Gone are the days when men in Singapore would lament about the lack of stores for the lads. The local menswear scene is now seriously thriving.
Most men we know have a single-pronged battle plan when it comes to shopping: get in, get out. So we totally get your reluctance to scout for new stores, or browse through the shelves hunting for the perfect T-shirt, suit or jacket. Help is here, gents. We’ve listed it all down for you with our handy guide of the best menswear stores in Singapore. These have it all, from formal suits to timeless T-shirts. You’re welcome.
Fun fact: Guccio Gucci was inspired to create his own line of luxury bags while he was in an elevator working as a lift operator. Brought to you by the folks behind Monument Lifestyle, the idea behind fresh local clothing line Duxton may not have been conceived within a confined space, but rather the unique spirit of the Duxton neighbourhood. The latest collection is split into five concepts – Henry, Adam, Rich, Mikey and Justin – which represent characters in this vibrant area. For instance, the Henry range was created for calm and composed guys and features the quintessential classic crew neck, in colours such as egg tart and dusty rose (fancy words for yellow and pink). Our fave has to be the Mikey range, which is all about floral prints and is meant for the confident gent. These tailored button-downs go for $165, but hey, you’re getting some serious quality and style points.
Duxton officially opens to the public mid-June 2018, 75 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089534
While we adore Suitsupply’s bespoke suits, we also love the ready-to-wear collection if you’re in need of a sharp suit on the quick. The store’s got all a man needs in his wardrobe: crisp shirts, trousers in assorted styles, colours and fabrics, as well as blazers and coats.
Suitsupply, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, 03-14B/15, The Orchard Residences, Singapore 238801
H.E by Mango
If you’re not aware of what the men’s branch of Mango is about, think Uniqlo supercharged. Fitted clothes, good fabric and affordable prices is the ethos here. H.E by Mango carries an extensive range of clothing – henleys, T-shirts, polos and cardigans. The summer collection is inspired by the Mediterranean sea and features earthy tones. Guys, if you want to look like a charming bartender at a beach bar, you’ll want to own a few of those pieces.
H.E by Mango, multiple outlets in Singapore
This iconic British brand needs no introduction, nor does the label’s signature multi-coloured stripes adorning everything from ties to socks, pocket squares, and even underwear. Offering playful yet wearable pieces like printed bomber jackets, chevron sweatshirts, and tuxedo jackets, this one’s for the adventurous man.
Paul Smith, 2 locations at ION Orchard & Hilton Hotel Singapore.
The British sure know how to dress like gentlemen. The luxury menswear label hailing from London’s iconic Sloane Street boasts a boutique spanning 2,500 square feet at The Shoppes at Marina Bay. As a purveyor of the best of British style, Hackett London features a range of formal wear and gentlemen’s club-style accessories – everything from tweed suits to enamel cufflinks, gingham bow ties, and boxer shorts. They do casual too!
Hackett, B2M-230, Canal Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956, p. 6723 7227.
Just a few clicks away, this global online retail haven for men’s style is definitely the best portal to high-quality sartorial must-haves, including tops and bottoms from an array of world’s leading names such as A.P.C, Giorgio Armani, and the like. And if you shop during promotional periods, the shipping cost can go as low as zilch – yes, free! Watch out for the Mr Porter sales: your cue to load up.
Mr Porter, shop online.
Dressing up for a fancy ‘do? Head over to Ted Baker, yet another British luxury clothing retail company that offers impeccable designer clothing for men that’ll clearly elevate your swankiness. Apart from shirts, suits, trousers, shoes and bags, you’ll also find a slew of men’s accessories including cuff links, belts, pocket squares and plenty more.
Ted Baker, five locations including The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands & ION Orchard.
If you’re a minimalist, this is where you should be. COS, short for Collection of Style, is H&M’s higher-end branch and renowned for its pared-back style and colour palette. Don’t get me wrong, the designs might look pretty simple at first glance, but it’s all about the fine detail. Whether it’s a unique way of stitching or a different cut, COS always finds some way to put a spin on its clothing. The S/S 2018 lookbook features clean lines and skilled craftsmanship, ranging from collared tops to fitted trousers. We say it’s time to give COS a chance, especially with three out of five men already wearing Zara.
COS, 2 Orchard Turn, The Orchard Residences, Singapore 238801 and #01-32 Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179103
As an offshoot of designer Neil Barrett’s eponymous line, Blackbarrett’s vibe is distinctively edgy and street-inspired. But don’t let that turn you off: amidst the see-through mesh T-shirts (yes, really) and paisley suits, you’ll find surprisingly wearable pieces that’ll make stylish additions to any man’s closet. Our top picks? Lightweight Calvary Mesh Print Stretch Pants, Compact Reversible Bomber, as well as Fluid Grid Long-sleeved Shirt.
Blackbarrett, #02-44, Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859, p. 6304 1345.
There are plenty of menswear stores around shelling out the same, heritage-inspired threads but Benjamin Barker is a cut above the rest. Founded locally in 2009, the concept store gets our vote for its unpretentious yet dapper collection of dress shirts, bespoke suits, custom-made leather brogues, and handsome accessories that even the ladies might be tempted by.
