Be­hind the seams

Dis­cover the all-new Wash­able Suit by Hugo Boss with brand am­bas­sador and Olympic gold medal­list Joseph School­ing

AugustMan (Malaysia) - - Con­tents - WORDS BY KC YAP PHO­TOS BY HUGO BOSS

Olympic gold medal­list and Sin­ga­porean brand am­bas­sador Joseph School­ing dons the all-new Wash­able Suit by Hugo Boss

ENCAPSULATING ALL THE qual­i­ties as­so­ci­ated with the Hugo Boss brand, namely suc­cess, pas­sion, con­fi­dence and pre­ci­sion, not to men­tion style, swim­mer Jospeh School­ing, a record-break­ing gold medal­list in the 100m but­ter­fly at the last Olympic Games, has been re­vealed as the first-ever Sin­ga­porean brand am­bas­sador for Hugo Boss menswear.

On the part­ner­ship, the cham­pion said, “To suc­ceed, you have to be com­mit­ted in what you do. I take im­mense pride in all that I do and I give it my all. It is a tremen­dous hon­our to be part of such an iconic brand. Be­ing a BOSS brand am­bas­sador is sig­nif­i­cant to me be­cause the brand’s fo­cus on qual­ity and au­then­tic­ity res­onates with me on a per­sonal level.”

Fol­low­ing a cap­sule col­lec­tion in­spired by School­ing and his run­way de­but with Hugo Boss at the fall/win­ter 2018 show in Ma­rina Bay Sands, the ath­lete with a re­lent­less drive to win now stars in the cam­paign for the brand’s lat­est tai­lor­ing de­vel­op­ment,

The Wash­able Suit. In the video, School­ing is cap­tured wear­ing the suit, sub­merged in wa­ter. Avail­able in three dif­fer­ent wool-based fab­rics, the ver­sa­tile in­no­va­tion re­flects the brand’s mis­sion to dress driven men with fast­paced lives.

School­ing’s life­style is one that mir­rors that of the Hugo Boss man. His day-to-day rou­tine is de­fined by be­ing con­stantly on the move, where time is of the essence. The Wash­able Suit was cre­ated with such de­mand­ing life­style as this in mind. With no need for dry clean­ing, time spent on care is re­duced to a min­i­mum. Thanks to an al­tered con­struc­tion, the in­no­va­tive tai­lor­ing can be ma­chine-washed, while re­tain­ing a sig­na­ture sharp Boss look.

The un­lined jacket fea­tures a softer shoul­der with a stripped back and re­duced in­ter­nal struc­ture, while the soft waist­band of the trousers al­lows for both wear­ing com­fort and washa­bil­ity. Each fab­ric has also been spe­cially de­vel­oped and fin­ished to with­stand the ef­fects of wa­ter and wash­ing. The suit should be lightly ironed after be­ing ma­chine-washed to en­sure a sharp fin­ish. Adding a fur­ther level of ver­sa­til­ity, the jacket and trousers are sold sep­a­rately to al­low the wearer to mix and match dif­fer­ent de­signs in the col­lec­tion and cre­ate a num­ber of looks with the sep­a­rate pieces.

At the re­open­ing of the Hugo Boss bou­tique in Ma­rina Bay Sands, we had the plea­sure of mak­ing School­ing’s ac­quain­tance and find­ing out more about his life both as an ath­lete and a stu­dent, sense of style and part­ner­ship with Hugo Boss.

Is this your first part­ner­ship with a fashion brand, and how are you find­ing it?

Hugo Boss did a good job at align­ing the cap­sule col­lec­tion with my kind of life­style. It’s in­deed the first fashion brand that I’ve worked with. It’s been a lot of fun even though it’s a dif­fer­ent in­dus­try. It’s a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence. Since I was a kid, I’ve liked to mix and match my own clothes. Mum and my nanny used to help me pack and choose the clothes to wear after prac­tice. Some of them were awe­some, and some not so much (laughs). So from a young age, I was kind of aware of what I wore and what I liked. That was one level; since work­ing with Hugo Boss, it has def­i­nitely el­e­vated a lot.

De­scribe your per­sonal style, please.

There are a lot of dif­fer­ent styles. For class, for ex­am­ple, I don’t think there’s been a sin­gle day that I wore jeans. You go around cam­pus, from the class­room to the swim­ming pool, you want to wear some­thing that’s pretty easy; jeans is just too hot in Austin, but when we go out to din­ner with friends, it’s dif­fer­ent, a good op­por­tu­nity to put to­gether some­thing that you’ve never done be­fore, or to just dress up in some­thing awe­some. I would say that my fashion va­ri­ety is pretty wide, but I dress to the oc­ca­sion. I like the clas­sic look. One of my favourite com­bos pairs a pink shirt with a navy suit, some­thing that pops. I like to play around with brighter colours, and maybe some pat­terns, but noth­ing too crazy. I would go with stripes, but not polka dots, un­less I’m feel­ing re­ally ad­ven­tur­ous.

