In this article, I’ll be rounding up my picks of affordable tailors in Singapore, all starting from under $1000. Through this article, I hope to shine a spotlight on the noteworthy efforts of these Singaporean tailors, whom I believe distinguish themselves from their peers in the industry. And don’t just take my word for it – all the tailors mentioned below have a Google rating of over 4.5/5.

Without further ado, these are 12 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. This is probably the most comprehensive guide on local tailors online – there are other listicles out there, but none whereby the writer personally tailored from all the mentioned tailors. 

Update: I’m pleased to offer curated tailoring packages – partnering with some of the below-mentioned tailors – on The Shiok Shop. If you’re looking for bang-for-buck deals, do check out the webstore.

Tailors Under $400:

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 y inexperienced part-timers. For more on what to look out for when buying a suit, read my tailoring guide here. I’ve been to most of these affordable tailors in Singapore and have shortlisted three based on my personal experience. If you’re on a budget, do check out the tailors below.

1) Mohan’s Custom Tailors

There’s no shortage of affordable tailors in Orchard – there are 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.

Google Rating: 4.8/5

Basted Fitting: Depends. Mohan’s starts with a muslin fit, and depending on whether the muslin fit is satisfactory, there may or may not be a basted 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 costs and wastage.

Lead time: 3-5 weeks

My opinion: In the local tailoring scene, Mohan’s brand is recognisable, with Mr Max Mohan being somewhat of an icon. The government (more specifically, Gov.sg) did an entire episode on Max Mohan and his work. I may be wrong, but I can’t think of another tailor in Singapore that was the feature of a government-sponsored documentary. Like most of the older tailors – and unlike most affordable tailors – production for its garments is done in-house locally, overseen by master tailor Mr Koh (who also appears in the aforementioned video). Overall, I believe Mohan’s Custom Tailors is a great value proposition. For as little as $375, you get a custom suit, as well as a shirt (after the promo code below). Its garments are well-crafted, and fit rather well too. Mohan’s get the important stuff – fit and craftsmanship – right, and in these two aspects, they shine. Mohan’s has developed a healthy brand reputation over the decades and after experiencing its tailoring, it was easy for me to see why it has not only survived but thrived over the decades. If you’re looking for a no-frills experience for your first suit, you can’t go wrong with Mohan’s.

In comparison: As compared to Ehkay Corner Tailors and Suit Commune, Mohan’s sales volume far outstrips theirs, with its amount of Google reviews double the other two combined. You can’t go wrong with Mohan’s, though there can be a lengthy (sometimes hectic) wait due to its popularity.

Price: Suits at Mohan’s start from $375. For my readers, Mohan’s offers a free shirt with every suit purchase (worth $85). Quote “WAHSOSHIOK” when making your appointment or flash this post while at the store to enjoy the complimentary shirt.

Recommended: While suits at Mohan’s technically start at $375, that’s bottom-of-the-barrel stuff. I recommend going for at least 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 $650 half-canvassed full wool suit, with a free full cotton shirt included. The $200 increment may be substantial, but it is worth it. 

Location: 14 Scotts Road, #02-73 Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213

Reviews: I reviewed my experience at Mohan’s Custom Tailors here, and the suit and shirt I got here. I also reviewed a single-breasted suit (pictured above) from Mohan’s here.

The Shiok Shop: Curated package deals from Mohan’s can be found here. In particular, I recommend the $900 Full Canvassed Reda Suit package and the $750 Back to Office package.

2) Ehkay Corner Tailors

Based in Orchard Plaza, Ehkay Corner has been offering great affordable suiting options since the 1980s.

Google Rating: 4.9/5

Basted Fitting: No, but they do a Muslin fit. 

Lead time: 2-4 weeks

My opinion: Despite its affordable price point, Ehkay Corner ticks many boxes. Unlike the majority of affordable tailors popping up on Facebook currently, Dinesh and his wife Hina have been managing Ehkay Corner since the 1980s – that’s almost 40 years! 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 have it in spades. In addition, Ehkay Corner boasts a local production with all garments produced in its in-house workshop. This translates to speed and higher quality control. Its Google ratings are also great – a near-perfect 4.9/5 rating from over 800 satisfied customers. Furthermore, Ehkay’s prices are rather affordable, and Dinesh’s service standard is laudable. 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. Its rental prices are for 72 hours, making it relatively better value than other tailors in Singapore which mostly rent for a day. Overall, I would say that Ehkay Corner is one of the best affordable tailors in Orchard.

