The time of the year where one has to scour the malls and the depths of the Internet to find that meaningful gift for your male counterpart has arrived. We play an ode to the local Malaysian innovators who cater to the group of stylish men through their wardrobe and even through scent. So why not support the local scene with these gift ideas for your trendy leading man.
When He Wants To Look Dressy But Still Comfy:
A collection that toys between the lines of formal and casual is always good on any fashion lovers book. SHALSmen does just that which aims to produce smartly dress males and bring out their inner dandy. SHALSmen’s designs has almost a minimalist Japanese approach but with Malaysian sensibilities that transcend gender norms through the experimentation of colours. Mandarin collars give a touch of formality to the Ilyas Shirt while those channeling the vintage bowling top have the Isaac Shirt in a muted shade of orange. The Fall/Winter collection also has a selection of finely cut trousers featuring the Uzayr Pant for your man to look sharp wherever he goes.
A man that looks like he came out from a GQ magazine or better yet, looking like one of those dapper Kingsmen requires a taste of fashion that skews towards the debonair. For this, a solid of pair of dress shoes should be in their arsenal. Well, the impeccably made footwear from Zeve Shoes offer everything from oxford lace ups to penny loafers, but with an eccentric twist. The brand is bold when it comes to colour, dipping their creations in oxblood red, royal blue and every shade of brown under the sun. Its an amazing gift to go with his formal work wear or even that casual button-up for brunch dates with you.
When He Wants Funky Socks Peeking From His Shoes
Gone were the days where wearing sock over your ankles makes you fashionably challenged. It is now a form of expression worn under your designer sneakers or shiny dress shoes. Colourful and wacky designs are the DNA of local sock brand, Goodpair who in their newest collection play tribute to Malaysia’s childhood memories. The Dear. Buncho collection play on the patterns of sea, leaves and fruits for a more whimsical take on these overlooked feet warmers. If your man is a shoe aficionado, this gift will sure to put a smile on his face.
When He Wants To Improve His Punctuality:
Timepieces notifying you on your messages and defying extreme weather are a dime dozen in town so watchmakers are always trying to find a away to pique your interest. The simple notion of designing their watches counterclockwise has made MEM Watches a brand to watch (pun intended). The austere Anomaly collection features a piece with Arabic numbering, designed in that intentional counterclockwise position. Their minimal black or white watch faces compliment the leather straps in emerald green or the classic black, an easy-to-match casual timepiece for your loved one.
There is something alluring about a man that masters the art of accessorizing. In the age of golden chains and designer snapbacks, we thank the bohemian and rockstar trend for putting layers on men’s wrist with varying styles expanding throughout the decades. A utilitarian approach comes in the form of Hips & Co that weaves sturdy laces into casual wrist wear to compliment your man’s timepiece. Easily matched colours like black, navy and green are equipped with a snap on gun mental grey or gold buckle.
When You Want Him To Smell Sexy:
Penang is home to an award-winning fragrance designer concocting bottles of sultry redolence that are reminded of the colonial town’s heritage. The golden elixir of OUD captures the scent of the Malaysian rainforest that blends indigenous spices with accords of bergamot and sandalwood. It is topped off with the signature ingredient of hibiscus petals, Malaysia’s national flower for a bottle that is truly Malaysian.
Get it at: www.joshleefragrances.com | +604 229 3579
Words by Aishah Azali