#JJStyle: J.Crew’s Crosby Cuts Slim Suits For The Big Guy

Newly opened J.Crew has had a specialized suiting store for its successful “Ludlow” line of suits for some time now. The Level 3 Suiting Shop in the On Lan Street location has everything one needs from a casual suit to a black tie affair, plus a more personalized custom service if needed… that is if you look good in Ludlow. And fortunately for my friend, DJ Angus Wong, while it looks great on a long and lean guy like him, it looks awfully awkard on a big and stocky guy like me. And now that i’m working that much harder in the gym, the Ludlow suit won’t get closer to the ‘right’ fit.

This month, J.Crew finally makes a slim cut suit for the Big Guys like us, with hopefully a new iconic line… “The Crosby”. Now available in only 17 shops around the world (including Hong Kong) plus online, the initial line will come in 4 styles for the coming fall plus two Online-Only styles in a herringbone and wool flannel. Other things to note, the Crosby is especially designed for an Athletic fit (think Don Draper), which means extra rooms in key areas like arms, chest, legs, and a slightly wider lapel. Other details in the Crosby borrow from the Ludlow. The fabric in the suit come from some of the more respected mills around the world, with key details finished by hand.

For the first campaign, J.Crew suited up the New York Knights rugby team to show how great a Crosby suit looks on a bulkier body. The jackets are around 4,000 HKD while the pants are around 2,200 HKD.

WEAR J.Crew, The Suit Shop . 9 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong

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#JJStyle: 200 Steps With Canali - Behind The Scenes

JJ Acuna interview for 200 Steps, Canali.com from Canali on Vimeo.

Before I procrastinate even further this month, since i’m (as of today) quite backlogged on so much work in general… I wanted to put everything on hold and take a moment to give a big warm THANK YOU and show my gratitude to the Italian suiting brand, Canali, for reaching out to us all the way here in Asia for a secret project that we’ve been working on together since March 2014 this year... a profile collaboration for their global web portal, Canali.com.

The project, part of Canali’s 200 Steps series of videos and interviews published on L’Edizione, the brand’s editorial platform, aims to interview “male professionals” like myself from all around the world in a monthly series of videos and oral interviews examining each gentleman’s processes and craft. Each of the talent interviewed is dressed by Canali in tailored wear for that season, and is focused less on the 80-year old brand and more on the interviewees, their work, and inspiration.

Each 200 Steps story is created within a day’s shooting, and culminates in a 2-3 minute interview film, a 30-second “Word Association” film, and a full Q+A article explaining the full context behind each gentleman’s work. I was told that brand director, and a third generation Canali, Ms. Elisabetta Canali, picks the interviewees herself for the global website. I, for one, was surprised to have met her myself at the interview shoot here in Hong Kong. She’s quite cool in person, and was very “hands-on”… really overseeing the whole entire process.

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For my story, Canali’s team wanted to focus on a designer-blogger’s thinking in relation to curation and the formulation of a story or perspective for the digital space. In order to express what I do and how this translates with tactility on film, their production team imagined a large square white canvas to hang centrally within the space… and throughout the two minute video, that canvas get’s filled with images i’ve taken over the years that have been placed on my various social media outlets thus far.

At first I was unsure, since i’ve only known my work to exist in a certain format online, and certainly not on a “white canvas”, however once i’ve spoken with their London team on the phone, and after they themselves have sent me mood board pegs of example “treatments”, portrait shots, and other reference concepts, I quickly got around to enjoying playing around with how they wanted to frame this whole thing to fit both me, my story, and their format.

Anyway, the rest is history as they say!

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Some Behind-The-Scenes Photographs from our shoot….

The “White Canvas” at the start of the evening….

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Gradually filling up slowly…

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The canvas wasn’t allowed to sway back and forth, so the crew really took great pains to secure it on the set.

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Each time a photograph was placed on the canvas, it was captured on film… sometimes two or three times.

