No manâ€™s formal wardrobe can be complete without at least one smashing suit from swaffette Fireflyâ€™s collection at SF Design. Her suit designs are carefully thought out, artistically executed, handsome and sophisticated. Alsoâ€”and this is a big plus for meâ€”theyâ€™re never stuffy, always interesting and often exciting.
My most recent acquisition from SF Design is swaffetteâ€™s fairly new Siddharts Tuxedo. As the name suggests, this striking formal suit proudly displays its clear Indian style influences. The vibrantly colored, boldly patterned vest may be the first thing you notice, but thereâ€™s so much more. Although theyâ€™re less immediately obvious, the coordinating ascot and decorative detailing on the jacketâ€™s collar and cuffs are just as lively and beautiful. All these details work together perfectly to bring perhaps unexpected life to an otherwise conservative suit.
Putting on one of swaffetteâ€™s suits can be an intimidating experience at first. If youâ€™ve seen how many individual items there are in the inventory folder for just one of her suits, you know what I mean. You could be forgiven if your first impulse were to exclaim, â€œHow many separate pairs of pants do I really need, anyway?â€ Well, hereâ€™s the thing: you need all of them. Although the construction of a suit may be simple, making it flexible in terms of wear is not. So, yes, there are a few different jackets and pairs of pants, several shirt-layer items, and a double handful of prim attachments. But everything is clearly named, and thereâ€™s most definitely a method to what might seem, at first, like madness. Trust me, itâ€™s worth the little bit of extra trouble to get just the right lookâ€¦that isnâ€™t exactly the same as every other guy who bought the same suit.
As with most suits, the essential components are basic and familiar: jacket, vest, shirt and pants. As with absolutely every suit, itâ€™s what the designer does with the details that makes all the difference. Here, the jacketâ€™s trim collar is upraised (think Paul Reiser and the other Company men in â€œAliensâ€), and the cuffs can be worn with or withoutÂ properly shot shirt cuffs. Both cuffs and collar are trimmed with decorative embroidery, a touch that doesnâ€™t call attention to itself but simply rewards closer inspection. A flexi lower section gives the suit strong lines, and squared-off shoulder pads subtly (or boldly, depending on how you fit them) enhance the overall profile.
The aforementioned Dandiya vest is textured in a bright design characteristic of Indiaâ€™s desert regions, where clothing is often decorated with â€œintense sun-burnt colors with strong linear patterns.â€ Formal and crisply white, the dress shirt is something of a wonder with its delicate pleats, sculpted wing collar,Â knotted ascot and cufflinks withÂ enameled inlay that matches the vestâ€™s fabric. Sculpted cuffs for the pants are included but optional, so you can leave these off if you prefer the cleaner lines of the garment-layer pants alone. The ensemble also includes the simple but handsomeÂ Emilio shoes that coordinate well with the suit. In keeping with swaffetteâ€™s emphasis on flexibility of wear, all clothing items are included on multiple garment layers for your convenience. L$600 each in Earth, Spring, Ice and Fire (worn here).
The Siddharts Tuxedo appears to be a structural evolution of swaffetteâ€™s slightly earlierÂ Anniversary Tuxedo, shown here in beautifully understated Sage. The Anniversary Tuxedo is similar in appointments to the Siddharts Tuxedo, with jacket, vest, shirt, tie, pants andÂ coordinating shoes. The only exceptions are certain variations or enhancement piecesâ€”for example, this suit includes jacket cuffs without but not with integrated shirt cuffs. L$600 each in Purple, Rose, Ice Blue, Burnt Umber, Copper, Berry and Sage.
All at SF Design (Penryn 69, 64, 36).