INVENTORY presents the Bespoke Shirt Project: an ongoing initiative where a handful of creatives from different disciplines are invited to reinterpret the classic shirt, and create a bespoke piece that meets their everyday needs. In November, we welcome Theseus Chan, Creative Director & Founder of creative agency WORK, and WERK Magazine.


“The idea for this collaboration shirt is to combine 2 different characters into one. To have Inventory’s distinctive bespoke tailoring and yet at the same time something that reflect my daily wardrobe, which are t-shirts. As a result, the sleeves are constructed in Inventory’s signature style and the bodice of the t-shirt hacked from Inventory’s staff t-shirt in soft cotton jersey. The sleeves are attached to the bodice with an exposed seam a technique that echoes my "perfect imperfection" work in printed matter. An embedded parable about shrewdness is silkscreened on the shirt.”

Theseus Chan is a Singaporean transgressive graphic artist and printed matter designer with a keen interest in the visual arts, materials, printing and processing technology. His publication, WERK Magazine has garnered international acclaim for pushing publication design. He was the first Visual Communication designer in Singapore conferred Designer of the Year at the inaugural President's Design Award Singapore in 2006. In 2012, Chan was the first Singaporean designer to have a solo exhibition at the prestigious Ginza Graphic Gallery (ggg) in Tokyo and in 2015, he became the only Singaporean to be elected as member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale). International awards include D&AD Yellow Pencils, New York Art Directors Club (ADC) and the Tokyo TDC Awards. His work is in the permanent collection of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, and M+, Museum of Visual Culture in Hong Kong. Some of his collaborators include Comme des Garçons, Louis Vuitton Japan, publisher Gerhard Steidl and artist Keiichi Tanaami.

Limited to 10 pieces, the ‘Theseus’ will be launched on 31 October 2017. All pieces are available on a made-to-measure basis, and will be customized to the customer’s measurements. Customers will be able to make an appointment via the appointment page on INVENTORY’s website to secure the limited edition piece.

Prices start at $200*.

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