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Dr Strange’s housekeeper

This is a formidable piece. Treacherous in the wrong hands. Were this to enter the vicinity of a crisp white shirt and a pleather trouser it would be apocalyptic – witness as the laughable audacity of such an ensemble invokes early 90s dance-soul, champagne grins and Russian discos. Thing is, dress it down with hammered denims, a simple grey sweat and a beanie and you’ll end up looking about as cool as any man deserves to be. It’s a fine line. Danger close people.

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If you think you can tame it, maybe you can. Just don’t, in the name of all that is decent and appropriate, try and ‘dress it up’. You’d be straight-up Mick Hucknall.

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It’s by Monitaly (headed by Yuki Matsuda of Yuketen) and contrary to the Japanese design and clear Chinese formal heritage, it’s manufactured using old American handcraft traditions. A mixed cultural bag to be sure: check the Mandarin Collar detail, split side hem, loop and knot front closure and two-piece sleeve construction.

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Some proper high-end necromancy going on here. And I’m definitely all about it. I’ve been after a loop and knot, Mandarin jacket for a while and if this was straight chambray or denim, it’d be in my closet already. The tie-dye looks superb. I just don’t know if a balding dude of my years can get away with power of tie-dye and Mandarin stylings in one piece. I’m a bit worried I’d just end up looking like Dr Strange’s housekeeper.

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  1. I can see why you didn’t include the photo of the chap modelling it! A definite case of it looking better on the hanger than worn, and I was quite taken in by the photos shown. One of Yuki’s more leftfield efforts indeed!

    • Ha, bang on. It does look better in the product shots. I’ve got half a feeling I could carry this off, but I might take my chances at sale time.

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