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Corporate Style Journal -Alex, Restauranteur/Architectural Designer

My little monkey Jaime led me to get to know Alex, when he’s running around at his Japanese restaurant.  Interesting to hear about Alex’s passion (and tips) in styling with his mixed professions as a restauranteur and architectural designer, while balancing his role as a father of 2 adorable daughters during my recent visit of his kitchen-lab/architect studio in Wing Lee Street. Hope his views inspire you, looking good and feeling good at your profession and your different roles too.

1.   How do you describe your style? How do you incorporate this into your role?

Minimalist and staying true to its basics or materials.  This applies to my styling and to my belief in architectural design, which is quite influenced by the architects Lois Kahn and Ando.  I personally hate layering in outfits and prefer to go back to basics, as I believe that clothes are for giving warmth as said in Bible.

As a father of 2 toddlers, I prefers minimal sports and track pants during weekends.  The only thing I gave way during my time with kids is my love (addiction) of white pants.  I have mysophobia (laughing) and my mood is easily spoiled with stains on white color outfits.  I love wearing white pants, as influenced by my love of Japanese culture since childhood.

 

2.   Can you describe your work outfit and off-work outfit?  Where do you normally shop?

I wear lots of business suit jacket and shirts to go with slightly casual pants to look professional yet comfortable at work in my Japanese restaurant and in my architectural design projects, though you can’t image that I used to like hip hop outfits 10 years ago (laughing).

I love shopping at “Edifice” in Osaka for their business suit jacket, which tailor cut suits Asian. The Japanese shop assistant pinned and adjusted for me professionally and efficiently.  I also like its casual wear section, specially with their denim or nautical theme, and its loafers.

I specially like shirts from “Yves”.  I go for the leather shoes of another Japanese shop “Suit Company” which shoes are made in Italy but in almost one-fifth price of a pair of Italian brand shoes.

For casual wear or outdoor outfits with kids, I go for Uniqlo and GU from Japan.

 

3.   Can you share with us your favorite accessories?

Bags and Belts.  For bags, I have variations from tote bag, shoulder bag to backpack.  I prefer any colors except white, or darker color base.  My favorites are from Tod’s and Edifice.

I recently got this sports-calculator hand band which records my jogging and work out and which also became my accessory.

 

4.   What’s your key cosmetic/skin care products?  Or do you bring anything along with you?

I’m very basic.  I used cold water to wash my face.  I prefer oil-free moisturizer from Nu Skin.

5.   Any recent best buy?

A navy suit jacket from GU, a recent discovery from Japan which is a second line of Uniqlo.  I intentionally wear it today.  You’ll be surprised by its quality with its very low price.

6.   Which is your favorite hair salon? Your regular visited salon?

I always follow my hairstylist Terry Lam, as my hair is very challenging with its curly and oily features.  I used to be quite brave with hairstyles from long hair, gold color to skin head.  After settling down with my personalized signature look, I prefers a timeless hairstyle.

 

7.   What’s your favorite hair styling products?

“Sculpt D” hair wax which you can buy from Tokyo Hands.  I like its firm hold but easily wash-off which minimize the risk of hair loss.  My tips is to apply hair wax on the outer ends of hair.

8.   What’s your priority of time or investment that you allocate to hair, skin, outfits?

I invest on leather shoes, watch and leather bags.

9.   How do you enhance your style? Inspiration source?

I like to read a Japanese male fashion & lifestyle magazine “Leon”and it always features an Italian model whose style inspires me a lot.

(Special thanks to the photography by Rico of An Ant Capture, www.anantcapture.com)

Corporate Style Journal -Edwin, Senior Manager Mutual Funds Marketing

I’m always impressed by Edwin’s expressive colors and textiles at his outfit when I bump into him and Grace at their favorite café a few times.  I first met Edwin through Grace when I did Grace’s bridal styling on their wedding 7 years ago.

1.  How do you describe your style, specially working in a US background company with smart casual dress code?

As my role is in creative marketing solution for customer experience, I would like to project myself as an energetic and passionate person who makes people smile and getting people believe in me.  Very inspired by Italian sartorialists, I wear lots of bright summery colors which are not conventional in Hong Kong, like lime green, orange, and sky blue.  Working in an US background investment management company with a smart casual dress code, I wear lots of comfortable shirts and pants at work, though I personally prefer to “over-dress” on the flight during my business travels for a privileged treatment (not sure if he’s joking ;P).

2.  Where do you normally shop for outfits? Any favorite shop?

I like Hackett for its UK heritage and Italian slim cutting.  I also love to add a twist of Italian touch with Harmount Blaine.  Burberry Black Label (found in Japan) is also my favorite.  I will go for Giorgio Armani for the very traditional pieces.

3.  As you’re a frequent business traveler, how do you pack your business outfits?

I always go with a business suit, 2 white shirts of different texture, 1 pink shirt, 2 sets of cuff links, and 1 tie per day of business trip.

