“Blazers are formal because of its history but it’s becoming less and less formal, or kind of unstructured. Back in the days, everything is very stiff and structured, with shoulder pads, canvas, and pocket squares for medals. Now it’s now being deconstructed and in-formalised — which is also what I’m trying to do with the SACCO. You can wear T-shirt, jeans and sneakers, and just throw in a jacket, and that makes it one level style-up,” said Alexander Hascher, founder of SACCO.

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Alexander Hascher, founder of SACCO.

These usually-structured jackets are indeed a necessity for all. Any formal events automatically call for one. A gent looks extremely dashing in one — most of the times, but there are some that still missed the mark. Blazers that are too bulky, sleeves too long or shoulders are overly-padded — these are the common mistakes men usually make when it comes to purchasing a blazer.

The only solution is perhaps to get a bespoke, fully-tailored piece but, “the point of the bespoke suits is to fit perfectly — but only at that moment. Let’s say after Christmas, it won’t fit.” said Alex who founded SACCO, a Singapore-based company that produces ready-to-wear Italian-made single-layer unlined blazers that are designed in London and made in Napoli, Italy. These are what Alex calls, ‘gravity jackets’, you’ll still have the same structured-looking blazer but it’s unlined so it’ll fall naturally on your figure (thanks to gravity) no matter what shape and size you’re at — at that point of time. Another huge plus point, since it’s unlined, you’ll be able to wear one in humid countries, including our unpredictable one.

We also spoke to Alex more about his brand, thoughts and opinions on blazers and of course, how to get the perfect blazer in the interview below.

Blazers are always known to be big, bulky and heavily-padded, but those are the what is recognised as ‘formal’. How do SACCO’s pieces fit into this ‘expectation’?

Our jackets look like a normal blazer, but if you have a look on the inside — it’s completely empty. There are no shoulder pads, lining; it’s thin and light. It feels like a t-shirt. It took us one year to develop this specific cutting, on how to drape without causing any creasing. We have to learn how to cut the fabric in certain angles to make sure it stays structured even though it’s unlined.

Shopping for blazers could be both an easy task but also a difficult one, but why is it still hard for certain man to find the perfect piece?

In my opinion, it’s mainly because of climate. Most high street-wear brands have blazers made out of polyester, which is not breathable. While others have four layers of construction (there is the fabric, fusing to make it stiff, canvas and lining). Even if you have the lightest summer fabric, if it’s fused with horsehair (which is a common practice in the making of a blazer), the fabric won’t be able to breathe.

What are your tips when it comes to purchasing a blazer?

The first blazer colour that everyone should purchase is navy. Classic navy goes with anything like white trousers or khaki trousers. After that, perhaps a light green then maybe one in a red tone or brown. This way you’ll own distinctive ones and not just all in different shades of navy. It’s an opportunity to rotate, style differently.

Another tip is one should wear a shirt when they buy a blazer; a shirt with the right sleeve length. The shoulder and sleeves are the most important part. The shoulders have to fit, which is not normally the main issue but the length of the sleeve. When you have on a shirt that is at the right length, then you’ll be able to figure out how the blazer should fit nicely. If adjustments are needed, alter the sleeve length not from the sleeve but from the shoulder. If you adjust from the sleeves, then space between the buttons and cufflinks will look out of proportion.

A good quality blazer should have working buttons at the cuff. The first thing I usually do is to check if the cufflink buttons.

Another thing is to look at the fabric. I don’t suggest getting one that is made out of polyester. Once you sweat in it the first few times, the scent sticks to it and you would have to get it dry-cleaned professionally. Go for wool, linen – these are the ones that last.

Incorporating colours into such a formal piece is not exactly a common practice, is there a story behind why you’ve decided to do so?

I want to move it even further away from the formal part. So it’s not just from the structure and the interior, but also the colours. We empty the jacket, make it informal with colours. So it’s really all about making the blazers playful, fun, and also fashionable.

Coco Chanel is one of my main inspirations. She turned masculine military jacket into a womenswear collection, starting with just one model, one design, one fabric (which is in tweed), and in many colours. So she started with the black and white combination, then pink and red.

What are your future plans with SACCO?

To launch the brand in KL. The Malaysian market is super important to me so I want to make the brand a success here as well. More products will also follow — shirt, trousers, shoes and in two years hopefully, womenswear.

SACCO is available in Singapore and Japan. Worldwide delivery is available from their website.

Photos: SACCO

Jolin Lee
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Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.