Local Singaporean, Fauzi is a travel influencer and the lead host of the ‘Smart Local Channel’. We sat down with the well-known internet personality to hear his thoughts on made-to-measure clothing and travel.
Let’s start with something that you know a lot about… travel. Which travel locations have impressed you with their local fashion and style?
I feel like many cultures have different styles and express themselves in different ways. Japanese people look sharp and are always very well put together, which is something that I really appreciate.
I also enjoy the New York way of dressing. It’s very cosmopolitan and there is something great about the way they mix and match, with people expressing who they are in different ways.
Another city I really like is Bangkok. And even now they have a lot of upcoming young designers that are very experimental in the way they mix clothes. They are also affordable, which is exciting.
What clothes do you pack when you travel abroad?
My bag is always full of different things, but there are always some basics I carry with me. For example, a good pair of black and blue jeans. A white t-shirt is also a must, and finally a good jacket for formal events.
And what do you feel about Singaporeans’ way of dressing? I think Singaporeans tend to dress very comfortably since the weather is hot and wet. For myself, that doesn’t mean you have to be poorly dressed. Just by picking up the right pieces, that are lightweight and the right fabric, you can look great.
What does your wardrobe look like?
Well, my wardrobe is colour coded. All my shirts are organised together in different colours. Stripes are together, prints are together.. I am rather OCD you see, so I love sorting things. I also have clothes that are 4-5 years old that mean a lot to me, even though they may have a hole in them. I have many of the same items of clothing in different colours, especially shirts. I like clothes that fit well, so once I find them, I tend to buy them all.
How often do you choose made-to-measure?
When it comes to suits, I definitely go made-to-measure. I have never-ever-ever in my life bought a suit that is not made-to-measure. It has to fit me perfectly. Not all off-the-rack clothes fit me well, so I often have to make alterations. The shoulders are always too big, and the length is never right. I also nowadays have many events to attend so I am wearing suits more often. If anything I wish I could wear more made-to-measure clothes.
So, in that case, what other clothes do you get made-to-measure?
I always want a good variety of shirts, in different and interesting prints, because it is very hard to find good fabrics that have unique prints. I love the flexibility of switching from one to the other and I like owning different clothing that most people don’t have.