Kensuke is the Co-Founder of NOMADE, a creative group based in Singapore that is actively involved in a multitude of fashion projects, from design and branding to directing events — so much so that they have become experts in connecting fast-growing fashion industries here in Southeast Asia with major fashion capitals around the world.
As for Tomoyoshi, he's the Creative Director at COLONY CLOTHING, the group’s retail arm which designs and produces luxury resort wear pieces that artfully mix Western fashion aesthetics with Asian fashion sensibilities. Their pieces are sold at their namesake multi-label speciality store, which carries a thoughtful curation of stylish and travel-friendly pieces made for the modern, stylish executive.
Read on as we discover their secrets to achieving great style, the latest fashion items men should invest in, and more in our exclusive interview with the tastemakers themselves.
It’s easy to assume that the term 'personal' entails sticking to a specific type of dressing or a look that you favour the most. On the contrary, the key to developing your personal style is to be open-minded towards fashion. Be bold in discovering different items that work best for you and your lifestyle.
Both Kensuke and Tomoyoshi swear by these three rules: “Know your size, find out what suits you best and be unafraid to try different styles of clothing.” And if you need a second opinion, strike a conversation with the sales staff. “They often have the knowledge and experience to advise you on the styles which look the best on you,” added Tomoyoshi.
When sharing about their personal journeys in becoming the sartorial style stars that they are today, Kensuke revealed that he was just an elementary school student when he first developed an interest in fashion — more specifically, he was drawn to Nike’s high-tech sneakers and Casio G-SHOCK watches.
“I enjoyed trying out different styles of clothing so the idea of working in the fashion industry came really natural to me,” he quips. Truth be told, fashion has become his strength as much as it’s become his weakness. While he aspires to a minimalist, he just can't resist the urge when it comes to clothing. "I’ll buy it immediately if I want it," Kensuke confesses.
As for Tomoyoshi, he’s one to wear his heart on his sleeve. He revealed: “My style of dressing reflects my personality — I am very open-minded so I’ve tried many different styles, from classic suits and vintage pieces to designer items and even streetwear. I feel that all types of fashion are powerful [in their own way] so I’m all about mixing things up.”
Tomoyoshi’s liberal style of dressing has since won him tens of thousands of fans on social media (almost 90,000 followers on Instagram, to be exact). “Social media has been great in allowing me to communicate about my thoughts and style with others. The compliments which I’ve received from my followers give me a boost of confidence. Of course, there are negative comments too but I try to think from their perspective and take their criticism positively,” Tomoyoshi revealed.