Much like how every woman should own a classic LBD – that’s little black dress – in their wardrobe, the men’s version of an LBD is a well-fitted suit. Before you get huffy about how our tropical weather doesn’t befit a good suit, know that there ways where you can get a bespoke suit for the hot weather too. Now that the tropical weather suit problem is settled, we can get down to knowing which bespoke suit tailors we need to take notice of in KL.
When it comes to suits, fit is always key — which is why the only way you can make it look good on you is to get it tailored just for you. Forget ready-made suits, because you want your suits to be made to measure for you, and you only.
There are the basics that one should know about buying suits, some of them being that your shoulder pads should not protrude beyond your actual shoulders, and your suit should still fit you snugly when you button it. Then, there are the little things to know what maketh a good suit, such as the turn back, a piece of fabric found under your jacket collar that is not only a sign of quality, but also enables you to alter the angle of your collar.
But determining how a suit fits shouldn’t be a huge headache, especially if you leave it up to these master bespoke suit tailors that have decades of experience under their belt. Read on to know where to tailor-made your suit next.
Bon Zainal is one of Malaysia’s notable fashion designers, and his menswear designs are also rather noteworthy. Don’t expect the classic black or navy suits — he is the person to look for if you want well-fitted suits that challenge the norm with daring prints and colours. It follows the latest fashion trends, which would sit well with the younger clientele.
Bon Zainal Boutique, 106, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Taman Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur, +603-62061883.
You will find that most notable tailors in town come from the older generation, honing and passing down a craft. Jeremy Tok however, is one from the younger generation that decided to take it upon himself to breathe new life into the local tailoring industry. The mechanical engineering graduate has since revived traditional tailoring methods in his beautiful loft studio, which you can visit by appointment only.
Jeremy Tok Tailor, C-19-06 Colonial Loft Empire City Jalan PJU 8/1, Petaling Jaya, +6014-3324628.
The three founders behind Wardrobe initially started off Spark Manshop, but after it was sold off, they founded today’s modern Wardrobe highlighting the streets of Jalan Maarof. The spacious shop caters to not only bespoke suits, but also tailored shirts and accessories including cufflinks and pocket squares. Other than the classic suits every man needs, you can also get ensembles that are a little more flashy if the occasion calls for it.
Wardrobe, 51, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, +603-2282 6866.
This shop in Chow Kit may look unassuming, but never underestimate an old but respected institution such as this. The talent behind the shop is immense, and ol’ Loke Kwong Yuen is actually the second generation tailor. The space has been around since Loke’s father’s time in the 50s, and has served many happy customers with their meticulous workmanship of suits.
Ah Loke Tailor, 26, Jalan Yap Ah Shak, Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur, +603-2692 4206.
Founder of Bespoked Ian Chang honed his craft for many years, including an internship at Maurice Sedwell, which prompted him to bring Savile Row’s bespoke tailoring traditions to Malaysia. At his shop in 1 Utama, you can expect the same sort of British-style quality tailoring for any suits you have in mind.
Bespoked Ian Chang, G219 & G219a, Ground Floor Promenade, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, No. 1 Lebuh Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, +6603-7724 2499.
For some reason, you’ll find quite a few bespoke suit tailors located in Bangsar, and Burlington Tailor is another one of them. MasterClass tailor Wong Kok Seng has over 60 years of experience tailoring the finest quality bespoke suits. Burlington Tailor is also known to carry some of the world’s most premium fabrics, so if there’s a particularly difficult fabric to find that you’d like your suit made with, chances are you may be able to find it here.
Burlington Tailor, F108, Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285 Jalan Maarof, Kuala Lumpur, +603-2093 9455.
Famously known for dressing Muhammad Ali and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Lord’s Tailor is one of the older and better-known tailors in town. Master tailor Robert Loh may have his son Kenny Loh taking over the business, but the founder is still involved in running the day to day business. Many top Malaysian names go to them to get their bespoke suits done, including Datuk Lee Chong Wei and Datuk Jimmy Choo.
Lord’s Tailor, F18-F19, 1st Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya, Kuala Lumpur, +603-2094 9776.