The Not-So-Known Suit Buttoning Rules

Have you ever heard of the Golden Rule of Suit Buttons? There has always been an unspoken rule on how you should button your suit jackets. It might sound ridiculous to have a certain way to button up, but it does make an impact on your image as a whole. (Sitting vs Standing) Did you realise that many gentlemen undo the buttons of their suit jacket when sitting down, and immediately button it up when they are no longer seated? Or, they only button the top two out of three buttons on their suit jacket? This practice was actually introduced...

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The Fitting Session (Featuring Graye's Qian and Calvin)

Have you ever wonder what happens during the fitting sessions? Let’s take a peek into the fitting session for Calvin’s wedding suits! People always say opposites attract. She is a cheerful one who conveys her opinions expressively, while he simply nods and listens (with very rare comments and emotions shown). Qian is the lady behind the minimalistic men’s clothing label, Graye, which creates pieces incorporating the Eastern and Western elements, giving a modern touch to traditional designs. Very soon, Qian and her partner, Calvin, will be getting hitched and hence she came to Assemble with her husband-to-be to make his...

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Understanding Goodyear Welted Leather Shoes

Just like tailoring, there is also so much to know about making a pair of leather shoes. People tailor their clothing pieces as they realise the importance of how the fitting of their clothes impact the overall look and image of themselves. Likewise, having a pair of good and high-quality leather shoes will make a very big difference to your look, and most importantly, comfort. Now, when you go to a store to get a pair of leather shoes, don’t you always hear “Goodyear welt”? What exactly is a “Goodyear welt”? Goodyear welt is a layer of leather (or rubber...

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Next in Line: What about Stripes?

Stripes are a group of lines which are parallel to each other and never cross path. I am sure all of you have at least one or two striped shirts in your clothing collection. This pattern is one of the most minimal and versatile, which you can wear anywhere and anytime you want. From professional to casual occasions, as long as you choose the right colours, stripes will never go wrong and you will still look put together.  (History of Stripes) A little fun fact, have you ever looked at a bold black and white horizontally striped shirt, and immediately...

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Why it's important to pick the right hangers for your wardrobe

Take a moment to step back and think about the total-added-value of the clothing in your closet. How do you feel? At Assemble, we get to visit client’s houses each day (yes, we do mobile tailoring services). So, we often get the privilege of examining different individual’s closets and the kind of clothes that they own. As we suspected, we found that an average of 60% of our clients’ clothes were in use, while the remaining 40% were chucked aside and left to collect dust. We asked our clients their reason for not disposing these clothes. Their most common responses...

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What is Lapel Gorge?

We always love admiring Tom Hiddleston or Ryan Gosling dressing in their suits of perfect fit, but little do we know that variations in the lapel make a significant difference in the look. Today, I am going to talk about that small little detail on the lapel, which is almost unnoticeable and that people often overlook, and it would be the lapel gorge. (Position of Lapel Gorge) Lapel gorge is the connecting point between the collar and the lapel of suit jacket. Seemingly unimportant, lapel gorge can greatly impact the look of your jacket. You are able to achieve the...

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