Singapore Shopping: Suits and Tailors

by Bram
(Medan, Indonesia)

Dear Gabriel,

In my 3-day upcoming holidays in Singapore, I would like to buy a ready-made suit or a tailor-made suit there. Some questions:

1)Where to buy a ready-made suit in Singapore? Please recommend the name of department store which you think has the complete collections with reasonable price (i can't afford expensive clothing / designer label clothing), since I won't have so much time looking around so many stores.

2)If I choose to have a tailor-made suit, where to have this service? I read that Far East Plaza has a lot of tailor outlets. If I have it here, do I still need to bargain for the price? Is it already fixed price? Actually, I prefer the one that can give fixed and reasonable price. How many days will be needed to produce a tailor-made suit? Do you have a recommendation for tailor name?

3)Do you know the average price for ready-made suit? for tailor made suit? Do they come with pants?

Thanks for your kind attention.
Sorry for asking you too many questions.


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Singapore Shopping: Suits and Tailors

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Jul 21, 2009
Where to Buy Suits and Find Tailors in Singapore
by: Gabriel Tan

Hi Bram

1. Department Stores Selling Ready-Made Suits

You could consider the following:

a. G2000 - Both men's and women's sections. Their prices are very competitive and the designs are nice and trendy, in my opinion. In fact, I bought my wedding suit at G2000.

b. Robinson's & John Little These 2 are under the same management. They stock a very good range of suits as well. During their annual sales, they give some of the best discounts in town.

Robinson's has branches at Centrepoint (nearest MRT: Somerset) and Raffles City (nearest MRT: City Hall). John Little's main store is on Orchard Road (nearest MRT: Somerset).

2. Custom-made Suits in Singapore: Where to Find Tailors

a. There are a few reputable tailors at Peninsula Plaza (nearest MRT: City Hall) and Far East Plaza (nearest MRT: Orchard). I don't tailor my clothes, so I'm afraid I can't let you in on their quality.

b. If you venture into the heartland (HDB) town centres, such as Toa Payoh and Ang Mo Kio, you'll find a few tailors plying their traide along the walkways, in spaces they rent from the shops. This is their way of keeping costs low, since the rental is much less than taking up the shop space itself.

You might be able to find a bargain or two here.

Given that you only have 3 days here, I would recommend that you buy a ready-made suit. Some of the tailors will promise the goods in 24 hours. But would you want your suit stitched through the night?

Have a good holiday in Singapore.

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