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#TheObsessions — These are SocietyA Lay Peng’s Favourite Things

#TheObsessions — These are SocietyA Lay Peng’s Favourite Things

What makes some of these local or global creatives tick? In this weekly column, Lay Peng, the brains behind SocietyA, shares her many inspirations and obsessions.

1) Asian designer clothes: I love how the Asian designers work culture (old and new) into a silhouette to don. It’s like consuming so many cultures just by being yourself and wearing them. I collect Kimono tops by Sean Sheila every season; the embroidery is so unique to Indonesian heritage.

I also collect dresses from Korean designer Tibaeg as her prints and silhouettes are effortlessly feminine and pretty. And I always buy pieces from PH5, a technical knit brand from Chinese founder who challenges knitwear in a novel manner — impossible to replicate.

2) Shoes: I love the story behind each pair of shoes, from conceptualisation to design and production, and to have the wearer feel empowered are very powerful.

Some of my go-to shoe brands are Sergio Rossi, Fratelli Rossetti, Prada, Gucci, Christian Dior, Ferragamo and Fendi.

3) Perfume: I like that the scent you wear speaks of your presence and personality. I like anything with rose, oud, leather or amber accords.

4) Accessories and jewellery: I feel that accessories and jewellery finish a look and it helps to express my personality. I like fashion accessories from Korean designer, Panache by Sunyoung.

I also buy fine jewellery as I see them as an investment and a heritage that I can keep and pass on to my children and grandchildren.

5) Travelling:
Culture and people — even animals in a safari — intrigue me. Different destinations are akin to putting on different lenses to open up your mind and perspective.

6) Stationery: I’m a fan of any paper products! From cards, writing paper, notebooks, mini notes, etc.

7) Bags: For me, a really good bag must fulfill three qualities — sensibility, construction and design. One of my favourite bags is the Fendi Peekaboo — a top handle, elegant shape, two separate compartments, no zips (so it doesn’t scratch my watch or accessories) and a turn lock for aesthetic purposes.

And great leather if it’s the Selleria range.

8) Coffee: My favourite coffee is a macchiato with some coffee cream that I can purchase along the streets of Italy.

9) Skincare:
I’m always open to try new sensible brands and I believe education is key to knowing what you need. With that awareness, we are able to achieve our desired results.