 

4.  Can you share with us your favorite accessories which represent yourself?

My headset “Beats” is one of my favorite accessories which I wear to enjoy music while I am on the way to work.  I love watches from Oris, Baume & Mercier.  I like cuff links from Kent & Curwen with that heritage touch, while I like fun cuff links too.  Inspired by European culture and had studied and lived in UK, I prefer non-black leather shoes and go for Italian “Borgioli”

For ties, I have personal preference on pink color, or gold/brown color with white pattern.

 

 

 

5.  What’s your key cosmetic/skin care products? Or do you bring anything along with you?

I carry a young heart every day which I believe is my best cosmetic (smiling with his signature smiles again).  I am a lazy person that I sometimes use my shampoo from hair to my face (huh?!).

 

6.  How you enhance your style? Inspiration source?

I love travelling and shopping with my wife Grace.  I was so inspired with our travels from seeing the sartorialists in Italy to the fun playful new discoveries in Korea.

 

(Special thanks to the photography by Rico at An Ant Capture studio, www.anantcapture.com)

 

 

Corporate Style Journal – Stephen, landscape architect – iii

After the previous post of our chat with Stephen on personalize image and male accessories, we talked more about male hair styles and source of inspiration on styling.

7. Which is your favorite hair salon? Your regular visited salon?

Hair Corner.  I believe it’s worth investing with a good hair stylist (Caroline: Can’t agree more!).  I prefer female hairstylist (with a smile), because female stylist seems to pay more attention to detail and consistency.

 

8.  What’s your favorite hair styling products?

Gatsy Rubber for my current hair style.

9.  What’s your priority of time or investment that you allocate to hair, skin, outfits?

I put the highest priority with keeping myself in shape and healthy.  Love jogging (Caroline: Yes I bumped into you at jogging track) and swimming.

10.  How do you enhance your style? Inspiration source?

I love watching street scenes in London and Paris.  People are just nonchalant but with thoughts.  Sounds funny but I love reading the book “Esquire – Book of Style” which you can find from Page One.

 

 

(Special thanks to the photography by Rico of An Ant Capture studio www.anantcapture.com )

Corporate Style Journal – Stephen, landscape architect -i

Stephen used to work next door to our studio while I was amazed by his passion in grooming. Not surprise to see he’s our first guest to be interviewed at our new “Corporate Styling Journal”. Hope their views inspire you, looking good and feeling good at your profession too.

1.  How do you describe your style? How do you incorporate this into your role?

I’ll say “classic with a subtle modern twist”. Having spent childhood in UK, I was very influenced by the British style – formally suited, understated but take care of their grooming, know the dress rules but break a bit of it. I like the Gatsby style, their well groomed hair and tailored suit. My friends know that I make sure my hair gelled well even I go for groceries.

As a landscape architect, my outfits reflect my pursue of attention to detail. You’ll see subtle detail in my button hole or pocket square or a glimpse of color in the inner lining of the jacket to express my inner rebellion. As a relatively young architect, I would make use of outfits to enhance my profession, specially when I’m facing more serious clients like government or urban plan authority.

Apart from my role as an architect, I play music band after work which I still wear shirt but with a twist (Not necessarily what we imagined of a band guy). After all, I believe style is still about the attitude, reinforcing one’s character.

2.  Can you describe your work outfit? off-work outfit?

With my love of suit jacket, I use it as my base for my work and weekend outfits.

For weekend, I dress my suit jacket down with t-shirt, jeans, or even shorts and flip flop, which I observed this leisure style in the streets of Europe during weekends. I hate wearing sport pants or sneakers as fashion, and I believe they’re only for sports. I still go for suit-cut shorts with casual cotton textile with a twist of detail and pair it with white canvas loafer, if ever I’m wearing shorts during weekends.

For weekday, I wear different shades of navy color suit the most formal color in business dress code, as opposed to black color suit which is supposedly for funeral wear. I love using accessories like classic tie and pocket square, be it “James Bond” sleek fold or “Churchill” fold to lift my professional business suit look with a twist. I think it is a little investment but enhance one’s image so much and project your attention to detail.

3. Where do you normally shop for outfits? Any favorite shop?

As I’m very obsessive with suits and especially like the 60s slim cut, I go for tailor to customize for me.   I can’t accept the funky suit jacket like the Korean pop, too short to cover the bum. I sometimes go for Paul Smith, specifically the Japanese product line which fits Asian body proportion, and AllSaints and let the tailor fine tune the fit for me. So I mix the tailored and non-tailored outfits. I specially like the “改衣站” as this traditional old tailor impressed me with his dedication of studying the skills & cut of Italian brand.  I go for “Cuffs” to customize my shirts to get them fitted perfectly.

to be continued…

(Special thanks to the photography by Rico at An Ant Capture studio, www.ananatcapture.com)