From choice vintage Rolexes on consignment to proper jackets, suits, trousers, Made-in-USA shirts, and down to special necessary sartorial details like pocket squares and socks straight from Japan, Club Monaco’s The Men’s Shop has expanded to a location close to you. What WAS supposed to be a 10-month long test Pop-Up on St. Frances Yard in Hong Kong, the Men’s Shop concept proved so successful, that it’s practically rolled out in every new Club Monaco fit out in major cities.
For those who follow me on Instagram, you know I love me some Club Monaco… it’s classic, it’s modern, it’s casual, well made, and best of all, non-pretentious… everything that I love about dressing well. And as you know I helped spread the message when Club Monaco launched their Men’s Shop concept here in Hong Kong last year (which I still shop in), so it was quite a surprise to discover the concept in Harbour City close to where I work.
I’ve also seen some photographs of the latest New York fit outs which incorporate the Strand bookstore which I think is pretty fresh. Anyway, just in time for the Holidays when you have to dress your best, there’s definitely a space for you at Club Monaco’s The Men’s Shop.
I’m a big fan of timber wall finishes, slate tiles, and persian rugs. Now where’s the whisky?
WEAR Club Monaco The Men’s Shop . Shop 2336, LVL 2, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui . T: +852-21185647
Based on my last post, as you can tell, most people brought their style to the West Kowloon Cultural District last weekend at the 2013 Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival.
(Which I embarrassingly called “2014” in that post for a whole week, why? Who knows… anyway moving on.)
Here are my Top 3 Best of Style trends I spotted for guys last weekend. Enjoy!
+ MOVEABLE FEAST / Pulled Pork Sandwich 60HKD
Indeed, the most stylish thing I spotted for any guy at the festival is not a fashion accessory, but this damn sexy Pulled Pork Sandwich from Moveable Feast. Growing up in Texas, I was always a step away from amazing Pulled Pork, Barbecue Sauce, Coleslaw, and Buttermilk Bread… someone had the bright idea to slop all those together and serve them at Clockenflap. And best yet, I spotted them everywhere, on guys dressed super stylish, like our Gentleman, Ken, posing above with the sandwich in J.Crew and a very cool pair of New Balance kicks. The last sexy thing about a guy anyone wants to see, is a guy on a diet. Everyone prefers to hang out with stylish guys who eats anything he wants… and sensibly. Carry around Pulled Pork Sandwich! Eat well! Feel well! Look Well!
+ VANS / Single Flap Backpack 600-1200HKD
Okay guys, I give up. I can’t seem to find any more information about this bag online. However, it is VANS, and the color… the big size… the square style… the single flap detail with the leather notch… it’s all really spot on. The best part is that the guy whose wearing it, wears it perfectly with a single v-neck white-T, jeans cuffed just right, and simple leather shoes to match… meaning with a bag like that, it’s the bag that’s meant to be stand out and be the main style piece here.
VANS (an official Brand Sponsor of Clockenflap) is having quite a presence in Hong Kong these days. The best part is, it got me to REALLY start looking at VANS again as a viable accesssory to my wardrobe. And i’m 33 years old! I haven’t worn them since I was 15 or 16 in the 90s. Crazy. I love their upgrade… and obviously, I’m loving their Liberty London collaboration as well since i own two pairs.
+ FLOAT CAPTAIN SURF SUPPLY CO.
So we met these guys from Float Captain Surf Supply Co. for the first time at Clockenflap at the “markets” there. The market in general was so-so Hong Kong standard (trinkets and arts-craft high school variety), but these guys, a Hong Kong-based brand called Float Captain, should really be playing with the big boys and going “POP UP” with the likes of Tangram, niin, MISCHA, and THYVANE. I personally love the black and white cap. Can’t wait to hear, and see more of these guys.
Shanghai is so glamorous these days. I don’t live there. I don’t wish to live there, but like Singapore… it’s fun to visit… for a weekend. And like Singapore, it’s glam, but the kind that Hong Kong is glam in the way it’s defined as a luxury brands destination multiplied by 100. Whereas Singapore is glam in a bigger-is-better and a there’s-so-much-green-space-and-fresh-air kind of way… which Shanghai is not.
