This special piece belongs to our master tailor and governor. Made from a wool silk blend, this jacket features a velvet contrast lapel, cuffs and a piped silk braid. It is a piece that has had thought put into every square inch. A massive crane stretches around the body from the back, embroidered by our in-house master embroiderer. The velvet contrasts are flecked with embroidered silver tacks, and the lining is done in a bright red. Despite being tailored to Savile Row standards, the aesthetic choices have a deliberate Chinese flair –– red for fortune and joy, black for neutrality and honour, the crane a motif for immortality and good luck.
As a boy, our master tailor was one of only four children of Asian heritage in his elementary school. In those days, Trinidad and Tobago’s East Asian population made up merely 0.5% of the population. Today, it has dropped to only 0.3%. With a population made up mostly by people of African, Indian and mixed descent, our master tailor had plenty of opportunities to mingle with all cultures that made up his island home. However, he took up his family heritage through a deep appreciation for East Asian art.
Today, traces of his fascination with East Asian art surface in our work and our atelier. Mixed in amongst modern contemporary art pieces are antique Chinese high-backed chairs and vases decorated with Chinese calligraphy. One of our house's many doors features a dragon and a crane made from long, sweeping brushstrokes of paint. An authentic Chinese sword hangs next to conceptual glasswork, two busts of horses in black and white bear Korean sangtu topknots, alongside an abstract wooden harp. The influence of East Asian art is never far at hand at our bespoke house.