In comparison: As compared to Mohan’s Custom Tailors, I find Dinesh’s service more personal and attentive – he offers a drink to all his customers, even those who are simply popping by. And unlike the relatively young Suit Commune, Ehkay Corner Tailors has been in the industry for decades and possesses an in-house local production.

Suit from Singapore Tailor Ehkay Corner
In a mixed-wool suit from Ehkay Corner Tailors.

Price: Suits at Ehkay Corner start from $380. For my readers, Ehkay Corner is offering a 10% discount on all purchases. 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 $342 2-piece suit – it’s a great starting point, especially given its half-canvassed construction. For weddings, you can consider the $468 3-piece suit set for more aplomb. I also recommend the $888 tuxedo set, which is inclusive of a 2-piece tuxedo suit, a tuxedo shirt, a cummerbund, and accessories such as a bow tie and pocket square. Finally, Ehkay’s $85 shirts and $112 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

Review: I reviewed my experience at Ehkay Corner Tailors here, and the tuxedo I got here. I also reviewed the abovepictured suit here, and a maroon double-breasted suit here.

The Shiok Shop: Curated package deals from Ehkay Corner can be found here. In particular, I recommend the $580 Three-piece Suit + Shirt package, as well as the $980 Tuxedo Suit package.

3) Suit Commune

If you prefer a younger, more fashion-forward tailor, then consider Suit Commune.

Google Rating: 5/5

Basted fitting: Yes

Lead time: 4-6 weeks.

My opinion: There are plenty of young tailors at this accessible price point. However, Suit Commune sets itself apart from its peers by incorporating a basted fitting session for all its clients, regardless of the price of the suit. As such, the fit of the resulting garments is also substantially better than other youngish tailors. Furthermore, Suit Commune is fashion-forward and fresh – Priscilla (pictured above) has a background in design, and it shows in her style advice. If you’re not great at fashion sense, it’s better to approach a tailor that focuses more on style consultancy, such as Suit Commune. Despite being relatively new, Suit Commune has an impressive perfect 5/5 rating on Google, which is a strong testament to its commitment to design and details. Plenty of customisation options are available too, so don’t be afraid to approach Suit Commune for one-piece collar shirts, Gurkha trousers, or double-breasted suits. If you’re looking for bolder designs on a budget, then Suit Commune is a no-brainer. Oh yes – Arden Teal shares the same showroom as Suit Commune, making it the icing on the cake for those searching for affordable shoes as well. The only downside is its Tampines location, which may put off Westies like me.

In comparison: As compared to both Mohan’s Custom Tailors and Ehkay Corner Tailors, Suit Commune is significantly more stylistic, with more customisation options available. They also offer basted fitting, which isn’t a guarantee at both Mohan’s and Ehkay Corner.

Price: Suits at Suit Commune start from $349, with bundle deals starting from $799. For my readers, Suit Commune is offering a free Arden Teal polo tee (worth $49) with a minimum spending of $599. Quote “WAHSOSHIOK” while making your appointment to enjoy the offer.

Recommended: Although prices at Suit Commune technically start at $349, those are for stiff polyester fabrics that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. Instead, I recommend going for the $599 half-canvassed wool blend suits, or the $1399 full-canvassed 100% wool European Fabric bundle deal.

Location: #02-16 Tampines North Dr. 1, T-Space, Singapore 528559

Review: Review coming soon!

Tailors Under $600:

At the $600 price point, there is a noticeable increase in either the quality of the garments (fabric or construction) or the customer experience. 

4) Stitched Custom

Looking to get tailored garments in a jiffy? Look for Stitched Custom.

Google Rating: 4.9/5

Basted Fitting: No, though templates are used.

