Come inside designer Chris Cheng’s LAB (Local Art Base) and discover sophisticated men’s tailoring that pays homage to classic men’s suiting, updated with contemporary fabrication, colour and detail. Autumn winter 2011 brings soft tailoring on canary-coloured trench coats and towelling-style jackets. There are slimline double-breasted jackets, contemporary takes on the cummerbund and a palette of greys and barely-ther blues.
LAB is made by Australian tailors with materials sourced through Australian & NZ owned and run fabric and manufacturing companies. Cheng is thoroughly researching sustainability for future application. “Are organic dyes used? How is related waste management treated? All these questions we’re exploring before simply joining the bandwagon,” Cheng tells HowBigIsYourEco. All packaging used by LAB is either recycled material or paper oriented.
Each December on World AIDS day,Cheng produces ‘LAB for a Cause – See the light’ tees for the AIDS Trust of Australia and ACON, 30% of proceeds going to the respective charities. “We do projects of love,” says the independent designer. “What matters is that it feels right.”