Pewtersmith Royal Selangor and streetwear brand Pestle & Mortar have teamed up and produced a capsule collection of limited edition clothing. Though the partnership may seem like an unlikely one, the RSXPMC collection is in fact an inspired one, created to be the bridge between the different natures of two homegrown brands.

Founded in 1885 by Yong Koon, who was determined to succeed in a burgeoning tin mining town called Kuala Lumpur, Royal Selangor has weathered two World Wars, sibling feuds, and several world economic depressions. The company has now transformed from a cottage industry into the world’s largest pewter manufacturer with stores and distributors in more than 20 countries worldwide.

Pestle & Mortar Clothing was founded more recently in 2010 by a trio of friends who share a passion for streetwear and a determination to show the world what Malaysia is capable of. The brand, which started by selling a handful of t-shirts, has grown to become one of the top streetwear brands in the Asia Pacific region.

Yong-Yoon Li, executive director of Royal Selangor International, and Hugh Koh, co-founder of Pestle & Mortar Clothing.

 

While the establishment of the two brands is more than a century apart, the stories of both Royal Selangor and Pestle & Mortar Clothing share similar traits of passion, grit, and entrepreneurship. Inspired by the history and entrepreneurial spirit of the 133-year old pewter brand, Pestle and Mortar Clothing has teamed up with Royal Selangor for a Limited Edition collection of merchandise.

The RSXPMC collection sees Royal Selangor’s archive and rich history translated into a Pestle & Mortar Limited Edition capsule collection consisting of four garments, a tote bag, and a cap. Each item from this collection features an embedded bespoke Royal Selangor pewter piece.

The RSXPMC Worker Shirt, featuring bespoke pewter buttons by Royal Selangor.

 

Headlining this collection is an all-black Worker Shirt. Limited to 50 pieces worldwide, the shirt features bespoke pewter buttons by Royal Selangor. The collection also includes a Worker Jacket featuring the tiger from the Tiger Pewter touchmark, a name that was used before the company was renamed Selangor Pewter.

The RSXPMC Worker Jacket, featuring the tiger from the Tiger Pewter touchmark, a name used before the company was renamed Selangor Pewter.

 

Pestle & Mortar’s signature Pocket Tee is given a hammered finished surface, with the graphic print on the back of this tee paying tribute to the graphics found on Royal Selangor’s delivery van back in 1962. There is also a Beautifully Crafted white tee featuring a pestle and mortar depicted in a style similar to  the illustration of a pewter teaset that was featured on the Royal Selangor’s plastic bags during the 1960s and 70s.

The RSXPMC Beautifully Crafted white tee, featuring a pestle and mortar depicted in a style similar to the illustration of a pewter teaset that was featured on Royal Selangor’s plastic bags in the 1960s and 70s.

Pocket-t, featuring Royal Selangor’s signature hammered finish.

 

Rounding off the collection is a Heritage Tote Bag featuring Royal Selangor’s first factory in Setapak during the 1970s, and a Dad Cap with Pestle & Mortar’s iconic flying mechanic logo in hammered-finish pewter.

The RSXPMC Heritage Tote Bag, featuring Royal Selangor’s first factory in Setapak during the 1970s.

“This collaboration with Royal Selangor pewter is special because both PMC & Royal Selangor are homegrown brands that champion the projection of our lifestyle, culture, and homeland.  The dedication to our respective crafts transcends the generation gap and in an unprecedented move, we witness the seamless fusion of streetwear culture with luxury lifestyle goods. We are deeply honoured to be working alongside an established Malaysian brand and this is the start of an exciting era for us both.” said Hugh Koh, Group CEO and co-founder of Pestle & Mortar Clothing.

The RSXPMC collection on show during its launch at Royal Selangor, Pavilion KL.

 

The collection is available at the Royal Selangor flagship boutique in Pavilion KL and Pestle & Mortar’s flagship store in Bangsar. For more information, visit www.pestlemortarclothing.com.

 

 

written by.
KC Yap
Editor, Augustman Malaysia

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