In search of a spiffy new wardrobe for a spiffing new year? Lucky for all you China-bound dandies, Shanghai is positively bursting at the seams with top-drawer tailors, on-point shoemakers and stylish accessory troves. We’ve stitched up the very best this sartorially savvy city has to offer…
First, to get suited; and it doesn’t get much smarter than long-time LUXE go-to Tony The Tailor, who – despite the geezerish moniker – can rival the silhouettes of Savile Row with his imported fabrics, timeless craftsmanship and staggering 6-day turnaround. He really is grrrrrreat. Or, swing by Forbes favourite Dave’s Custom Tailoring (voted ‘World’s Top Bespoke’) for its thick swatches of quality threads and signature hand-stitched lapels.
In a hurry, Murray? If you must go off-the-peg, strut no further than heritage French Concession flagship of Euro brand Suitsupply. Classic cuts and attention to detail, courtesy of the onsite alterations team (not to mention, reasonable price points) make these ready-to-wear getups as sharp as a tailor’s shears.
Of course, you’ll need a shirt to go under that new three-piece, so saunter over to WW Chan & Sons on Maoming Nan Lu for chemises made to your measurements from luxuriantly soft English and Italian-milled cottons, with single needle French seams and look-at-me embroidered initials.
No elegant ensemble would be complete without a pair of bespoke brogues, and that’s where clever cobbler Jack Peng comes in handy. Styles include Derbies, loafers and ankle boots chiselled from Spanish leather, Italian suede and Australian crocodile skin in a rainbow of colours and with a choice of inner linings and laces. For a final personal flourish, have your signature etched into the sole of your shoe.
Finish the look with elegant cufflinks from Shanghai Tang, and a luscious leather belt and man bag from trig local trend-setter Project Aegis Co. How’s that for suit-ably attired?
Tony The Tailor, 590 Changle Lu, Xuhui, Shanghai, +86 21 5403 6138. tonythetailor-sh.com
Dave’s Custom Tailoring, 1 Lane 288, Wuyuan Lu, Shanghai, Xuhui, +86 21 5298 0808. tailordave.com
Suitsupply, 169 Anfu Lu, Xuhui, Shanghai, +86 21 5418 2021. suitsupply.com
WW Chan & Sons, 165d Maoming Nan Lu, Luwan, Shanghai, +86 21 5404 1469. wwchan.com
Jack Peng, 2/F, S. Building, Hong Kong Plaza, 283 Middle Huaihai Rd, Shanghai, +86 21 6333 8025. jackpeng.com
Shanghai Tang, 868 Huaihai Zhong Lu, Xuhui, Shanghai, +86 21 5403 0580. shanghaitang.com
Project Aegis Co, 1 Taojiang Rd, Xuhui, Shanghai, +86 21 5436 3533. projectaegis.com