A long-time fan of classic tailoring, Alvin Gan started his bespoke menswear store Last & Lapel in 2017. The store works with bespoke tailors and shoemakers in Italy, Japan and South Korea, including those that had already been his personal favourites even before he started the business.
Aside from its elegance, what attracts him to traditional tailoring is the handwork and technical aspects. He says, “Unlike many jackets you see nowadays, bespoke jackets are almost fully handmade. A handmade jacket can take up to six months to a year to complete, including the fittings required.”
Plenty of thought also goes into the construction of each garment. Aside from the distinctively different styles of tailors from various regions, different weather would also require specific construction. Lightweight sports jackets for summer, for example, would have a very lightweight form with no lining.
For Gan, who is also a watch enthusiast, craft and technical excellence are the qualities linking tailoring and fine timepieces. Here, he wears a timepiece from the Longines Master collection, a flagship collection of the Swiss fine watch brand. Its timepieces are a blend of classical elegance and excellent quality, and feature a versatile range of sizes as well as a mix of time-only displays and complications.
The Longines Master timepiece on his wrist features a calendar with moon phase and a chronograph. Powered by a self-winding movement, this steel chronograph is also distinguished by traditional details such as a barleycorn design on its silvered dial and blued steel hands. It’s a timepiece that fits perfectly into modern lifestyles, and works well with tailored looks or casual outfits on the weekend.
To Gan, elegance can take different forms, and goes beyond what you wear. He notes, “Style and elegance are about confidence. A tailor can make you a very nice suit, but the best-dressed men are those who show confidence.”
Find out more about the Longines Master collection here.