Leon Gu­nawan

Ur­ban beats

Prestige Indonesia - - Sulwhasoo -

JAKARTA- BORN Leon Gu­nawan is the 33-yearold en­tre­pre­neur be­hind sev­eral hip bars and restau­rants: Parc 19 in Ke­mang and León, Gold­stein and Twenty-Fifth in Wi­jaya. All or­gan­ised un­der his com­pany De La House, Gu­nawan of­fers his cus­tomers a com­pelling recipe: good food and drinks, along with topqual­ity live mu­sic. Parc 19, founded in 2013, fo­cuses on “anti-main­stream” dance mu­sic and has fea­tured in­ter­na­tional DJs, such as Joe Kay, Ryan Hemsworth and FKJ. Launched last year, León fo­cuses on RnB. Gold­stein, mean­while of­fers jazzy tunes, and cof­fee shop Twenty-Fifth has a cu­rated indie pop playlist.

“I have been pas­sion­ate about live mu­sic and F&B since I was young,” says Gu­nawan. “When I was study­ing at Curtin Univer­sity in Perth, ma­jor­ing in Man­age­ment and In­for­ma­tion sys­tem, I or­gan­ised sev­eral small events, such as a bazaar and an In­done­sian night. I started De La House in 2013, along with Parc 19, be­cause I was in­spired by the pro­gres­sion of house mu­sic from all cor­ners of the world. We seek to cater to the al­ter­na­tive life­styles of the ur­ban au­di­ence.

“My men­tor is my fa­ther, Fritz Gu­nawan. He’s a veteran banker. He taught me how to be a good leader, the im­por­tance of be­ing dis­ci­plined and of look­ing after busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion details, like ac­count­ing. To be a suc­cess­ful en­tre­pre­neur, I be­lieve that hard work and pa­tience are the keys. They can beat tal­ent and in­tel­li­gence. From em­bark­ing on this jour­ney, I have learned that no­body is per­fect. We are all hu­man and we all make mis­takes, so it’s im­por­tant to be tol­er­ant. Suc­cess for me is sim­ply be­ing happy in achiev­ing what you do, and lik­ing how you do it.”

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