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A modern gentleman’s guide to wearing suede today

Be smooth like suede.

There is something irresistibly handsome about suede. Both casual and yet very put-together, suede is made from the underskin of the animal and is thereby the softer leather sibling to the harder, more durable full-grain leather.

Boasting something very Wild West and yet very classic about it, its softness and colour has given it a very classy reputation in sartorial circles. It is often the material that differences a smart casual look (in, for example, think loafers) from a black-tie formal look.

Nicely combined with full-grain leather or even metals, here we’ve put together some of our favourite men’s suede items. Featuring a range of colours and accessories, there are so many ways to wear suede — and be the most suave man in the room. Read right on.

[Hero and Featured Image Credit: Tom Ford]

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Bangkok


There’s something really cool about suede sneakers, be it their streetwear charm juxtaposed with their snazzy material, or be it the great ease with which they look good at any event. These Fear of God 101 sneakers are a prime example. They’re made from a dusky anthracite suede with premium leather trims, which is a rare hue for suede, but definitely one we really like.

Approx. S$743
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Here’s more of a traditional suede aesthetic. Gucci’s Alessandro Michele tones down his typical ‘more is more’ approach here, accepting that there’s nothing more classic than a classic suede bomber jacket. Beauty in simplicity, the jacket is cut from supple tan suede and trimmed with stretch-wool ribbing. The inside of the collar comes striped in the house’s signature red and green, pulling together a look that is as trendy now as we predict it will be in the coming years.

Approx. S$6,504
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Can we take a moment to admire this absolute beaut? Tom Ford has long loved suede, and as someone who knows what he’s doing when it comes to handsome menswear, you can’t go wrong. If you’re not one to wear suede on your actual body, carry it alongside your body with the signature Buckley backpack. Crafted from Derby Green suede and leather, the backpack has a twill-lined interior and features a padded sleeve for comfort beyond style. Upcoming weekend trip? Meeting across town? Just feel like rocking a backpack? Here’s your companion.

Approx. S$3,066
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We almost can’t tell what we love more: suede material or Chelsea boots. What we do know is that we absolutely love them both together. These Saint Laurent Wyatt Chelsea boots have been re-issued in a tan ‘New Cigarro’ colour for Autumn/Winter 2019, and are the perfect way to complete your next evening look. Boasting traditional design details, elasticated sides, and stacked Cuban heels, we have a feeling your dinner date will be very impressed when you rock up in them. Sure we can’t quite make it to London just yet (where this look would be beautifully apt), but it’s a nice way to dream.

Approx. S$1,344
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For the avid traveller (inner-country applies too), a wash bag is an essential item. We love this Brunello Cucinelli suede wash bag in an unconventional but equally interesting hue. The bag features engraved hardware, a logo-debossed handle, and a signature customisable patch inside. Made from a dark-burgundy suede, it comes trimmed with brown leather and has a double zip fastening to better store all your colognes, hair products, night creams, and more.

Approx. S$985
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If you really want to catch eyes, opt for this pair of Edward Green loaders. Handmade in Northampton, the almond-tied shoe is made from supple suede and finished with neat tassels and leather piping. A great way to draw attention to your shoes and also brighten up any outfit. Super handsome. Super suave in suede.

Approx. S$767
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Lisa Gries
Creative Content Director, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.