Where do you go to get your wow outfits? The answer to that tells me a lot about you. But now… where do you go to get your staple clothes? That tells me even more. In your closet, it isn’t the dramatic outfits on their luxury form-fitting hangers that reveal your character as much as the rest of the stuff, hanging on wire hangers and folded up in your drawers.
And so it is that while I love the sudden thrill of finding a shop with something new and wild, I’m just as impressed when I can walk around the shop and gradually come to the conviction that, yeah, they sell just about everything and I could pretty much wear any of it quite happily.
Such a shop is Kerem Lunt’s King for Men.
Take for instance my first combination. The brown Canvas Trousers (L$145 in brown, light brown or black) have a nice earthy glow to them. They attract the eye, but are willing to yield attention back to the top, the red Argyle Sweater (L$135 in light brown, white, red, grey, green or brown; the white comes with a black shirt peeking through underneath, all the others have a white one). See what I mean, though? Wear an outfit like this and no one is going to gasp. But those with an eye, those with discernment, the ones you want to notice… they’ll notice.
You’ve got to have suits, right? Well, Kerem’s got some that will do just fine. Three buttons, single-breasted and somehow, powdery-soft to the hand. One pair of trousers and two jackets: one open and one closed. Lovely. No prim attachments, no skirt-layer jacket bottoms, but some smooth styling and shadows. Suits come in solid colours (L$189 in the light grey and green I’m wearing plus dark gray, brown, dark blue and ‘pinkish’) or striped versions (black-striped and white-striped for L$225).
You can wear any shirt and tie with these suits, but of course, King for Men have shirts and ties to go with the suits. Again, the shirts are in two styles, one button open and two buttons open, and short- and long-sleeves, and they come as shirt layer and as undershirt layer. You buy one shirt, you get a total of 8 garments! Note, however, these are for high waist trousers only — no underpants layer shirt bottoms are available. (I’m wearing white and light blue, but there are also black, grey, red, green, dark blue, purple and brown, at L$125.) The ties also come in numbers — one up close to your neck, so that no one will know about that one open button, one loosened to wear under the collar the open shirt and another (not pictured) loosened and not tucked under a collar. (Available in a whole bunch of colours and a few stripes and dots at L$75 each.)
King can go casual, too. Look at this! I don’t know what possessed Kerem to put those tribal designs on the legs of his cargos but I’m sure glad he did. There’s great shading, studded pockets and… well… look at those designs. Cargos cost L$145 each and are available in blue, brown, green (it’s a dark green), light brown (almost grey), black and that white. The design is only this ‘in your face’ on the white pair. I’ll show you the dark green ones in a minute.
The top is a thermal-like pull-over called Groovy. It’s got nice subtle folds and an interesting texture. Groovy comes with short- and long-sleeve versions and each of those is available on the jacket layer or shirt+underpants. It’s available in grey, red, light brown, green, purple, blue as well as white. It costs L$115. It’s typical of a quite a few other tops That I’m not going to have time to show you.
But hey, look at these! These tops are called Aviators. I’ve got several shirts I wanted to wear under them, but I thought you’d be able see them more clearly without a shirt. They look pretty good that way too. There’s a prim collar and some prim bottoms at the bottom. I love those snap tabs and the zipped pockets. I’m showing you dark blue and white; it also comes in black, brown and green at L$325 each.
With them, I’m wearing some great jeans. These have low waists come in the folder with and without belt and those great light crease lines. I’m wearing the grey and the blue, you can also get them in ‘dark,’ green, bronze and light blue. They’re only L$125 each. I know, I know, the world is full of great jeans. These are among them.
Lastly, a bit of fun. This L$135 t-shirt comes in this black or white, yellow, blue, green or pink, on jacket layer or shirt+underpants. It’s called “Proper” and the lettering reads: “No Copy, No Modify” but I think it’s talking about the wearer rather than about itself, because the shirt, like all of these King garments is actually “no modify, no transfer” (those of you who need modify-ok trousers, beware). With “Proper,” I’m wearing the dark green cargos. See what I meant about the “tribal design”? It’s there, but it’s subtle.
Are you exhausted? I am. And I haven’t shown you everything. Not by a long shot. And that’s just the clothes, there’s also jewelry and skins and watches and eyes and shoes and… you get the idea. And it’s all in a deceptively compact shop. Come and see. Oh, one thing: you’ve gotta like hand-drawn. The pockets and details are elegant but very hand-drawn. I love it, myself.
King for Men is located in Marebbe (11, 35, 21) and I’ll be home, sleeping.