When it comes to suits, it’s all about the fit. It doesn’t matter where you got it, for it to look expensive, all it needs is to suit your body. The thing is, it’s also one of the most technical, most challenging garments to produce. This is why finding a really good tailor who understands your body is crucial. Good thing there’s no shortage of talent in the country.
There is nothing quite like a well-tailored suit, to make your groom look his absolute best on your wedding day, so below, we’ve curated a comprehensive list of haberdasheries in the metro.
To make things even easier for you, we’ve sorted them into three groups based on the budget: splurge, smart, and save. Splurge is for those who see the value in bespoke suits. Smart is for those who have a bit of budget to spare. And finally, save is a list of RTW suits you can find in malls or online. Remember, expensive doesn’t always mean better, so pick one that will suit your needs and budget best.
Where to find them: Shangri-La at the Fort; Power Plant Mall
Manila’s most refined gents go to this specialty store not only because of its high-end array of tailored shirts, handmade shoes, Japanese denim, and men’s accessories, but also because of their bespoke suits. Every now and then, they throw trunk shows headlined by some of the best tailors from Europe and Asia giving Filipinos a chance to own only the best and most special suit for the day.
Where to find them: Ground floor, Herco Center, Benavidez Street, Makati City.
In Napoleon Arienza, we trust. From his humble beginnings sweeping floors of tailor shops, to being appointed as a master cutter in the 1970s, to landing a job at famous tailoring house, Brioni, where he ended up helping make a suit for James Bond Pierce Brosnan—you know you’re in good hands at Tiño. Aside from a chance to be dressed by a master tailor, the shop offers premium fabrics to ensure your suit is a cut above the rest.
3. Common Suits Manila
Contact: (0917) 812 4193
Where to find them: 5 Campanilla Street, New Manila, Quezon City
Refined yet effortless. Common Suits wants to help you choose the right style, the right material and, most importantly, the perfect fit through their top-tier fabrics and master tailors in Singapore. Yup, this SG-based brand will send your measurements to Singapore and fly the suit back to Manila once done.
4. Masanting Sastreria
Where to find them: Appointments are available at The Refined, BGC
From day one, Masanting Sastreria has been all about providing well-fitting suits. Masanting also offers a house cut design wherein Filipino weather was taken into consideration. It can be described as a timeless design with construction that emphasizes comfort, especially in our tropical country. The shop also houses four style connoisseurs, each with their own individual styles and preferences, which clients can match with their own in order to get that perfect fit.
1. Felipe and Sons
Where to find them: Leviste Street, Makati; San Agustin Street, Makati; El Pueblo, Ortigas; Net Quad, BGC
In case you didn’t know, Felipe and Sons is more than just your friendly neighborhood Barber shop. The concept of the entire space is to be a sort of man cave where they can relax in the presence of expert groomers, tailors, and like-minded men. Its haberdashery aims to make custom clothing accessible to all, which explains their range of suits categorized into tiers.
2. Suit It Up Manila
Where to find them: Unit A1, 1018 Antonio Arnaiz Ave, Makati; 5th Level Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City
From dressing the “It” husbands Erwan Heussaff, Nico Bolzico, Arthur Burnand, Adrien Semblat to celebrities like Enrique Gil and Alden Richards, we’re sure you’ve seen this brand tagged on Instagram. Aside from making custom suits accessible to all, Suit It Up Manila is also known for not shying away from mix-and-matching colors and prints for gents who like to have fun with their suits.
3. JE and Co.
Where to find them: 41 Malumanay St., Teachers Village, Quezon City
Northerners, this one is for you. Quietly nestled in teacher’s village is JE and Co. that has been providing affordable yet well-made men's suits since 2013. Celebrities, athletes and even the Boys Night Out hosts have been seen rocking their suits and for good reason. Their mantra? “It’s all about the fit.”
4. Arvox Tailoring
Contact: (0917) 112-0685
Where to find them: 3F G Square Arcade, 451 Barangka Drive, Mandaluyong City
It all began with Rogelio T. Rocreo, a.k.a "Mang Roger” who started working as a tailor in the mid ‘60s and eventually opened his own shop by the ‘80s. They pride themselves in providing quality suits and barongs that gents can get at affordable price points.
1. Fast Fashion Favorites: Zara, H&M, TopMan, Mango Man, Burton
Would rather spend your money on feeding your guests or booking the venue of your dreams? No problem, because these days there’s nothing you can’t find in malls. These fast fashion brands offer not only classic pieces, but also contemporary offerings providing a suit for every guy’s need without breaking the bank.
2. Well Suited
Where to find them: ZALORA.com.ph
Need something even more convenient? Go online shopping and check out Well Suited on Zalora. We know that fit is essential, but that’s not a problem. Just check the size chart or order two sizes and then just return the one that doesn’t fit. These days, return and exchange on online websites are super quick and easy.
Kamuning is known as a gold mine of talented tailors and seamstresses. If you have the time, or if you live near the area, go ahead and pay a visit to any of the tailors there and you’ll be surprised to discover that your money can go a long way. The groom and his entire entourage can get suits made here for the price of one branded bespoke suit. The craftsmanship and talent are there, just waiting to be discovered.