Saibu no Akuma is worlds away from the mahogany chesterfields and male-only clientele found inside the tailors of yesteryear. There’s a disco ball hanging out the window, hip-hop on the stereo and owners Tony Wu, Geoff Lee, Seb Rodriguez and Paul Trinh enthusiastically welcoming anyone who walks in the door.
The vibe is laid-back and friendly, yet special care is taken to maintain quality through traditional tailoring methods – 18 to 22 single needle-stitches per inch being one.
The team draws style notes from streetwear and classic menswear, taking pride in fit and individuality. When sitting down for a one-on-one consultation every detail is carefully considered, right down to the point of the lapel or a custom embroidered motif.
There’s a huge range of fabrics to choose from and the boys will guide you through the choices, whether it’s a Japanese cotton-blend shirt; pure or wool-blend suit; or a high-end cashmere overcoat.
Once your measurements are written up, the paper is slipped inside a brown envelope and a Saibu no Akuma wax seal completes the order. Then it’s sent to Bangkok to be made.
Your suit will be ready to try on in four to five weeks (three to four for a shirt). To get the fit just right, any final nips or tucks will be finished by a local tailor and back in your hands a few days later.