Vanda Fine Clothing: Don’t Forget the Details

Some might say that guys get the short end of the style stick because of the limited amount of accessory options. Aside from footwear and belts, there are watches, the occasional bracelet, neck and bow ties, pocket squares and not much else. This may be a problem for gentlemen who have a penchant for peacocking, but for the understated male, it’s probably a relief.

Given the meager options in accoutrements, men can buy fewer pieces of the best quality options and use them time and again. This saves the hassle of constant and unnecessary purchasing. When it comes to neckties and pocket squares, Gerald and Diana of Vanda Fine Clothing know a thing or two about quality, as they source their fabrics from the best suppliers across Japan, the UK and Italy.

Handmade in Singapore, Vanda Fine Clothing products are crafted with a combination of traditional techniques and carefully selected materials. Wanting to create pieces that will last the test of time without the insane price tag was the impetus for starting the brand and almost two years later, the business has steadily picked up the pace.

However, it’s not just about picking up the first necktie or pocket square you see. Gerald shares, “Neckties and pocket squares are for complementing a look and they shouldn’t take over your entire ensemble. You wouldn’t want to be remembered as the paisley tie guy or the pink pocket square guy. Which is why when you buy either of the two, you want it to be as unobtrusive as possible — particularly when you’re a first time wearer. Once you’ve gotten used to them, that’s the time when you explore other colours, prints and materials.”

Diana adds, “When folding a pocket square, simply fold it neatly and have the edges peek out discreetly. It doesn’t have to be a big, elaborate pouf, which is commonly seen in some fashion magazines. You want it to look as if you didn’t try too hard.”

So if you’re starting to embrace the concept of smarter dressing, take into consideration the accessorizing tips shared by Gerald and Diana. At the end of the day, while accessory options are still limited, never underestimate the details. The best quality pieces that you can get your hands on have the power to pull your look together. (And don’t try too hard.)

Vanda Fine Clothing
Blk 1014, Geylang East Avenue 3
02-218, Singapore
+65 6842 2124

Mark McNairy S/S 2014

Mark McNairy has more than just awesome footwear up his sleeve. His upcoming Spring/Summer 2014 collection features suits, trousers and jackets with an explosion of prints — from florals and polka dots to camo and gingham. Wear them all together for the ultimate fashion statement or one piece at a time for a jolt of attitude to an otherwise understated getup.

PasarBella Sunday

PasarBella (Pasar means ‘market’ in Malay, while Bella means ‘beautiful’ in Italian), located at The Grandstand on Turf Club Road, is the latest gastronomical hotspot in Singapore that everyone is visiting and talking about. Calling to mind Australian or European weekend markets, PasarBella is packed with food stalls that sell everything from paella and homemade pies to grilled meats and fresh seafood. Coffee, craft beers and wines are also plentiful, as well as fresh cut flowers, organic produce and more.

There’s over 30,000 square feet of market space, so go crazy over a dizzying assortment of desserts like piping hot pastries and refreshing fruit popsicles; fresh seafood, such as oysters and lobsters; and Australian wines and Belgian beers. Looking for something more filling? Opt for tasty ribs, chorizo sausage sandwiches or freshly cooked pastas.

The java from Dutch Colony Coffee Co. will wake you right up.

Guilt-free popsicles from Popaganda. Choose from flavours like lemon olive oil, mango coconut, ginger butternut squash, strawberry-orange-banana, avocado cacao nibs and more.

Order a glass or two (or a whole bottle) at Merchants Wine Cellar & Store. We settled for some riesling, rose and shiraz this afternoon.

You never know when you’ll need pink peppercorns or vanilla pods from Madagascar. Thank goodness Five & Spice Kitchen has ‘em.

The Grandstand Bukit Timah Singapore
200 Turf Club Road, Singapore 
Monday – Sunday
am – 7:30pm

Maison Kitsuné NYC’s First Anniversary

Maison Kitsuné celebrated its first anniversary in New York this month and what a party it was! Kitsuné DJs Kent Odessa and NSR were on the decks spinning everyone’s favourite indie pop and dance music, while partygoers, editors and influencers sipped on Pernod Absinthe cocktails.

To commemorate the occasion, Maison Kitsuné co-founders Masaya Kuroki and Gildas Loaëc designed an exclusive capsule collection with limited edition items like a fox ear-illustrated “Kitsuné loves New York” sweater, a Kitsuné America 2-emblazoned tote bag and T-shirt, as well as a fun iPhone case.

Details’ Eugene Tong, WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie’s Byron Peart, T Magazine’s Bruce Pask and Details’ Justin Berkowitz

Daft Punk & Saint Laurent Paris: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Whether you’re a fan of Hedi Slimane’s work or not, you’ll have to agree with me on one thing: He’s a game changer. The man was responsible for introducing a whole new zeitgeist in menswear during his reign at Dior Homme from 2001 to 2007, where the suits were skinny and the attitude was elegantly tough. And when Kaiser Karl loses a significant amount of weight to fit into one of your highly sought-after suits, you’ve probably done something right.

Now that Slimane is weaving his magic at Saint Laurent Paris, he has brought musicians front and centre with the Saint Laurent Music Project, tapping on the likes of Courtney Love, Marilyn Manson and Kim Gordon to be the faces of the French brand. Now, he introduces the elusive electro duo, Daft Punk, as the stars of the current campaign. From their glow-in-the-dark spacesuits, Daft Punk now don black, glittery smoking jackets designed by Slimane himself, exuding elegance and a whole lot of cool. See for yourself.


Extra Virgin Pizza at United Square

I shouldn’t be complaining because Singapore has one of the most vibrant dining scenes in the world. But as an ardent pizza fanatic, I can’t help but lament the sad state of the pizza scene here. There are a lot of pizza chains around – both local and from the US – but neither of them hit the spot. They either taste like cardboard, are a little too greasy or are topped with the weirdest combination of ingredients you can imagine (Crabstick? Gross.).

However, Extra Virgin Pizza (EVP) has come to the rescue. I was recently invited to the media preview of the new United Square outlet at Novena and I can finally say I’ve found my happy pizza place.

EVP prides itself in the ingredients that they use – quality flour, tomatoes, cheeses and toppings. The pizzas are baked in brick ovens, giving them a unique shape, an irresistible charred crust and discernible freshness. Now, let me show you how to have one hell of a meal at EVP.

1. Perk your palate with mouthwatering starters. Here are my favourites:

The Cauliflower Romesco will make you swoon. It’s slathered with a piquant almond capsicum sauce and held together by gooey fontina cheese.

I couldn’t get enough of the Oven-fired Clams. Sweet, juicy, garlicky and rich. Tear off some of the garlic bread and mop up the white wine sauce.

2. Order a Peroni beer. Because nothing goes better with pizza than a Peroni.

3. Pizza time! Make sure you order the following:

The Spotted Pig is a definite crowd pleaser. A triple threat of spicy pepperoni, pork sausage and applewood smoked bacon. Garnish with a pinch of chili flakes and enjoy!

The Pistachio Pesto pizza has a pistachio pesto base, which is milder than your traditional pesto, topped with baby arugula and drizzled with a refreshing lemon vinaigrette that ties everything together. Who said vegetarian food had to be boring?

4. I don’t care if you’re full. There’s always room for dessert.

Dip your spoon in the tiramisu’s languid mixture of mascarpone, ladyfingers and espresso liqueur. As for the Nutella panna cotta, each bite will have you rolling your eyes in delight.

Extra Virgin Pizza
101 Thomson Road #01-14
United Square Shopping Mall
Singapore 307591
Sun-Thu: 11AM-10PM
Fri-Sat: 11AM-11PM