The Marui shirtdress is one of the key items in Arete Goods repertoire. Arete Goods was founded with a vision of creating goods of excellence. The arete of a good is achieved when it performs its function thoughtfully, and in beautiful form. In a world filled with glitzy and mass-produced, but at the core of it mediocre goods, Arete Goods was born to create just the opposite.
Arete Goods aspires to create goods that are classic, unassuming, yet elegant. With experience in luxury multi-label retail, technical competence in fine dressmaking and bespoke shirt-making, the team is committed to designing goods that perform their function thoughtfully and in beautiful form.
Singapore has a lesser known glorious past of tailoring. We are told by industry stalwarts that back in the 60’s, Singapore was the hub for tailoring in Asia, but lost the crown somewhere in the 80’s when the industry failed to continue attracting talent.
Besides this glorious past, Arete Goods decided to keep production of the garments local like the patternmaking and wanted to ensure seamless communication and strict quality control. No conference call beats knocking on your factory’s door every few days, right?
Employing a grand total of ten employees, the garment workshop Arete works with was founded in the 1980s. The workshop is run by a husband and wife duo who have taken on orders for uniforms, women’s shirts and men’s shirts in the past. In recent years, they have specialised in doing contract work for men’s shirts from fancy tailor shops, while themselves staying out of the limelight.
Unlike some other larger factories they visited, this atelier makes shirtdresses and shirts the good old-fashioned way that we like them – with only finely stitched single-needle French seams, and with the unsung heroes, the collar interlinings, all cut properly on the bias. This is where the Marui shirtdress is made. Check out the rest of the selection here.