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