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Suit-ably European

July 20, 2015

There is no shortage of tailors in the Chinese capital ready to rustle you up a faux Zegna, but for style-savvy sirs that are after a genuine Italian article there is no better bet than the wears of newly opened Xindong Lu sartorialist, Brio.

Run by former HK financier and all-round suit savant George Wang, the sleek boutique is stocked with a svelte selection of off-the-rack shirts, blazers, trousers and shoes, all handcrafted by European artisan clothiers and cobblers.

Following something of a slow-food philosophy, all of the items are sourced directly from their makers – think atelier-to-arm instead of farm-to-fork – to ensure the highest quality and better prices for buyers.

If you want to get robed quicksticks, the easily alterable and ready-to-wear options are more than adequate. But, for those after something entirely bespoke, Brio also hosts regular trunk shows where menswear maestros like Sartoria Dalcuore, Liverano and Laboratorio Napoletano fly in, measure you up and then jet back to Italy to start work on a creation made exactly to your specifications – from fabric and lining to buttons and breast pocket size. 

Just remember, perfection takes time – in this case ten weeks including a final in-person fitting, or up to six months for first-time customers.

And once you’re suited up, wily Wang can complete the look with a pair of snappy Stefano Bemer brogues, plus a quick cut and shave in his basement barber shop. Now that’s top-to-toe style.

Unit 1-011 / Bldg 3 / 8 Xindong Lu / Chaoyang / +86 10 8400 4635 / 11am-8.30pm Tue-Sun