Friday, February 11, 2011

Ascot Chang F/W 2011

Amidst the clutter of New York Fashion Week shit I couldn't care less about there are a few menswear gems worth talking about.  Ascot Chang is one of those gems.  Known primarily as one of the finest tailors in all of Asia, Ascot Chang has been running their bespoke business since 1953 and proving that "Made in China", or "Made in Hong Kong" in this case, is not the stigma everyone preaches.  The purpose of their F/W 2011 presentation was to showcase some of the new shirting and suiting they designed for the upcoming season.  Styled by Michael Macko, who you might know as Valet's Editor at Large, F/W 2011 has two "stories" - an officer and a gentleman.  I'd personally categorize it as Italian-esque alpine sportswear, if that makes any sense.  Anyhow, the shirting fabric is primarily from Thomas Mason and the suiting was primarily Loro Piana.  There were many highlights as you can see below, but for my money the cargo trousers and subtle camouflage pattern shirt were the best of the bunch.  This won't be the last time you read about Ascot Chang on Sart Inc as I was lucky enough to get fitted for a custom shirt, which I plan on reviewing, naturally, when it is complete.  A big thanks goes out to Michael Macko, Justin Chang and Thomas Yu for being such gracious hosts and doing exciting stuff during a week when I'm generally a negative nancy.


-L.A.S

28 comments:

  1. Made in China swag, in the best way possible. Thanks for putting Ascot Chang RTW on my radar.

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  2. You know, you could just write "shirts" and "suits" instead of "shirting" and "suiting" and you wouldn't come off quite so desperate.

    Also, Valet sucks.

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  3. "You know, you could just write "shirts" and "suits" instead of "shirting" and "suiting" and you wouldn't come off quite so desperate."

    GREAT FUCKING IDEA.

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  4. And what the fuck are colorways? Are they just colors?

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  5. In the context of describing fabrics, "shirting" and "suiting" are correct. Thomas Mason and Loro Piana were the sources of the fabrics, not the shirts and suits, which were made by Ascot Chang.

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  6. What kind of shirt did you get made LAS? I always wonder when I go to a tailor whether to stick to the basics or get creative. Your 2 cents appreciated.

    Z. Bobroff

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  7. Premiership footballer chic.

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  8. Hong Kong pride!
    Does anyone remember the name of the Chinese tailor that Warren Buffet and some others like?

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  9. Yeah, cause Warren Buffet is such a snappy dresser.

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  10. This line sucks almost as bad as that podcast you unleashed on everyone

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  11. Wow. Lots of haters on these comments...

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  12. The hater come out when the blogger

    a) Gets full of themselves
    b) Crosses the line from opinion to shill... like I'm guessing the new shirt will be free

    It's a common issues in the age of the interwebs. Keep it real LAS...

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  13. Or the haters come out because they're jelly of what LAS does and is interested in, oh, and because they're trolls that don't have money to spend on Ascot swag.

    Back to the topic at hand... I've never liked same shirt/tie patterning until I glimpsed that three piece get up above, the tie solely defined by it's shadows and their contrast, making the tie knot and slight puff stand out in a brilliant way. And while three piece corduroy suits have been done ad nauseum, it's not overly fashion-y, just clean and well done. I can appreciate that. I think it marks a return to the solid foundations of menswear instead of using trendy eye catching gimmicks whose luster quickly fades after a season or so. While I know you're bummed Bastian lost, I'd say Chang has definitely proven himself here and shouldn't be slept on as a top notch designer.

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  14. Yo Lawrence, it's Monday. You know, the day when you get your ass off the couch, put down the Cheez-its and start extrapolating bullshit from the interweb. Get on it.

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  15. I think you may be getting your Changs mixed up with the Premiershit boys.

    That said they have forever sullied matching shirt and tie shades. .

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  16. Corduroy 3 piece suit is legit. Can't get into the refined cargo trouser.

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  17. Yo Lawrence, it's Tuesday and still no updates. What gives? I liked you a lot more when you were shlepping coffee for the folks at Wake Forest University. You were real then. In the past two months you've seemed cold, distant and withdrawn from the blogging game. It's like you went from Drizzy to Ditty Dirty Money; someone lovable to someone loath-able.

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  18. LAS gots steez disease. To crispy to post.

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  19. @potstein

    you guys are giving me lols this morning

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  20. Lawrence, I know you've been going around the country tryin' to hook up with McNairy and/or Wooster but c'mon! All this lovey dovey stuff has taken a toll on your productivity. Consider this a warning; if you don't get your act together I'm going to have to show you the door.

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  21. Maybe you guys should start your own blogs. It's gotta be more fulfilling than waiting around for LAS to post again so you can all see who comes up with the dumbest comment.

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  22. @FYC Seconded, let's see what they come up with.

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  23. HE'S ABANDONED HIS BOY BLOG!!!

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  24. Hi everyone. Just so you know, Lawrence isn't posting because he's been diagnosed with AIDS

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  25. MAXIMUM LOLCATS

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  26. I've used enough tailors to come full circle & now am in the process of replacing all my bespoke shirts with AC.

    I value consistency & choice which AC delivers.

    Sure some say that they could get some fancy branded shirt for less at retail or on sale - but I don't want brands.. I want a shirt that fits me.

    F%^&^ InterWeb haters..

    Good stuff!

    Guido

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