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February 27, 2017
How To… Get Suited n’ Booted in Beijing
There’s no excuse to go off-the-peg in this town! For gents in search of a smart, personalised look, here’s how to get suited ‘n booted in style...

Dave’s Custom Tailoring or Senli and Frye are best for suit ensembles. Voted one of the world’s best tailors by Forbes mag, Dave Shiung brings years of expertise to his Beijing and Shanghai outlets, offering custom-made suits and shirts. S&F has Beijing’s largest selection of English fabrics, and can whip you up a biz suit, cashmere coat or casj blazer.

Coveted cobbler Lao Yu is your go-to for bespoke brogues and other handmade, high-quality leather shoes, from Oxfords to cowboy boots. Choose your colour or animal skin (or bring in a picture), for perfectly fitted designs – especially handy if you have larger-than-average feet.

Another top talent for shirts is female tailor Fei Fei, under-the-radar but super-qualified with a needle and thread. Not only can she knock up flawless, form-fitting linen suits, but this word-of-mouth wonder can craft spot-on dress shirts.

When it comes to witty, wearable extras, make a beeline for BNC (Brand New China) for mod accessories like quirky bowties (including khaki and turquoise only-for-BNC numbers) and wool scarves (look out for checked blue, black and white Depot 3 designs). The store champions local designers in a slick Sanlitun space.

Last but not least, Soye in 798 Art District stocks sleek, contemporary handmade bags and small leather goods, including men’s wallets, belts and shoes. Urban hipsters rejoice!

Dave’s Custom Tailoring / Room B04 / Kerry Centre Mall / 1 Guanghua Lu / Chaoyang / +86 10 8529 9433 / 10am-7pm daily /
Senli and Frye / 1/F / Yaxing Bldg / 46a Liangmaqiao Lu / Chaoyang / +86 139 1009 2410
Lao Yu / 37 Gulou Dong Dajie / Dongcheng / +86 10 6404 1406 / by appt
Fei Fei / 35-1-103 / Xinyuanli Compound / Chaoyang / +86 10 8455 1939 / 8am-9pm daily
BNC / NLG-09a / Sanlitun Village North / Chaoyang / +86 10 6416 9045 / 10am-10pm daily /
Soye / A05 / 798 Art District / Chaoyang / +86 10 5127 3112 / 9.30am-9.30pm Mon-Thu, 9.30am-10pm Fri-Sun /

Photos © Creative Lab, Olexander Kozak /