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Made-to-measure shirt tailoring service

There’s nothing more flattering than a well-cut shirt, but for expat figures on the larger or broader side, finding one off the rack that suits you (or that fits at all!) is a familiar struggle.

That’s when the tailoring option can become a necessity – especially for business meetings and special occasions – but many find the idea slightly daunting.


Choosing an experienced tailor is really all you need to ensure that you’ll breeze through the process. Founded in 1935, CYC The Custom Shop is one of Singapore’s most established, and has built its reputation on its bespoke shirt service. So we sent Daryl along to the Orchard Gateway outlet to experience the process first-hand.

How it works:

Step 1: To begin your appointment, you’ll be greeted by CYC’s friendly consultants and sit down with them to look at their wide range of fabrics sourced from European textile mills. There’s an extensive choice, by the way – over 2,000 different swatches for suits and shirts together, so you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Step 2: Next, they’ll have a chat with you to find out your needs and requirements, and to make sure that the chosen shirt fabric, colour and style will suit your lifestyle. You’ll also get to pick the fine details – collar and cuff styles, buttons and even personalised monograms.

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Customise every detail of your new shirt


Step 3: Once the design stage is finalised, your measurements will be taken and you’ll be asked for your fit preference; of course, the team will make their recommendations too. You may be asked to try on one or more shirts to give them a better idea of what you’re looking for.

Step 4: Once you’re happy with the details, it’s simply a case of filling in a form and paying a deposit for your order. You’ll then be called back once your shirt is ready, after roughly two to three weeks.

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Run ideas by CYC’s friendly consultants


Daryl’s verdict:

‘Having a big frame and being over six foot three, I’m generally unable to buy anything off the rack in Singapore! My experience at CYC was very pleasant. They were friendly, professional and helpful with offering advice and expertise, with none of the hard-sell attitude of many tailors I’ve come across before. I’m very happy with my new shirt; you can feel the quality and the fit is excellent. I’d now happily recommend CYC myself.’

Now you’ve got the shirt, how do you pick the right tuxedo to go with it?


This article first appeared in the June 2016 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy for the full article, or Subscribe now so you never miss an issue!

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