CUS­TOM CASUALS

Un­usual items that can be tai­lor- made for those who de­mand a per­fect fit even when they’re just gadding about.

The Peak (Singapore) - - The Look Of Style 2018 -

CLAS­SIC SHORTS

When the weather gets un­bear­ably hot, wear your Panama hat with clas­sic Gurkha shorts and a short-sleeved shirt to keep cool. While vin­tage de­signs dat­ing back to the 1930s are al­most im­pos­si­ble to track down th­ese days, Dy­lan Chong of be­spoke suit­mak­ers Dy­lan & Son has re­cently launched made-to-or­der Gurkha shorts. Th­ese smart-ca­sual shorts feature a stream­lined cut to suit mod­ern tastes, come with sleek but­ton clo­sures on the waist­band and can be made in a va­ri­ety of fab­rics, in­clud­ing ma­chinewash­able medium to heavy­weight cot­tons or sum­mery seer­sucker.

SEAM­LESS LOUNGEWEAR

Why set­tle for generic box­ers when be­spoke tai­lor Kevin Seah can make box­ers that fit like a dream? Dis­cern­ing sar­to­ri­al­ists can de­cide how fit­ted or re­laxed they like their box­ers to be and also opt for luxe de­tails such as mother-of-pearl but­tons. Each pair is made with 100 per cent Egyp­tian cot­ton spun in Ital­ian mills and cut in a sin­gle piece to give a seam­less back to pre­vent un­com­fort­able chaf­ing when seated.

STYLISH HATS

It’s rare for a man to find the per­fect hat that does not look camp. Thank­fully, Hat of Cain of­fers cus­tomised Panama hats which are made to or­der in Ecuador. Cus­tomers may - with the mas­ter­ful guid­ance of founder Bill Cain - choose the type of crown, size of the brim, weave grade and colour as well as ac­ces­sories such as feath­ers and flow­ers. The finest su­perfino weave grades, which can have be­tween 28 and 35 knots per square inch, are hand­made by a mas­ter hat weaver in Mon­te­cristi, Ecuador, the town that is said to pro­duce the creme de la creme of Panama hats.

ROGUISH SHIRTS

Un­like leather jack­ets, leather shirts may not nec­es­sar­ily be seen as a wardrobe sta­ple but hear us out. This sea­son, Ermenegildo Zegna is of­fer­ing made-to-mea­sure shirts in but­tery soft leather that in­clude perks such as cus­tomis­able but­tons, cuffs, col­lars and la­bels. We say leather shirts are more ver­sa­tile com­pared to jack­ets when it comes to ooz­ing a touch of rugged charm. Why? Like out­er­wear, it can be thrown over a white crew neck or a but­ton-up for dress down Fri­days or worn on its own (prefer­ably at night) when one wants to stand out from the crowd.

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