THE CHECK­LIST

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Ian Chang, owner of Be­spoked, breaks down the six things ev­ery man should know

be­fore em­bark­ing on the sat­is­fy­ing jour­ney of made-to-or­der tai­lor­ing. Know ex­actly why you Make sure the tai­lor Get the ba­sics. need the suit. knows his fab­rics. The two-but­ton, sin­gleThe first thing your tai­lor Aus­tralian and Mon­go­lian breasted suit is the eas­i­est needs to know is its wool make bet­ter suits; to wear and the most pur­pose. Each oc­ca­sion English wool is more suited flat­ter­ing. It’s a great starter calls for a dif­fer­ent fab­ric for tweed. Wools and silks suit be­cause it’s so ver­sa­tile. and style and you need to are for evening wear, and Wear it day or night, and com­mu­ni­cate this. mo­hair is good for both the blazer alone makes a It’s a con­stant di­a­logue. warm and cool weather. great sports jacket. You You shouldn’t leave Don’t let trop­i­cal climes want a for­mal black suit for ev­ery­thing up to the de­ter you from suits. din­ners and events, and a tai­lor nor should he Nat­u­ral fab­rics like linen, sports jacket or blue blazer let you de­cide with­out cot­ton, and seer­sucker to pol­ish up ca­sual out­fits. giv­ing his opin­ions and are good for hot weather. A grey suit is also flex­i­ble. sug­ges­tions. As a tai­lor, Mo­hair breathes and keeps The devil re­ally is in he needs to know your you cool. There is even the de­tails. life­style and your aes­thetic. trop­i­cal or cool-ef­fect In­vest in cus­tom-made Get­ting a be­spoke suit is a wool. Avoid syn­thet­ics like ac­ces­sories as well. The col­lab­o­ra­tion from scratch. polyester; th­ese trap heat. qual­ity is sim­i­lar if not bet­ter than big-name la­bels but it costs less and you get some­thing far more per­sonal and mean­ing­ful. You’ll have your ini­tials em­broi­dered and you can choose ev­ery lit­tle thing from in­ner lin­ing to buck­les. Be­spoked will be ex­pand­ing into this soon, bring­ing in cus­tom-made ac­ces­sories. First will be shoes, made in Spain. You can choose ev­ery­thing us­ing an app so it’s all at your fin­ger­tips. Be­spoked, G219 & G219A, Ground Floor Prom­e­nade, 1 Utama Shop­ping Cen­tre. Tel: 03-7724 2499.

Ian Chang at Be­spoked

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