Suits shouldn’t be dry cleaned often; maybe once a year at most depending on use. But I had to make an exception with my suit because of a few grease stains I got while at a party. Stains shouldn’t be left to set and neither should they be remedied at home. It’s times like these when you have to leave it to the professionals. I brought my suit to Jeeves of Belgravia at New World Hotel to have the stains removed and dry cleaned. Jeeves of Belgravia is a recognized brand when it comes to dry cleaning with a Royal Warrant from his HRH the Prince of Wales to back it up. It was founded in 1969 and have branches all over the world. Continue Reading
Shops and Services
For the discerning menswear enthusiast like myself the retail scene here in the Philippines leaves much to be desired. Local retailers don’t have the sophisticated selection of brands that fit the aesthetic and lifestyle I want to achieve. That is why if you have been following this blog you will notice that a good number of items in my wardrobe were bought abroad mostly from online shops in the U.S. And if ever those items are available here it is probably cheaper to buy online even if you include the shipping costs.
But in the course of buying from different U.S.-based online shops I sometimes run into a few snags. The most frequent problem I encounter is they do not ship outside of the U.S. (if they do it most likely does not include the Philippines). The second is that the customer is required to have a U.S.-issued debit/credit card. However, there is a way to get around these problems, take advantage of the wide selection and lower prices in the U.S. by using Globe’s GCASH American Express Virtual Pay. It is a service that provides you with a U.S.-issued virtual card that is linked to your GCASH mobile wallet. The video below explains it in a nutshell.
Penhaligon’s has been around for over 140 years but it’s only recently that the perfume house has become popular. It was founded in the late 1860s by William Henry Penhaligon who quickly rose to become a barber and perfumer to Queen Victoria’s royal court. During the war their establishments were destroyed and the company lay dormant until in 1975 when designer Sheila Pickles and Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli revived the brand. In the last two years I have seen this house’s steady rise while quietly establishing itself in the former British colony of Singapore. They offer a fragrance profiling service and I went to experience it first hand at their newly opened boutique at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. This is where my journey of finding a fragrance begins. Continue Reading
Singapore is a city known for its shorts and flip-flop loving population but tucked away in the Muslim quarter of Kampong Glam is a shop dedicated to all things workwear. Tuckshop and Sundry Supplies specialises in denim carrying brands such as Iron Heart, Red Cloud, Rising Sun and Railcar Fine Goods. Their choice of products lean towards the enthusiast who prefer jeans with a wider leg. Men looking to clothe their wives and girlfriends will be happy to know that this shop stocks Railcar Fine Goods’ line of selvedge jeans for women. Aside from jeans they also carry tees and shirts from the brands mentioned before. Continue Reading
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It’s been quite some time since I was in Singapore and on a recent trip to the Lion City I visited a number of shops that were focused on filling the void in menswear retail. Of all the shops I visited there was one that stood out: Fiftyfive. It is a multi-label boutique that brought together three different entities each with their own speciality: Cumulus for their curated range of carry goods, Ed Et Al for their handcrafted shoes and Kevin Seah for his ready-to-wear and bespoke clothing. I would like to describe Fiftyfive as a casual haberdasher even though those two words don’t seem to go together. It has all the essentials a man needs for his wardrobe but they made sure to throw in something different here and there to set themselves apart. Continue Reading
I frequently shop online because the items I am looking for I cannot find at retailers here in the Philippines. One of them is a silk-satin tie that I intend to use at formal occasions like weddings. I decided to buy one from Mr Porter by designer Richard James through their US store. I placed my order and waited for my order to be delivered to Johnny Air Cargo in New York. The next morning I got an email saying that it is their policy not to deliver to freight forwarders. I was very disappointed and called up Mr Porter to cancel my order. Continue Reading
Indonesia has a lot of homegrown apparel, accessory and footwear brands looking for a home and The Goods Dept. is probably the best place for them to be in. Located in the posh Pacific Place in the Sudirman Central Business District, The Goods Dept. brings together the best local and foreign brands under one roof. Continue Reading
Denim aficionados looking for a place to buy denim in Jakarta should look no further than Standard Denim Supply Co. Opened in 2010 in the upscale shopping mall Plaza Senayan, the store offers a good mix of labels that are more accessible in terms of price and more fashion forward in terms of styles. They have brands like Nudie, Cheap Monday and Naked and Famous for those into slimmer cuts. Those looking for something more workwear-oriented would be pleased that they carry Lee 101 and Wrangler Bluebell. Indonesia-made goods can also be found here through their own line of footwear Pvblic Affair and some local streetwear labels. Continue Reading
I was in Jakarta for a few days so I checked out some of the menswear stores in a country with a vibrant retail scene. One of the stores I visited was otoko which means “men” in Japanese. Opened in the latter half of 2012, it is a store designed to fill the gap in Indonesia’s menswear scene. The shop is located far away from the shopping malls in an upscale residential-turned-commercial district in the southern part of the city. Continue Reading
Ever since I bought my Fujifilm X10 I’ve been looking for a leather camera strap to replace the stock strap that came with it. When I discovered the Barton 1972 line of camera straps two years ago they looked like a great value but wasn’t sure about purchasing as I haven’t seen them up close. So on my recent trip to Hong Kong I made it a point to drop by Annie Barton, the shop where they sell Barton 1972 camera straps as well as leather accessories from brands such as Gordy’s and Wotancraft. Barton 1972’s unique woven leather camera straps in various colors are what set them apart from other makers out there. Annie Barton is a shop where one can enjoy trying on different camera straps before purchasing and chit-chat with other photography enthusiasts. Those looking for a nice leather camera strap would be wise to make their way up to this store in Sheung Wan. I walked away without a camera strap as I couldn’t make up my mind but the store is definitely worth a visit. And when you do make sure to say “hi” to the furry creatures inhabiting the store. Continue Reading