@MusingMutley: Three menswear pieces you need in your life
Feeling the blues
So, as it happens, I'm currently in Melbourne and missing the shows at Singapore Fashion Week. Devo. But thankfully, with the Buro 24/7 Singapore fashion team covering #SGFW like a rash (okay, more like a sexy summer blush), punching out daily show reviews and pulling designers aside for candid tête-à-têtes, it feels like I'm right there in the thick of it all. Front row. iPhone at the ready. Capturing all the sashay action.
But before I left Singapore for the land of smashed avocado toast drizzled with feta, and sunny-side ups topped with minced lamb and pomegranate — all washed down with a green kale smoothie laced with chia seeds (which, as I've discovered, my cousin is allergic to and ended up throwing up twice in Myer Emporium to the shock of onlookers and my new Hender Scheme sneakers) — I caught up with Keng How and Kage Chong from local menswear label, Biro Company.
(I know what you're thinking: How can your cousin be allergic to chia seeds? IKR. The Melbourne cafe life is not for him.)
Anyway, as I was saying: Biro Company. I had the privilege of fondling their latest fall/winter 2016 collection first-hand, and let me tell you menswear lovers and buyers, get ready to drop some cash.
"The collection was finished and shot in New York in January this year during snow storm Jonas," shares Keng How. (Check the video above for footage of the storm, and behind-the-scenes access to the Biro FW16 campaign shoot in New York City.) "So the palette is quite monochromatic. It's predominantly indigo blue. Actually, we didn't really choose indigo as a colour. We just ran through the fabric palette, and everything came out to be indigo. We're just attracted to indigo; it's in our DNA."
Kage adds: "Design-wise, we added subtle details and really focused on construction when it came to pockets and patches. Also, before this drop, we never did any washes and left our denim raw and rigid. But through this collection, we started to experiment with different washes to make the pieces look a little bit more natural, and create a worn-in look."
Known for designing rugged menswear staples — each item yarn-dyed and crafted in Japan for a superior finish — here are the three indigo pieces from the Biro Company FW16 collection that I've already pre-ordered. That is, buy them now and thank me later. Just let me know in advance if you're planning on wearing them to meet me. Why? So I can wear them too and we can be #twins.
1. THE WAFFLE-WEAVE HENLEY TO LAYER LIKE A PLAYER
Why we love it: Stone and bio-washed for a broken-in aesthetic, and that selvedge placket trim. God is in the details.
Design details: "We designed the body of this top shorter than usual so that you can wear it with a tee or singlet inside and expose that under layer," says Kage. "If you want to wear it by itself, you can always just buy a bigger size. It's actually designed with a drop shoulder for an oversized look."
2. THE LIGHTER THAN AIR CHAMBRAY OVERSHIRT
Why we love it: Contrast white stitching and selvedge patch pocket FTW.
Design details: "In menswear, layering is essential to dressing well," shares Keng How. "Which is why we've used a lightweight chambray for this overshirt. You can layer it over a T-shirt here in Singapore without over-heating."
3. THE PATCHED DENIM JEANS FROM YOUR DREAMS
Why we love it: Drawstring waist and comfortable washed selvedge denim contrasted with large cotton drill patches.
Design details: "For me, I stopped wearing jeans because all the designs in the market were low-waisted and too tight," shares Kage. "These jeans have an easy-to-wear drawstring waist but comes with a stylish tapered leg. It's also made from 10 ounce premium denim — as opposed to 14 ounces and above that you find in Japan — so it's more Singapore-friendly."
Shop Biro Company online or visit their stockists: Tangs at Tang Plaza, Isetan Shaw Centre and Manifesto.
Meet the brothers behind Singapore menswear label, Biro Company
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