Time-tested Tailoring

02 Jan 2020

As Meiko Tailor knows, a perfectly tailored suit is a crucial piece in any wardrobe, no matter where you work or what work you do

Whether you need a wardrobe update or are looking to get a new suit custom made with hand-picked details or unique cut and color combinations, Meiko Tailor has you covered. This family-run men’s tailoring company is one of Singapore’s most iconic heritage businesses. Since the 1970s, Meiko has been ensuring customers leave its establishment decidedly more debonair than when they arrive.

Not only does the company cater to complicated customization requests from clients, but founder and master tailor Mr. Chung Chi Kwong also understands intimately the details and precise cuts that go into every Meiko garment. The bespoke concept is not only about having a well-fitted outfit and customized style, it is an experience where the customer and the tailor are partners in the creation of outerwear that expresses individuality, taste and style.

Today, Meiko Tailor is seeing its most distinguished customers opt for bolder suit colors, with dark green proving particularly popular. There is also a shift in preference from the classic broadcloth weave to the more textured fabrics, including bold twill, hopsacks, flannels from fabric mills like Holland & Sherry and Carnet. Some customers prefer a three-piece suit made of Vitale Barberis Canonico hopsack window checks and a contrasting waistcoat, while one of the customers has asked for a customised Van Noten–inspired double-breasted hip-length jacket over oversized box trousers with side pleats.

Another trend identified by the Meiko tailoring team is a shift toward a more relaxed blazer rather than a slim fit Club suit. This statement suit is the epitome of elegant-casual, and it is versatile enough to be paired with any bottoms already hanging in one’s wardrobe. Tailor’s tip: Linen blazers are the supreme choice for Singapore’s humidity, and Meiko suggests Solbiati 100% linen from Italy or quarter lined jackets in Loro Piana Super 150s or Super 170s Merino Wool.

Mr. Chung’s vision for the company he founded more than 40 years ago is to carry on the traditional art of bespoke tailoring so that future generations will continue to appreciate and enjoy exquisite suiting and shirting craftsmanship. Mr. Chung’s daughter has joined the business as an in-house bespoke style adviser and an understudying apprentice clothier. The Meiko Tailor mantle, it seems, is in safe hands.

Meiko Tailor
A | Pan Pacific Singapore, #02-01
      7 Raffles Boulevard
      Singapore 039595
T | +65 6334 6911