Lead time: 2-3 weeks

My opinion: The vibe at Stitched Custom is youthful and trendy, with eye-catching patterned fabric swatches lining its walls. Being a one-stop shop, Stitched Custom carries a variety of interesting accessories for its clients’ sartorial needs as well – I loved the cupid cufflinks I got there. That being said, Stitched Custom does plenty of business suits too. Currently, it carries a stretchable fabric (Stitched call it the CS fabric) that has spandex in it, which provides more flexibility and comfort for the wearer. It’s something unique that I have not seen in the other affordable tailors that I’ve visited. Furthermore, the lack of a fitting process translates to more convenience as one does not have to drop by an additional time for a fitting session, making Stitched Custom perfect for busy professionals. It also results in a short lead time of just 2-3 weeks – perfect for those who need a suit urgently. In addition, Stitched Custom offers extensive customisation options at no additional cost. Lastly, Stitched Custom also offers one of the most affordable rental options among tailors in Singapore.

In comparison: In comparison to The Gentlemen’s Atelier and The Suited Label, Stitched Custom possesses the quickest turnaround time. It also offers rental services, along with accessories to complete the look.

Price: Suits at Stitched Custom start from $499. For my readers, Stitched Custom is offering a free shirt (worth $89) with every suit purchase, as well as 20% off all accessories. Those interested in rentals can also get a 15% discount on both the “Made-to-rental” programme and general rental suits.

Recommended: I would recommend the $499 CS Fabric suits. I’ve seen videos of grooms doing wedding festivities (door bashing, kneeling, etc) in the suits, and the spandex helps in terms of flexibility. I would assume it’s a comfortable option for daily work suits as well.

Location: 193A Kitchener Rd, Singapore 208534

Review: I reviewed my experience with Stitched Custom here, and the fit and workmanship of the eventual suit here. I also reviewed a velvet tuxedo (pictured above) here.

5) The Suited Label

Though affordable and relatively new, The Suited Label possesses an in-house production, thus setting it apart from most of its peers.

Google Rating: 5/5

Basted Fitting: No.

Lead time: 4-6 weeks

With Evan of The Suited Label.

My opinion: I was left impressed by my experience at The Suited Label. The tailor seems to be a perfect blend of youth and experience, with prices being very affordable too. Its in-house production translates to increased consistency and quality, allowing it to offer enhanced sartorial options (such as the Neapolitan shoulder, Milanese buttonhole, collar felt trimmings, etc). It also means that alterations can be made on the spot. And given that all its suits are half-canvassed, I would say that The Suited Label offers good value propositions. The fit and workmanship are great too, with ample attention to detail – it’s no wonder that The Suited Label has a perfect Google rating as well. Lastly, fitting shoes for CustomWelt are also available in the showroom.

In comparison: Unlike Stitched Custom and The Gentlemen’s Atelier, The Suited Label produces its garments in-house and offers traditionally high-end options (Milanese buttonhole and Neapolitan shoulders, etc).

In my VBC wool linen suit from The Suited Label.

Price: Suits at The Suited Label currently start from $599. Just for my readers, The Suited Label is offering a free shirt (worth $138) with a minimum purchase of $599. Simply quote “WAHSOSHIOK” while making your appointment, or show this article in-store

Recommended: Those on a budget can consider the mixed-wool 2-piece half-canvassed suit for $599. Those with a larger budget can opt for a 2-piece half-canvassed suit from “branded’ European fabrics (such as the VBC suit above) for $999. Remember to quote “WAHSOSHIOK” for the free shirt!

Location: 998 Toa Payoh North, #03-09, Singapore 318993

Reviews: I reviewed my experience at The Suited Label here, and the fit and workmanship of the eventual suit here. I also reviewed my most recent VBC wool linen suit commission here.

6) The Gentlemen’s Atelier

A mainstay in the wedding industry, The Gentlemen’s Atelier has been serving clients since 2018.

Google Rating: 5/5

Basted Fitting: Yes – two!

Lead time: 4-6 weeks

My opinion: Nick has been in the industry for over five years now, and in that time he has carved out a reputation for himself in the wedding scene, often delivering garments that are unique and striking. In addition to serving eye-catching designs, the Gentlemen’s Atelier also boasts a local production, with good fit and finish. And despite featuring a half-canvassed construction, the suits from Gentlemen’s Atelier are priced reasonably, with a bevvy of customisation options to choose from. It is also one of the few affordable tailors that offer not one, but two basted fitting sessions – virtually unheard of at this price point. With a perfect Google rating and a convenient location in the heart of Chinatown, The Gentlemen’s Atelier would fit the bill for those seeking more fashion-forward garments. CustomWelt fittings shoes are also available at The Gentlemen’s Atelier.

