November 14, 2012
Moustache is a menswear shop in the captivatingly creative area of Sheung Wan in Hong Kong. Partners Alex Daye and Ellis Kreuger opened up shop in 2009 with the vision of building a brand of bespoke tailoring, ready-to-wear, accessories, and other things, all to create a complete wardrobe for a modern man in the tropics. I had the pleasure of meeting the darling duo on several appointments at their shop on Aberdeen, as well as at the party they throw regularly at Salon No. 10 in Central, so delightfully soigné. Their take on dandyism, though in many ways very different from mine, is fresh and honest, and original. It’s like they took their references not from the same old books and magazines every other bow tie merchant gets his inspiration from, but from way deep in their own convoluted minds. I tip my hat off to people with such dedication to their craft and dignity in their design.
Moustache Hong Kong. The numbering on Aberdeen Street is confusing; you’ll probably miss this sign, as I did, having already visited the shop a little over a year ago.
A handful of jackets were on display, for purchase, or for order as a made-to-measure piece. I thought this dark red one with an unexpected lime and white lining was suprisingly handsome as a suit.
candy lining and a fur pouf bouttoniere
ruggedly textured blue velvet and touches of paisley
What looks to be a tweedy red plaid jacket is actually made out of linen, half-lined for utmost practicality in the tropics.
This took my breath away when I saw it: the “lounge lizard” jacket, cut sharply out of deadstock vintage jacquard fabric in shades of sapphire, emerald, and muddled amethyst, interwoven with metallic threads, was their antidote to Hong Kong’s formulaic black-tie.
the Moustache Hong Kong “lounge lizard” jacket up close
Alex and the technicolor patchwork silk dressing gown
trying on the amazing dressing gown at a fitting
piped pajamas by Moustache Hong Kong
the Moustache guide to Hong Kong
magazines Fantastic Man and Ha Wan Pao
Alex Daye of Moustache Hong Kong
My warmest thank-yous to my new Hong Kong friends Alex and Ellis. Check out the Moustache blog here.