Style File

Cu­rate a wardrobe from top to toe with Sin­ga­pore’s best lo­cal bespoke de­sign­ers.

World Travel Magazine - - Contents - By Kim­berly Tan

Sin­ga­pore’s bespoke de­sign­ers bring their A game for that per­fect wardrobe from top to toe; Cel­e­brate jun­gle lux style in rich jewel hues of green, or­ange and royal blue while at Bill Bens­ley de­signed Rose­wood Luang Pra­bang in Laos.

While there are scores of de­signer lux­ury brands in Sin­ga­pore to shop at, in­clud­ing at Ma­rina Bay Sands and Or­chard Road, we take a look at a more in­ti­mate and per­son­alised shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence fea­tur­ing the best bespoke lo­cal de­sign­ers in the city. These in­clude tai­lor-mak­ing a suit, an eth­nic out­fit that rep­re­sents the di­ver­sity of Sin­ga­pore’s cul­tures, as well as pair­ing them with ac­ces­sories and shoes.


To­gether with one of Sin­ga­pore’s most prom­i­nent de­sign­ers, cre­ate an eth­nic out­fit that will be an el­e­gant sou­venir and per­fect for ei­ther your wed­ding or an ex­clu­sive event. De­signer Priscilla Shun­mugam of Ong Shun­mugam has show­cased col­lec­tions at sev­eral fash­ion weeks, in­clud­ing New York Fash­ion Week, and also does cus­tom wom­enswear and eth­nic cos­tumes like a

cheongsam, sari or baju ku­rung for the Chi­nese, In­dian and Malay eth­nic­i­ties re­spec­tively. Fab­rics can be cho­sen from the cat­a­logue or sourced if nec­es­sary. Each of the cus­tom out­fits take about three to four months to cre­ate. Ong­shun­

Start­ing out as a sup­plier of clas­sic fab­ric in 1960, Hwa Seng

Tex­tiles in­creased its range of of­fer­ings to in­clude cus­tom-made suits and shirts, and when the owner’s son, Goh Cher Peng took over, he also learned how to make bespoke jeans. These usu­ally take about two to three weeks to make, and the price de­pends on the fab­rics, e.g., top qual­ity selvedge fab­rics from Ja­pan or bespoke de­signs, such as a pair of Thai Farmer jeans made for an afi­cionado.

Choose from more than 25 and eight colours for fab­ric and selvedge re­spec­tively, pat­terned pocket de­signs, but­tons and riv­ets. For that ex­tra-spe­cial touch, we rec­om­mend hav­ing your ini­tials or sig­na­ture laser en­graved on a leather patch. Hwa Seng is also work­ing on a char­ity event with in­ter­na­tional per­son­al­i­ties who will be cus­tomis­ing their own bespoke jeans for auc­tion.

En­joy the Sav­ile Row ex­pe­ri­ence right in the heart of Sin­ga­pore with one of the best tai­lors in the coun­try,

Kevin Seah. Their range of suit­ing and jack­et­ing fab­rics—sourced from English and Ital­ian Mills like Har­risons of Ed­in­burgh or Vi­tale Bar­beris Canon­ico—are suit­able for a va­ri­ety of weather con­di­tions and tem­per­a­tures, even hot and hu­mid Sin­ga­pore. The client would ide­ally at­tend three fit­tings for their first com­mis­sion to make sure that the suit is made ac­cord­ing to his ex­act spec­i­fi­ca­tions, and would take about three to four months to com­plete, each of which are en­tirely hand-fin­ished. Choose a made-to-

or­der pair of shoes from Masaru Okuyama, Justin Fitz­patrick or Gaziano & Gir­ling to com­plete the out­fit.

Other cus­tomi­sa­tions might in­clude sa­fari-style suits, or­nate vel­vet smok­ing jack­ets, or jack­ets lined with vin­tage Her­mès scarves. One client even had a suit made from a cloth his grand­fa­ther had kept in stor­age. It’s also pos­si­ble to or­der what Kevin con­sid­ers to be the ul­ti­mate lux­ury gar­ment, a bespoke vi­cuna coat. Kevin­


For other bespoke ac­ces­sories, whether for cor­po­rate gifts or your­self, cus­tom-make them at The

Gen­eral Co., which has al­ready cre­ated sev­eral cus­tom de­signs for brands like Jermyn Street, Bentley and Audi. These could in­clude hand­made small leather goods, jour­nal cov­ers, or a gin bag sim­i­lar to one that they hand­crafted for At­las Bar. Other op­tions in­clude cus­tom straps for lux­ury watches, bags and ac­ces­sories, and the process can take from two weeks to a cou­ple of months.

Creative Di­rec­tor Colin Chen says, “It re­ally de­pends on the de­sign of the prod­uct, whether we need to spe­cially in­dent ma­te­ri­als such as hides and leathers (the hides come from France and Italy) as well as the labour hours needed to hand craft the pieces.” Each of these are hand cut, hand stitched, and can be cus­tomised with your ini­tials or lo­gos. An ex­clu­sive lim­ited edi­tion scarf was gifted to Maria Shara­pova when she vis­ited Sin­ga­pore for the WTA. The­gen­er­

De­signed and hand­crafted lo­cally us­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly ma­te­ri­als, Amado Gudek pro­duces one-of-a-kind pieces with their own char­ac­ter. The brand has col­lab­o­rated with com­pa­nies like Ne­spresso and Kapok to cre­ate lim­ited edi­tion col­lec­tions such as a range of ac­ces­sories with re­cy­cled Ne­spresso cap­sules, metal foil, glass beads, bioresin, and chains. The metal foil is treated to be­come irides­cent, and then pieced to­gether

to cre­ate neck­laces and ear­rings.

