🪡 Making the clothes that make the man - LoTW: Luke Samtani
Leader of the Week: Luke Samtani, the Gold Standard of Tailoring
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I’m Luke Samtani, Managing Director of a family-run business, Ash Samtani Clothing now in its 64th year of specializing in high-end custom tailoring of bespoke apparel for Ladies & Gents. I have 35 years of experience in sales & marketing serving to a growing global client-base of long-standing corporate clients including families spanning 4 generations.
People often get intrigued and think I’m totally ‘mixed up’ when they find out that I’m born in Hong Kong, roots are from India, western educated, hold a British passport and proficient in Cantonese, English & Hindi/Sindhi. But the fact is, my upbringing and diverse foundation are warmly immersed in the vast, rich cultures of both the East & West.
Luke’s snazzy looking headlines
Hong Kong to restart international events in Nov
As a long-standing stakeholder, I am anxious for the hard-borders to be opened, normalcy to be resumed, and for Hong Kong to retain its global presence as a financial centre as well as an International Business & Cultural Hub showcasing the best of East & West.
To this effect, I was extremely encouraged by the Hong Kong Government’s efforts to revive our city’s reputation when it was reported in the SCMP that the wheels are in motion this coming November for Hong Kong to host two very important international events namely, the world-famous Rugby Sevens and a financial forum being attended by prominent overseas business leaders and investors.
Embrace anxiety, to heal anxiety
Like most of us, I am mindful of the safety & mental wellbeing of the community. But what has concerned me the most during these challenging Covid times is the increasing number of those who have been consumed by anxiety and have sunk into a state of depression. Obviously we must approach these serious issues using science and logic and not label them as taboos but an ailment or condition that is treatable. This article is not only educational but provides positive insights and practical solutions.
Our Award Winning Family Business
Being a qualified Master Fitter, Wardrobe Consultant and Image Specialist, I am passionate about providing, educating and promoting quality tailoring especially to those who are eager to dress for success!
One of my proudest professional achievements is that under my leadership, Ash Samtani Clothing won the “Gold Award - Custom Tailor” in recognition of Outstanding Quality & Customer Service by the Hong Kong Tourism Board & Quality Tourism Services (QTS).
Personally tailored events
As I follow a vegan plant-based diet, undoubtedly, I'm excited about Hong Kong's biggest and most diverse vegetarian and green living expo that will take place in June.
For a sustainable lifestyle, I strongly feel that we need to do our part to respect our natural surroundings. And that includes preserving our environment and having compassion for all beings including animals. To this effect, I try my best to lead a green & healthy life-style.
When: 10-12 Jun (latest rescheduling)
Entry: Free (advanced registration; $20 walk-in)
Hong Kong Fashion Week
Being in the Clothing and Fashion business, I always attend the annual Hong Kong Fashion Week to learn new trends, styles, fashions from my peers and top contemporary designers. This year marks the 53rd edition of the conference, and I can’t wait to go and see what new ideas have been developed over the past year!
When: 5 - 8 Jul 2022 (Physical Fair)
Entry: Trade only - registration details TBC
Luke’s got a secret up his sleeve
“Hong Kong's best kept secret is [redacted] market organised by the [redacted] foundation”
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Bien Caramélisé: Vegan French Bakery
For a pastry fix, scrumptious cinnamon rolls and delectable cakes, I look no further than to Bien Caramélisé. And the fact that it’s a 100% plant-based patisserie makes it all the more mouthwatering!!
Bien Caramélisé is the first pâtisserie in Hong Kong to reinvent classic French chef Jessica Chow spent the last several years exploring and researching plant-based cuisine before opening the boutique, which is tucked away at the Prince Edward flower market.
Life Coach: Kevin Chuc
In today’s hectic and unpredictable environment, even capable and admired leaders are not spared. They can easily have doubts, difficulty in making clear decisions or even hit a wall. That’s where Kevin Chuc, a Certified Life Coach comes in to work with leaders to help them think out of the box, open up to new insights and achieve a mindset transformation. Founder and Principle Consultant of Dialogue Plus Limited, a boutique consultancy firm focus in business and personal transformation, Kevin focuses on helping SMEs and young business owners their maximum potential.
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