With international fashion shows, Insta-influencers, surprise reveals and more, the fashion scene in Dhaka has never been more exciting. With more men finally deciding to give the fairer sex a run for their money in terms of the style game, designers have their work cut out for them. But you can’t talk about men’s fashion in Bangladesh without mentioning Samuel Hoque, the original menswear maverick. Here are five reasons why you need to check out his A/W 2017 collection right now.
Tradition with a twist
There’s fusion wear and then there’s Samuel Hoque, who seamlessly blends heritage elements with practical pret that you can wear with pride in any country. We’re talking about his Tcos (kotis made from jersey fabric), Mujib coats rendered in jamdani, and this season’s new reveal - the jamdani bomber jackets. It’s traditional fabrics reinterpreted in cutting-edge couture, and conventional garments elevated by contemporary sensibilities.
Sam’s background in textile design comes through in unique prints you won’t find anywhere else. His signature polka dots aside, geometric motifs woven into the fabric itself rest against a background of lush florals on his kotis; bold, colourful animal motifs abound in his luxe loungewear, and a plethora of exclusive prints explode all over his pocket squares and long shirts.
A good print is a treasure, a great print is one with texture. There is a tactile element to the designs that put them in a league of their own. From embossed leather to rich velvet, to crepe de chine beneath a muslin overlay, the jackets and kotis are statements that scream “touch me, feel me.”
Detail and drama
Samuel designs with love, and it’s evident in the little details thrown into even his simplest designs. From curious buttons to studded collars embellishing his long shirts and panjabis, to heat-pressed stripes on his multi-functional silk-cashmere throws (they go from scarf to shawl to blanket with a few pleats and folds), there’s a quirky little surprise in each of his signature creations that makes it stand out in a crowd.
Fit for a king
The best part of buying Samuel Hoque is that you can make sure you’re walking out with something that fits you to a tee. Bespoke services are available; book a session with the man himself and you can customise your buy so that it’s uniquely you. What more could a stylish guy want?
Samuel Hoque’s Style Sanctum is located at 32, Progoti Sharoni, Baridhara Block J, Dhaka.