In comparison: Unlike Stitched Custom and The Suited Label, The Gentlemen’s Atelier employs a basted fitting process. Style-wise, Nick also has a penchant for louder looks, making The Gentlemen’s Atelier a great option for weddings.

Price: Suits at The Gentlemen’s Atelier start from $599. Just for my readers, The Gentlemen’s Atelier is offering a 10% discount on all purchases. Simply make your appointment via this booking link here to enjoy the discount.

Recommended: Those on a budget can consider the $539 Tecron half-canvassed suits for weddings. For those with a little more to spend and are looking to reuse the suit, I highly suggest going for the $1304 fully canvassed VBC/Drago 100% wool suits – it will last you for the rest of the decade. Prices are after the abovementioned discount.

Location: 41 Temple Street, #03-01, Singapore 058586

Review: Review coming soon!

Tailors Under $800:

For $800, one begins not only to appreciate the product but also the experience of getting tailored.

7) Gentlemen’s Pursuit

Gentlemen’s Pursuit is the newest kid on the block, having launched just last December. As such, it’s offering tantalising launch promotions that are hard to beat.

Google Rating: 5/5

Basted fitting: No

Lead time: 4-5 weeks.

My opinion: Although Gentlemen’s Pursuit is the latest entrant in the local tailoring scene, JJ himself has been in the industry for years, having previously co-founded another tailoring brand. As such, JJ is not only experienced in offering style advice but also in measurement and fitting. That being said, the best aspect of Gentlemen’s Pursuit currently is its aggressive pricing and promotions. At $588, one can get a half-canvassed mixed wool suit with a shirt, or a half-canvassed VBC Perrenial/Sunny Season suit with a shirt for $788. That’s a steal – I think that’s the lowest price locally for a VBC suit and shirt. JJ explains that the uber-attractive price point is a strategy to rapidly gain market share, so I would take advantage of these low prices while they last. Despite the bargain prices and a lack of basted fitting, the suits from Gentlemen’s Pursuit fit great (see image below), with a modern, slim fit cut. With high ceilings, white walls and plenty of natural lighting, the studio-esque showroom is a joy to visit as well. The only downside is its industrial location, which may be inconvenient to get to if you don’t drive. Lastly, fitting shoes for CustomWelt are also available at Gentlemen’s Pursuit.

In comparison: In comparison to the other tailors at this price point, Gentlemen’s Pursuit offers the best bang for buck. For example, a VBC suit at Perfect Attire/Sors Studio/Edit Suits costs over $1000 – at Gentlemen’s Pursuit, it’s $788 with a shirt included.

Price: A 2-piece mixed wool suit (half-canvassed) at Gentlemen’s Pursuit starts from $688, with 100% wool European fabrics (VBC, Drago, etc) starting from $888. For my readers, Gentlemen’s Pursuit is offering a $100 discount, as well as a free shirt (worth $108) with every suit purchase. Quote “WAHSOSHIOK” while making your appointment to enjoy this (frankly fantastic) deal.

Recommended: If you’re on a budget, the $588 half-canvassed mixed wool suit (like my brown suit) is a great way to try out the brand. However, I believe the true steal is the $788 half-canvassed 100% European wool suits (I recommend VBC Perrenial) – it’s the cheapest price you can find in Singapore for a VBC suit.

Location: 1 Genting Link, #08-01A, Singapore 349518

Review: Review coming soon!

8) Perfect Attire

If you work around the CBD and require formal clothing, then you should visit Perfect Attire.

Google Rating: 4.8/5

Basted fitting: Yes.

Lead time: 4-6 weeks

With Tulsi of Perfect Attire.

My opinion: I believe that Perfect Attire provides great craftsmanship for the money. Even on its entry-level $650 house fabric suit, the suit comes half-canvassed, the buttons are shanked, buttonholes are hand-sewn, pick 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 are top-notch. Fit is great as well, with at least one baste fitting process implemented to perfect the fit. Its prices are also reasonable, especially considering Perfect Attire is a proper tailor with a baste fitting. As the icing on the cake, Perfect Attire is located conveniently in the CBD, so you can easily pop by after work.