In my last business trip to Shanghai in October I was able to check out this Esprit DIOR cocktail, previewing a special pop-up exhibition of Dior archived dresses and sketches at the MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai thanks to my pal Katrina. Actually it was a really unique week since most of us Hong Kongers were in Shanghai for our respective jobs and it just so happened to coincide with Shanghai Fashion Week, which culminated at the DIOR MOCA Cocktail and later on for the opening of the new 150,000 sq.ft. (4/5?) story tall Lane Crawford at the Shanghai Times Square. Even ZARA at the Shanghai Time Square had a cocktail party… I mean, ZARA? They never do any marketing of any sort. Who knows how much DIOR and Lane Crawford paid for such glam events, however if you’re a fashion brand, and you don’t Go Big or Go Broke in Shanghai, then you’re probably missing out on Shanghai’s consumer renaissance.
Apologies for these really poor photographs. My early flight made me forget two of my blogging cameras and had to rely on my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to capture the “glam”. Enjoy the photos!
+ ESPRIT DIOR / MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai
I’ve never been to the MOCA in Shanghai, however as part of the museum’s desire “to promote artistic and cultural exchanges between China and the rest of the world”, they were glad to host the House of Dior for three month exhibition to display their archives. The cocktail evening for guests and clients of DIOR was nice, and the sheer amount of dresses (100 in total) and sketches on display was quite special. I was shocked to learn that the exhibition was not free, especially since it’s essentially a marketing exhibition for fashion brand. However the standard rate at 30 Yuan is really not that expensive, and i’m sure it separates only serious patrons vs the masses. Plenty of photographs by iconic stylists and photographers, like Patrick Demarchelier, and beautiful collaborative works of art made for this exhibit by some of China’s top current artists curated by Florence Muller.
Video work by Qiu Zhijie lined the entrance ramp, and several paintings of Mr. Dior by Zhang Huan, Yan Peiming, and Zheng Fanzhi, were situated around the path amongst iconic dresses laid out in thematic sections like, Pink and Red, Versailles, Paris, and Garden (all Raf Simons.) I really enjoyed the presence of an actual beading practitioner from the French atelier. It was beautiful to see these pieces go from sketch, to application, to finished works of art. We had a great time.
VISIT Esprit DIOR . MOCA - People’s Park, 231 Naning West Road, Shanghai 200003, China . 13 SEP 2013 - 20 NOV 2013
+ LANE CRAWFORD SHANGHAI / Times Square in Xin Tian Di
After leaving the Esprit DIOR cocktail, the gang then went on to Time Square Shanghai at Xin Tian Di to meet up with a larger Hong Kong crew who just so happened to be in the city that night or who were collaborating the Lane Crawford Department Store for their grand opening… 7 years after it closed it’s last shop here. And “Grand Opening” was an understatement as our car pulled up to a red carpet which was complete with strobe lights on all sides. For a moment there I thought this was not a usual LC launch like you see in Hong Kong… this was a Lane Crawford Movie Premier!
It was surprising to see just how many from Hong Kong were there that night. People I saw (and i’m sure there were more I didn’t see since I was only there for an hour) included; Alex Daye and Ellis Kreuger, tailors of Moustache manning their themed bar, bag designer Michelle Lai of MISCHA (they carry her bags there), Tangram designer Paola Sinisterra, jewellery and accessories designer Kate Barnett, my blogger pals Denise Lai and Jason Lam (who are actually based in Shanghai now), style editor and blogger Diviah Harilela, online editor Avery Booker, photographer Laurent Segretier, and of course my buddies, Louise, Katrina, and Hammer & Needle’s designer Jason Reason.
On the run up to it, everyone was on the same crazy whatsapp thread trying to find a place to meet up before the event and after. We all ended up meeting around the Moustache bar on a section of the 4th Floor. Place all of us in a Lane Crawford party in Central IFC and we’d take up the whole party, but our group was only about 5% of who was there, since there was a guest list of about 4,000 people. As our buddy, PR Guru, Nick Cakebread of BBDO who ran the DIOR event said, they must have collated every guest list there was in town. Anyone in Shanghai who possibly went to events were all there that night.