How would you de­scribe the Boss Man?

The Boss Man of the mo­ment means you’re sup­posed to own it. You’re sup­posed to be con­fi­dent, out­go­ing; every­thing a man dreams to be. For me, it’s very easy to be that be­cause as an ath­lete, as you step into com­pe­ti­tion, you’ve got to think that you’re the best in the world, and that’s the only way you’re go­ing to be the best. There’s a fine line be­tween cocky and con­fi­dent. For me, con­fi­dence is know­ing that you can go into the same room and no one can change your morals, who you are; and you know that if you want to do some­thing, noth­ing can wa­ver that, and that you’re go­ing to fin­ish it. So that’s what a Boss Man should be, and what a Boss Man is.

“THE BOSS MAN OF THE MO­MENT MEANS YOU’RE SUP­POSED TO OWN IT. YOU’RE SUP­POSED TO BE CON­FI­DENT, OUT­GO­ING; EVERY­THING A MAN DREAMS TO BE”

What was your friends’ re­ac­tion when they found out about your part­ner­ship with Hugo Boss? (Laughs) They’ve seen some pic­tures. I get a lit­tle flag for it. They make fun of me a lit­tle bit, but not in a mean way. They are happy for me and proud of me. It’s what friends do (laughs). I mean, you don’t see many ath­letes on posters and other vi­su­als for the fashion in­dus­try, so when that hap­pens, it’s some­thing dif­fer­ent. They like it, but to keep me grounded, they like to make fun of me, in a good way.

Aside from train­ing and com­pet­ing, are you also fur­ther­ing your ed­u­ca­tion?

I’m a se­nior at The Univer­sity of Texas at Austin, and I’m study­ing Eco­nomics as my ma­jor. It’s one of the things that’s hard to grasp, but once you get it, it’s kind of

“YOU’VE GOT TO BE AG­GRES­SIVE TO BE COM­PET­I­TIVE; YOU NEVER WANT TO LOSE. YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE THAT FIRE, DAY IN AND DAY OUT, THAT YOU CARRY OVER INTO YOUR COM­PE­TI­TION”

sat­is­fy­ing. It makes me sound like nerd, but I re­ally en­joy it. Prac­tice-wise, I have the great­est team in the world. The guys are amaz­ing, they are like my broth­ers. Ed­die Reese, my head coach, is amaz­ing. He knows how to make you feel good and the but­tons to push when needs to. So we have a good com­bi­na­tion - the best swim team in the world and one of the best schools in the world.

How do you feel about join­ing the ranks of Chris Hemsworth and Se­bas­tian Stan, both of whom are also am­bas­sadors of Hugo Boss?

It’s crazy. I’m a huge Marvel fan, huge Avengers fan. Meet­ing Se­bas­tian Stan was amaz­ing. He’s a cool guy, very down to earth, very easy to talk to. Chris, or Thor re­ally, is prob­a­bly my favourite Marvel char­ac­ter, right in front of Iron Man, so to have that op­por­tu­nity to meet them and breathe the same air is pretty awe­some, a day which I will re­mem­ber for the rest of my life.

What is your strat­egy for the up­com­ing Asian Games?

The most im­por­tant thing is for me to help my team as best as pos­si­ble. I al­ways want to get best times so as to know that

I’m pro­gress­ing and train­ing in the right direc­tion. We have a young team this year, and this is the first year at the Asian Games I will be swim­ming in re­lays. I want to be more in­volved with the team. I re­ally be­lieve we can podium for our re­lays, though com­pet­ing against coun­tries like Korea, Ja­pan, China, etc, is huge for us.

You come across as Mr. Nice Guy. What are you like in the pool?

I’m not as chill in the pool. I’m like the op­po­site. You’ve got to be ag­gres­sive to be com­pet­i­tive; you never want to lose. You’ve got to have that fire, day in and day out, that you carry over into your com­pe­ti­tion. If you come watch us prac­tise, I don’t think they would let you video us just be­cause of all the things we yell at each other; we would yell across the pool. It gets pretty heated but we have each other’s best in­ter­est in mind, so I’d say it’s a very good en­vi­ron­ment. AM

The Wash­able Suit by Hugo Boss is avail­able in store and on­line from July 2018.

Hugo Boss in­tro­ducesThe Wash­able Suit, fea­tur­ing sharp tai­lor­ing for the mod­ern man on the go

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