Heritage


Peter Chong founded Oriental Tailor in 1971. The business was situated in a vintage 2-storey shop house along Upper Bukit Timah Road. Peter was the patter-drafter/cutter, while his wife helped with the sewing and alteration of the garments.


The company stayed at its Bukit Timah Road premises until the late 1990s, when a developer acquired the plot of land in that area. To make space for the expansion of the popular food centre located beside it, the entire row of shop houses was demolished.


For the next couple of years, Oriental Tailor was in hiatus as Peter searched for a suitable location to continue his business. Along the way, he worked briefly as a cutter for a tailor shop located in the City Hall area.


In the year 2003, Peter managed to re-establish his business in a humble 80sq ft unit at 18 Raffles Quay. Putting his immense experience and skills to good use, he managed to slowly build up his pool of regular customers once again.


As the financial crisis begins to subside in 2010, Oriental Tailor underwent a total re-vamp and was reborn as Dylan & Son. Headed by his son Dylan, Peter now serves as the chief pattern-drafter/cutter and technical advisor. Under the new creative direction, Dylan & Son. aims to re-introduce the age old craft of tailoring in a rejuvenated and relevant context by integrating Peter's wealth of expertise in traditional tailoring with his youth-oriented approach.


The name Dylan & Son. is a representation of Dylan's dual-role as the founder of the new company and the heir to his parents. It also symbolizes the passing of the torch from the preceding era to the current one. The traditional art of tailoring serves as a link between two diversely different generations as the heritage gets richer with each passing period. Perhaps one day, his own son will perpetuate the family's sartorial trait as well.