In the age of online e-commerce, it’s interesting to see such investment in brick and mortars like Lane Crawford Shanghai plus the newly opened 10 Corso Como there, and re-opened Galeries Lafayette in Beijing. After all we still need shops like this to help educate “style”, “Taste”, “feel”, and “fit”, in the ever growing luxuries market there… something that’s hard to transcend via a computer screen.
SHOP Lane Crawford Shanghai . Time Square, 99 Huai Hai Zhong Road, Shanghai, China . T: 400-1201483 . H: 10am to 10pm M-SUN
New denim darlings on the scene, RPMWEST, founded in May 2012 by Manuel Rappard, a former Google employee and NYU Graduate, has successfully raised over 100,000 USD this year via their Kickstarter campaign to launch amazing jeans for gentlemen, that is democratically ethical, as much as it stylish. I first heard about the brand via my friend Paul S., a cross-continental fashion photographer, who’s cousin is married to an RPMWEST collaborator. Paul S. also shot the latest lookbook which can be seen in this blog here. The San Francisco based brand prides itself on the quality of the denim, a Raw Japanese Selvedge, and its artisan craftsmanship, 100% made-in-the-USA.
Not that “none-made-in-the-USA” items are bad, per se, it’s just that in this day and age when it’s tough to guarantee exploit-free labor practices, an investment is made to go towards building an artisan trade in close proximity to where the jeans are actually designed and conceptualized. This idea of USA made jeans is not new, but the price tag, under 100USD, makes the production of artisan jeans more accessible to a market beyond the luxury buyer… which is great!
With the success of their Kickstarter campaign, the RMPWEST guys are now able to not only make their dreams (high quality fancy homegrown jeans at a not so fancy price) come true, but also implement a “Home Try On” program, where they can send three pairs to anywhere in the world (including Hong Kong), and you keep the pair that fits you the best. Right now, RPMWEST is shipping single pairs to kickstarter investors and brand supporters (including me!) and will open their website (hopefully) in November to a growing wait list, just in time for the Christmas shopping season.
A few more details… i’m wearing the New Classics with a stiff raw selvedge. (Less stiff over time.) The name “Selvedge” is reserved for denim made on vintage shuttle looms, which is how it was usually produced by classic brands prior to the 1970’s. This selvedge is usually heavier and higher quality than other denims you’re used to. Another thing that most brands these days get wrong with new Selvedge or Selvedge reproductions, is that the cutting is all wrong for the material. Thank God the moment I tried RMPWEST New Classic’s on, I immediately loved the fit. It’s roomy where it needs to be (around the thighs and knees), and fit snuggly where you want it to be (around the hips, bum, and calves.)
Photos above also show the details that come along with the Jean; Chain Stitching, 100% Leather brand patch, Metal Tack buttons, reinforced front pockets, reinforced back pockets (plane with no crazy design), and tucked belt loops (Will not rip off.) I’m truly proud of these guys’ Kickstarter project, and that they’re actually making less of a brand profit with zero retail markup, in order to make socially conscious jeans more available to a market looking for high quality that doesn’t break the bank.
Photos of me in my RPMWEST Jeans taken at the old lanes and the playground in and around Hong Kong’s Wing Lee Street off Bridges Street. Check out RPMWEST’s successful Kickstarter page here for more information on their brand and videos.
Sometimes I wonder how my love for fashion began, especially because I grew up in Forth Worth, Texas, where I had very limited access to style and trends. As i look back at that (relatively) small city, and where my love for self-styling actually began, it’s even a wonder how I was able to literally “scrape” by and be content with just what we had there for choice. My taste in Fashion was shaped by the STYLE sections of the Dallas Morning News, and copies of Details or W Magazine, that was available at the local Wal-Mart. Sure local Department Stores; Nordstroms, Neiman Marcus, and Dillard’s, carried my then favorite brands; Prada, DKNY (very different in the 90s), and Hugo Boss, but they never carried any of the styles that were at the time deemed too edgy for that Texan market.
Looking back, I was one of those weird boys in High School that put together runway looks via re-appropriated GAP and Banana Republic wares, and additionally… I spent hours at the Vintage Thrift Shop. Anyway, I was thinking about all of this as I was modelling Thom Browne on the roof of Hong Kong’s Woolloomooloo Bar in Wanchai for a Mr. Porter Profile on Hong Kong’s “stylish” gents. I wouldn’t say I’m the most fashionable guy in the city, I think the rest of the guys in the shoot are way more fashionable than me… (Looking at you Sean and Roger!)… and definitely I’ve had my regrettable phases (one whole year wearing nothing but neon in HK as an homage to DIPLO, for example), but definitely its nice to know that my “style” obsession does not go unnoticed. Alot of people may say, “who cares about style or fashion?”. But I say, “I Do. I care.” I want to look good, I want to feel good, and it makes me happy.
