In his wardrobe Mono minimalist

Mr Chee has a soft spot for limited-edition sneakers.
Mr Chee has a soft spot for limited-edition sneakers. ST PHOTOS: AZMI ATHNI

Part-time model Jack Chee likes easy-to- match outfits with monochromatic hues

Q & A

Mr Jack Chee, 27, fashion marketing graduate and part-time model

How would you describe your style?

I sway towards monochromatic colours. I have never liked going with the flow and do not necessarily dress to what's in trend.

When did your interest in fashion start?

Since I was a child. My family has been involved in the fashion industry for three generations now and my parents loved to dress me up in Reebok sneakers with oversized sweaters and baseball caps when I was a toddler.

Who are your favourite designers and go-to brands?

American designers Rick Owens and Virgil Abloh and Japanese fashion designers Nigo and Yohji Yamamoto. All of them share a common aesthetic in their design and emphasise self-expression and originality.

My go-to brands are American streetwear labels Stampd and Supreme and multi-label menswear store Ne.Sense in Taipei - their products are effortlessly chic yet easy to mix and match.

Who are your style icons?

Musician Pharrell Williams is definitely on the top of my list because he is distinctive and innovative.

Also, German fashion illustrator Mago Dovjenko and the Hsieh brothers - Richard, Michael and Steve - who are the founders of the Ne.Sense store. Like Williams, their styles are very distinctive.

What are your favourite pieces in your wardrobe?

A pair of denim joggers (photo 1) from American label Publish Brand because it is comfortable; a bomber jacket (photo 2) from Malaysian streetwear designer Joe Chia because I like the detailing and silhouettes of his designs; a Supreme sweater (photo 3) I bought in New York because the light fabric makes it easy to wear in Singapore; a backpack from Givenchy (photo 4) given to me by my mum; a white cap (photo 5) I customised in New York because it has sentimental value to me; and my Maverick Chrono Black watch (photo 6) from local brand Hypergrand for its design.

What are your weaknesses when it comes to shopping?

Shirts with nice-fitting collars and limited-edition sneakers.

What is your favourite splurge piece?

My Supreme Air Force 1s sneakers (photo 7) that I bought early last year at a resale price of $800.

It was a collaboration between two of my favourite brands - Nike and Supreme - and I bought them because I knew that there will not be any re-releases.

Is there a purchase you have regretted?

Probably online purchases, where the product does not look the same as it appears on screen.

What is your most recent fashion purchase?

My adidas NMD R1 Primeknit "Japan Black Boost" sneakers (£130 or S$230) , which my cousin in London helped me buy about two weeks ago.

What is the best shopping or style advice you live by?

Be true to yourself and don't let society decide what you should or should not wear.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 30, 2016, with the headline 'In his wardrobe Mono minimalist'. Print Edition | Subscribe