It appears to be time for a trip to Hong Kong…
‘muji-rushi’ and wardrobe staples…
When I first started exploring the idea, in my own head, of a capsule wardrobe of staples that could make any man look well dressed, timeless and beyond trends, I was working in the denim industry in Japan. The idea that there are staple pieces, un-affected by trends or fashions, was something quite empowering. After all, the biggest issue with the fashion industry for most isn’t looking good, it’s looking up to date. If you can just focus on looking good, being comfortable and appropriate to the occasion, you have won the battle against any fashionista.
Be it a classic grey three-piece, a blue hopsack blazer, white tee or a pair of oxfords, the principle should be the same. It should be of exceptional quality. It should be of exceptional fit. It should stand out only for these first two points, no branding, no paraphernalia.
So when we thought to commision our first pair of denims, we had that in mind - a fit that was flattering, a quality of raw material and make that is exceptional, and no visible branding. Made locally in Hong Kong from a green cast Fukayama denim, with aged laurel wreath donut buttons and rivets & burrs, the unwashed selvedge denim is stitched in a classic yellow and orange thread configuration. The cut is a little more tapered in the leg, to best fit with a more elegant shoe, the rise neither high nor low. We added a brown suede patch, left blank, in place of a branded oilcloth.
My pair is in for it’s first wash, so fit pics will follow.
Ethan and I leave for four days and this is what happens.
Meet Lockie, here he is sharply dressed in a Liverano sportscoat, powder blue fresco trousers, and our ever comfortable and beautiful string tassel loafers. He is ever prepared for the rainy typhoon weather with a stout fox umbrella.
We haven’t had a drinks night in a while, so … drinks at the store 6pm, Friday 25th.
Sadly, as sometimes happens, The Armoury has run out of Whisky. Some may blame these uncertain times, the imbalance in the economy, or a lack of confidence the people have in their leaders. Some may say it is a mystery as old as the drink itself, the diminishing of this water of life to the Angel’s Share.
Actually it’s just because I drink it all.
The answer, of course, is to buy more. And more whisky is more reason to celebrate. Friends of The Armoury are welcome to join us, this coming Friday, from 6pm.
Drinks at The Armoury - Friday May 25th from 6pm.
Antonio tells me to ditch my ugly red and purple socks and stick to the navies - why do you need to be flashy? He asks. Stick to the navies, that’s the correct socks. Antonio measures me up for my suit and shakes his head - Your body, so strange, you’re lucky you have your wife. No problem, I fix with the suit. He looks at my skull embroidered house slippers and shakes his finger - Next time you wear those, I won’t drop by the Armoury anymore.
I have to stash my slippers away and hide them under a rock next week. Antonio is back 25 - 27th of November @ the Armoury.