Veering away from what comes to mind first when you hear the terms ‘urban chic’ aka wearing olive/military green and black, I tried to interpret the dress code of the Lazada PH StyleCon a little bit differently. I decided to take my new favorite souvenir jacket out for a spin, and worked the theme around it.
For those of you who don’t know, this souvenir jacket is what Lucky Blue Smith wore in the Penshoppe Cool Kids District fashion show last July. It comes in limited quantity and is available only in select branches (so hurry!). When it first came out, I had no intention of actually making a purchase, but it was love at first fit! I was so intrigued by the souvenir jacket trend too, that I had to research about it to give it some understanding.
Just to share the knowledge, did you know that the souvenir jacket was originally for the American military – to bring home from Japan post-war literally as a souvenir? Hey hey hey! It’s also known as the Sukajan, and will always include traditional Japanese designs (dragons, cherry blossoms, trees, maps, geisha girls, etc.) as embroidery (these days though it could be patches or printed directly!). It also almost always comes in a silky fabric, because originally, souvenir jackets were constructed from excess silk from military parachutes.
Also, do note that this particular style I’m wearing is for men. I’m starting to fall in love with menswear so don’t be surprised if sooner or later I’d be wearing lots of men’s clothes! Tbh I always raid my husband’s closet – heehee.