Suit It Up: The Best of Bespoke
In a tropical country such as the Philippines, suits are sometimes perceived as warm, and mainly reserved for weddings, special occasions, trips to cooler climates and formal soirees.
However, in recent years, there’s been a resurgence in custom tailoring for men. Filipinos are seeking out authentic ways to further personalise their clothing to complement their varied lifestyles. A suit that fits perfectly can easily become an essential investment. Leading the way is Suit It Up Manila, a bespoke formal menswear brand established in 2013.
Born of qualIty
Suit It Up Manila embodies the spirit of the Savile Row scene with its commitment to personalised services and by sourcing only the finest materials. As a collaborative effort across industries, the brand reintroduces fabrics by Holland & Sherry, one of British fashion’s most historic merchants. Suit It Up Manila’s Chief Operating Officer, Franco Ongkingco shares that Filipino men crave for individual expression through the clothes they wear. While it is already commonplace to spot men in suits of solid colours, “our goal is to introduce more variety and break the monotony.”
Spin off tradition
A corner of the newly opened flagship store at the SM Mega Fashion Hall is dedicated to Holland & Sherry fabrics, giving prospective clients samplers to visualise and takeaway from. In an effort to bridge traditional tailoring practices with technology, the country’s first 3D body scanner by Size Stream USA takes measurements for optimum accuracy, ensuring the best fit.
Fearless in bold contrasts, Nico sports a peak lapel single button coat in H&S Crystal Springs and blue plaid made of wool, silk, and linen. Matched with a pair of slacks in H&S Royal Mile 1976 Plains and H&S Super 140’s worsted wool
Let’s hear it for the boys
Taking a cue from colourful checks, plaids, and tartan prints from Holland & Sherry’s Crystal Springs and Xtreme collections, Ongkingco notes, “the vibrant hues are meant to inspire a sense of confidence when wearing jackets. We wanted to showcase unique patterns and prints that have yet to be introduced in the market, coupled with the skilled craftsmanship of our very own bespoke artisan tailors”
Arthur is dapper from head to toe in a classic double breasted peak lapel suit—all in H&S Summer Ascot worsted wool checks
Mortiz embodies the spirit of summer in a light mix of a two button notch lapel with patch pockets in H&S Summer Ascot worsted wool paired with French rose pants in H&S Summer Variety fabric, H&S Super 120’s worsted wool with Teclana
Finding balance in neutrals and a splash of colour, Erwan wears a notch lapel two button coat in green tartan wool from the H&S Xtreme Collection on top of a five button vest and a pair of H&S Royal Mile 1976 Plains pants in H&S Super 140’s worsted wool
In cool plaids, Adrien wears a notch lapel suit, double button pants in H&S Crystal Springs lilac and blue tartan fabric made of wool, silk, and linen
Suit It Up Manila is located at 2/F Unit A1, 1018 Antonio Arnaiz Avenue, Makati. Their second branch opened its doors in SM Mega Fashion Hall last May. For more information visit suititupmanila.com or follow @suititupmanila on Instagram.