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The Director, Jon Clements, was really detail oriented as to the composition of the photographs on the canvas…

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The production team at London’s Spring Creative, plus the brand team at Canali, picked out the all the photographs from all my social media accounts to be placed on this White Canvas. To be honest, when I started the website and the whole “Wanderlister” thing a few years ago… placing all these images online, there was no way I would have anticipated any of this to come to fruition from the content, that up to this point… i’ve only kept on the Digital Space.

Their team picked out the photographs to cover the five topics on my website; Architecture, Art, Design, Food, and Life/Style.

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Taking a step back, seeing it all up there (I put up each of the photographs myself)… it was really something to see. 

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To step back and have all these things jump out from the computer, and be composed in the physical space like this was really cool, weird, strange, and in a way… a general cosmic affirmation of the whole thing that I do. Very interesting how it takes a collaboration with a big global brand, to really force one to assess and define their work. I definitely did some soul searching by doing this interview with Canali. Most of what I said was off-the-cuff, which surprised even myself. It’s like “A-ha”, so that’s what being an Architect by day, and a blogger by night in Asia is all about. It’s even news to me.

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So for that, I thank Elisabetta Canali, the whole Canali House in Milan, and the guys Spring Creative in London for such a great opportunity. I really learned about myself though all of this as well.

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Other 200 Steps profiles include the brand’s new Creative Consultant, fashion designer, Andrea Pompilo

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Design duo, Barber and Osgerby

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Stage actor, Tony Stephens

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And Typographical artist, Job Wouters.

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Check out our FULL INTERVIEW with Canali via 200 Steps plus our “Words Association” Video.

WEAR Canali . Wheelock House, Shop C, Ground Floor, 20 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong . T: +852 2918 1745

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DESIGN NOTES: Designer Stefano Tordiglione Breathes New Life in Brooks Brothers Hong Kong Flagship

The Menswear market is huge in Asia, and especially in Hong Kong, so no wonder there’s been a great selection of casual, business, and luxury bespoke tailoring labels that have entered the city within the last few years. The newest player in town is a beautiful new flagship for American tailoring company, Brooks Brothers, in the IFC. This project, by HK-based studio, Stefano Tordiglione Design, seeks inspiration from the house’s original flagship in New York City on Madison Avenue as the creative basis of its conceptual direction.

Items reminiscent of the original Manhattan architecture include the shop’s exterior stucco plasters which surround columns, the interior ceiling, and the window details. A cash-wrap island in the middle of the shop, greets customers at entry, reminiscent of classic destination Department Stores in history. Antique pieces are also used for the shop’s various fixtures and visual merchandising islands, plus all furnishings are crafted in Chicago Heritage and American Walnut to reflect the brand’s American heritage. New designs incorporated by Stefano Tordiglione include a fresh take on the industrial-style chandelier, and fitting rooms which reflect old style Chicago lofts. Also on display in the shop are large-scale photographs of Brooks Brothers heritage shirts over time from its first ready-to-wear collection, button downs, and non-iron shirts.

Other design innovations include a whimsical direction for the shop’s mosaic floor, handmade in Italy and redesigned to resemble a classic New York pavement, the pale green striped walls based on a Park Avenue flat, and on the timber façade… a bronze geometric pattern based on a classic window pane from a 20th Century Long Island mansion. The message is clear, classic heritage is modern again.

Brooks Brothers will soon be celebrating its 200-year anniversary, and Stefano Tordiglione Design makes sure that the Hong Kong IFC flagship will be ready to give new life as it stands on a strong brand’s DNA. 

SHOP Brooks Brothers IFC . Shop 1096, 8 Finance Street, Central, HK, 3196 8228 HK . T: +852 2234 7088 / DESIGN Stefano Tordiglione Design LTD

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#theWanderlist: Menswear For All, New York City

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Going to New York City for work and play gave me a chance to make some visits to a few cool destination stores by my favorite brands, for men. If you’re a guy and you only have a day or two to fit in some shopping in the city, I strongly suggest highlighting Nolita and Bleecker Streets to your lists, since these two neighborhoods carry a good selection of casual menswear brands to fit most tastes.

