Em­pire STATE OF of­mind

Bazaar speaks to fash­ion tour de fforce PHILLIP LIM as his ready-to-wear col­lec­tion hits our shores

Harper's Bazaar (India) - - SARI SPLENDOUR - By Ak­shita Phoolka

What is it about In­dia that in­spires your work?

In­dia is spec­tac­u­lar in so many ways, from its colours, to its spirit and crafts­man­ship. If you wait enough, per­haps my next col­lec­tion could be in­spired by this beau­ti­ful coun­try!

Can we ex­pect to see a 3.1 Phillip Lim stand-alone store in In­dia soon?

I hope so. We are very cau­tious about our growth so if and when the right op­por­tu­nity arises it might be a pos­si­bil­ity. But for now, Le Mill is per­fect to stock our clothes.

Con­sid­er­ing you’re self-taught and have achieved phe­nom­e­nal suc­cess in such lit­tle time, what ad­vice do you have for young en­trepreneurs?

I think that the most im­por­tant thing one must keep in mind is to re­main au­then­tic to one’s orig­i­nal vi­sion. It is easy to be swept away by what peo­ple want, but you should al­ways stay true to your core.

What are your plans for the fu­ture?

Oh so many! We are open­ing more stores in China, launch­ing our e-com­merce web­site, and con­tin­u­ing to grow our col­lec­tions. With so much go­ing on, there is never a dull mo­ment in our of­fice!

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