A caring society is built on a caring heart. As one of Singapore’s leading bespoke tailors, we stepped up to fashion inclusivity at the SG Cares Carnival.
In line with “Fashion For A Social Cause”, organised by Singapore Fashion Runway, we dressed up celebrities – as well as everyday women.
Mediacorp celebrities such as Nat Ho, Silver Ang and Aisyah Aziz took the stage, alongside breast cancer survivors. Wearing a look of confidence and Amos Marcus’ stylish designs, it was hard to tell one from the other.
And that, really, is the whole point of fashion. To empower real people, whom we believe are beautiful in their own right.
Guest-of-honour PM Lee Hsien Loong also used the occasion to launch the SG Cares app, which promotes volunteerism by matchmaking do-gooders and causes.
Attended by 39,000 beneficiaries, volunteers, and members of the public, the SG Cares Carnival is a meeting of minds and hearts. All in the name of building a more caring and giving Singapore.
Amos Marcus is proud to be right at the heart of this initiative. As a driving force within the industry, we’ll continue to use fashion, to fashion inclusivity and harmony within the very fabric of Singapore’s society.
If this strikes a chord with you, go on and pay it forward. What goes around comes around – the community will thank you for it!
Guest-of-honour PM Lee drives home the importance of giving.
The star-studded ensemble, inviting every Singaporean to start caring.
Role-models-turned-runway-models: Jean and Lily hits the stage with Mediacorp artiste Charlie Goh.
Jean and Lilian dazzle audiences together with Mediacorp artiste Darryl Yong.
Mediacorp artiste Nat Ho struts up a storm in an Amos Marcus suit, alongside SFR model Priscilla.
Amos Marcus x SG Carnival 2018 at Our Tampines Hub
We all know tailored dress shirts are an important part of a man’s wardrobe. So why isn’t tailored blouses for women as important? Women have so many curves on their body compared to a man. There are a lot more measurements to consider so why aren’t tailored blouses an essential part of woman’s wardrobe? Here are reasons why it should.
Variation in body types
Ever had a time where your shoulders don’t fit a size 6 blouse but your waist fits nicely? When you try on a size 8, your shoulders fit perfectly but it’s too baggy around the waist? Women have many different classifications of shapes and sizes such as pear, hourglass and straight however some women do not fall into any of these categories. Due to this, not all proportions of a woman’s body are equal and perfect for a standard size. Each shape requires a different cut of clothing to complement it better making one look good. Having a tailored blouse allows you to customise the measurements of the blouse to fit you better and hence complementing your body no matter the body shape.
Varying skin colour
Ever saw a blouse in store and the colours it comes in doesn’t complement your skin tone and hence you couldn’t buy it? Each individual has varying skin colours and tones. Knowing the colour which complements your skin and which doesn’t can help flatter your body more making you look more attractive at every angle. If you don’t know which colour complements your skin tone, it is always best to consult a professional tailor such as ourselves for advice and styling.
Have a skin allergy to polyester and can only wear cotton? Have a certain design in mind that you would like to make for yourself? Ever went out and saw another woman wearing the exact same blouse you are? Having a tailored blouse would allow one to decide what material and design you want. The colour, material and design can all be customised to fit only you making it unique. No one will ever have the same blouse. EVER. Even if you do not have a design in mind or do not know which colour suits you best, approach a bespoke tailor such as ourselves and we would help you to design and recommend to you what’s best for you.
4. Quality investment
Getting it purposely made for you, you can be guaranteed that the blouse would be of the best quality or your money back. A tailored blouse can last you for the many years to come. It can withstand much more wear and tear than an ordinary, store-bought, ready-to-wear blouse can. This is due to the high quality materials used to make the blouse at the same time the craftsmanship that is put into making the blouse is of the best quality. Allowing your blouse to go through the thick and thins of life with you. The price of making it may be slightly more expensive than store-bought ones but the investment is worth it. Why spend $100+ on a designer blouse when you can spend it on one that is designed for YOU making it much more special.
5. Modern Designs
As fashion moves forward, women are able to wear unconventional blouses on an everyday basis. Times have changed and traditional blouses are not very popular in the market. Due to this bespoke tailors such as ourselves have re-designed blouses to look trendy yet professional. Giving everyday women the confidence to go about their day. Amos Marcus currently has a line of women’s made to measure, blouse designs. The fabric of the designs can also be customised according to the customer’s choice of fabric and sizes are made to the customers’ measurements.
