Master tailor Napoleon Arienza
made suits for James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan.
His clientele includes
some of the country’s finest men
from the fields of business, film, and politics.
Mark Twain once said, “Clothes make the man.”
Indeed, one makes a good impression by the way he presents himself in public. Men, in particular, can make a statement by wearing a perfectly made suit by an able tailor with high quality standards who aims for nothing less than the perfect fit that matches the wearer’s personality.
Napoleon Arienza, a master tailor for over 30 years, heads TIÑO, a bespoke suit tailor in Makati City, Philippines. The name means “the sureness of touch” or “the ability to hit a target,” phrases that best describe Arienza’s expertise in suit making.
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30 YEARS OF TAILORING EXPERIENCE
Arienza’s decades long experience is applied meticulously throughout the step-by-step process of constructing a suit: from measurement-taking to drafting the pattern to cutting the fabric to stitching each piece together to individual fittings.
He makes sure that each suit is honed perfectly for his client, making certain that his customer is not only happy with his bespoke suit, but that he is able to create a masterpiece that accentuates his client’s best qualities.
STEPS IN THE MAKING
OF A BESPOKE SUIT
“Bespoke tailoring” is a higher level of custom tailoring. Bespoke suits are handcrafted from beginning to end, specifically, from the canvas to the basted fitting forms, until the hand-stitched finishing.
The creation of a unique piece begins with a consultation with the client where he may show a photo or describe the look he wants achieved. This is the initial and most significant stage in making an exceptional type of clothing.
The tailor then presents a selection of fabrics for the client to choose from, taking into consideration the color, pattern, and weight of fabric.
Over 36 measurements are made afterwards, specifically taking into account one’s posture, sleeve, and leg length. Adjustments are made on the first fitting to check the form’s basic construction, including the canvas and padding.
WHAT GOES ON IN A FITTING
FOR A SUIT
Another fitting follows, to ensure proper alterations were applied, while a third fitting is sometimes required when a major adjustment is made. Overall, Arienza takes 50 hours to create a bespoke suit from start to finish.
“Good tailoring, combined with the right fit and quality fabric completes a perfect suit,” he explains. “To achieve this, one must have an experienced tailor that can make one’s numerical measurements into a product that comes to life – from paper to body.”
A SUITABLE MARKET
With Arienza’s years of expertise in creating specially made suits, Tiño aims to be one of Southeast Asia’s top-of-mind bespoke tailors.
Whether it’s a basic three-piece suit, or just a waistcoat, Tiño guarantees only the highest quality standards of a handcrafted suit made of exquisite fabrics offered only in England and Italy, along with a personalized, premium service to its clients.
114 Ground floor, Herco Bldg.
Benavidez Street, Legaspi Village, 1229
Makati City, Philippines