If you’re looking for a business suit that fits your body well, getting a bespoke suit made at a tailor is probably the best solution. To find out how it works, we sent one of our readers Martin for a personalised experience at Q Menswear. Located in a charming heritage shophouse in Telok Ayer, this bespoke tailor offers custom suits with a modern edge. Led by designers Chong Han San, Kenneth Goh and Alexis Fong, the boutique boasts a wide range of fabrics and designs to choose from, alongside a niche selection of ready-to-wear men’s accessories.
Martin’s Q Menswear review
Getting fitted for a new suit isn’t a regular occurrence, but when it does happen, whether you’re partial to a bespoke suit from time to time or just want to treat yourself to a one-off, it’s a grown man toyshop experience.
Q Menswear has an unassuming entrance in the CBD on Telok Ayer Street, and I’ve managed to sneak in after lunch next door. The stairs to the second floor are adorned with inspiration as I pass a grey double-breasted suit with a delicate maroon check.
I’m swiftly welcomed by Han San, a refined, fashionable individual who’s also the creative director of the brand. We take a seat in the understated but classic store and I’m comforted by the fact that the fitting session is all about me – what I’m looking for and what Han San thinks would be strong options for me. That’s how it should be.
We hunt through an array of Italian fabrics. I’ve gone for a higher-end pure wool material which I’m told is cooler – vital in the Singapore humidity! The range is extensive to the point where I’m already eyeing up potential future purchases and trying not to get too excited.
Eventually with Han San’s help, we’re able to home in on a final decision in terms of fabric and the type of fit that I’m looking for. Everything is customised to what I like, from the lapels to the pockets on the pants, even the choice of lining, from the wild and wonderful to the refined and understated. Following the input from the extremely professional staff, I try the odd amendment to my usual style, with peak lapels and a ticket pocket. I leave the lining in the hands of Han San; a surprise is always fun and I’m utterly convinced by his expertise.
The sizing process is swift as Han San communicates my measurements to his colleague. And, just like that, we’re done.
It was an incredibly pleasant experience with a team that’s clearly very well-seasoned at what they do. In two weeks, I’ll be back to try on my new suit, and get any necessary adjustments made.
I can’t wait to see the end result!
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