Overall the advantages of having a tailored blouse as an essential part of a woman’s wardrobe outweighs the disadvantages. Due to the price, one is most likely not to get more than one piece but it is a good investment for any woman and it helps to add value to her wardrobe as it is unique to her.
When choosing a shirt, cotton and cotton-polyester blend fabrics would be the most common types. Each of these fabrics have different properties that would suit different needs. Hence deciding on which fabric to use when making your shirt would depend on the purpose of it and personal preference. Below are some information about each type of fabric to help you decide which is best for you.
Cotton is a naturally acquired fibre from the cotton plant and has many positive properties such as being light weight and breathable. It allows air and moisture to pass through the material keeping the wearer cool in hot climates. It is also hypo-allergenic which is suitable for people with sensitive skin and infants. However the disadvantage of having a cotton shirt is that it wrinkles very easily and requires an iron or steamer to keep it wrinkle-free. It is also relatively fragile compared to cotton-polyester blends and may shrink or tear more easily through use. As it is all natural, it is more expensive than other man-made fabrics.
50% cotton and 50% polyester blend fabrics are also commonly used to make shirts. This fabric combines the benefits of both cotton and polyester to suit the needs of the wearer. It is more durable as it does not shrink excessively and is more resistant to tears than cotton. It keeps its shape better and keeps the colours of dyes in better. This fabric is very versatile and can be used for various activities. It is best if there is an intention of wearing the garment often but wanting it to be breathable and comfortable as well. This fabric is suitable for warmer weather but it is not as breathable as cotton due to its polyester content. Due to this, popular places such as Bangkok, Thailand, often make their suits out of this fabric blend as it is cheaper than cotton and is suitable for the weather.
When choosing the fabric being used to make your garment, the factors that must be considered are the purpose of the garment and the climate that you are in. Below are examples of how you could go about choosing your fabric for your garment.
Example of climate:
You live in a tropical region along the equator such as Singapore and it is often sunny and humid 365 days a year. Due to this, it is better to get a shirt that is made out of 100% cotton as it allows you to feel comfortable in the hot climate because it is breathable and allows your perspiration to easily pass through. However if you lived in a temperate climate such as in the USA or UK where there is autumn and winter seasons, it is better to get the blend fabric instead as it helps to keep you warm during these cold days at the same time it could be worn during the hotter summer days. Making it versatile for all weather conditions.
Example of purpose:
You are a restaurant manager and you want a shirt meant to be worn and washed often. The ideal material to be used would be 50% blend as you would be working long hours and being on the floor managing your employees hence you would be moving around often. The blended fabric would allow you to feel comfortable even when you perspire in the shirt while working the long hours. It is durable yet comfortable which is what you need. Whereas if you are a part-time office employee who only comes in on certain days of the week to work. The ideal material would be cotton as sitting in the office does not require one to move around so much. In addition the shirt only needs to be worn for a few days of the week hence it does not go through much wear and tear.
If you are still unsure of the type of material to choose, do consult a professional tailor, such as ourselves, to give you advice and a better understanding on which SUITS you best (pun intended). The situation for every individual is different and can change based on personal preference hence the most important factor in choosing a fabric for YOUR garment is YOURSELF.
Now Is The Time For You To Know The Truth About Black Tie Event
When one receives an invitation with the words ‘black tie’, it would typically means that this party is fancy and men should wear more formally. While it’s important to understand which attire should definitely be appropriate, there is a more knowledge on how you can stand out from the norm.
What are dinner jackets?
First of all let’s understand what are dinner jackets and why you can replace your tuxedo with them. These jackets can be of a matching or contrasting colour worn with a matching bow tie, they can be either single-breasted or double-breasted. Their lapels vary but the more formal ones usually have a shawl collar. The notched lapels are slightly informal and should not be worn to a formal event.
They usually have 2 buttons and no vents for a slim look, jetted pockets instead of flap pockets as jetted pockets give a more elegant look than flap pockets. They are usually of different colours, patterns and textures which will help you to stand out from the crowd, look professional and suave. It is preferred that it is not black or midnight blue as you might as well wear a tuxedo if that is the case.
