24HOURS ZANG TOI

The designer’s life in num­bers. By Cai Mei Khoo.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The News -

5AM If I’m trav­el­ling for trunk shows I have to leave for the air­port by now, as my as­sis­tant likes to book me on early-morn­ing flights. Oth­er­wise if I’m in New York, I wake up just past nine. 9AM The first thing I do is check my e-mails. My in­box is usu­ally flooded overnight. Not re­ally a big break­fast per­son, I like to have a big cup of freshly made black cof­fee by the win­dow and some fresh fruits or seven-grain toast with French but­ter and jam. My apart­ment is filled with Louis XVI fur­ni­ture and a François Linke bed – I col­lect French an­tiques, also paint­ings from my good friend and a very tal­ented painter, Natasha Zu­pan. I even com­mis­sioned her to paint a pair of life-sized Marie An­toinettes in my living room. 9.30AM My cur­rent favourite skin­care brand is vBeauté. Its prod­ucts are amaz­ing! Julie Mack­lowe, who is a good friend and founder of vBeauté, in­tro­duced it to me. Or­ganic and fragrance-free, I es­pe­cially love the Eye Never anti-age­ing eye cream and Lite Up skin-light­en­ing serum. In the sum­mer, I use the Day Job anti-age­ing sun cream, which has SPF 30. I’ve since rec­om­mended vBeauté to my fam­ily and my ladies, and they all love it. Clothes-wise, I sub­scribe to a uni­form. In the sum­mer, I wear white ex­clu­sively and in the win­ter, it’s black with a touch of char­coal grey – ei­ther a plain sig­na­ture cot­ton vel­vet mini kilt, or a kilt with House of Toi crest em­broi­dery, with cash­mere tights, bamboo T-shirt, and a cash­mere cardi­gan. For black-tie events, I wear my Loro Piana cash­mere or black vel­vet din­ner suit with Charvet’s tuxedo shirt and tie, fresh white Pha­laenop­sis bou­ton­nière, and cus­tom JM We­ston wingtips. And when I feel uber lux­u­ri­ous, I put on my broad­tail coat with hand-beaded “T” crest lining and Her­mès al­li­ga­tor gloves. 10.30AM Typ­i­cally it takes me an hour or so to get ready in the morn­ings. The last thing I put on be­fore I head out the door are my Cartier an­kle bracelet (my good luck charm) and white Tahi­tian South Sea pearl cuff­links. I walk from my apart­ment on 75th Street along Madi­son Av­enue to my ate­lier on 48th Street. Usu­ally I have my face buried in my Black­Berry, re­turn­ing e-mails and call­ing the of­fice as I go. 11AM I have a cup of soy latte at the of­fice be­fore div­ing straight into work. I go over a list of to-dos and notes I sent out the pre­vi­ous night with my as­sis­tants, whom I call the HOT (House of Toi) An­gels. Regular days see us look­ing at fab­ric swatches for the up­com­ing col­lec­tions, meet­ing with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from mills, vis­it­ing fab­ric show­rooms, do­ing fit­tings with clients or work­ing with my of­fice and pro­duc­tion manager. I travel eight out of 12 months in a year, so my ap­point­ments are sched­uled back-to-back when­ever I am in New York, and my time is en­tirely ded­i­cated to my

de­voted team. My next travel des­ti­na­tion is Venice, one of my favourite cities in the world.

Zang Toi at home

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