We are now CLOSED and will be in hibernation mode until the end of October 2013. During this period, we will be unable to accept any new orders. We can still be contacted by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
On 1 September 2013, Lau Pa Sat @ Raffles Quay will undergo extensive renovations. As such, Dylan & Son will cease all operations by the end of August '13. We will be re-locating, most likely to a second floor shophouse unit along Telok Ayer Street (about 5 minutes' walk away). The targeted reopening date would be in November '13.
Lau Pa Sat @ Raffles Quay has been the place I called home for the past three years. Prior to Dylan & Son's establishment in 2010, my father Peter had been a tenant here for over six years under the company name Oriental Tailor. It is therefore not an exaggeration to say that this place holds quite a bit of memories for both me and my father.
Yes, the place was old, crowded and noisy. On some days, you might have the smell of salted fish drifting through my glass doors into the shop. Heck, you can even hear the feet of scurrying rats on top of the shop roof at night. I kid you not.
However, Lau Pa Sat did provide me with crucial customer exposure when I first established the company. Located in front of a major cross-junction, the shopfront was highly visible to the massive lunch crowd and drivers along the road. Slowly, curious passer-bys eventually became our customers.
Just like an old couple who had lived together for ages, I have learnt to tolerate the bad and appreciate the good with Lau Pa Sat. And now, the time has come for us to say goodbye to this old partner of ours.
We would also like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to our valued customers. Thank you for your continuous support over the years and we look forward to serving you in our new and bigger shop space in November 2013.
The iconic safari jacket has been around for ages. If you were to rummage through your grandpa's yellowed photo albums, chances are that you'll find him wearing one of some sort. Usually seen in either grey or khaki, the safari jacket exudes a sense of adventure and masculinity.
However, this ubiquitous outerwear with the iconic four patched-on pockets has all but disappeared amidst our urban landscape. As a tribute to one of the most enduring outerwear styles in menswear history, we have come up with our own contemporary, lightweight interpretation.
100% linen Safari Overshirt in navy with "crowfeet" hand-stitched brown horn buttons.
The Dylan & Son. Safari Overshirt is made of 100% pure summer linen, with corozo or natural horn buttons sewn on by hand. Besides linens, oxfords will work well too. As the name suggests, it is cut like an untucked shirt, is completely unlined and ideally layered over a button-down oxford or a beat-up henley.
Our location has given us the opportunity of observing working adults whiz by our shop front, day in day out. After careful scrutiny, we've compiled the top five sins that men have subconsciously committed since the Neanderthals started wearing animal hide.
1) THE PANCAKE COLLAR
The collar is definitely the most important style-element of a shirt. It should frame your neck properly, with or without a tie.
2) DARK COLORED / OVERLY COLORFUL STRIPED SHIRTS
A shirt always look more business-appropriate when it is in a lighter tone compared to the trousers. Whether you like it or not, a working man's wardrobe should be dominated by whites, blues and pinks, with the alternate color being lavender. Dark shades of brown, maroon and grey are usually not considered as corporate shirting colors, and deep purple is only good for smoke on the water. Overly colorful striped shirts should also be avoided if you want to be taken seriously.
Sir Paul Smith says no.
3) THE SQUARE GROWTH
A lot of men carry ultra thick wallets, two phones, a stack of receipts and a whole bunch of keys. All these items are stuffed into the pockets, making it look like you have a huge, square-shaped tumor growing on your thigh.
Stuffed turkey impression fail.
Do an edit and get rid of the unnecessary items. Often times, a few cards and some cash is all you need. If you really have to carry an arsenal of things around, there's this wonderful invention called a bag.
4) TIGHT AND FRAYED BELTS
A belt is an accessory and should not be required to hold up your trousers. Over tightening of the belt creates a pleat on the waistband. Cheap, synthetic leather belts tend to fray after a while when the paint job on the surface starts to wear off. Not sexy.
Ain't gonna get you any action.
5) OVERLY LONG TROUSERS
When the trousers are too long, excess fabric puddles up at the hem and creates a very sloppy look. We are not asking you to go full Thom Browne on your pants. Opt for a gentle break and you'll look much more polished.