Please note, nothing in my NYC #wanderlist covers formalwear or suiting, but there are some selections available at a few of these stores that can offer a full range of styles for most any occasion. (For bespoke suiting, I recommend the NYC outpost of Hong Kong’s iconic menswear tailor, The Armoury.)

+ FINE THREADS // Black Fleece on Bleecker Street

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In 2007, Brooks Brothers launched a youth oriented label,Black Fleece, in collaboration with Mr. Thom Browne, who won the 2006 CFDA Award Winner for menswear just a year before. Yearning to break free aesthetically, from their main Brooks Brothers line, the Black Fleece label allows for the brand to offer a selection of menswear for a new generation of guys who may not be so familiar with the traditional Brooks Brothers suiting, but are ready to embrace elements of “dandy” suiting in their day-to-day lives. With Black Fleece, designer Thom Browne gets to make clothing for a wider demographic of men who seek to embrace his modern look, underpinned by the Brooks Brothers level of quality and craftsmanship.

The corner store on Bleecker Street is intimate, carrying both men and women’s. Customers and staff know each other there on a first name basis, and when I went, everyone who showed up at the store, were pretty much return customers. This is a good thing for me to notice, especially because the clothes are so playfully quirky and a-traditional. I suppose the intimacy in shopping experience for Black Fleece is really about the support of their customers who just “get” the brand concept from the get-go. (And FYI, the service quality in Hong Kong’s flagship on Wyndham Street is absolutely the same level. Top notch and personal. I hope they keep it up!)

+ STREET STYLE // Saturday’s Surf NYC on Crosby Street

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Yes, Saturday’s is an urban shop in New York City for those into surfing culture. I know… crazy right, because where can you actually surf in Manhattan!? While I was there, twice, during my last trip, I did witness a guy purchase a surfboard and then packing it up on the spot. So yes, in New York City, surf sells at Saturday’s Surf NYC.

Saturday’s is essentially a casual men’s shop selling “street style” with a splattering of elegant buttoned down looks and up-market T’s and sweatshirts. The reason why I support this local brand, which first opened its doors in 2009, is that while it speaks to a particularly niche and quirky customer (urbanites who are engrossed in surfing culture), its collection… from apparel, to bags, to shoes, to accessories, pretty much have a strong and consistent aesthetic base line which a broader design-focused demographic can appreciate. Everything is either grey, black, or primary colors in palette, and for the patterns or stripes that appear in their collection, it’s pretty bold in a pop art kind of way… yet clean and modern. This kind of stylistic integrity is a great position to be in, especially for a young brand wanting to make a mark in casual street wear.

Some of my favorite things about the shop… browsing Saturdays Magazine, the brand’s modern take on the classic surfer magazine and checking out the back garden where you can just sit and chill with a cup of delicious La Colombe coffee from their destination coffee shop in store.

+ ARMED CANDY // Miansai on Crosby Street

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Miansai’s Crosby Street location in Nolita has only been operating for less than a year (opened in December 2013), but already it seems like the flagship has been there since the establishment of its brand in 2008. Founded in Miami, by New York born, Michael Saiger, Miansai’s men’s jewellery is now coolly retailed in 40 US States and 36 countries, including Mr. Porter (which ships internationally), and Kapok, Harvey Nichols, and Lane Crawford, here in Hong Kong.

The Crosby street location offers the full array of Miansai’s products, plus leather goods, with all items Made in the USA by its team of 30 craftsmen. If you’ve been shopping in Asia, and think you’ve seen all of what Miansai has to offer re: nautical themed bracelets, think again, this tiny shop in New York carries everything you’ve seen and so much more, including new designs, fixings, and clasps, recently launched for its 2014 collection of wares.

My favorite is the cuff design,  made of .925 Sterling Silver, 14K Gold and Rose Gold, and for some items, 18K Gold. Have a sip and sit in the in-house tea room as you enjoy browsing and the trying on of all things Miansai. (FYI. You can also build your own bracelet.)

