The Peak (Malaysia) - - View From The Peak - MINDY TEH, EDI­TOR-IN-CHIEF The Peak Malaysia the­p­eak­malaysia

This month sees the re­lease of the sec­ond in­stal­ment of Kings­man, the movie re­spon­si­ble for rein­vig­o­rat­ing the art of dress­ing well and in­tro­duc­ing the younger gen­er­a­tion to the metic­u­lous crafts­man­ship of Sav­ille Row.

Part of the film’s suc­cess has come from the trans­for­ma­tion of a ‘chavvy’ teen into a su­per sleek, cul­tured spy and even as the film’s tagline touts that man­ners maketh man, it also ac­knowl­edges that how we dress boosts one’s self con­fi­dence, adds more than a mod­icum of self-re­spect and shapes first im­pres­sions.

One should al­ways bear in mind the rudi­ments of good style. While not all of us can be outré about our sar­to­rial choices, I do think that it’s the sim­ple things that count – a good fit, cut and colour make for the more dap­per gen­tle­man and so­phis­ti­cated lady. Ta­pered shirts, flat fronts (never pleated), the right hems, the best shoes and ac­ces­sories to match, a ded­i­cated groom­ing reg­i­men – these are the finer points be­tween good and great, smart and sharp.

Hav­ing wit­nessed first­hand the sar­to­rial trans­for­ma­tions of some of the corporate heads dur­ing our cover shoots, I’m con­vinced that all that’s needed for one to be a good dresser is an open mind. There is very lit­tle ef­fort needed af­ter this shift in one’s mind­set from ut­ter re­sis­tance to re­cep­tiv­ity. Be­yond the trends and la­bels, the best of us sees style as an in­vest­ment in one­self and one’s self im­prove­ment.

The one with greater in­sight into in­vest­ments would be our cover per­son­al­ity, Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay. The Group CEO of Gent­ing over­sees a large net­work of busi­nesses rang­ing from hos­pi­tal­ity to theme parks, gam­ing to cruises and prop­erty de­vel­op­ment.

Tan Sri Lim gives us a glimpse into the inner work­ings of Gent­ing, par­tic­u­larly in its abil­ity to recog­nise the right kind of in­vest­ments from very early on. “Our founder has al­ways said that if the re­la­tion­ship is not good or the in­vest­ment cli­mate of a coun­try is not cor­rect, it is not worth get­ting into, even if you make money,” he says. “That value has held us up well.” Good coun­sel in a rare in­ter­view not to be missed.

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