If you’re in need of tailors with lots of experience with couture pieces, Haute Alteration Initiative is the place to go. Prices start from S$20 for a basic shortening job, and yes, they may be pricey, but these are the go-to people for garments with tricky embellishment details, or delicate materials like organza. The best part? As the retail face for social enterprise, A-Changin’ Ltd, the company includes people with disabilities and single mothers as part of their staff.
Josephine Ng, the head of Haute Alteration Initiative, says that the social enterprise component of Haute Alteration is an important one to her community. “We help single mothers, out-of-work women and older women who are already seamstresses, and what we do is to train them and upgrade their skills to equip them with finer sewing abilities so that they are able to do difficult alterations,” she says. She cites wedding gowns from Jenny Packham, Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta as successful projects taken on by her staff. “We have specialists in different fields — for example, for jacket alterations, we have someone who works on nothing but those,” she adds.
Haute Alteration Initiative, #03-30 Mandarin Gallery (333A Orchard Road), Singapore 238897, Opens 11am – 8pm from Mondays to Saturdays, 11am – 6pm on Sundays, Tel: 8228 0020, www.alteration.com.sg