THE QUEST FOR MEAN­ING

Renyung Ho | 31 | Co- founder of Mat­ter and as­sis­tant vice- pres­i­dent/di­rec­tor of spa and gallery at Banyan Tree Group

The Peak (Singapore) - - The Hot Seat -

Renyung Ho chooses to make nos­tal­gia her busi­ness. The co-founder and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of ap­parel brand Mat­ter delves deep into tra­di­tions and age-old prac­tices of yes­ter­year to pro­duce time­less cloth­ing that jux­ta­poses the old with the new, and that is not just trendy but car­ries with it a so­cially con­scious mo­tif.

Dis­en­chanted by the phe­nom­e­non of in­stant grat­i­fi­ca­tion and masspro­duced goods, mil­len­ni­als are now drawn to ideals and be­liefs that stand for a cause, ex­plains Ho. At the end of the day, the key is to cre­ate a sense of time­less­ness.

“As hu­mans, we tend to lean to­wards things that have stood the test of time. And things that last are both time­less and timely now,” she adds.

For Ho, not hav­ing to plan for days off is much more lib­er­at­ing than ac­tu­ally hav­ing them. “My week is struc­tured in a cer­tain way but I’m al­ways open to op­por­tu­ni­ties. Ideas can come to you any­time and at any place – there’s no de­fined for­mula so I pre­fer to lis­ten to my­self and work ac­cord­ingly.”

She adds that the line be­tween work and life has be­come much less dis­tinct. “I think free­dom and au­ton­omy is what mil­len­ni­als are look­ing for. They seek the time and space to just be.”

Ac­cord­ing to her, tak­ing sab­bat­i­cals and em­bark­ing on gap years in be­tween ma­jor life stages have be­come fun­da­men­tal in en­abling peo­ple to re­cal­i­brate and re­align their in­ter­ests. Rather than save up for a long-term re­tire­ment in their twi­light years, she sees her peers plan­ning mini-breaks across their ca­reers.

“The idea of work­ing till you’re 50 be­fore tak­ing a long break or re­tir­ing no longer ap­plies to this gen­er­a­tion. No one knows what the fu­ture holds so we want to ex­pe­ri­ence life in all its beauty now and not post­pone it,” she says.

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