PS. Oh and by the way, my camera I take on vacation is my tiny Fuji X-F1 NOT an X-S1 as the article states… but thanks Tom M. Ford for the interview, Dan May for the amazing styling, and last and the best, Jason Capobianco for the photographs. Grace Lam you rock for putting my name in. It’s really cool of you.
Here’s some behind the scenes photos from the shoot!
Jason and Mr. May having a chat on concepts.
The most stylish gents, Sean Fitzpatrick and the fabulous Dickey Blue.
Roger Ouk looking dapper and very serious!
Met this Boy Wonder, a 17 year old professional Race Car Driver, named Matthew Solomon, whose father owns Electric Sekki.
Jason’s wife, Voguechina Editor, Grace Lam, came by to take a peek with the little one.
And a little preview!
If you’ve been following me on my Instagram page, then you’d probably already know two things about me; 1) I post quite ALOT and 2) I love #menswear. Any cool new fashion thing I find, love, and purchase or get, then I pretty much manage to share on there. The two photos above are typical my #JJStyle shots, and show my newest obsession, the Swedish casual watch brand, Daniel Wellington, which launched in the summer of 2011.
This preppy watch for gents and ladies is known for their simple and thin watchcase which comes in rose gold and silver. A big trend these days is the “interchangeable” strap. With Daniel Wellington’s they come in natostrap and leatherstrap. Actually, i’ve seen a new collection from TIMEX which has the same idea. But what I love about these DW’s is that its really elegant and unassuming. You see in my two photos above I paired the same watch with a Pal Zileri Jacket in one photo and Club Monaco shirt in another.
Even my friend Liz, an architect, ordered one online. This one below is hers, which is an Instagram photo I took over brunch at Classifieds.
The DW watches are sold in over 30 countries and have been featured in magazines like Vogue, GQ, and Elle. And now all styles are available for Asia online. I even saw them at the Kapok Shop on Sun Street in Wanchai a few weeks ago.
From now until the end of November, as in November 30, 2013, if you order a watch at Daniel Wellington ONLINE, Wanderlister.com readers can get a 15% discount with the CODE: “WANDERLISTER” for all online orders. Regular mail usually takes 14 days, via UPS it’s 2-5 days.
Dress well and See you out and about!
WEAR Daniel Wellington
Now that i’ve finally got some personal time to do nothing on a Sunday… (no traveling, no lunches, no brunches, no meetings, no dinners, no events, etc.), I find myself wondering what it is I CAN do with this personal time that would make it the most effective use of the time that I do have to myself. I can’t possibly do Nothing? But I can’t possibly do ANYTHING because that would defeat the point of personal time. So trying to figure out what to do during a moment’s peace just ended up stressing me out big time. HASHTAG WORKAHOLIC.
So instead, I decided to call it quits on worrying and for today’s actually sunny Sunday I decided to just enjoy Hong Kong’s rarely pleasant Autumn weather. While some friends were out on a junk and others were meeting family, I took this “personal time” and met up with my pal Katrina to take a meander around the Tai Hang hood to our favorite coffee joint, Unar Coffee Company, for some late arvo chat with some caffeine (probably the best in town).
I love sitting outside at Unar, especially on a beautiful Autumn Hong Kong day like today. Reading the Sunday International New York Times on the iPad and chatting with the neighbors is the best idea ever. Hope you had a great Sunday doing nothing as well! Loving the season already. Ready to dress like a grandpa until March.
#JJStyle Notes: Cardigan by LEE Jeans, Jeans by LEE Jeans reTHINK Eco-Friendly Denim Collection, Shoes by VANS x Liberty London, Sunglasses by Subcrew x MIKLI, Watch by NIXON, iPad Case by Hammer & Needle
DRINK Unar Coffee Company . GF, No.4 Second Lane, Tai Hang, Hong Kong . +852-28385231