Benjamin Barker, 12 locations including Capitol Piazza & Orchard Cineleisure, with one in Paragon set to open soon.
We get it guys: you don’t want to part with your old rugby jerseys because they’re so comfy. Now how about a compromise? Local label, sifr, melds style and comfort perfectly with its range of breathable luxe Pima cotton T-shirts that are ultra-fine, silky, and lightweight. Not only that, the team behind sifr is serious about their craft, which is why you’ll easily find a pared-back, yet impeccably crafted collection of button-down shirts, blazers, and footwear for everyday wear. Did we mention the footwear? Love!
sifr, shop online.
Launched in 2015, The Authority is a menswear label designed for the down-to-earth fellas. With easy-to-wear pieces that come with uncomplicated cuts, unfussy lines and typically decked in monochrome colours, The Authority definitely attracts lads who prefer immaculate shirts, simple design tops and clean-cut bottoms. Follow its Instagram profile to get the freshest updates on the latest collection!
The Authority, #03-03 orchardgateway, 218 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238851, p. 8126 6343.
Established in 2014, Straits Establishment brands itself as the purveyor of fine goods including men’s apparel, accessories and furnishings. Flawlessly integrating modern nuances into classical styles, Straits Establishment presents a range of menswear that caters to fashionably-inclined men. Our favourites? Definitely its collection of well-crafted outerwear – especially the Elhaus Ground Jacket and Elhaus Muteman Jacket.
Straits Establishment, #01-467, Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983, p. 6337 0063.
Robinsons The Heeren
This mega department store is 186,000 square feet of prime shopping space with over 380 brands in-store – that’s a lot to choose from. Level four is entirely dedicated to the gents with exclusive menswear labels such as our favourite Jack Spade, Matinique, and John Varvatos that were previously unavailable in Singapore. The icing on the cake is Robinsons’ complimentary personal shopping service – it might be wiser to leave the man-wrangling to the experts.
Robinsons The Heeren, 260 Orchard Road, Singapore 238855, p. 6735 8838..
Think you’ve outgrown this brand? We say Topman’s offering of trendy, affordable clothing has its place in your high-end-high-street mix. From denim jackets and jeans to baseball shirts and smart suits, this street-savvy fashion chain caters to the guys looking for that stylishly-cool wardrobe.
Topman, multiple locations
This British heritage-inspired fashion label is popular amongst the preppy types (and the university studs). Think seersucker shirts in stripe and check prints, smart and relaxed blazers, bright tees and polos, crew neck jumpers, slim chinos and shorts – all of which will be on high rotation at your summer parties and get-togethers that call for something smart.
Jack Wills, two locations at Raffles City and Takashimaya.
In Good Company
The local fashion label, best known for its clean-cut design aesthetic and classic pieces with a twist, introduced its first-ever menswear collection to much fanfare last year. What can you expect, lads? Streamlined wardrobe staples ranging from cotton jersey T-shirts to crisp cotton poplin shirts, tailored shorts, bomber jackets, utilitarian pants, and cotton gabardine cropped trousers – everything a gent needs in his style arsenal.
IN GOOD COMPANY, #B1-06 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801, p. 6509 4786.
If you’re all about Japanese aesthetics, you’ll love under-the-radar menswear label Biro. Named after the ballpoint pen, the brand is home to timeless wardrobe staples made from premium fabrics sourced globally, and immaculately tailored by Japanese artisans. It’s “slow fashion” at its finest – instead of seasonal collections, expect new pieces only every few months. Everything you need is here, including silk cotton t-shirts, floral shirts, and chambray over shirts.
Shop Biro online
Supplies & Co.
Next time you’re in Orchard, head to Mandarin Gallery where Supplies & Co’s new store is located. Its spanking new locale is much like the original, only sleeker, with masculine interiors and an array of fashion-forward menswear brands like Engineered Garments and Meanswhile.
Supplies & Co., Mandarin Gallery, 33A Orchard Road, 03-09/10, Singapore 238897
Faculty addresses the once dire state of menswear in Singapore – its founder Larry Peh was frustrated by his lacklustre buys over the years. The label champions functionality with impeccable craftsmanship; it’s all in the details, right down to cuffs, fabric and cut. Take the White Club Oxford shirt. It comes with a deep patch pocket to accommodate a pen and a notebook, as well as a black band at the sleeve opening to prevent stains.
Shop Faculty online
It’s not every day that one finds soft, quality T-shirts (and sustainably made, too) so trust us when we say that we’ve hit a goldmine with Source Collections. The eco-friendly local brand delivers men’s T-shirts made from 100% organic cotton, produced without pesticides and toxic chemicals. They’re also ethically made by a factory in China – it’s certified by the WorldWide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), an independent non-profit team of global social compliance experts. Our Video Producer Hubab loves these T-shirts as they deliver accurate measurements, a good fit and are unbelievably soft. Read more in our feature on Source Collections.
Shop Source Collections online
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