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Best in shirts
by Melissa Lwee

Thomas Pink
#01-09 Capital Tower
Takashimaya Level 3

BEST known for its traditionally tailored shirts but with a contemporary touch, Thomas Pink is the answer to any modern man looking for something fashionable but with a touch of English class. Launched in Singapore in 2007, the majority of Pink shirts are 100 per cent cottonfold 100s - meaning two-ply with 100 thread count per square inch, assuring comfort on top of style. Shirts between $259 and $699.

#026-107 Changi Airport Passenger Terminal 2

WITH its affordable prices and great quality, T.M. Lewin is the first stop for men looking to ramp up their wardrobe shirt count. A huge range of designs and fabrics (about 50 new designs every month) means variety is definitely an option here.

Alain Figaret
#01-40, Millenia Walk and
#03-05 Takashimaya Shopping Centre

FOR those who love a bit of French flair in their shirts, look no further than Alain Figaret. Started in 1968, Alain Figaret entered the Singapore market in 1996 with an aim to offer a luxury alternative to local consumers. With over 300 fabrics launch each season, the brand offers a wide variety of choices ranging from $195 to $280 for men's shirts.

Charles Tyrwhitt
#01-24 Vivo City
#01-34 Millenia Walk
#03-00 Isetan Scotts

YET another import from London's Jermyn Street in November 2006, Charles Tyrwhitt is best known for creating a classic English look but with an irreverent twist of humour. Interestingly, in 1986 the company was founded as a mail order shirt company but since then has grown rapidly into the largest mail order supplier of classic dress shirts in the UK.

#02-02/03, Paragon Shopping Centre,
#01-13 Raffles City Shopping Centre,
#01-22/24 Suntec City Mall

THIS made-in-Singapore brand has in just seven short years grown into a shirt brand to be reckoned with. With presence already in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Dubai and Bahrain, Raoul is definitely climbing the international ladder. Aiming to provide quality for money, a majority of the shirts fall in the $100 and $150 range and are designed to stand the test of time.

This article was first published in The Business Times .

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