Wednesday, 10 August 2011

National Service

I have been entrusted with the sacred task of protecting our Motherland (read: reservist) from 15th August to 2nd September. During this time, my old man will be fronting the shop and I will only be in by around 6.30pm on weekday evenings. I will be in from 12pm - 6pm on Saturdays.

My dad is a veteran tailor with 40 years of experience, so new customers will be in good hands in terms of body measurements. My regulars will know that all my customer records are stored in my good 'ol Mac. However, the only Mac my dad knows of is the one that comes with fries and a coke. Since he won't be able to access my database, I would strongly encourage potential customers to make an appointment with me via Also, please remember to bring along your receipts should you come for collection, or provide us with your receipt number.
Thank you for your patience.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

What's Your Worth?

One of the major components of bespoke tailoring is the choice of materials. Your fabric selection directly impacts the financial health of your bank account.

This begets the question - is this material I'm choosing worth the amount of money I'm forking out?

Amongst the gazillion fabric choices available in the market, you will always find some that are almost identical to each other. Certain classic designs, like banker stripes or the bird's eye, can be easily spotted in the retail market. Some people will remark:

"This blue striped fabric is so common, I can find it at G2000 or Zara. No way I'm paying $100 for a shirt in this fabric."

Banker stripe shirts
Left - $129. Right - $549.

"This grey cloth so 'uncle', I can get one exactly like that for $50 in Chinatown."

Bird's eye weave trousers
Left - $139. Right - $459.

The fact that the fabric design is more mainstream does not depreciate its value. You gotta feel it to appreciate its quality and cost.

However, if you honestly cannot feel any disparity between the two, there's no shame in going for the lower priced option. It is only after continued exposure and experimentation of fabrics in various quality levels that you will learn to appreciate the good stuff.

The bespoke experience is a multi-levelled one. Start from the lower-priced range and slowly work your way up the sartorial ladder. You don't jump straight to a $600 shirt for your very first commission.

It's like buying a car - how many people actually get an Aston Martin for their very first set of wheels? You get a Hyundai and upgrade to an Audi before you finally morph into James Bond (yes, that's still a pretty big jump, but you get the drift).