Article contributed by Lingjie Tuang
Collaborations have been so ubiquitous in the field of fashion, that it truly takes two with both story and intention to come up with a collaboration that truly means something. Over the start of the past weekend, fans, family and friends of both Royal Selangor and Pestle & Mortar Clothing have come together to celebrate the occasion of this one-of-a-kind collaboration. This 6-item capsule collection marks 140 years’ worth of combined heritage, craftsmanship and expertise in each respective fields.
The collection launch was held at Royal Selangor’s flagship store down at Pavilion, KL. Part of the store’s interior has been swapped out for industrial crates that served as the collection’s display units. Just to add on to PMC’s signature flare, a DJ deck was set up to keep the vibes going throughout the night, as guests filled up the event space.
Other than the tunes spun by the bearded camera god Roshan Menon himself, guests were entertained with a fantastic selection of hor d’ oeuvres — from beef satay served in shot glasses to tiny, flavour-packed nasi lemak on a spoon. Guests were definitely happy to enjoy the free-flowing alcohol (courtesy of Tiger) and decadent ice cream flavours (courtesy of Piccoli Lotti).
When the event was at full swing, guests were able to learn more about how the collection came about, and its creative process through the Q&A session for Hugh Koh, the creative director of Pestle & Mortar Clothing and Yoon Li, the executive director for Royal Selangor.
Overall, guests were both excited and amused at the somewhat unexpected collaboration between these two Malaysian powerhouses. A crowd favorite was definitely the Worker Jacket and the Worker Shirt, not only for their utilitarian aesthetics but also the level of craftsmanship that comes through the garments, from the fabrics to the pewter detailing.
The launch party was a perfect way to commemorate the rare occasion where streetwear meets heritage, and this goes to show ever-changing scene in fashion. This marks the first of many exciting collaborations Pestle & Mortar Clothing has in store for the rest of 2018.