+ CURATED STYLE // Odin New York on Lafayette

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10 year old menswear boutique, Odin, has been on the curated menswear scene way before menswear became a staple on everything from everyone’s Pinterest and TUMBLR boards, to their multiple-broque closets. Founded by partners, Paul Birardi (ex-buyer at Macy’s) and Eddy Chai (ex-advertising art director), Odin has held their own, courting working gents from all walks of life who care about fashion and style, plus now college students and even some female shoppers.

The store on Lafayette Street, a 2000 square foot, ex-Chinese Noodles factory, was a hands-on experience for the founders, building and designing everything themselves to house menswear multi-brands from the ground up. Since establishing the boutique, Odin has collaborated with American retail giants like Target, the Gap, and boutique labels like Matsuda, Rag & Bone, Common Projects, Mark McNairy, Alex Mill, Todd Snyder, and Engineered Garments.

The Lafayette Street shop offers personal styling services for a wide range of products available from the house’s own label to the likes of Thom Browne’s main line, which I bought a few pieces on sale.

+ ALL AROUND STYLE // Club Monaco Men’s on 5th

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Not quite in Nolita and Bleecker (we’re talking 5th Avenue), but just a walk away from the iconic burger joint, Shake Shack in Madison Square Park where my friend Andy and I had our lunch, is the heaven that is Club Monaco’s 5th Avenue store. I don’t know about you, but I’m obsessed about all things Club Monaco (and its been a few years now), since I’ve done style collaborations with them in Hong Kong years ago and since their menswear line was taken on board by Menswear designer, Aaron Levine.

The 5th Avenue store is indeed a mecca for those who are “Club Monanites” (okay Made this moniker up) offering a full selection of CM classics, essentials, and specialty seasonal items in playful prints, colors, and elegant (ie. non baggy) and fitting menswear silhouettes. Accessories and outerwear complement easy to wear CM items from the brand and partner “Made-In-America” labels. Shoes include a great selection from Grenson and New Balance. The huge two-story store looks like an old-time Department Store from the turn of the century, and also fits a florist, a bookstore by the Strand, and an outpost by my favorite Williamsburg café, Toby’s, for those inclined to stay awhile after a full shopping experience.

+ GROOMING // Fellow Barber on Crosby St,

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On Crosby Street adjacent to Miansai and Saturday’s, be sure to check out, Fellow Barber, one of four of these barber locations in New York City and Brooklyn. Fellow Barber is committed to offering all patrons a traditional barbershop experience without the pretense of a salon. Because everything is “traditional”, all Fellow Barbers are expertly trained to provide classic men’s cuts with straight-razor shaves.

The shop on Crosby Street carries a wide array of products, including shaving kits, body soaps, and moustache/beard wax for the discernible gentleman.

SHOP Black Fleece West Village . 351 Bleecker Street, New York NY 10014 . T: +12129292763 /  SHOP Saturday’s Surf NYC . 31 Crosby Street, New York NY 10013 . T: +12129667875 / SHOP Miansai Nolita . 33 Crosby Street, New York NY . T: +12128589710 / SHOP Odin New York Nolita/SOHO . 199 Lafayette Street, New York NY . T: +12129660026 / SHOP Club Monaco on 5th Avenue . 160 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010 . T: +12123520936 / VISIT Fellow Barber Nolita . 33 Crosby Street, New York NY . T: +12129296014

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#JJStyle: Climbing High, the Kapok Bracelet Collection

Those who follow me on Instagram and on this blog, know that for this year i’ve completely re-feng-shui’d my life. And Because of this… i’ve got a few additional style items in the home and on me that I have to incorporate and get used to. For example, like I need to make sure that I have a continuously running water feature on the South corner of my flat, and having to constantly wear blue (or white or black), avoiding red at all costs on my persons, and (this one I like) getting used to wearing gold, silver, or metallic jewellery… and lots of it. 

Before this I never used to wear jewellery because I thought it was silly and lacked purpose (I used to be more of a no-bracelet-flair-one-watch-guy). Boy have I changed.