In comparison: In comparison to the other tailors at this price point, Perfect Attire is a bona fide CBD tailor and has carved out a name for itself by offering subtly elegant corporate looks. I would also say its workmanship is the best at this price point.

In my mixed wool House Premium suit from Perfect Attire.

Price: A 2-piece half-canvassed suit from Perfect Attire starts from $650, while a full-canvassed “branded” suit (VBC) starts from $1200. Just for readers, Perfect Attire is offering a free shirt (worth $150) with any suit purchase. Simply quote “WAHSOSHIOK” whilst booking the appointment or flash this post when at the showroom to enjoy the discount.

Recommended: Those looking for an affordable business suit can consider the half-canvassed mixed wool House Premium suit at $850. If you have a tad more spending power, then opt for the full-canvassed VBC Perennial (100% merino wool) suit at $1200.

Location: Oxley Tower Unit 03-38, 138 Robinson Road, Singapore 068906. Interested customers are recommended to book an appointment online before dropping by.

Review: I reviewed my experience with Perfect Attire here, and the fit and workmanship of the resulting suit here. I also reviewed a waistcoat-led ensemble here, and my latest navy suit (pictured above) here.

The Shiok Shop: Curated package deals from Perfect Attire can be found here. In particular, I recommend the $1500 Full Canvassed Drago Full Wool Suit + Shirt package and the $720 Back to Work package.

9) Sors Studio

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.

Google Rating: 4.6/5

Basted fitting: Yes, usually 2.

Lead time: 4-5 weeks.

My opinion: If you’re clueless about fashion, go to Gary at Sors Studio. Over there, you get not only clothing but also invaluable styling 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 linings 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 batch 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, Sors Studio’s production is local as well, which should translate to a higher level of consistency. Gary regularly experiments with different customisation options too, with one of the most extensive customisation options I’ve experienced. Currently, its 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, then Sors Studio is the perfect place for you.

In comparison: In comparison to the other tailors at this price point, Sors Studio is the only one that offers truly unique designs. To date, the vest that Gary did for me is probably still the most striking piece in my wardrobe.

Price: A 2-piece mixed wool suit (half-canvassed) at Sors Studio starts from $650, while a vest starts from $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, the $150 shirts will make you stand out at work. I love the designs of Sors Studio – they are stunning and surprisingly affordable. However, the true value comes not from the clothing, but from Gary’s styling advice.

Location: 34 Arab Street #02-01 Singapore 199733

Review: I reviewed my experience with Sors Studio here, and the fit and style of the resulting garments here. I also reviewed its suit jacket here and did a smart casual outfit here.

10) Edit Suits Co.

Basted fitting can be 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 numerous fittings, but still want a quality suit that doesn’t break the bank, Edit Suits is your answer.

Google Rating: 4.7/5

Basted fitting: No, though they do have fitting garments for you to try on.

Lead time: 4-6 weeks.

My opinion: As compared to most tailors at this price point, 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. Furthermore, Edit Suits features an integrated production, so one can expect a high level of consistency and stringent quality control. Its cut is refreshingly contemporary as well, developed for the modern professional – a breath of fresh air from the style of older, more established tailors. It is also popular in the wedding scene, with many grooms opting for a 3-piece suit from Edit Suits. Lastly, suits from Edit Suits start at an affordable $749, with its canvassed VBC suits starting at just $1099. Overall, if you’re a busy professional who does not have the time (or patience) to drop by a tailor multiple times, Edit Suits delivers quality suits at affordable prices with minimum hassle.

In comparison: In comparison to the other tailors at this price point, Edit Suits is probably the most streamlined and “corporate”, with SOPs in place for consistency. It also has a wide range of fabrics available, especially from premium mills – likely due to its operations being London-based.

Price: A 2-piece house fabric suit at Edit Suits starts from $749, with canvassed premium suits (VBC, Loro Piana, Dormeuil, etc) starting from $1099. Shirts start from $129. Just for my readers, Edit Suits is running a promotion that will entitle readers to a free house fabric shirt (worth S$149) for every suit order (min. spend $1099). Simply quote WSS_shirt_2024 while booking your appointment or flash this article in-store.

