Singapore is better known for its food, not its fashion, but that hasn’t stopped talented local designers from trying to create a better-dressed society. The latest team to join the cause include President’s Design Award 2014 winner Larry Peh, Lenz Fan of menswear label Wanderwonder, and artist/entrepreneur Lyn She. Together, they have launched Faculty, a menswear label for the modern gent. 

The three have one straightforward goal: to make clothing that is as comfortable as it is stylish. “Faculty’s designs are based on functionality,” explains Peh, the brand’s creative director. Indeed, Faculty’s debut line consists of uncomplicated shirts in muted, wearable colours, along with jeans made from Japanese denim. But the devil’s in the detail. “My background helps me to illustrate my ideas, and we also design our own iron-on patches,” says the founder of and creative director at design studio &Larry.

He cites the Denim 15 Damaged Jeans – the collection’s feature piece – as an example. “I needed the cut-outs and holes to be well-positioned, with shapes that would be unique to Faculty. The stitching on the triangle-shaped cut-out on the right has very intricate stitching – look closer and you will notice the insertion of grey thread and leftover denim in the holes to attain a natural and seamless look.” 

The brand is especially proud of its denim, and its star pair also features selvedge (the self-finished edge that keeps the fabric from fraying) and is cut from 14.5oz denim that hails from the popular Kuroki mill in Okayama prefecture. “Japanese denim fits the Asian frame better and the fabric is of a very high quality, which enables us to put it through countless treatments to make the Denim 15 Damaged Jeans.” Manufacturing a well-worn look is certainly no walk in the park.