If you’ve seen my Instagram the last two months alone, you’d notice some newfound arm candy that i’ve been hooked on to since discovering certain brands, like Miansai, which are considered jewellery, and have real gold and silver elements which matched my whole dapper look. The best thing about Miansai is, it doesn’t look like traditional jewellery, but it counts towards my feng shui prescription, and looks great in a suit or on the beach. I purchased my first Miansai at Hong Kong’s curated shop, Kapok, just a couple of months ago… a golden cuff.

Now, months later, Kapok (also a fashion and accessories label) is releasing their own line of bracelets which basically gives Miansai a run for its money. Dubbed the Kapok Bracelets Collection, the collection, produced in limited quantities, is really tailored for guys and gals who love the rougher things in life like sports and being outdoors. The collection was launched by Kapok’s co-founder, Carlos Granon, who himself is an avid rock climbing enthusiast… hence the bracelet’s rock climbing inspired details like the incorporation of rope knots methodology, pulley systems, and harness clasps. Two styles, the Kalymnos and the Yosemite, are named after two renowned climbing spots in the Aegean Sea in Greece and in California, respectively.

I can’t wait to get my hands on a few. Bye Bye Miansai! (maybe?) 

Enjoy the photos of the bracelets on actual rock climbers, set against the Hong Kong skyline’s gorgeous backdrop.

WEAR Kapok Bracelet Collection . Kapok Online / Kapok on 5 St. Francis Yard, Wanchai, Hong Kong . T: +852-25499254

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#JJStyle: Offering Made To Measure at HUGO BOSS

We were amongst Hong Kong’s most stylish gents who were invited to take a peek last Thursday night at the grand opening of HUGO BOSS’ newest flagship on Pedder Street one of two new concept “new-generation” stores in this city; the other being on Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. Other newly established new concept stores globally will be located in Shanghai, Paris, and New York. 

The draw? Not only did we get to walk around the 1,031m2 interiors of the space which houses BOSS, BOSS Green, and HUGO labels for men and women, we were also invited to see the new BOSS ”Made To Measure” space, focused on creating a custom tailored-fit suits handmade in Germany and measured in Hong Kong.

Each BOSS Made to Measure suit will utilise exclusive Italian fabrics, linings, and buttons, and will be designed to fit the character of its owner. The extra twist? A well fitting bespoke suit with a uniquely BOSS signature look.

Also in attendance that evening, designer Jason Wu, who just recently took over as Artistic Director of BOSS Womenswear. Wu visits Hong Kong after freshly presenting his Fall/Winter 2014 collection at NYFW. The look which promises to combine BOSS’ German Modernist aesthetics with Wu’s signature feminine precision will soon be available at these shops as well.

WEAR Hugo BOSS Store Central . Shop No. 3, 1 Pedder Street, Central, HK T: +852 27966228 . HUGO BOSS Store TST . Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui T: +852 27969188 . WEB: www.hugoboss.asia

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#JJStyle: Minimal Style for Maximum Effect, RON DORFF

Launching this week in Hong Kong’s KAPOK is RON DORFF, a new line of classically simple plus straightforward urban sportswear combining Parisian flavor with Swedish functionality. The “no-frills” design of RON DORFF stands out aesthetically above and beyond the Sportswear offerings that currently glut the marketplace, catering to a consumer who is increasingly health-conscious, yet find it difficult to associate themselves with name brand sportswear you see in any department store.

The brainchild of Frenchman, Jerome Touron, and Swede, Clause Lindorff, the brand offers essential sportswear and non-seasonal classics in colors of black, heather grey, and white. Pieces include wears for tennis, gym, swimming, and jogging. Some of the shirts and hoodies come with cheeky maxims, like “DISCIPLINE IS NOT A DIRTY WORD”, “KO”, and “SWEAT”.

Also available at KAPOK is the collection of spa and body products co-developed with FACE Stockholm and made 100% in Sweden.

It’s time to clean up, then sweat it out.

PORTRAIT ABOVE, Photo of co-founder Claus Lindorff at Kapok Sun Street who was recently in town to help promote the brand.

