Behind The Scenes
They say happy employees do good work, so here’s our wish list of work perks.
Titien Wang Fashion Director
Alternate Fridays Off: Wang can think of so much to do with an extra Friday off every fortnight, or even just once a month. On these extra- long weekends, he would really love to watch a movie without having to fight with the crowd for the good seats, or to go shopping in Orchard Road sans the unwanted company of a few hundred strangers also snatching for the same stuff.
Rachel Ang Writer
Siesta Sessions: As a writer who is regularly running out of the office to restaurants for tastings, only to roll back later like a giant sated panda that is full, fat and sleepy, Ang would dearly love some napping pods. An hour or two of siesta time after the lunch hour would be good, just to catch forty winks before she springs back to her computer to get sh* t done.
Yong Wei Jian Features Editor
Work From Home: Obviously, the best office practice is having the option to not turn up at the office at all. There are plenty of valid arguments for working from home: Avoiding the insipid little interruptions that are the bane of productivity; skipping the soul- crushing ritual of daily commute; not wearing pants. A little out- of-sight goes a long way towards getting things done.
Vincent Loh Fashion Assistant
Bring Your Pet Day: Loh thinks it would be great if we were all allowed to bring our furry little friends to work on daily basis. Considering the fast pace of city life, most methods of leisure don’t grant that much relaxation at all, but having a fluffy animal running around the office can definitely lighten the sense of stress in a tense atmosphere.
If you happen to be wandering about town, look around and observe how men are dressing up these days. From the young executive who’d just landed his first office job to the managers and directors at the top their game, men, I’m glad to say, are putting in a lot more effort and taking a lot more pride in their dressing than ever before. And there’s a certain swagger about them. I think, perhaps it’s time, or even past due, that men are getting the kind of attention that women have been given. Like our female counterparts, we are being watched, judged and objectified regardless if we’re dressing to outshine our peers, get their stamp of approval, or better yet, garner admiration. Like it or not, it’s part of the experience. And if you’ve been following our fashion reports diligently, you’ll know by now that men’s fashion has gotten a lot more interesting and bold. Men are reacting to these trends and incorporating new elements into their wardrobe. It’s encouraging.
This issue is all about “power dressing”. Regardless of your “style tribe”, minimalist or addicted to accessories, what you have in your hands is an essential guide to the coolest spring/summer ready-to-wear collections and the hottest accessories. In our feature section, we try to make sense of the evolution of corporate wear. We also let you in on some styling tips that will make you stand out and look sharp in your workspace and what to avoid. Our fashion team has it all covered.
On the cover, we have one of the biggest stars not only in Asia but also in the world, Choi Seung- hyun, better known as T.O. P. The rapper, singer-songwriter, and actor, rose to fame as a member of the South Korean boyband Bigbang. All decked out in Dior Homme, Choi tells Men’s Folio how his self- esteem and confidence paved the way to his success. He also reveals his plans to give Korean artists the attention that they deserve.
For our digitally savvy readers, we haven’t forgotten about you. In fact, we are adding a lot more updates and fresh articles daily. This month, we announced the return of the much sought-after American denim label, Diesel to our shores. Find out what’s different this time as its founder, Renzo Rosso, tells Men’s Folio how he intend to re- energise the iconic denim label. We were also among the first to announce the launch of Mr. Burberry, the latest olfactory sensation by the luxury British label, on mens-folio.com and @ mensfolio. Enjoy the issue!