Recommended: I recommend opting for the $1099 VBC/Reda suit, which comes with a free shirt. I’ve tailored both VBC and Reda outfits from Edit Suits, and I’m a huge fan of the fabrics.

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 free shirt.

Review: I reviewed my experience at Edit Suits Co. here, and the fit and workmanship of its garments here. I did a recent review of a Loro Piana suit with Edit Suits’ new outfitters here. I also reviewed its online QuickMeasure shirting process here, as well as a smart casual look (pictured above) here.

Tailors Under $1000: 

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.

11) HST Tailors

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 HST Tailors have been practising their craft for a very, very, long time.

Google Rating: 4.7/5

Basted fitting: Yes, usually 2.

Lead time: 4-5 weeks.

Undergoing my baste fitting under the watchful eye of Mr. Ye (right).

My opinion: To 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 as a purveyor of textiles, and 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 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.

In comparison: In comparison to Meiko Tailor, HST is significantly more affordable, despite also offering full-canvassed suits with multiple fittings.

Price: Readers can enjoy an exclusive 10% discount on 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 prices in the market for a fully canvassed VBC. 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.

12) Meiko Tailor

Located within the luxurious premises of the 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’. 

Google Rating: 4.8/5

Basted fitting: Yes, usually 2.

Lead time: 2-4 weeks. Surcharge may apply for urgent orders (<2 weeks), or during peak periods.

With Singapore Tailor Meiko Tailor
With Uncle Chung of Meiko Tailor.

My opinion: Out of all the tailors mentioned in this listicle, Meiko Tailor is the only true blue bespoke tailoring 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 on the individual’s specific measurements. The experience of Uncle Chung (who started as a tailor even before my parents were born) 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), but it also allows Meiko Tailor to offer one of the shortest lead times among bespoke tailors. The lead time of bespoke tailoring is often 1-2 months – due to Meiko Tailor’s in-house production, its usual lead time is just 2-4 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 visiting Meiko Tailor.

In comparison: In comparison to HST (and the other tailors on this list), Meiko Tailor is the only true bespoke option, where Uncle Chung drafts, cuts, and fits the client himself. Meiko Tailor also has a more convenient location in Pan Pacific Hotel.

Price: A sports jacket starts at $990, while a 2-piece fully canvassed mixed wool suit (poly-wool mix) starts from $1290.

Recommended: While prices at Meiko Tailor technically start from $990 (for a seersucker sports jacket), I would highly recommend going for the $1690 house-fabric suits – it’s a slight premium for significantly better quality fabrics and was the fabric I chose for my initial red suit. For those looking for more breathable fabrics, I recommend the $1890 Irish linen suit, which is perfect for Singapore’s humid weather. 

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 here, a more casual ensemble here, and a smart casual outfit here. More recently, I reviewed a vintage Ermenegildo Zegna suit here.

The Shiok Shop: Curated package deals from Meiko Tailor can be found here. In particular, I recommend the Back to Office Shirting and Trousers packages.

Conclusion:

I hope that this list of affordable tailors in Singapore has been useful. In many ways, this is my definitive list of tailors in Singapore that I recommend. I 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 something for everyone here.

Tailoring is a craft – let’s appreciate the painstaking effort local tailors put into their products.

Aside from the individual promotions at each tailor, do also consider the curated tailoring packages listed on The Shiok Store. I believe The Shiok Shop is the first to offer curated tailoring packages online, just as Wah So Shiok was – and still is – the first to do personal reviews of affordable tailors. The package deals are all very attractive, so if you’re on the hunt for tailored clothing and want to stretch your dollar do consider purchasing them. Redemption is fuss-free: an email invoice will be sent to you after purchase. Simply book an appointment with the respective tailors stating the package you bought, and show the invoice while in-store if necessary.

Other listicles

If you found this tailoring listicle helpful, do check out some of my other listicles below:

  1. 6 Affordable Briefcases in Singapore
  2. 12 places to get Watch Straps in Singapore
  3. 6 Perfume Brands in Singapore to check out
  4. 6 Affordable Wallets in Singapore
  5. 10 Underrated Singaporean watch brands that won’t break the bank
  6. 4 Affordable Dress shoes in Singapore
  7. 11 Affordable Hotels for Staycations in Singapore

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