For a new suit
Dylan & Son Sartorial
Taking inspiration from Don Draper, Dylan Chong is painstakingly reworking established fashion rules, notably bringing back high-waisted trousers – no lower than 2.5 inches below the navel, he says – and light, high-grade fabrics for his hand-stitched creations, which emphasise ‘quiet details’. But he’s adding colour to his classic, minimalist cuts – his last collection featured bright salmon pink, copper rust and eye-catching Yves Klein blue – and though the line is discontinued, you can request the fabrics for your own bespoke suit. Shirts and trousers from $139; suits from $750 (dylanandson.blogspot.com).
For classic shoes
Ed Et Al
While shoemaker Edwin Neo’s ultimate dream is to create a seamless whole-cut shoe in stingray skin, for now the bespoke shoemaker is happy to encourage the average Singaporean male out of his market slippers and into something more elegant. His shop sells classic men’s shoes from $250, with brightly hued loafers and derbies in full-grain calfskin and suede in the latest range. But for $600, you’ll get a one-off pair using the best leather and materials – you get to choose every little detail, from suede tops to pigskin liners and antique finishes. Shoes from $600 (edetal.sg).
For a one-off handbag
Fourth-generation artisan bag-maker Ethan Koh’s stunning vintage-inspired bags are made using an impossibly exotic array of skins – from ostriches, lizards and pythons to the Niloticus crocodile, Mississippi alligator and Porosus saltwater crocodile. We love his trademark clutch bags in bright hues of emerald green, violet and pink, which are given a patent polish with agate stone to achieve their sexy, high-shine factor, then hand-rubbed on metal poles to make them easier to carry. If you want your own one-off bag, you can choose your own colour, finish and wildlife-inspired clasp, whether it’s a frog or a snake-eye in topaz or amethyst. Orders can take up to six months, but these bags are lifetime investments. Bags from $1,500 (www.ethan-k.com).
For customised ties and jeans
Kevin Seah, a tailor of top-quality British cloths and cuts, is branching out with a new bespoke range of hand-crocheted cotton-yarn ties and tailored jeans. You can choose different crochet patterns and colour combinations for the ties, and types of denim, stitching and coloured lining for the jeans. To top off the look, he can also do you a pair of handmade velvet slippers with customised coloured soles and linings. Ties from $350; jeans from $600; slippers from $500 (www.kevinseah.com.sg).
For bespoke trainers
Mark Ong and SBTG
Mark Ong has been described as the world’s most prolific sneaker designer. As well as his own SBTG brand, produced by his design company Royalefam, he has designed shoes for everyone from Casio and Johnnie Walker to GelaSkins, Nike, New Balance and DC Shoes, as well as stars such as Kobe Bryant. His street-culture-inspired shoes are works of art almost akin to graffiti, and he uses everything from faux leopard fur to embroidered logo tags, lace clips and pyramid studs. But for your own one-off design, you can consult with him and get pretty much whatever you want. Trainers from $800 (www.royalefam.com).