When it comes to menswear, less is always more. And Larry Peh, creative director of new Singapore menswear label Faculty, clearly understands this concept well: "We wanted to produce clothing that men would be comfortable in, and products that reflected a sense of style, intelligence and sophistication," says Peh. "Faculty has really been designed to co-exist with any wardrobe."
Offering staples executed with a focus on craftsmanship and functionality, his first collection comprises of oxford shirts, T-shirts, chinos, denim and socks that blend seamlessly into, or even supplant, your existing go-to pieces. Denim, that evergreen fashion item, is a key feature in the collection; but with Peh's reputation for attention to detail and design, his jeans are not your regular, run-of-the-mill variety. Faculty's damaged selvedge jeans are cut from 14.5-ounce denim produced by the famed Kuroki Mill and are manufactured in Okayama, Japan.
To celebrate their launch, the label has also collaborated with photographer John Clang, Japanese indigo-dye artisans Buaiso, and ceramic craftsmen from Sueki Ceramics to create an exhibition (and to produce an exclusive line of products) that is currently showing at Scotts Square, Singapore.
With an attention to material provenance and construction integrity, Faculty is set to make waves in the local menswear scene. See below for our favourite pieces from the debut collection.
Faculty is available at K+, Scotts Square, #03-14, and online at www.faculty.com.sg