My transition from street wear to my present sartorial wardrobe wasn’t an easy one, and it all stemmed from my inability to speak through clothing without brand names hanging from every limb. Street wear is not a stroll in the park, instead of having an acquired taste for the  knowledge of fabric and pattern choice, knowing the newest brand simply got you the crown most times with street wear. The fact this rule did not play out in sporting a suit truly exhausted me with getting it right. In the world of suiting nothing plays a more vital role than choice. The Choice of fabric, color and fit; learning how important these three little birds were made all the difference in my wardrobe, especially when it boiled down to  the ART of employing a shirt, tie and a suit with perfect  Harmony . With time I understood why sporting a suit required every thread of the wearer’s personality, apart from it being the cornerstone of the ensemble itself, one’s personality  echoed in every single item, be it the way a gentleman knots a tie or the careless way his pocket square peaks out of his breast pocket. Paying an arm and a leg for a bespoke suit and not being able to walk around with a tag suggesting my well deserved expense bothered me at first, it totally killed the joy of dressing up for me, prancing around with new clothes on in utter silence( who does that?). With time patience found me, and as the desperate need to flaunt my status through clothing left me and a new wave of appreciation filled the void. Soon enough i  realized how close the art of suiting is to finding one’s self. Wearing a suit puts you in a box, one that does not keep you from who you are but gradually teaches you to become a better you. If you are bold one a suit will channel that trait with enough elegance. (Photo courtesy of the Armoury)
Allen x
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IMG_9763Do not ignore my pose in the first photo, that is what happens when you walk around with Pharell’s ”Happy” stuck in your head. Back to regular schedule,sometimes it feels like my wardrobe will never rotate outside my fixation on blues juxtaposed against calm notes of earthy browns, but hey I thought Pamela was never going to come out of those red swim suits but  she did, so let’s not cross our fingers . Read More



I finally found another way to wear this beautiful two button single breasted jacket from Fiovarante. For weeks I have been I pairing them with the same pale blue shirt and navy pants until this magical injection of gray happened by accident. I am constantly in search of new ways to inject blues and browns in my wardrobe, and by far this here is my favorite. I love the light hues of blue and gray, juxtaposed against this beautiful brown rust jacket this ensemble has won my Wednesday spot ( yes I put together outfits by day and moods, feel free to try it, it makes putting together ensembles for work so easy) Read More


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Back the office aaaaawwwwready! Money doesn’t sleep; neither does the gentleman who determines where it rests. I am going to be off in a couple of days just in time for the New Year, until then my work wardrobe is going to be a lot casual and more relaxed. This linen blazer from john lewis and chinos from Dockers have got to be my best purchases for 2013,they always come to my rescue, I plan on wearing them into the ground. When it comes the dressing down to the office a pair of stone chinos is a must for me, I took to my tailor after I picked it up thrifting and had it fitted, it brings ‘’the casual’’ every time. Read More



Ever since I purchased this two button jacket from FIORAVANTE I have worn it with the same light blue shirt and solid navy tie every single time  it absents itself from my the rack of suit s. I hate uniforms but this ensemble is one I might never get tired of. The blue palette that the tie, shirt and pants form complements this crusty brown jacket so well it makes it hard for me to pair it with anything else. I might experiment with other pieces later but for now I am totally fine with this uniform of mine, it’s built to last I tell you. Read More


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