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I recently completed a short interview with Hong Kong’s Milk magazine, outlining my five picks/must need items for the upcoming FW10 season. All in my humble opinion, of course; for me, it’s all about the grey area between function and form this upcoming season.
1. Technical Jacket - Something technical but well fitted to the body form, so when you begin to layer, you don’t lose your body shape. The jacket needs to provide functional features, but at the same time be able to be easily mixed in with a more styled outlook, depending how experimental you want to be. The faux-mountaineering look is quickly coming to a close, but I believe the layered synthetic technical jacket has survived this trend and transcended into more progressive looks. Every winter season I always make sure I search for, and spend good money on a good jacket. It’s a bit of an addiction. This crossover of function and form is where brands like Acronym, Arc’ Veilance/LEAF, Patagonia Mars, and White Mountaineering excel.
2. Pants - I just really like the look of technical pants right now, and these Arc’teryx field pants are quickly becoming my favourite pair for the season. At first glance they look like a relatively simple trouser design, but if you look closer, you can see immediately from the way it’s cut that it’s a little different; it has special panels for comfort and movement, and strategically placed pockets & zips for easy access and a unique look. They are constructed from a synthetic fabric so are windproof & rainproof, breathable in hot weather and insulating in cold weather. The considered design aspect of it is very appealing to me.
3. Shirt - You can’t ever have enough well made shirts. A lot of people don’t seem to place much importance in the way a shirt fits and end up with ill fitting shirts, favouring the design more than the actual piece. The cut and the fabric composition is extremely important to the way the shirt fits someone, and I’d like more people to pay attention to this, because not all shirts are the same. A keen eye can tell a good fitting shirt from an ill fitting one from a long way away. It’s a marque. The well tailored classic Oxford is a timeless look, and every man needs one (or a dozen).
4. Undershirt - A nice waffle or maybe fine cotton under shirt or long sleeve. A nice undergarment or long sleeve piece is important especially if you want to experiment with a bit of layering, and along with the style it is also helps regulate your body temperature throughout the volatile temperatures & seasons we’re experiencing across the globe. I personally prefer and use fine merino wool or a waffle cotton under-shirt, but it’s important you find what you feel comfortable with.
5. Knit top - I personally love Cashmere or merino wool knit tops. It’s great for layering, and the feeling of the cashmere is incredible, and so versatile - on warmer days it’s not that hot, but on cold days the natural fibers keep the cold out.
Please do pick up a copy if you can.
Thank you Eric + Stephen @ Milk, TK, and also Brian Chen for the magazine scan.