I had personal experience getting garments tailored at all the aforementioned tailors, and my experiences have been nothing short of positive across the board. I made sure to include tailors across a wide variety of price ranges too so there’s definitely something for everyone here!
In my daily interactions with my peers, I realised that most people still satisfy their formalwear needs by going to off-the-rack outlets like G2000, Benjamin Barker and Suit Supply. To those that spend $200 – $700 on off the rack suits (yes, some spend ~$700 on a Suit Supply suit), I highly suggest you guys considering one of the great alternatives mentioned in this article instead. Support local tailors, save money, and get great fitting suits in the process – what’s not to like?
If you found this tailoring listicle helpful, do check out some of my other listicles below:
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Photography – TLGraphy
If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re looking for a tailored suit to don on your wedding. With many readers commissioning tailored suits for their big day, I sometimes get the question: “Do you know of any wedding photographers that you would recommend?” To me, that would be TLGraphy, which currently has a perfect 5-star rating on Google.
Readers can enjoy a 5% discount on actual day wedding shoots with TLGraphy. After the discount, a 10-hour wedding shoot would cost roughly $1500, which is well under the market rate of $2000-4000. For more details, I documented my photoshoot experience with TLGraphy here.
P.S Do check out the new “Discounts!” page for exclusive discounts for Wahsoshiok readers! More brands will be added very soon – stay tuned!
P.S.S.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.