Entry by Tom Jones. Follow @Jones219T
The creation of fashion designer Nikhil Sharma, Lacquer Embassy attempts to fuse ’the relaxed elegance of youth’ with ‘modern aesthetics’ without being ‘rooted in any particular era’. Easier said than done. Established in 2013, the firm makes only shirts and pocket squares yet the range is still impressive for such a small company.
First of all, the shirts, and a rather pointless thing I’d like to mention; the shirt designs are named. I love that. It personalises the shirts far more. The shirts seem to come into two categories, one being a rehashing of a classic pattern, possibly aimed at the less adventurous, the other being a completely new design. Repetition patterns are very in at the moment, and this is represented; the Henry’s Last Hurrah being the most interesting example. This shirt is a very different design and it has been cut in a simple, minimalistic way to allow for how much is going on; the pattern itself coupled with the contrast between the blue of the collar and cuffs with the plain base tone of the shirt makes a very interesting shirt that’s sure to get attention. The Gin Cobbler and the Savoy Affair in particular caught my eye, these are some very inventive shirts.
The Gin Cobbler
For the more traditional chap, there is of course the obligatory large check shirt, although this is not as boring as I’ve made it sound, as the use of one tone for the check and a darker tone for the collar and fittings means it’s a shirt you would receive many an envious second glance for wearing. These shirts are stand alone pieces, and as such should be worn simply and as the focus of your outfit; it’s quite an achievement, but they are so interesting a jacket would take away from them.
The pocket squares also conform to this different style and as such they also need to be paired with a plain jacket. One of them, The Laneway, puts me in mind of a cubist artwork – I love this square, it’s unlike anything I’ve seen before. The Minka makes me feel the same. A few of the squares feature the ultra-fashionable retro moustache repeating style patterns, which I am not personally a fan of but I can see working with a jacket (and it wouldn’t have to be plain this time!)
Altogether, the company shows real promise. It offers some new designs that would be hard to replicate on the UK high street, and in terms of prices it’s very reasonable; a word of warning though, prices are in dollars, watch out for that.