RKZ x SARAN KOHLI
The aim was simple: to create a collection of suits that bridged the gap between East and West. Embracing the prints and fabrics of India, with tailoring inspired by Savile Row.
Being an absolute creative stereotype (and rather proud of it), my wardrobe was pretty much black and grey, with focus on cut and tailoring. Whether it's street style or sartorial, the idea of a perfect fit is something I've grown obsessed over. However, my Indian wardrobe was the polar opposite by way of colour and style. I wanted to bring it all together.
I very much believe no man can look bad in a well-tailored Indian suit, and I feel like an absolute baller whenever I wear one. Exhibit A:
Working with prominent menswear designer Saran Kohli, we designed a couple suits (see below) using Asian fabrics, textiles and prints, coupled with traditional Western tailoring and a little Savile Row flair. Both suits are as yet unreleased, but do get in touch for bespoke work.
This first suit, we debuted at LFWM in the summer of 2017. Using raw Indian silk as the fabric for the suit, we tailored the fit and used military buttons inspired by British India to finish with a ankle-crop trouser. The waistcoat used a French Linen and floral motif.
Blazer and Trousers: Indian Silk
Waistcoat: French Linen
Tie: Christian Dior
Pocket Square: Alexander McQueen
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Photography by @simonlesleyphoto and @mihir_jhaveri.
Feature: Esquire's Best Dressed at LFWM.
For the second suit, we decided to go for an unstructured fit inspired by Japanese tailoring, a single-button double breast blazer sans lapels, up-turn cuffs throughout; finished with high-waisted trousers with a wide leg. We went for casual tailoring but quite it ended up being rather bold in cut and design, so it works best when dressed down. All of these images were taken during LFWM in January 2018.
Newsboy: Tom Smarte, 1786 Collection
Blazer and Trousers: Japanese Cotton
Rollneck and Overcoat: Topman
Shoes: adidas Stan Smith