THE SHARPER IMAGE
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.