It’s the combination of sharp tailoring with quirky and vibrant prints that Agi and Sam use to create the kind of dapper eclecticism which seems most at home in London. There is absolutely no doubt that Agi and Sam is a label for the modern day gentleman with a funky personality.

An SS14 look from Agi and Sam.

An SS14 look from Agi and Sam.

Their complementary backgrounds, Agi studied fashion design, while Sam illustration, helped them to establish a bond from the moment they met in the Alexander McQueen studio. Three shows later and they were already nominated for the British Fashion Awards further holding the attention of the British Fashion Industry. Four seasons later and they are well on their way to becoming a British Institution.

Although the London fashion industry have their ears pricked, it’s thanks to their consumer awareness that has helped Agi and Sam to gain the attention of the mainstream.

Their collection “The Owls” released for Topman earlier this year, managed to successfully bring their sense of humour to the masses. While still being true to their tailoring roots, the collection has a strong focus on sportswear.

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“The Owls”-by Agi and Sam, a collection for Top Man.

This consumer awareness is also present in the casting of their AW13 as well as their recent SS14 show. While watching the varied men and boys walking down the catwalk, each outfit became more than just a trend; Agi and Sam developed characters, demonstrating the ability to suit anyone with the right attitude and the sense of humour. Robert Johnson, associate editor of GQ points out, “They’re good at making clothes that people want to wear, as well as knowing what makes a good picture, which is the ultimate catwalk success.”

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One of the simpler outfits of the SS14 collection is this turquoise Blazer. Simple yet statement with a slender forgiving cut.

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Another great outfit from SS14 is their dark printed suit. It remains subtle because of the monochromatic pallet but the detail of the print makes an exciting and unique change to an otherwise classic look.

Agi and Sam dark printed suit.

Agi and Sam dark printed suit.

Agi and Sam are currently stocked in Liberty, Harvey Nichols, Mr Porter, Machine-A and Topman within the UK but are also available internationally in Nightvision Singapore, D-Mop in Hong Kong, The Foundary in Los Angelas and Amna in Saudi.

Posted by Emma Pulbrook.

 

For a break from a 38th parallel Northern hemisphere December, Singapore is a great destination. Well, once I got there anyway. For you intrepid executives out there, I did DCA-JFK-HND-SIN, 23 hours out and SIN-NRT-JFK-DCA, 31 hours(extended layover at Narita) on the return flight. Got rained on a bit while there as well, but the weather was mostly great compared to what I left in DC.

I chose the Grand Hyatt on Scotts Road because I wanted to be near the main shopping district on Orchard Road. After an afternoon and night of sleep to recalibrate, the next day I got out and walked around Orchard Road. The street was bustling and everyone was out, all social and economic strata. I popped in a few of the malls on the street, and saw all of the usual suspects…venerable global brands that you would find in NYC or London. I know that I overlooked them or didn’t know where to look, but I didn’t see much in the way of mens boutiques that was unique or remarkable. (I later had drinks with my B-school buddy Laurent, a fellow BDMOTP who now lives there, and he mentioned a couple nice boutiques but I didn’t get to check them out this trip…next time)

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Although not in the Orchard Road district, I heard about a custom shoe boutique, ed et al, and wanted to make certain that I visited before leaving Singapore. I took a 15 minute taxi ride out and found it on the side of what seems to be a small apparel mart called The Mill.

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I took a look around the shop then spent a little time with the owner of the boutique, Edwin Neo. He gave me the basics on the different product lines and the particulars of their custom made(from S$800) and bespoke(from S$1500 + one time S$1000 last) shoe processes.

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Bespoke is a pretty straightforward process, but you need to be in the city for a few days to come back for multiple fitting. This was a problem for me, as I was flying the next day with no plans to return.

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Not to worry, there are many wonderful off the rack shoes to choose from for a realtime purchase. To make sure I saw as much of the line as possible, everything is not on display in the boutique, a salesperson brought me a catalog and offered a drink. Several styles caught my eye as I sipped a bottle of water, but a taupe lace up boot really stood out. I tried them, they looked great, are well made, and are a reasonable price(S$350.) so I bought them.

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I thanked Edwin for a wonderful experience and promised to see him for a bespoke appointment on my next visit to beautiful Singapore.
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The next time you are in Singapore, visit with Edwin at ed et al, and make sure you tell him that Alton from BDMOTP suggested you stop by.
ed et al @ The Mill
5B, Jalan Kilang
Singapore 159405
HP: (+65) 8383 2685
Skype: edetal
edwin@edetal.sg
Tips
1. The shop is on a small side street, so make sure to plot the location on a map to hand to your driver beforehand.
2. Ask to see their catalogs, as everything that is available is not on display in the store.
3. Remember, if you want a bespoke, make certain you can arrange multiple fittings.

While at The Mill, I stumbled upon a custom tailor, Kevin Seah Bespoke, in the building and popped in to take a look at their offerings. They did very nice work, had some nice linen pieces on display, but a bit pricey for a whim purchase. However, it is certainly a place I’ll plan a proper visit to on my next trip to Singapore and will also check out on Facebook.

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Finally, after grabbing a bite (in some mall, I don’t recall the name), I came across a wonderful Asian textile company by the name of Sahib. They had some of the nicest shirts I have seen in the most beautiful fabrics. I was rushing so I did’t buy anything, but will certainly plan a visit again. These shirts could be the focal point of any ensemble. They also had a host of other interesting items, including storage trunks, and some womenswear as well.

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Plan to visit these boutiques when in Singapore. It is worth your time.

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