Dinner Jacket imposters!
Dinner jackets look similar to the common blazer and can often be mistaken as one in a black tie event. The difference is that blazers are worn for casual events while dinner jackets are worn for formal events. Blazers can be worn with an open-neck polo shirt or a simple shirt and is usually embedded with metal buttons on the sleeves. It is also commonly worn with a tie. Dinner jackets are formal and usually have cloth buttons on the sleeves. It is usually worn with a bowtie.
Another jacket that can be easily mistaken for a dinner jacket is the mess jacket. It originated from the body coat and evening tail coat but the tails are excluded. It has a double-breasted silhouette, is usually not buttoned and has a pointed middle end at the back. Today, this jacket is commonly used for costumes in the entertainment industry
Dinner Jacket Materials
Dinner jackets can be made in velvet and brocade for colder climates but for warmer climates such as Singapore, it is often made out of tropical, worsted wool, linen blend or a silk blend. These materials are lightweight and airy giving the wearer breathability in the hot climates. However do take note that these jackets often do not have a lining due to the warmth and can be see-through. If it is see-through, it is recommended not to buy that jacket as it is of poor quality and would not look good on the wearer.
Recommended buttons on the jacket would be mother of pearl buttons as they have a very nice sheen or cloth covered buttons as they are more formal in a black tie event than regular buttons.
3 Tips for Dinner Jackets
1) Dinner jackets can be of a variety of colours, from burgundy to green, to light blue, any colour is possible as long as the wearer is happy with it. It can also have different patterns on them to give the wearer a more striking look. However the colour and pattern of the fabric used is based more on the wearer’s body shape and skin colour. For example a person that has pale skin would get a colour that is contrasting to his tone. Colours such as olive green or burgundy suit pale skin tones while colours like beige and red should be avoided.
2) Accessories to go with the jacket would be a button hole on the shawl collar so as to add a boutonniere to the look. As well as a pocket square of a contrasting colour to the jacket. It is recommended that the colour of pants be black or midnight blue so as to keep the spotlight on the jacket. For socks, black silk socks that cover the calf and for shoes opera pumps in patent leather or capless black oxfords would match nicely with dinner jackets. Evening shoelaces could be added to oxfords to match with the bow tie. Some men do wear albert slippers with these jackets however it is not recommended as it is too casual for public formal events.
3) Since the lapel of the jacket isn’t faced, the textures of the bow tie can be experimented with. A wide ribbed grosgrain, barathea, satin or moire bowtie would do the trick depending on the wearer’s preference.
Where to buy dinner jackets?
Off-the-rack clothing brands such as Zara and H&M do sell black tie dinner jackets where one can get them at an affordable price however the designs are limited and depend on season. The size and cutting of the jacket may not be suitable for every individual as everyone has a different body shape. One may get an off-the rack piece but it doesn’t flatter the body as the cutting is made for the general body shape.
Another way to buy them would be from bespoke tailors in Singapore such as ourselves Amos Marcus who make bespoke suits and jackets with a fashionable and stylish twist, making them unique to the individual. It is slightly more expensive than off-the-rack dinner jackets but the investment is worth it. Not only does it fit nicely, you can use it for long periods of time because you will be able to pick the materials and ensure the quality of the jacket. It is also unique to you and it is guaranteed that no one at the event will have the exact same jacket.
After going through all the effort to customise a bespoke suit, it is best if the suit can be worn for a long period. Hence, it is important to teach my clients/readers on how to maintain and care for your suits to retain their silhouette and shape for a long run.
No suit should dry clean on a weekly basis
Now let’s look at the 5 simple tips on how to maintain and properly care for your suit so they can last for a long time.
#Tip 1: DRY CLEAN FREQUENTLY IS NOT RECOMMENDED
Dry clean frequently is not recommended, doing so will expose your suit to harmful chemical which will result in wearing out faster. To clean your suits and maintain for a long run, you should use a soft clothes brush or a clean towel to brush through it thoroughly and air out. If there is any spot or stain, you can use a wet towel to remove it.
Dry clean your suit once every 3 months if your wear it frequently or when brushing and airing can’t remove the stain and odour. Never use washing machine or hand wash your suit.
