Hirofumi Kurino – the sartorialist

September 14, 2016


This is one interpretation of how a man can look sophisticated and chic with a feminine touch of a scarf.


Planter styled with silk scarf that doubles as a shahmagh and Afrikaner field jacket.


We all wearing our scarfs!


‘An Afrikaner styled field jacket can come across as particularly stern and functional and tradesman with it’s no nonsense khaki, four pocket arrangement (with the breast pockets positioned lower than usual), unusually short sleeves to facilitate rifling and close interval buttoning style (unlike formal bushjackets where the last button is left undone, this jacket is modeled along the lines of Deutsches Afrika Korps. The original cutter was South African and based in Capetown, it was subsequently recompiled by a local tailor and reproduced one more time as seen recently in Holland & Sherry open weave linen) – it’s definitely not formal wear and designed with utility in the field as a foremost consideration.

This can present problems. As whenever I am in the city. Usually I have to met up with corporate figures who are all dressed in their tens, while I stroll around wabi sabi styled in linen that has the courtesy to crinkle with a nautical themed lower half.

That’s the way I prefer to conduct my business in the city. Not exactly attire that fits right in, fortunately most city folk are kind enough to make sartorial allowances for planters…the ladies would all whisper, ‘Oh, how delightful that must be a gentleman planter from the kampungs….how quaint he even has his trousers rolled up…did the rains come early this year?’ – but business is business….to ram up the je nes ce que quotient with the city peacock men and fit right into the chattering classes without sticking out like a sore thumb – usually I complement the assemble with a very formal Burberry silk scarf that I feel adds just the right touch of quiet sophistication, refinement and an unmistakeable air of gentry landowning aristocracy that allows me to cross quite effortlessly into the superficial and ultra materialistic world of the city crowd.’

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