Saturday, 23 October 2010

What's That Called Again?

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Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Thy Name is Versatility

From now until the end of November 2010, get 2 tailored pure cotton oxford shirts for $188. Available in enough colours and shades to make a rainbow blush in embarrassment.

The ultimate work + weekend shirt, period.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Altogether Now

You don't need a monster-sized wardrobe: just a good lineup of versatile pieces, a bunch of basics you already have and one or two investment pieces.

When the clothes all fit properly, chances are that it's gonna work no matter how you jumble up the pieces.

(A) Pure 2-ply Egyptian cotton in powder blue with spread-collar
(B) Pure superfine cotton in granite-grey
(C) Pure superfine cotton chambray in midnight blue
(D) 100% cotton Oxford button-down in pastel blue
(E) 100% cotton Oxford button-down in pastel pink
(F) 100% cotton Oxford in virgin white with punk elbow-patch
(G) Guabello Super 130's premium wool in cool grey
(H) Rayon/cotton tapered-fit khakis
(J) Wool blend super slim-fit white pants
(K) Wool blend heavy weave short-berms in deep cobalt
(L) Rayon/cotton fitted shorts in ice-white
(M) Rayon/cotton khaki 2-button slim-fit blazer
(N) Vitale Barberis Super 120's premium wool 2 button slim-fit jacket in jet-black
(P) Guabello Super 130's premium wool 6-button double-breasted slim-fit blazer in navy blue

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Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Close, But No Cigar

Taking a lesson from GQ's Style Guy Glenn O'Brien, who responded to a question posted by a reader with regards to trying to match a pair of pants with his jacket:

"Very close isn't close enough. If your color combo makes people wonder if their eyes are playing tricks, it's not working. You can't improvise a suit."

A lot of suit-wearing guys have tried wearing their suit jacket with a pair of similar pants not made from the same fabric. Another instance is that they bought a jacket on sale which doesn't come with the trousers, thinking that they can probably find a pair that will match the jacket fabric from a tailor.

Big mistake - it just doesn't work that way.

No matter how close the fabrics seem to match, the difference can be seen once worn together (especially with black fabrics). Even cloth from exactly the same design, weave and colour can sometimes differ in tones from batch (A) and batch (B). This is the reason why some people choose to purchase an extra pair of pants with their suit. If your pants get worn out/damaged and you managed to buy another pair, it might still look different since the jacket had already been worn and cleaned before.

Trying to find a matching fabric for your suit jacket is almost mission impossible - certainly not worth your time and effort.

It'll probably be wise to get that additional pair if you're going to wear that suit very often. The best option would be to have 3-4 suits, so that you can rotate and let it 'breathe' in between wearings.

Still thinking about that suit jacket on sale without the pants? Forget it my friend - you'll just be wasting your time and money.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

When To Draw the Line

Happiness is a nicely pressed pair of pants with a paper-like crease down the legs.

Dress pants without a centre-crease is like nasi lemak without chilli - it's just missing... something.

For those of you who send your clothes to the dry-cleaners for laundry and pressing, the pants will always come back with a nice, well-defined crease down each leg (and if it doesn't, it's time to change cleaners). Sometimes, it's hard to get that kind of strong crease with our domestic irons. That's when a bottle of spray-on starch comes in handy.

You can find a variety of spray-on starch in the market. I happen to use this particular brand called Faultless - works really well for me.

Dress pants just look a lot more presentable and smart when it's got well-defined creases running down to the hem. It also creates an illusion of length to your legs - and admit it, all of us would kill to add an inch or two to our silhouette.

Just like how pin-stripes can have a slimming-effect, a good crease adds length to the body.

A really important point to observe is to make sure that the inseam and outseam lines of each leg are aligned when ironing. Failure to do so will result in an improper fall and make the leg skew to one side.

Ensure the seam-lines are aligned, from the hem to the crotch, for proper fall of the pants.

When the seam-lines are aligned, the pants will hang straight and flat with a smooth, continuous line.

Remember that nasty shine you get when ironing your pants (especially the black ones)? That's the result of direct contact of the hot iron-plate with your apparel. To avoid that, always layer a thin cloth over the ironing area. And watch the heat! Don't just go full-blast on the heat - delicate fabrics like 100% pure wool require a little more care when ironing. Treat your apparel with care, and they will reward you everytime you put it on.

Protect your apparel by layering a thin cloth over it when ironing. Yes, it's a little troublesome... but you'll get used to it :)

Friday, 8 October 2010


A quick look at some of our past commissions. Please visit our Facebook page for more photos!