Have you heard? May 2021 marks Esquire Singapore's 100th issue. It's a significant milestone, not only for us working behind-the-scenes across print and digital, but it also means that we've effectively seen through almost nine years of men's fashion. And boy, have there been some changes.
We started out in September 2012. As with Esquires of that era, we were focused on the height of men's fashion that comprised of tailoring and suiting. You know, the kind of dapper, more modern interpretations of Mad Men that the menswear universe revolved around at the time. Stylish gentlemen were looked at for their sartorial knowledge of sprezzatura and penchant for wing-tip brogues, and we refined that sensibility into fashion editorials and features.
That has since changed. With the ideas of modern masculinity constantly being redefined, so has men's fashion. As fashion houses began adopting a more all-encompassing approach to fashion and lifestyles of their muses, we've expanded our style codes as well. Menswear is no longer just suits and ties.
To mark the occasion of Esquire Singapore's 100th issue, some of our favourite menswear designers share notes of congratulations and visions of the industry's future.
Artistic director, Ermenegildo Zegna
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana
Chief creative officer, Versace
Sir Paul Smith
Designer, Paul Smith
Founder and chief creative officer, Thom Browne
Creative director, Tod's