WEAR RON DORFF via Kapok on Sun Street, G/F 3 Sun Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong . T: +852 25200114

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#JJStyle: Made-In-Hong Kong, kapok’s First Menswear Collection and Interview With Founder, Arnault Castel

Last week, kapok, one of Asia’s best destination boutiques of curated goods, finally celebrated 8 years in business. And in a city like Hong Kong with plenty of shopping options from mono brand Flagships to big Department Stores, kapok’s achievement in making a mark within the city’s luxury goods market is no small feat.

Known for proudly being the first to import and/or carry brands like Kitsune, Herschel, Dyptique, MISCHA, Uniform Wares, VOID Watch, Saint James, Miansai, and Mismo, Kapok and its founder, Arnault Castel, is now going towards yet another niche direction… specialty men’s shirts.

One can say that Castel’s curation has set a certain kind of aesthetic tone, even if it generally leans towards more French sensibilities. That said, since opening 8 years ago, i’ve noticed a shift away from the typical I.T, Comme Des Garcons, or whatever generic luxury suiting look that men prefer to define themselves in Hong Kong, with styles moving towards something more of what kapok has had on offer since the beginning, clothes reflecting an independently crafted spirit at a higher price point, blurring the lines between business and casual… and therefore tossing high street chic out the window.

kapoks’ inaugural menswear collection, a limited and careful series of 5 shirts and 3 hats to begin with under the same moniker, aim to continue to address the perfect shirt that even after 8 years in the business of importing looks, Castel still has yet to find available in the market. The shirts are defined by their classic colors (mostly white, navy, chambray) and classic looks (buttoned down), but with that extra flare (oversized pockets), that are quirky, yet not too outrageous for workwear. I wore it to work yesterday!

We interviewed Arnault last week regarding his new direction forward with kapok and his inspiration with the made in Hong Kong inaugural men’s line!

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theW+: About your new collection. What is kapok launching this month for the first time?

Arnault Castel: It’s the first time we launch kapok products, kapok will move from being a retailer to being a retailer and a brand! We will start with a capsule collection of 5 shirts, designed between Paris and Hong Kong and all made in a fantastic small workshop in Hong Kong. Starting the kapok label is a way for us to also define what is the kapok style.

theW+: How is it like to transition to creating your own fashion label vs. carrying other people’s label in your store?

AC: We’ve been running the store for 8 years, and we work with so many great brands so it was important for us to not create “just another label” to add to what we have in store.

We decided to start with shirts, as we carry really amazing European labels at kapok, but sometimes the fabrics are a bit too heavy for Hong Kong spring/summer and also the fitting was not really perfect for our customers.

theW+: In the creation of the brand’s design and aesthetic direction, what were your style influences?

AC: First we started with the fabrics. We wanted very high quality, light and breathable fabrics. We found an amazing supplier of Japanese organic cotton and it all started from there. This makes the shirts so comfortable. 

For the fit, we had some directions coming from our favourite brands, the cool minimalism of Margaret Howell, Kitsune’s French preppy style. but we wanted to create something unique, so we worked on some playful details such as oversized pockets or 3d pockets. 

Our main direction was to have styles that could work both for a casual weekend or at work, and add a slight touch of fun.

theW+: Of all the brands you carry at kapok, what are your most favorite labels ever?

AC: So many! Without being too PC, I must say that i really like all labels in the store. if i don’t like something, it wouldn’t end up at kapok, it’s simple. 

Personally, I love our legacy casual style, the cool simplicity of Margaret Howell, Kitsune preppiness with a french twist. Common Projects make the best looking sneakers season after season. Astier de Villatte ceramics and candles are just so beautiful. And I am a bit obsessed with Mismo bags … i could continue for hours, but don’t want to bore you and your readers

theW+: Where can you see kapok going in the next 3-5 years? Will there be a record label in the future? (kapok has always stocked an amazing collection of music since the shop’s inception.)

AC: I have so many ideas i think i could plan 10 years of kapok :) I would love to do an outdoor store, also exploring a café, do a secret store full of unique pieces… again, the list is long.

