EDITOR’S LETTER — CUT FROM THE SAME CLOTH
“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