ED­I­TOR’S LET­TER — CUT FROM THE SAME CLOTH

Esquire (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS -

“Some­times the clothes do not make the man.” Ge­orge Michael, fash­ion friend and su­perb pop artiste, dressed with the best. He’s right, of course. But when money’s too tight to men­tion, be­ing able to dress well dig­ni­fies the per­son.

This is­sue is ded­i­cated to fash­ion, in that sense. Esquire fash­ion ed­i­tor Ian Loh pounded the over­heated fash­ion cap­i­tals of the west­ern world to un­cover the stu­dios and meet the ar­ti­sans hid­den in plain sight. Then he pro­cured their finest wares that we shot here for this is­sue.

The aver­age Malaysian born in more stylish decades would once have had ac­cess to a tai­lor or a seam­stress; you might say those were vin­tage years, when they put for­ward their best P Ram­lee or Saloma im­pres­sions for the evening. Even the of­fice was a sim­ply stylish space.

If you’re born with movie-star good looks, the ef­fect of good tai­lor­ing am­pli­fies even the gi­gawatt pres­ence. Christo­pher and Fred­er­ick Lee are Malaysian ac­tor-broth­ers. Christo­pher, the el­der, is a house­hold name in Sin­ga­pore; Fred­er­ick is mak­ing strides in the Malaysian scene. The cut of their jib and im­mac­u­late­ness of coif­fure nat­u­rally make them cross-bor­der lead­ing men and fine clothes horses. Wear­ing it well, of course, comes from savoir-faire rooted from within. In this re­gard, the broth­ers are em­i­nently lo­cal.

“Is it be­cause I is black?” Ali G is not James Bond but Idris Elba should be. He’s in this is­sue.

More non-tech, vin­tage style: Jack White, front­man of the White Stripes, knows that good mu­sic is lost with­out good sound, and “good” is a holis­tic way of be­ing. So he’s made a place that presses vinyl records, re­sus­ci­tates the hand­made, and the lo­cal com­mu­nity. His 86-year-old mom was at the af­ter-party too.

Ja­son Tan Ed­i­tor-in-chief

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