We now have quite a few fans in Taiwan, Singapore, and Japan so I am considering opening stores in these countries if i can. I think nothing beats opening our own retail stores to really communicate the kapok mood… of course, we also want to improve our webshop for those who cannot visit us often.

Anyway, i am sure the future of kapok will also be defined by luck, and by meeting new people along the way, let’s see!

introducing kapok first shirt collection - crafted in hong kong from kapok on Vimeo.

WEAR kapok First Collection . kapok shops, Sun Street and St. Francis Yard, Admiralty Hong Kong . kapokTOOLS, Harbour City . kapokTOOLS, K11
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#JJStyle: Hackett London in Hong Kong

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The other day I was hurrying to get to a meeting in Causeway Bay, when I a passed by this interesting window for the relatively newly established Hackett London flagship store across the street from Lee Gardens One. Against an unfortunately minimal ounce of hesitation on my end, and owing to the fact that walking into Hackett London’s Hong Kong store for the first time would most likely give me informative content for this style blog… I gingerly ventured in like some soldier of duty for all you readers.

I walked out with this jumper almost an hour later.

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Thank you very much… 30% Off End of Season Sale. The choice was between that above, and this below.

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A brand of the 80’s, Hackett is essentially a modern menswear lifestyle label focused on a style that is essentially and classically 100% English, yet with a contemporary twist.

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The Hackett Shop in Hong Kong, big by any standards for this city with menswear and kids clothing in stock, is apparently a mere fraction of its globally iconic, Sloane Street flagship with lifestyle offerings way beyond what we have here.

Offerings in the UK include a spectacle range, grooming products, and barbers.

That said, men who visit the store in Hong Kong can enjoy personal and bespoke tailoring, and a bit of a drink in the bar.

I snooped on the Tailor at work.

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As well as enjoyed laying out some key pieces on the adjacent fitting table.

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Here are some key #JJStyle looks that the staff helped me put together. This one is me channeling classic Dr. Who.

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And perhaps… my favorite look of the two, Dr. Who now.

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The Hackett Hong Kong shop is split up among two levels, with different rooms catering to different looks. Some rooms are geared to formal looks, while others are geared to more casual sporty looks, and there’s a room for that safari travel look. There’s even a room for kids. 

This room below is an homage to the English member’s only dining clubs.

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Complete with British-centric books to peruse.

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There’s also plenty of accessories of which to choose from. 

Pocket Squares…

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And ties of a full range.

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Made In England.

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It sure is!

Hackett’s founders, Jeremy Hackett and Ashley Lloyd-Jennings’, portraits adorn the shop’s staircase walls.

I love this decor.

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It’s good to have a bit of variety for menswear in this town don’t you think?

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Here are some key looks for Spring-Summer 2014 via the label’s creative director, Michael Sondag (previously Tommy Hilfiger.) This season’s styles are inspired by the candid photographs of Terry O’Neill, the work of David Hockney (a recurring theme within most labels this season), and the things and objects one can find in the artist’s atelier.

Quite quirky and modern isn’t it?

WEAR Hackett London . GF, Eton Tower, 8 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong . +852-31010008

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#JJStyle: Outlook for Ralph Lauren S/S 2014, Mix and Match

I’m a big Ralph Lauren fan. Even though they’re very commercially oriented, they do menswear correct most of the time. For their Spring-Summer 2014 it seems like they’re pulling concepts from everywhere for Polo, Purple, and Black label. That’s fine… I guess. I can see purchasing one or two good items from each collection and making my own cohesive #JJStyle look because obviously from the looks of it, their own style set up is all over the place. There’s a bit “Wolf of Wall Street”, there’s a bit Safari, a bit hippy frat boy, a bit Let’s-climb-the-grand-canyons. Hope they can work towards a more focused collection for the next seasons.

Meanwhile, it’s certainly better than the Mod 60’s Black and White womenswear offering for the same season. Say what?

WEAR Ralph Lauren via Harrod’s

JJ.