The duo created only five garments for Alchemist’s debut collection, Anatomy, comprising a jacket, two pairs of pants and two shirts. The collection was presented and released in April at a private party held at a studio in Ubi Avenue, attended by friends and friends of friends. At the moment, the duo only takes direct orders through email. Despite the impression of secrecy, they want their clothes to be able to be worn by anyone. “Ultimately, neither we nor our customers want to pay so much money for clothes that’s not difficult to make, or to buy just because of its brand. We want clothes we can relate to – not just in terms of ideals or style, but that suits our bodies and lives,” says Sim.
This makes sense of their collection theme, ergonomics, which studies the relation of body and movement. It’s increasingly neglected by designers as they revere style over substance. The five garments are all practical everyday pieces and highly detailed. Pants were implanted with large, deep pockets. Many have also taken notice of the jacket’s thick piping, cuff slits, interlocked seams, and internal straps that allow the jacket to be carried like a backpack when not worn. “Someone said we were crazy to go that far since it requires a lot of effort and time,” says Nazree, “but we want that level of detail and precision.”