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5 Must-Visit Style Shops in Asia For Building Your 2018 Wardrobe

For brand new threads (including a custom suit that's made in just a few days), consider style destinations, from Bangkok to Tokyo.
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New year, new clothes. Here, a selection of shops in Asia where you can get that special piece to refresh your existing wardrobe or create a totally new—and very cool look—from scratch.

Hong Kong
Initial

The lowdown: Steam punk meets Asian dandy. The brand has turned a style subculture into a fashion empire in Hong Kong, where it was founded over 15 years ago.

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Best bets: The layering pieces in subdued palettes. Everything echoes a vintage feel that makes the most polished guy look even cooler.

Extras: Hats—there is one for every look. They’ve expanded into homeware and a dining concept, too. Shop and eat.

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Bangkok
SSAP

The lowdown: Born in New York and now based in Bangkok, this cult brand incorporates camo patterns and Thai techniques in fabric dying to create streetwear, from graphic tees to hoodies to track pants, offered at friendly prices.

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Best bets: The reversible jacket—camo on one side and black or olive on the other—is on its way to cult status.

Extras: Denim track pants, anyone?

Gin and Milk, Siam Center; +66 2 658 1000; ssapnyc.com

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Hong Kong
New Creations Custom Tailors


The lowdown: Its sartorial staples with impeccable fit will make it hard for you to return to the world of ready-to-wear. Here, orders (bespoke shirts, suits, jackets) with all your requested details, from monogramming to collar and lapel rolls, can be finished in a few days.

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Tip: Drop by the shop on your first day in the city and have yourself measured by the owner, Ramesh Bhojwani (he’s been making made-to-measure pieces for men around the world for over 40 years), and then pick up your orders before your flight back to Manila. He can also have them shipped right to your door for a minimal fee. 

Best bets: Dress shirts in a wide array of fabrics and prints will please your inner preppy.

Extras: Boardroom neckties to go with workwear button-down shirts. 

Holiday Inn Shopping Arc, Tsim Sha Tsui; +852 2721 6061 

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Singapore
Benjamin Barker

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The lowdown: Founded by an Australian-based Singaporean, this menswear label, with boutiques scattered around the plush shopping districts of the city-state, offers an ultra-dapper wardrobe. 

Best bets: An eclectic but elegant suit will make you believe in the power of clothes to make things happen—whether in the office or on a night out. 

Extras: Variations of coats, shirts, and pants can be embellished with an equally deep collection of accessories: pocket squares, suspenders, lapel pins, ties, and leather footwear. Avail of custom-fitting, embroidery, and other swanky finishes, as well.

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Tokyo
Visvim

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The lowdown: This premium men’s label is known for mixing Native American elements with modern Japanese sensibilities in traditionally crafted and detail-focused garments, earning it cult status in global streetwear. Each piece boasts of the brand’s unique construction and “vintage craftsmanship,” which even utilizes natural dyes or Sea Island cotton that’s known for exceptional softness.

Best bets: If we can say everything, we would, but its premium price point dictates otherwise. Invest in outerwear, luxe sport coats, jackets, or cardigans that are sure to last a lifetime or its famous, sneaker-soled FBT moccasin, a modern rendition of the Native American leather shoe.

Extras: The brand is available locally, but nothing beats the mothership in Omotesando, which also houses their first café, Little Cloud Coffee.

Gyre, Jingumae Shibuya-ku; +81 3 5468 5424

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