Gone are the days when suits were strictly worn for business. These days, you can wear them to less formal parties, weddings, and while traveling, making it a newfound staple in every woman's wardrobe. The only challenge? Finding a tailoring shop that doesn't only cater to men, which isn't so easy.
Here, we rounded up some of the local brands and designers you can turn to for bespoke suits:
1. Salvo Women
Where to find them: 7838 Makati Ave. Brgy. Poblacion, Makati
Salvo Women started out as a bespoke tailoring for men called Salvo Tailors, but in 2018, the team behind it has branched out to womenswear, crafting made-to-measure suits and topcoats for the modern Pinay. One quick scroll through their Instagram feed will make you want to get a colored suit!
2. Masanting Sastreria
Where to find them: 2/F The Refined, The Fort Strip, BGC, Taguig
With the male-dominated tailoring industry, it's nice to know that Masanting Sastreria is run by a woman, Carin Aguas, along with her husband Mark. In an interview with Preview.ph, Carin takes pride in their bespoke suit's flattering fit. "One of the reasons they come to my shop is because I understand the shape of a woman's body, unlike in other tailoring shops where the suits are cut for men but done in a woman's size."
3. Suit It Up Manila
Where to find them: 2nd Floor, Unit A1, Suit It Up Manila, 1018 A.Arnaiz Ave, Makati and 5th Level Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City
This bespoke formal menswear brand has a star-studded client list. The It girl's husbands Nico Bolzico, Adrien Semblat, and Erwan Heussaff are just some of its many known regulars. But what many don't know is they also cater to women. The local brand can tailor a variety of suit styles, from a double-breasted blazer dress to a pantsuit or even a skirt suit.
4. Bianca Cordero
Aside from evening gowns, celebrity stylist and fashion designer Bianca Cordero can whip up a structured suit or a collarless pantsuit with a looser fit that you can wear on many casual occasions. As an artist, Bianca can tastefully incorporate a few twists to the classic suit—perfect for those who truly want the bespoke experience!
Take a look at this elegant blazer with statement sleeves:
5. Erwin Flores
Meet the designer behind the many well-tailored suits that Catriona Gray wore during her Miss Universe reign. His suit designs range from timeless pantsuits to chic blazer dresses.