#Tip 2: USE THE RIGHT HANGER
At the end of the day do not fold and keep, this will result your suit to crumple and crease. Hang your suit up with a suit hanger in a spacious wardrobe, so that it will not crushed by other garment. A wide and round end wooden hanger or plastic round edged is a must to retain the shape and drape of the suit rather than a wire hangers, which will leave bumps at both side of the shoulder.
#Tip 3: USE A STEAMER
Use a steamer to straighten your suit and it can also remove unwanted smell. Keep out from using a press iron as it will harm the fabric and sometimes cause redundant sheen to your suit. If it is a must to use a press iron, lay a press cloth as a barrier to protect the fabric. A typical steamer in Singapore cost around $100, surely a worth investment.
#Tip 4: ROTATE YOUR SUITS
Change your suit everyday, allow your suit have a break by not wearing it more than 2 times a week. This will allow you to enjoy wearing it for a long period. In that case, it is preferably to have min 3 suits in your wardrobe so you can wear them in rotation.
#Tip 5: USE A GARMENT BAG WHEN YOU TRAVEL
There are ways on how to fold and pack your suit without creasing it badly, but it is recommend to use a garment bag to pack your suits when traveling. The light and breathable garment bag will allow air to circulate through the suit and keep it wrinkle free.
In conclusion, either you buy a off-the-rack or a customised bespoke suit, you need to know how To maintain and care for your suits. Follow the above tips and that will assure your suits will last and retain their silhouette and shape for a long long period of time.
Bespoke Wedding Suits vs Traditional Wedding Suits
Wedding is one of the best and most important events in a person’s life and one needs to look and feel great about all the things on this special occasion. Men or women, both need to look great for their main event as all eyes are for them on this wonderful day. Women especially want to look the best on their wedding day and this calls for one of the most important decision and choice which is the selection of the gown & dress. Men also need to design and customize their bespoke wedding suits to make sure that it fits well and match the color of the women’s gown to makes them the highlight of the day.
There are a number of bridal studios which can provide the women many choices, but for men, the choices are limited. Usually in a bridal studio, after the women have chosen their desired gown, the men will choose whichever wedding suits is available because it’s within the package that they paid for. Most of the time, the men ended up wearing a traditional wedding suits that looked unimpressive. However, they can get the best bespoke wedding suits designed for them just to fit them for their main day to impress the guests and look great for their special one.
My Personal Opinion
In my belief, it should be the best dressed days of your life as well as the happiest and biggest day. Your sharpest appearance matters no matter what type of ceremony you choose. You need to coordinate with the theme and groomsmen. This will make your pictures, memories of the day even better. You can dress as varied as you can depending on the ceremonies. However, nothing is better than bespoke wedding suits which are made to fit.
Bespoke wedding suits for men are not just simple wedding suits you can find anywhere. They are designed according to the fit the customer according to their skin tone color, body fit and a lot of other
Factor no 1 – Skin Tone
Skin tone color is important while you select your bespoke wedding suits since it will help you spot which color suits you the best for the big day. You can also make a choice while deciding the color according to the theme color of your wedding & whether they will match the color of the bride’s gown/dress. It’s an important factor you can’t ignore.
Factor no 2 – Body shape
The bespoke wedding suits are analyzed according to the client’s body shape, they are designed to cover your body’s flaw & to enhance your body’s assets on your greatest day. This will make your important day even better.
Making Your Big Day Even Better
These bespoke wedding suits can be made and the price may vary depending on the requirements and customization you may require to look great on your big day since it’s not just for the bride to look good but also for the groom. One should believe that the groom should also share the limelight. And hence, these well fit and customizable bespoke wedding suits can help you achieve that goal.
Enhance your comfort on the wedding day with a well fit and best-designed wedding suit that not just give you a great look but also, will increase your confidence. Make better memories with suits that are designed to fit. It’s time to change the traditional looks with something more contemporary and we believe that the bespoke wedding suits are what you may require making your big day even better.
Sometimes it is not how you look but it is what you wear and how you wear makes your worth among people. . However, often it becomes difficult for men to select a perfect pair of jeans in the market that would give them the comfort they actually want. Here are a few prominent things about Jeans men should know when they are buying jeans from the market.
