July Monthly Edition August 01 2016

The July Monthly Edition introduces a luxury approach to re-purposing, working with Vietnam based artist and designer Lucie Ketelsen to re-work discarded business shirts into highly considered Chorus pieces. The Saigon Shirt and Skirt are available in limited edition of only 10 pieces with 15% of each sale going to charity The Library Project.

The Process /
Lucie explores an ‘antifragile’ approach to surface design on synthetics, seeking poetry in the man made and artificial, inspired by the often messy, rapidly developing Ho Chi Minh City. Her embroidery design – the ‘perspective broderie anglaise’ – spans the front of the shirt with graphic shapes traced from her bank of images of Saigon building facades. Lucie reflects on the design ‘I have wanted to articulate how this place feels to me for many years - complex, hopelessly broken though held in some kind of benevolent bubble’.

Lucie aimed ‘to make something both anachronistic and contemporary, the creation of which required the use of machines and hands equally.’ Sourcing second hand shirts from the bustling local markets Lucie and her team then meticulously unpicked each shirt, the design was then machine embroidered onto the front panels and finished by hand - the hand cutwork completed by a small team taking a day for each shirt. Chorus then embedded these panels into a contemporary shirt design, referencing the bib-fronted shirt, the panels are mounted onto Italian twill cotton and belted to create feminine silhouette. The remaining pieces of the shirts have been assembled to create the Saigon Wrap Skirt.

Owing to this considered and time consuming process the shirt and skirt are offered in a limited edition of 10 only with 15% of each sale going to local Saigon charity The Library Project. The Saigon Perspective Shirt and Wrap Skirt are complimented by the Tulip Pant, a bell shaped tailored trouser offered in cool-grey pinstripe Italian wool or lush raspberry coloured pinwale cord and an update of our staple Half Sleeve top in soft merino jersey.

It is sometimes possible for us to accommodate orders on previous Monthly Editions, please email us with your request. 

SAIGON SHIRT /
The Saigon Shirt features embroidered front panels designed by artist Lucie Ketelsen and take inspiration from the streets of Ho Chi Minh City. Sourcing second hand shirts from the bustling local markets Lucie and her team meticulously unpicked each shirt, the design was then machine embroidered onto the front panels and finished by hand - the hand cut work completed by a small team taking a day for each shirt. Chorus then embedded these panels into a contemporary shirt design, referencing the bib-fronted shirt, the panels are mounted onto Italian twill cotton and belted to create feminine silhouette. The remaining pieces of the shirts have been assembled to create the Saigon Wrap Skirt.

SAIGON SKIRT/
The Saigon Skirt is simple adjustable layering piece made from the remaining shirt pieces left over from the creation of the Saigon Shirt, leaving the shapes and details of the sleeves and armholes in tact as features. The skirt can be worn under the shirt to add length and volume or  on its own over pants / other pieces from your wardrobe. 

TULIP PANTS/
The Tulip Pant offers you clean lines within a bold silhouette.  Pin tucks on centre front and seam on centre back elongate the legs, giving a tailored look. Finished cleanly with a faced waist and invisible zip they fit snugly under shirts and tops or tuck into your favourite form fitting knit for a sleek professional look. Offered in cool grey Italian pinstripe wool for work and vibrant raspberry pinwale cord for play.

HALF SLEEVE WOOL TOP/ 
A Chorus staple - the Half Sleeve Top - is updated in butter soft merino wool. Featuring a high round neck, snug body and elbow length sleeves this clean piece offers a basic layer to wear under more complex pieces or as a stand alone.  The black elegantly works with any professional outfit whilst the soft silver toned grey marle offers a relaxed alternative.