Great stories begin with imagination. Chiang Yick Ching imagined himself as the finest tailor of men’s clothing. Eight decades later, we are still on this journey of distinction in dressing our customers for style and success. With a growing international and online presence, we look at the world beyond Singapore to build on our legacy as advocates for tailor-made clothing.
Chiang Yick Ching and his wife, Foo Ah Neok, founded CYC Shanghai Shirt Co. To escape the confines of war, young Chiang fled to Singapore and became the first in Singapore to offer tailor-made shirts.
Through long hours of cutting and sewing, the couple saved enough to start a retail store in Selegie Road, one of the popular shopping streets in Singapore during the forties.
Yick Ching passed away in 1949, leaving his wife to manage the business with two young sons. As soon as Sing Choo, the elder son completed his Secondary education, he worked with Mdm. Foo to build the business. By 1960, the two sons, Sing Choo and Ping Choo worked to grow the business. Another shop opened at North Bridge Road, a popular shopping street in the 60’s.
In tandem with the growing Singapore economy, CYC experienced rapid expansion of its business, and built a five storey factory to cater to the expanding Singapore and Indonesian markets.
This period was the golden period of growth. CYC owned and operated seven shops in various shopping malls, and three franchise shops in Singapore.
Changes in consumer demands coupled with economic downturn prompted CYC to reinvent itself. Loo Fern, the third generation Chiang, decided to focus on developing our tailoring business, and diversified into corporate uniform business.
CYC rebranded and updated its image. A polished new flagship store was opened at the upmarket Raffles Hotel Shopping Arcade.
An open call for vintage CYC shirts to build a collection for our CYC Museum saw Mrs. Lee Kuan Yew bringing in three of Senior Minister Lee’s 30 year old shirts – one of which he wore at his very first National Day Rally in 1965.
After 23 years at Raffles Hotel, we had to part company with Raffles Hotel as the hotel had a major retrofit. The new CYC flagship store at Capitol Piazza, another heritage building in Singapore, reflects the elegance and timelessness of our tailoring business.
Today CYC is still family owned, and our factory still in Singapore. Keeping an eye on our roots, we continually renew our dedication to the highest quality craftsmanship, carrying down the same aspirations as our founder – to be the finest tailor of men’s clothing.