1. Try Different Items! Always Welcome the Change
If you have tried a specific brand last time and it was quite comfortable for you, it’s a good idea to buy the same brand jean this time too. But it will also be a nice idea if you try out different other jeans brands available in the market. Don’t always go for one typical style of jean. Get yourself flexibility to try out different cuts and branded jeans to check which ones are perfect for your body size and shape. If you don’t try them at all, you will not get a chance to enjoy the best jeans in the history of humanity.
2. Find the Best Tailor in Town
Even if you are unable to find a pair of jeans, which rightly fits to you, you can always choose your favorite fabric and ask the best tailor in town to prepare a perfect pair of jeans for you. Tell them to design your jeans differently if you want to try out new things about your clothing.
3. Secure Your Old Jeans
Do you know jean is one of the rare items which get better with age? The more you use it, the more you will find it attractive and charming. Don’t worry if you have mending issues. Go to your tailor and fix them quickly rather than throwing away your old jeans.
4. Learn About Your Jeans
No matter how much feminine this sounds to you, it is always important to get to know the fabric and its feature details you are intending to purchase. You should know its history i.e. where and when it was made and what are exclusive features of this particular fabric. Other details such as weights (heavyweight, mid-weight and lightweight) and size information are also important while choosing jeans for yourself.
Usually people like to buy jeans, which are either made in Japan or the US. But being informed about different types of jeans will make it easier for you to decide what type of fabric you actually like and why. So this knowledge gained will help in purchasing a perfect pair of jeans.
5. Try to Invent New Fashion Sense! Try Stretchy Jeans
The fashion is not what comes up intentionally. Fashion becomes fashion when you try out something new. For instance, if guys start wearing stretchy jeans, it does not mean that he like feminine choice. It simply means that he is not afraid of using new things in life. And after sometime you will see that your courage to wear a pair of stretchy jeans will eventually become a fashion all around.
Amos Marcus is a local fashion company that specialises in bespoke designs for both menswear and womenswear. We believe in bringing forth each individual’s aesthetic style to boost not only their clients’ image and also confidence, be it in casual wear, business suits, evening wear or wedding outfits.
Being slim and smart is today’s definition of being sexy and attractive in public.
Many of us can deny it by saying that it’s just the society that makes this rule applicable on all of us. However, one has to admit that being slim and smart elements are also associated with health and better fitness. Usually, men believe that they have to go to the gym and get themselves a series of intense gym sessions in order to look slim and smart but this is not the only method. Many men cannot go to the gym due to time constraints or unavailability of quality gym in their region. For such men, here are 5 ways of dressing that can really help them look slimmer and smarter than they used to be:
1. Pick the Perfect Dress Shirts
Men often are not careful while selecting their outfits. If you want to look slimmer, you need to make sure that the dress shirt you are wearing should be hugging your body i.e. chest, waist and shoulders as it will help to have a slimmer image. There should not be any kind of bunching or grabbing. For this purpose, you can go for athletic, slim-fit and extra slim-fit shirts.
2. Choose V-Neck Sweaters
Do you know V-neck actually create an illusion of you being tall and also help you look slim? For this purpose, you can pick cotton, silk or wool sweaters and these sweaters should properly fit to your chest, arms and shoulders whereas you are also required to avoid the thick knitted sweaters and bulky sweaters as it will only add to your weight.
3. How to Pick Pants, Jeans and Trousers Wisely?
Do you know there is an aesthetic element associated with colors which make some colors look flat and slim whereas some appears to be bulky and fat? Colors such as navy gray and gray make you appear flat and slim. When you’re choosing pants, don’t ever buy pleats as it will add some weight to your body shape. You can also wear pinstripes for appearing slim and smart. In addition to this, you should always insist to buy your trousers, jeans and pants at your natural waist. Otherwise, it can provide you a hefty appearance in public if longer.
4. Buy the Perfect Jackets
It is usually recommended that you should be choosing the jackets which are one inch above your size rather than choosing the smaller ones. More over, it should just be touching slightly your waits. Similarly, in order to lengthen your arms a little bit, you can make your sleeves shorter than usual.
5. How to Select the Perfect Outerwear?
If you’re confused about buying jackets, overcoats and other such outerwear, you just need to pick the right size of your suit jacket. It is often experienced that men usually like to wear a little large outerwear. However, if you want to look slimmer, you just need to go for the right size. Otherwise, it will make you look heavy and bulky.