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To you, personally, what are the important qualities of a good suit?
While there are plenty of components and occasionally esoteric details that would typically make up a quality suit, the fit is the most important factor to me. You can look like a million bucks if the fit is spot on!

What’s your go-to outfit combination if you want a little power boost?
Honestly, putting on a well-fitted suit is in itself bottled confidence. So my choice would be a well-tailored navy suit, a crisp white shirt, and a pair of black Belgian loafers. I’d forgo the tie and pocket square; context is key!

What are some important habits you’ve picked up this year?
This year, I’ve really tried to dial into my exercise routine, though I’m still working hard on the diet part! I’ve learnt that there’s absolutely no substitute for hard work and consistency, so having that as a constant reminder has really helped me maintain a sort of laser-like focus on my priorities.

Share with us about a dream vacation you’d like to go on once travel restrictions open up:
I was really saddened and shocked when I learnt of the tragedy that struck Beirut earlier this August. I was planning a trip there before the pandemic hit and the fact that they’ve suffered this double whammy is so unfortunate. I still have Lebanon and the city of Beirut as part of my bucket list destinations and I’m rooting doubly hard for their swift recovery.

Tell us about a recent fashion trend that you’re not so fond of:
I think fashion is really cyclical; not to be politically correct or to hash up old clichés, but I have an utmost degree of respect for people who choose to wear whatever they want in the way they think will best express themselves. So to give a long answer to the question: there’s probably a reason why something is ‘trending’ and it’s likely because someone out there pulled it off with aplomb. That’s something to be celebrated! Wear whatever you want as long as it makes you feel good.

Tell us about a show, movie, or book you’ve finished recently that you found yourself  affected by.
Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino—this book was released last year and comprises of nine essays penned by Jia Tolentino, a staff writer at The New Yorker. I couldn’t put the book down; it felt visceral at some levels, from the very first essay itself which addressed internet culture, something many millennials like myself can relate to. Accusations of being self-absorbed and delusional have been lobbed at our generation and this book really made me reflect on why that was so. It’s a book that doesn’t take itself too seriously (read: not overtly technical).

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