es­sen­tials of style.

Dior Homme’s au­tumn ac­ces­sories col­lec­tion is a mas­ter­class in Parisian el­e­gance.

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Dior’s def­i­ni­tion of el­e­gance.

El­e­gance is syn­ony­mous with be­ing Parisian, but it was a con­cept I failed to fully grasp un­til my first stroll down the cob­bled streets of Paris.

Young, with no self-im­posed no­tions of dress­ing con­ser­va­tively, and fi­nally free from the swel­ter­ing Sin­ga­pore heat, I un­leashed ev­ery com­plex suit­ing com­bi­na­tion that I had as­sem­bled in my head.

Think Harris Tweed suits, cut­away col­lar shirts, silk ties fin­ished in a full Wind­sor knot, cashmere knit­ted cardi­gans, pol­ished brogues, and fin­ished off with a pocket square folded in a va­ri­ety of un­nec­es­sary ways.

The only re­sults I got from my ef­forts were the strange looks from the ho­tel re­cep­tion­ist. Per­haps it was the dread of more re­quired walk­ing on that par­tic­u­lar day, or the con­stant lay­er­ing of dif­fer­ent ar­ti­cles of cloth­ing that took a toll, but I even­tu­ally opted for a simple cut navy suit, white T-shirt and a pair of Stan Smiths. As I was leav­ing the ho­tel, the re­cep­tion­ist stopped me with: “You look el­e­gant today.” “But not on other days?” I asked. “On other days, you looked like you were try­ing to be some­one you’re not. Today, you em­braced sim­plis­tic el­e­gance. To Parisians, it’s al­ways bet­ter to be el­e­gant, to un­der­stand and dress for your­self, than to try to be some­thing you are not.”

Chris­tian Dior’s un­der­stand­ing of el­e­gance came about in a dif­fer­ent way. Dur­ing his time work­ing un­der fash­ion de­signer Robert Piguet, he was given the op­por­tu­nity to de­sign three col­lec­tions. As Dior would re­count: “Robert Piguet taught me the virtues of sim­plic­ity through which true el­e­gance must come.”

El­e­gance, or at least the French def­i­ni­tion of it, arises when you peel away the need­less lay­ers and al­low sim­plic­ity to shine.

Which brings us to the mat­ter at hand—Dior Homme’s leather goods for au­tumn. The col­lec­tion chan­nels the Parisian code of el­e­gance, melds with Kris Van Ass­che’s ethos of in­clu­siv­ity for men of all ages, and pays homage to the ate­lier of the house.

Duf­fle bags, brief­cases, back­packs, pouches of both the hand­held and cross­body va­ri­ety, in but­tery soft grained leather, fea­ture the stamp of the Dior Homme Ate­lier at 3 Rue De Marig­nan, as well as the mai­son’s iconic bee mo­tif. Avail­able in a large colour pal­ette— bold of­fer­ings in bright or­ange and elec­tric blue, to the sub­tle navy, grey and bur­gundy—each piece car­ries a monochro­matic leather bee charm.

In a time of logo ma­nia and graph­ics dom­i­nat­ing the fash­ion world, Dior Homme’s range of el­e­gant leather goods is the per­fect, quiet re­bel­lion.

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