Ladies, do you often find your man twiddling his thumbs and shuffling around a shop awkwardly whenever you get lost in that wonderful world of swanky new dresses, bags and shoes? You usher them (the men, not the shoes) off to do some shopping of their own, but they always wind up at the same old brand that they’ve shopped at since 10 years ago, and buying the exact same shirt they bought last year, except in a different shade of blue.
It’s infuriating, we know. But lucky for you, we’ve come up with a list of local retailers that men can lose themselves in and hopefully understand why shopping is just so mesmerising for us girls. The problem used to be that they had never found a menswear boutique that excited them as much as women’s boutiques exhilarate us – but now, there really is no excuse.
Here’s a list of men’s fashion stores that will dress your man from head to toe, and, for once, have you be the one twiddling your thumbs in impatience and reminding him of the running parking meter.
Business shirts with a touch of uniqueness
Are you sick of seeing your husband in the same few office shirts week in and out? If so, Aidan Kram is your answer. This online boutique offers business shirts and sleepwear that have been designed to give the wearer a sense of professionalism, while injecting a touch of uniqueness into each design. At the same time, the idea of each collection is to give wearers confidence and a sense of individuality. Their business shirts are handmade with 100% cotton fabrics, with a wide selection of patterns and designs including plains, stripes, checks, herringbone, oxford hairline and twill patterns.
For the perfect set of cufflinks
No suit would be complete without the perfect set of cufflinks, and what could be more perfect than having them customised to your precise specifications? And that’s precisely what CufflinksMade4U does, by offering personalised, handmade cufflinks. Each pair costs a flat USD232, and their website comes with a foolproof step-by-step guide where you can choose the shape of your cufflink, pick from a wide selection of design patterns, and input any messages or numbers you’d like engraved on them.
Lifestyle shop for the stylish male
#02-14 Wheelock Place, 504 Orchard Road, Singapore 238880 | Also available online.
Moving on to bags and accessories, Cumulus offers a wide variety of options by labels from all over the world, including the UK, US, Denmark, Germany, France, Japan, Hong Kong and, of course, Singapore. Cumulus’ limited bags and accessories are both classy and stylish, and come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re looking for a rustic messenger bag, a stylish laptop bag, or some cool gadget gear for your latest toy, this multi-label store probably has something for you.
Luxurious bespoke shoes
#01-67, Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039596. Also available online.
Own a pair of leather shoes that you can truly call your own at Ed Et Al, one of Singapore’s top luxury shoemakers. Offering three kinds of services: Made To Order, Bespoke and Recrafting, the boutique gives you the option of ordering a completely new pair of shoes customised to your colour or leather preference (Made To Order), choosing a shoe design they offer but handmade to your foot measurements (Bespoke), or ‘fixing’ an existing pair of shoes you own that was previously purchased from Ed Et Al (Recrafting). That’s why Ed Et Al shoes feel extremely personal and special to the wearer, and it will be rare for you to spot another man in the exact same pair as your husband’s.
Handwoven, authentic Panama hats
18 Joo Chiat Terrace, Singapore 427186. By appointment only.
If you’re looking to have your head well dressed as well, we highly recommend Hat of Cain. This elegant hat boutique is the expert – and exclusive distributor – of the Panama hat in Singapore. The Panama hat is a men’s sunhat handwoven with toquilla straw, and uses only specialised techniques passed down for generations in Ecuador. They do offer some design options for you to choose from, but we especially love that they offer personal fitting services, so you won’t have to be afraid of any odd-fitting pieces.
Online store with casual menswear
Of course, if your guy isn’t in the mood for a new custom-made suit, he could always turn to the local label Sundays. The online store offers relaxing casual men’s wear clothing such as loose cotton sweaters, t-shirts, shorts, chinos and sweat pants. Sundays is stocked at multi-label boutiques Beluga at The Cathay, Parco next NEXT, Temporium, Threadbare & Squirrel and The Board of Trade Co., but their collections are also readily available online.
Stylish men’s boutique
New location in June 2015.
There is hardly a men’s boutique out there that curates its store offerings as artfully as Swagger. Arguably one of the most stylish men’s boutiques in Singapore, Swagger carries a large selection of men’s goods that would fit nicely into a gentlemen’s wardrobe. This includes classy apparel, leather goods, accessories, vintage collectibles and grooming products. Besides ready-to-wear collections, Swagger also offers made-to-measure options for suits and shoes at reasonable prices.
Designs that are out of the ordinary
#03-02, 48 Tras Street, Singapore 078987. By appointment only.
Here’s a tailor that doesn’t turn to the standard suit template that every other tailor seems to have pinned up on his or her walls. When you order a suit from The Gallant, be prepared to expect something completely out of the ordinary, with designs that have been described as “quirky”, “whimsical” and “playful”. Their unique, imaginative designs combined with European-standard craftsmanship are testament to their over 30 years of experience as a well-respected tailor here in Singapore. The Gallant offers custom-made shirts, suits and even shorts.
Quality bespoke suits
40b Boat Quay, Singapore 049829 | Also available online.
Despite having been in the business for 11 years, Victor York’s bespoke suits have never once faltered in quality. Such is the dedication to his craft that has been deeply imbued in him since he was a young, budding bespoke tailor. Now, Victor York creates shirts, suits and even golf wear that cater to the discerning gentlemen who appreciate quality in every aspect of their suits. Drop by his boutique along Boat Quay, or customise your order right from your home or office by logging on to the label’s comprehensive online portal.