The More The Merrier – Since late last year, i’ve been running out of wardrobe space due to my ever growing collection of clothing, shoes and accessories. It all started not too long ago during Fall Winter 2010 in Melbourne, Australia – I could still remember my first designer piece that was acquired at David Jones, Bourke Street Mall during a very cold evening. A friend of mine had invited me to go clubbing for the night and I needed something new.
There was a shirt from the Arthur Galan (a Melbourne designer who apparently copies all the well known designer brands) menswear department, it was just a simple plain white shirt with a detailed collar and cuffs in black trims (see 5th photo below, top rack – middle). To me, it was love at first sight, I never thought how beautiful a white shirt could be, it’s entire presentation has tempted me to open my wallet for the very first time. Because of this particular shirt – all hell broke loose, if it wasn’t for the night, that cold evening and my curiosity about strolling in a luxury departmental store after a hard day at uni, I wouldn’t be here today running this blog and writing this article. Not a slightest thought in my life I could imagine myself having potential interest in menswear fashion.
Those were the days where I was determine to build my complete menswear collection setup that possibly consist and fulfils every essentials towards trendy designer pieces. So here I am today, after almost three years, the same shirt that once inspired me to dress better has changed my entire taste and expectations. I love designer clothes, they are an occasional effortless piece that inspires the very best look in menswear. Each of them tells a different story from the purpose of their existence, how they are designed, the unique fabrics, cuts, workmanship and the origin of where they are from. You might also notice I have a large collection of white shirts alone, they are not the same shirts as each are from different labels in unique designs, fabrics and cuts.
My old walk-in closet in Melbourne
Back then in Melbourne, most of my clothes were either folded and stored in shelves or hanged on temporary Ikea clothing racks, shoes were stored in their original box. It wasn’t a pleasant sight but I couldn’t do anything since space was limited. After many months, I have successfully packed and shipped my entire humble collection back to my home country in Malaysia. The day that I landed here, I went to meet up with a local carpenter and I presented him a rough sketch of a temporary wardrobe setup, it is an open concept design with no doors due to the high humidity climate. I will be moving out from this house in a few years time therefore I didn’t settle for any ambitious design as much as I wanted to, like the Tom Ford glass case clothing rack is one of my dream wardrobe setup (see picture below).
Source: Superfuture – Tom Ford Store in Paris
New wardrobe in Malaysia that houses almost my entire humble collection.
The carpenter took a few months to plan out, but work was delayed due to his busy schedule and partly because the job I gave him wasn’t as profitable when compared to his other clients. The wardrobe was built from scratch within a day, it cost around $1,000. But unfortunately I think I may need to expand it soon as I am already running out of space again. Another 1/6th of my collection is stored in my old cupboard which houses polo shirts and autumn winter wear.
Shoes and accessories corner – watches and jewellery inside the small wooden multi-compartment box.