Ethan Koh of Ethan K was born into a fam­ily that has been trained in tan­ning ex­otic skins. His de­signs, such as the 2017 kite col­lec­tion, evoke mem­o­ries from his child­hood. Choose from his col­lec­tion, or cre­ate a bespoke bag of your very own, a ser­vice of­fered to his most ex­clu­sive clients. They will be able to pick from a range of ex­otic skins, semi-pre­cious stones, colours and fin­ishes to pro­duce a bag that is not only in­cred­i­bly lux­u­ri­ous, but also im­mensely per­sonal.


Col­late your per­fect shoe closet with Di­a­mond Walker, with a col­lec­tion rang­ing from sneak­ers, loafers, boots, ac­tive footwear and ox­fords, suit­able for myr­iad oc­ca­sions. Each shoe is made from the finest Ital­ian grade leather and en­tirely hand­made. It’s also pos­si­ble to fur­ther cus­tomise your shoes with ex­otic leathers like os­trich, eel and croc­o­dile. While mainly tar­geted at

male clients, women’s shoes can also be tai­lored and made upon re­quest, rang­ing from sneak­ers to a brogue with heels.

It takes 45 min­utes to an hour to have your feet mea­sured and fit­ted at their store, and the bespoke de­sign process usu­ally takes about four to six weeks. Their clien­tele in­clude CEOS of For­tune 500 com­pa­nies, David Fos­ter and mem­bers of the Qatari royal fam­ily. Vic­tor Lee, CEO of Di­a­mond Walker, says that his most chal­leng­ing re­quests have been creat­ing shoes for cus­tomers with dras­ti­cally dif­fer­ent-sized feet as well as one who wanted dif­fer­ent styles for both feet. Di­a­

Hav­ing de­signed head­pieces for roy­alty like Her Royal High­ness Princess Mary of Den­mark as well as for in­ter­na­tional celebri­ties,

Chee Sau Fen, the founder of

Head of State, can cre­ate cus­tom head­gear. The brand works with ladies in the Philip­pines to cre­ate hats via looms and abaca fiber, giv­ing them an in­valu­able source of in­come through sus­tain­able means. Choose from a clas­sic hat that shields you dur­ing your trav­els or an im­pec­ca­bly stun­ning fas­ci­na­tor to steal the at­ten­tion at your next event. Head­of­s­


Fin­ish your cus­tom-made wardrobe with a per­son­alised scent. There are a num­ber of places to do this in Sin­ga­pore, in­clud­ing one at Oo La

Lab, where they use sus­tain­ably sourced in­gre­di­ents that are cru­elty-free and not tested on an­i­mals. The work­shop will help you cre­ate an Eau de Par­fum that is per­fectly tai­lored to your likes and dis­likes, and a 20ml sam­ple will be ready. It is also pos­si­ble to cus­tomise the per­fume with your name or mes­sage.

The fra­grance li­brary com­prises more than 1,000 scents, in­clud­ing quirky ones like laksa and bub­blegum. Each month new in­gre­di­ents are added. One of the more chal­leng­ing re­quests has in­cluded us­ing the aroma of chilli

crab in a can­dle. The brand has also par­tic­i­pated in Sin­ga­pore Fash­ion Week and Laneway Fes­ti­val, and lo­cal celebri­ties and de­sign­ers have made per­fumes with them.

Cu­rate your own pri­vate fra­grance la­bel at Freda

’D, choos­ing from the very best— and cru­elty-free—in­gre­di­ents to de­velop your sig­na­ture scent, fol­lowed by se­lect­ing a per­fume bot­tle de­sign, atom­iser and cap. Per­son­alise your very own la­bel and de­sign pack­ag­ing. Even the pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity can be ad­justed ac­cord­ing to your spec­i­fi­ca­tions, whether you’re lim­it­ing your scent to just 25 bot­tles, plenty if it’s just for your per­sonal use, or up to tens of thou­sands of units. The process takes about four to eight weeks.

Freda shares that cus­tomers may choose from 160 raw in­gre­di­ents to cre­ate their sig­na­ture scent at their store at OUE Down­town, and to find one—with their help—that trig­gers a spe­cific mem­ory that they’d like to im­mor­talise in a bespoke per­fume.

Clock­wise from top, the re­tail space at Kevin Seah; back­pack; hand stamp­ing; leather­craft, all from The Gen­eral Co. Op­po­site, the workspace at The Gen­eral Co.

From left, at­tend­ing a work­shop at Oo La Lab; the ar­ray of scents at the Freda ‘D per­fume work­shop Op­po­site,from left, a pair of Di­a­mond Walker shoes de­signed in cam­ou­flage and with gold de­tail­ing; Kevin Seah, founder of his epony­mous brand

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