Friday, 23 June 2017

Horn Combs - Where to find them in South East Asia


Horn products like shoe horns, combs and brushes are deemed as a luxury these days. About thirty or so years ago, these sort of items were readily available and affordable. These days if you wanted one here in Malaysia you would not find it readily available. Somehow, the Malaysian tradesmen has stopped bringing in this sort of items to our shores. You can find them online or you can head over to Trufittt & Hill over at Bangsar Shopping Centre or Suria KLCC to find some truly gorgeous shoe horns, combs and brushes made out of horn but the problem it that the smallest moustache comb (yes, they sell one of those) costs over a hundred Ringgit.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

A Visit to Dominique Saint Paul - Patina Perfection from Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is a place where hand made goods flourish, especially when it comes to leather goods. More specifically shoes. I have never been to a city in South East Asia where there are so many locally made, artisan level shoes in one place. I have reviewed a pair of shoes from Fugashin Saigon earlier which I bought when I was there and right now I'd like to share with you another Made in Vietnam brand which I believe deserves more recognition. Dominique Saint Paul - Saigon.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Accessories - Heirloom monogrammed Cufflinks & Tie Clip

These are unmarked or unknown make stainless steel monogrammed Cufflinks and Tie Clip that once belonged to my father. He was in some ways the person who influenced and taught me about menswear and proper attire. He was the one who brought me to the tailor to get my clothes made. Those days, tailoring wasn't as pricey as they were today. So even as a kid I had the opportunity to wear tailored shirts and trousers back in Taiping, Perak.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Travel Attire - What to wear when you have to travel by air

In the age where security is tough at airports one should be prepared. I cannot understand the fact that some people who fly frequently yet seem to forget that the security checks before you get to board a plane is pretty thorough these days. Especially on international flights. You have to remove anything and everything metallic and not attached to you - watches, jewellery, wallet, purses, keys, bags etc. All of these items would have to go through a x-ray scanner and you would have to then pass through a metal detector and may be patted down too.

So you should make things easy for yourself and to others.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Happenings: GALERI PETRONAS' first exhibition for 2017 - Manah: A Living Legacy - on till 16th April 2017

GALERI PETRONAS recently launched its first exhibition for 2017 titled Manah: A Living Legacy which is on from now till the 16th of April 2017. This exhibition features the artistic and creative expressions of Malaysia’s indigenous communities and their strong connection to the rainforest.

Monday, 6 February 2017

P. Johnson Tailors - Kuala Lumpur Trunk Show 25th-26th February 2017

P.Johnson kicks off their 2017 trunk show season with the return of P. Johnson Tailors from the 25th to the 26th of February, 2017. As usual, it would be over at WJ & Co. in Bangsar Shopping Centre.

Mario Minardi and their Hand Painted range - My observations

The shoes you see here are made by Indonesian shoe manufacturer Mario Minardi. They have been making shoes since 1982 and I remember seeing their shoes at departmental stores in Kuala Lumpur since the early 2000s. They've come a long way actually. Back then the shoes offered here were mainly blake stitched and cemented (glued) but the lasts (or shape) of the shoes were nicely slim and elongated. Some were a bit fashion forward but I saw the company had some potential.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The colours around us - Black does not really exist in natural surroundings

A lot of us choose to wear black trousers for all occasion regardless of the time of day. But take this photo of Yours Truly, taken at a Malay wedding reception in Bangsar recently. Note the surrounding colours - the building in the background, its doors, the grass ( not really seen in the pictures) and other bits.


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