Last week we held our second big Menswear Syndicate Meetup. We had a great turnout with a good split between newbies and regulars. The various styles (streetwear, workwear, preppy, classic) were well represented with many of the attendees having their own brands or tailoring outfits. We started with introductions and those who have their own labels or businesses were asked to talk more about their products and services. The discussion was lively with everyone openly sharing their knowledge and experiences.
Gerard Cancio of The Daily Shirting Company talked about how he and two friends came together to start their brand based on three principles: adaptability – it can be worn in various situations, wearability – it can be worn without thinking too much of what best it will look good with, quality – made to stand the test of time. Those interested can visit their office and temporary retail boutique above Chihuahua across A.Venue along Makati Ave.
Eilene Balagon shared how she saw the beauty in bespoke tailoring and teamed up with her father to start Tiño Suits and Barongs. The skills of her father who is the master tailor is much sought after having previously worked at the Italian menswear giant Brioni. Aside from the craftsmanship they also carry cloths from Italian mills Vitale Barberis Canonico and Loro Piana. Their boutique is located along Benavidez St. behind the Asian Institute of Management in Makati.
Benny Lim is the manager of various local and foreign menswear labels. He is credited with bringing to the Philippines the Scandinavian clothing label J.Lindeberg. You can visit their flagship boutique at SM Aura Premier.
Owen Tee is the brand manager of Basic House, a Korean clothing label that is similar to UNIQLO.
Edmond Lim, Menswear Syndicate’s resident denimhead and workwear fanatic, brought with him various selvedge jeans they are selling and explained why these are much better than your average pair of jeans. They carry the following brands: Japan Blue, Momotaro, Flathead, Iron Heart and 3sixteen. Interested buyers should get in touch with Denim Manila.
The next thing Ed shared with us were shoes by Tricker’s. These shoes are Goodyear welted and made in Northampton, UK using the best leathers. Tricker’s is one of the best English shoemakers holding royal warrants and have been making shoes for almost 200 years. Their shoes will last decades if properly taken care of. Interested buyers should get in touch with The Refined Man Shop.
Thank you to everyone who came to the meetup. Looking forward to holding the next one.