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Encourage "The Dylan & Sons" of Singapore

Incentivize and enable next-generation Singaporeans to stay in Singapore to entrepreneurially-reinvent and radically modernize their family businesses.

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Being the son of a seamstress and a veteran menswear tailor of almost 40 years, Dylan Chong grew up in an environment filled with sounds of his mom's sewing machines, sights of his dad's chalk draftings and the countless bales of fabrics that decorated the walls.

After obtaining a Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering, he was enlisted into National Service as a fighter aircraft technician in the Air Force. It is perhaps this exposure to the engineering industry that sharpened his eye for details and started his continuing obsession with structured precision.

Fuelled by his passion and his parents' support, Dylan enrolled into Fashion Design at La Salle College of the Arts after completing NS. In his 2nd year of study, he was granted an internship for home-grown fashion designer Nic Wong of nicholas. He was hired as Nic's assistant shortly after and helped him oversee all production-matters. This stint was a critical juncture in his career-path as he discovered the sobering realities of setting up and sustaining a commercial fashion company - there is a lot more to it than just glamorous clothes, beautiful models and bright lights on the runway.

Upon his graduation in 2007, Dylan took a rain check on his entrepreneurial plans and joined Singapore Airlines as a cabin crew to widen his horizons. Among his numerous visits to the major fashion capitals like Milan, New York and Paris, he credits London's Savile Row and Tokyo's Aoyama as his greatest influencers. The compelling fashion scene in these two particular areas proved deeply inspirational and changed his perspective on menswear completely.

As the world begins its gradual recovery from the financial meltdown in 2010, Dylan decided to establish his own menswear label by taking over his father's existing tailor shop and introducing a complete re-branding face lift. What was formerly known as Oriental Tailor was subsequently reborn in August as Dylan & Son.

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I love this! There are many areas where quality,care and attention to detail is coming back and becoming trendy (e.g. food preparation and consumption). I think that's what needs to happen for us to remember, appreciate, utilise and build on the knowledge and skills of previous generations. Great from cultural, social and environmental sustainability point of view!