Having previously worked with the likes of Gallery & Co.’s Yah Leng Yu, Omitir Concepts’ Darren Loke, and local rock ‘n’ roll duo TOMGIRL, local purveyor of bespoke and made-to-measure design, Inventory, teams up with another homegrown maverick for its ongoing Bespoke Shirt Project – this time, linking arms with Theseus Chan to produce a conceptually simple, yet highly unusual, garment.
Considered by many as Singapore’s “godfather of graphic design”, Chan’s influence as the Creative Director and Founder of creative agency, WORK, and design-minded publication WERK Magazine, Chan’s printed and graphic works have culminated in a long list of accolades that include being the first Singaporean designer to hold a solo exhibition at Tokyo’s Ginza Graphic Gallery, being the first Singaporean to be elected as member of Alliance Graphique International, and having permanent works in New York’s Smithsonian Design Museum, in addition to a slew of high-profile collaborations. However, in contrast to some of his louder, sensory-smashing works, the collaborative ‘Theseus’ shirt seeks a more subtle approach –one that is clean and simple, yet relishes imperfection.
Speaking on the namesake shirt, Chan explains, “The idea for this collaboration shirt is to combine 2 different characters into one. To have Inventory’s distinctive bespoke tailoring and yet at the same time something that reflect my daily wardrobe, which are t-shirts.” The shirt fuses the torso of a T-shirt with the sleeves of a dress-shirt, finding a Frankenstein-like middle-ground between casual comfort and sartorial purpose. Printed on the front of the shirt is a parable on shrewdness taken from the bible verse Luke 16:5, reading, “So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?”
Available from 31 October, 2017 from $200 on a made-to-measure basis. Limited to 10 pieces. Appointments via inventory-co.com.