The latest obsession in the menswear scene lately has been the popover. Once worn by the Italian business magnate and style icon Gianni Agnelli, this item of clothing has suddenly become a symbol of casual flair. As a follower of the Italian menswear aesthetic I knew I had to have one. There aren’t many who makes popovers and with my somewhat weird fit off the rack the only way was to go tailored. I’ve been impressed with the work of Abdul on the various shirts my friends had made so I decided that he will be the one to make my popover. Continue Reading
When I heard designer Michael Bastian was collaborating with Japanese fashion giant UNIQLO I became very excited. I love what he has done at GANT; masculine and wearable menswear that makes any man’s wardrobe instantly more interesting without inviting too much attention. GQ posted the designs in the collection and I thought they looked good and would be getting quite a number of pieces. Continue Reading
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Next to jeans, the chambray shirt is probably the most iconic piece in workwear (real workwear, not officewear). And at the height of the workwear craze in #menswear I had a shirt made with a densely woven black chambray cloth. Chambray comes from the word Cambrai which is a town in northern France from where the fabric was originally from. Chambray is woven with a white weft and typically an indigo warp which creates a fabric similar to denim but is generally much lighter. Heavy versions of chambray were made into work shirts giving the rise to the term “blue collar” referring to laborers such as miners. Continue Reading
This is a guest post by Ade Winata Gho. He works as a branding consultant and dreams of having his own shirt label.
“No brand?! What kind of shirt is this!?” This is what most people would say when they do not see a label on the shirt. Personally, I do not find the use of a label on a shirt other than to irritate the back of your neck and to remind you where you bought the shirt at. So naturally this is a plus point for me.
E-commerce has changed the way we shop, and traditional businesses such as tailoring (which used to take months requiring multiple visits) can now be done at the comfort of your home and delivered to you within a month. Speed is important but equally so are the accuracy of the fit, quality of the materials, presentation of the product and after-sales service.
I decided to have a shirt made using Blank Label. Everything is straightforward when it comes to the various options. Some of the fabrics are seasonal and while others are available for a longer period of time. They have an option to create your own shirt or customize an existing style. Extent of customization ranges from choosing the size, collar style, and even a monogram. Continue Reading
During the weekends I like to look a little rugged and end up wearing a khaki shirt (for a lack of a better term). These shirts remind me of the uniforms the British wore when they were fighting in Northern Africa and India. They look like the fabric you would find on a pair of chinos but they’re thinner, softer and more tightly woven. Like chinos they look better over time. The more frequently you wash and wear them the more beat up they look. Continue Reading
One of my favorite things to wear is the denim shirt. It looks rugged but can be worn in a variety of ways. I like wearing them with slim chinos and sometimes with an unstructured sport coat. I could even take it further with a navy or brown silk knit tie as the Italians are so fond of doing. If I want to achieve a dressed down look I’d wear them with a pair of dark jeans (preferably raw), roll up the sleeves and round out the look with brogues. It’s never a good idea to wear both a denim shirt and jeans in the same shade or washed look unless you want to look like a cowboy. Continue Reading
I always see men wearing very casual shirts with dress trousers in the office. It’s inappropriate and looks very odd (think black trousers with a short-sleeved oxford button-down shirt). So how does one know whether a shirt is either a dress shirt or a casual shirt? Answer yes or no to each question below to find out.
1. Does it have a button-down collar?
2. Does it wrinkle easily?
3. Does it have a large pattern?
4. Does it have a breast pocket?
5. Does it have a rough texture?
6. Does it have a short sleeve?
If you answered yes to almost all questions that shirt of yours is most likely casual or leans toward being casual. This is by no means a definitive guide but it should help you decide what to wear with a particular shirt.
GANT is one of the latest apparel brands to arrive in Manila. If you’ve been keeping tabs on menswear this brand is well-loved especially their GANT Rugger and GANT by Michael Bastian lines. I was very excited when I found out that they opened shop here carrying both menswear and womenswear. Continue Reading
Shirts are a good place to start when building one’s wardrobe. The early days of January are usually the time when brands go on sale so I looked around for good deals on shirts. The shirts on sale at many big labels were either too styled (layered or small collars, too many buttons) and were hardly discounted. I did not buy anything from those stores so I headed over to one of my favorite shops in Greenbelt 3, Linea Italia. Continue Reading
After a month of waiting my dress shirts in white (not shown here) and pink end-on-end fabric are finally done. I chose end-on-end because they have a subtle sheen to it which makes them dressy (there is also a more casual version). The colors are not very dark or solid due to the white weft of the fabric. They easily wrinkle but I don’t mind. Continue Reading