We’re all familiar with blazers. They’re a menswear staple that every discerning man should own at least one of. A good blazer—whether designed to be part of a suit or as a standalone piece—elevates an outfit and unlike your favourite pair of sweatpants, should see the light of day more often. But blazers are impractical in Singapore, you say? Well, meet SACCO.
In today’s connected and global society, SACCO (pronounced zahk-ko) is what you’d call a global brand. The brand’s name is derived from the German word Sakko, meaning blazer. But because the letter ‘k’ is not found in the Italian language, founder Alexander Hascher—he’s half-German, half-British and has had 20 years of experience working in menswear with brands such as Dior, Hugo Boss, Saint Laurent and Raf Simons—modified it to SACCO as an homage to his Italian-style blazers. Hascher also explains that while he and the brand are based in Singapore, SACCO blazers were designed in London, made in Naples, and then delivered to customers by German shipping giant DHL.
Hascher chose the best skills of each city to create his line of lightweight blazers. He worked with a technical designer from London’s famed Savile Row to draft out the specifications for a truly unlined Neapolitan-style blazer. The craftsmanship is then left to the expertise of a third generation family-run factory in Naples, Italy, made with hopsack fabrics by Italy’s Vitale Barberis Canonico mill. Because who else would know best how to authentically construct a Neapolitan blazer if not the Neapolitans themselves?
SACCO’s Neapolitan blazers stick to certain traditional aspects with modifications tweaked by Hascher for a more modern fit. The boat-shaped breast pocket and cognac glass-shaped side pockets are distinctively Neapolitan, as are the working cuff buttons, wide lapels and unlined construction. When asked to explain the precise 90-degree angle notch of the lapels (they’re typically cut at an 80-degree angle), he attributes that to his German perfectionism. The blazers are then finished with buttons cut from corozo nuts, giving each a unique natural grain pattern that is never alike.
These might sound like bells and whistles. Because let’s face it, you could easily get a cheap off-the-rack blazer that would look decent enough. “A blazer is not a seasonal item. A lot of people buy high street blazers and after six months, because the fabric is cheap, they lose their shape and start smelling, even after dry-cleaning. So they just chuck it. For me, a blazer is an investment,” expresses Hascher. The fully unlined construction of a SACCO blazer fits into this idea too, beyond just having a product that works in the tropics. For Hascher, blazers with canvassing annoy him as the horsehairs start to unravel and poke through the material after a few seasons.
With such a strong focus on quality and authenticity, SACCO blazers are surprisingly only priced at less than $500. “Under normal circumstances, a blazer with a quality similar to that of a SACCO blazer would be priced more than $1,000. It’s just that I’m cutting costs along the distribution channel to make it a $500 jacket,” Hascher explains. “I’ve also surveyed tailors in Singapore. If I wanted to have a jacket like this made in Singapore, local tailors don’t do it below a $1,000—it starts at $1,500—and most tailors can’t create unstructured jackets.” Add to the fact that the brand also ships worldwide and accepts returns at no extra costs; it’s an affordable sartorial investment to make.
If you’re not convinced about investing in a blazer, Hascher has this to say: “I have a policy that if there are women around you wearing high heels, a man should wear a blazer. A woman is generally slightly uncomfortable in high heels but she feels and looks sexy; it’s the same for us guys. You feel slightly less comfort but more confident and sexy.” Fair enough. But having tried a SACCO blazer on, there’s hardly any discomfort to complain about.
Currently, SACCO is available worldwide through its e-shop and is stocked in Singapore at multi-label menswear boutique Colony Clothing. Hascher says that he will be trying something new next season—a combination of e-commerce with traditional physical stores that he terms ‘ePOP’ or ‘e-commerce Point-Of-Purchase’—where customers will be able to try on sizes and get measurements done for alterations in existing stores. The retailers will then order the SACCO blazers with the right measurements online, and the altered blazers will then be delivered direct to customers. Once that’s fully materialised, there’s definitely no reason not to get fitted with a blazer and look (somewhat) as sexy as our female model in a SACCO original.
“The suit is dead. Long live the blazer.” SACCO’s motto is just as bold as the range of colours for its tropical blazers.
(Blazers worn in the landscape images, from the top: N°10 PALMA SACCO men's blazer, N°5 MARINE SACCO men's blazer and N°7 RED SACCO men's blazer).