WORK, AS THE SMITHS REMINDED US, IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD. Neither precedent nor pop culture teaches us that work should be something to enjoy, ergo the maxim that urges you to “choose a job that you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
The modern Filipino is, I think, very good at finding work that doesn’t have the weight of work—we’re very good at finding work that we love, in other words, or finding a way to love the work that we do. It’s something that occupies 8 to 10 hours of your day, so it certainly has to be something that doesn’t weigh on your soul. What’s better than finding something to do that is good, satisfying, and, comfortable to boot?
How interesting that it’s an idea that has spilled over to the way we dress while we’re at work. We’ve long left behind the idea that work should be exclusively done in clothes that make us feel like, well, working stiffs. The way we dress reflects the modern approach to work: we keep things simple, elegant, excellent, while our personalities round things off and make it all distinct and special.
The clothes featured here are timeless but modern, and strong but subdued, so that the outfits allow the man to speak for himself, and for the work to shine on its own. It’s a pleasure for Esquire Philippines to collaborate with Uniqlo to present these to you, the working man.