Mention Singapore menswear labels and the image of a label specialising in either tailoring or a practical minimalist aesthetic or streetwear may come to mind. Not that there’s anything wrong with that picture – but one-month-old Un Homme prefers to take a slightly different approach.
Loh, who is also a photographer, says: “Ryan found it hard to find affordable clothes that resonate with him in the current market − fashion from as early as the 1950s up till the 1970s, with minimal streetwear added into the mix. We also realised designs were limited for menswear and launched this brand to fill the gap and be appreciated by others.”
Un Homme co-founder Ryan Drysdale modelling vintage items curated for the brand’s Storeroom by Un Homme line.
Currently in its infant stage, the brand has yet to launch its own pieces. However, it’s starting out by selling pieces under Storeroom by Un Homme which is fashioned as a curated collection of vintage garments.
Storeroom by Un Homme currently carries brands that were popular in the past like Lacoste, Grand Slam, Golden Bear and Crocodile International. In its inventory are items like tennis sweaters, flare pants and sweater vests.
The label doesn’t have a website or physical space as yet, though there are plans to open a brick-and-mortar shop in the next year or two. True to its DNA as a Gen Z-run business, items are sold via the IG page of @un___homme, as well as TikTok and Carousell.
All this is part of Un Homme’s objective to be a “contemporary label that seeks to explore the silhouette and fashion of men from the past, and redefining it in the present”.
What that means is a considered approach to dressing up that heavily takes cues from the ’50s and ’60s. It’s a narrative that has been emerging in menswear in recent times that namechecks proponents like New York label Bode, Brit label John Alexander Skelton and Portuguese brand Ernest W. Baker.
True to its roots as a brand born out of social media, the brand’s Instagram page also serves as a mood board and window to the sartorialist days of the past. Cue posts on the history of the Aran sweater and its knitting techniques or a 1930 snapshot of Salvador DalI and Gala Dali dressed in matching pants and sleeveless tops for a day by the seaside.
Ahead, we get Loh to tell us more about the label.