RKZ x SARAN KOHLI
"A man should dress in a way that you don't notice. He looks good and you don't know why. But it's the tailoring, the material and the clothes."
Being a quintessential East London creative stereotype (and proud), an overwhelmingly large percentage of my wardrobe is either black or grey, and generally tailored to an inch of its life. Whether it's street style or sartorial, the idea of a perfect fit is something I've grown obsessed with. However, my Indian wardrobe is awash with colour and flair, and there's rarely a reason beyond weddings to ever embrace it. Inspired by conversations with designer Saran Kohli, as well as Sabyasachi's Instagram feed, I wanted to create a collection of suiting that followed the silhouettes of Savile Row and fused Indian colours, fabrics, textures.
I very much believe no man can look bad in a well-tailored Indian suit and I, for one, feel like an absolute baller whenever I wear one. See exhibit A:
Working with Saran Kohli, we designed a couple of suits (see below) which bring the best of both worlds together. Both suits are as yet unreleased, but do get in touch for bespoke work. Separates begin from £300.
This first suit, we debuted at LFWM in the summer of 2017. Using raw Indian silk as the fabric for the suit, we tailored the fit and used military buttons inspired by British India to finish with a high waist, pleated trouser. The waistcoat used a French Linen and floral motif.
Blazer and Trousers: Indian Silk
Waistcoat: French Linen
Tie: Christian Dior
Pocket Square: Alexander McQueen
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Photography by @simonlesleyphoto and @mihir_jhaveri.
Feature: Esquire's Best Dressed at LFWM.
For the second suit, we decided to go for a softer finish inspired by Japanese tailoring: a single-button double breast blazer sans lapels, up-turn cuffs on sleeves and trouser; finished with a wide leg. We went for casual tailoring but it ended up being rather bold in cut and design, so it works best when dressed down (a simple turtleneck, in this case). All of these images were taken during LFWM in January 2018.
Newsboy: Tom Smarte, 1786 Collection
Blazer and Trousers: Japanese Cotton
Rollneck and Overcoat: Topman
Shoes: adidas Stan Smith