Issey Miyake Pleats Please Trousers
Pleats have been around for centuries, but it was Issey Miyake who truly pushed the envelope with his fabrication technique. Applying heat and pressure, the pleats that were formed were revolutionary, being both an artistic and pragmatic expression. Miyake’s pleats are light, never crease and dry within minutes. Their micro ridges mean that they’re never fully in contact with your skin and are a god-send in our tropical weather. They drape to the form, yet they are able to retain structure in a way that few fabrics can achieve. If that is not enough for you to get obsessed over it, what is?
Nike Air Jordan 1
For sneakerheads, there is nothing like a pair of Air Jordan 1. It's the OG and the GOAT, the embodiment of street culture. But what makes it special is its rich and colourful history, and a conduit for each of its collaborator’s narrative. From the Banned colourway, the one that Nike turned into a masterclass of advertising; the Shattered Backboard, an orange colourway that Michael Jordan wore during an exhibition game in Italy; to the Off-White edition where Virgil Abloh remade the Air Jordan 1 in a way that showed off its construction, there is always a narrative that accompanied it. And with a 34-year history, its rich legacy is unrivalled in modern times. Getting a pair is like taking a deep dive down a rabbit hole, one that you might not surface from.
Maison Margiela Tabi Boots
When it comes to things that one is obsessed with, you either get it or you don't. But few are as polarising as the tabi boots from Maison Margiela. The tabis made their debut during Maison Margiela’s first runway show. The soles of the boots were dipped in red paint and left red cloven imprints on the stark white runway. But more than just shock value, it represents Martin Margiela's working ethos of deconstruction and subversion—by elevating the jika-tabi, a rubber sole boot from Japan into a piece of fashion history. But my obsession with it is that the tabi boot straddles the zone between the comfort of paying tribute to one of my heroes (the buttery leather that wraps around your foot doesn't hurt either) and a slight repulsion of how it looks.
Balenciaga 3D Printed Jacket
While I am more likely to be seen in a shorts and T-shirt combo these days, the suit will forever remain the pinnacle of menswear for me. More accurately, the suit jacket. The beautiful drape of fabric across the back, the way the strong shoulders and nipped waist work together to accentuate the male form and the cherry on top of it all— the lapel roll. While some purists will argue about the merits of the handmade construction and fabric, my obsession with the suit jacket is one of form and its relationship with the body. Cristóbal Balenciaga had a similar obsession, albeit his muse of choice is often female. Demna Gvasalia, the current creative director of the house of Balenciaga, took that ethos and revolutionised it. From 3D scanning the body, crunching that data into computer software and printing out the moulds before bonding traditional fabrics onto it, he is able to push tailoring to new heights. Anytime you're able to surpass a perceived glass ceiling on a staple like the classic suit, you get my attention.
Saint Laurent Leather Biker Jacket
Hedi Slimane's effect on the fashion industry is one that I never fully understood. It’s hard when you’re not the ideal body type that he designed for—think an ultra skinny androgynous young David Bowie. But for all that he did, the leather biker jacket he put out during his time at Saint Laurent resonated. More than his cigarette-thin black denim jeans, it distilled the ethos of his work, channelling the sex appeal of a genderless god of rock into a piece of leather garment. And he did it without altering the form in a drastic manner. The ratio and silhouette are perfect, even when it’s not worn. You feel it calling it out to you, urging you to put it on and transform yourself. If you’ve ever wondered if there are garments that would make your life 100 percent better after putting them on, this is one of them.