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Self-Portrait Founder Han Chong Shares His Favourite Hangout Spots In London

Malaysian-born and London-based, the founder of label of the moment Self-Portrait reveals his personal loves and favourite hideouts in his adopted home country.
Han Chong

His favourite art duo Elmgreen & Dragset’s Van Gogh’s Ear, on view at Rockefeller Center

FAVOURITE ARTIST “Elmgreen & Dragset (a Danish-Norwegian artist duo known for their humorous critiques on modern life). I’ve been a long-time fan of their pieces – I saw their latest work Van Gogh’s Ear when I was in New York and thought it was really clever.”

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Han Chong

The Tate Modern’s new extension (above) is clad in a perforated lattice exterior made up of 336,000 bricks, allowing natural light to enter in the day, while it’s lit from within and glows outwards at night.

RECOMMENDED MUSEUM “I like to go to the museums in whichever country I visit. The Tate Modern (in London) is the one I visit most. I love its range of works as well as its architecture.”

LAST ALBUM HE LISTENED TO “That would be Sia’s latest, This is Acting. I really like the honesty in her lyrics.”

Han Chong

Comme des Garcons 2 Man – his daily scent

SIGNATURE FRAGRANCE “I wear Comme des Garcons 2 Man on a daily basis; I just love the way it smells.”

Han Chong

The Duck & Rice does upscale Cantonese cuisine with a modern twist.

RESTAURANT PICKS “It really depends on whether you want to do expensive or something affordable. Personally, I go to Chinatown a lot, but there’s also The Duck & Rice in Soho, which I frequent for its authentic Asian food.”

NEIGHBOURHOOD to know “One of my favourite neighbourhoods in London is Shoreditch – it’s close to my office and where I live (he’s just bought a house). It’s a very vibrant, young and artistic part of London.”

GO-TO SHOPPING HAUNTS “I always shop at Selfridges – it’s such a beautiful store.”

Han Chong

Self-Portrait S/S ’17 mixes masculinity with the brand’s signature flounces.

MUST-HAVE LOOK FROM S/S ’17 “I particularly like look 17 (above centre) – it feels new, but still retains a strong Self-Portrait identity. It’s femininity with an attitude. We are evolving; we are trying out different fabrications. We have such a strong signature with lace, (but) I always want to bring in something new. This season, we explored masculine tailoring and mixed it with Self-Portrait’s signature romantic style.”

This story first appeared in Female‘s Jan 2016 issue.

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