Photography by Phan Vo (instagram @phan_vo)

In life, we all have mentors, people that inspire us to aim higher, to achieve more or simply be a better version of who we are. 

Four years ago, I had the privilege to meet a true gentleman. I must confess it was a style crush at first sight! Mr Thuan Nguyen is currently dividing his time between Paris and Ho Chi Minh City. Today he is now recognized as one of the most stylish and elegant men about town. For this article, Mr Thuan Nguyen is wearing his own made to measure tailored suit. Whilst I wore a single breasted "Antonio Torres", not only that I was styled by Antonio himself!

But how well do you wear your suit? With today’s article I would like to go through the basic rules when wearing a suit.

1. Suit Color
This is all about preference, but black isn’t the be all and end all of suits.
Most of us own a dependable black suit, it's a wardrobe staple but a wardrobe full of black suits is just unadventurous (sorry Mr Ford!) Personally I love navy blue or dark grey as first choices: just so easy to mix and match.

2. Shoulders must fit
The days of Miami Vice are over. If you don’t have broad shoulders then it is important that you pay way more attention to the fit. It is important to see how much of your frame fills out the jacket. If your physique is a little imbalanced then you may never find the perfect fitting jacket and will require a skilled alteration  tailor!

3. Cuff coverage
Some people will have longer arms than others, so it is hard to fully determine what can be done about your cuffs if you do indeed have long arms: ideally, the shirt cuffs will exceed the suit jacket by about half an inch and certainly no more than an inch or less than the actual jacket.

4. Jacket Length
As a rule on a traditional jacket the length of sleeve should hit the same height as the knuckle of your thumb. More contemporary jackets may be shorter but never go longer.

5. Trouser length
The length must sit perfectly on your ankle and crucially before it rests on your shoe. When you sit down your trousers will rise up a little bit, so to save yourself from embarrassment make sure that you have socks that rise a fair way past your Achilles. If you wear gym socks or those short length socks with a suit, then you’ll get what you deserve if your hairy legs are on show.

6. Shoe Color
 Shoe colour is important because it compliments your choice of suit. Black suit and black shoes are the “sit on the fence swiss” option, but if you actually want to look like you don’t just own one suit or aren't a character out of Pulp Fiction, you will need options. Brown always works well with navy, but not necessarily always with grey. So be vigilant and make sure you don’t take the simplistic look of brown is brown. Remember belt always matches shoes!

7. Pocket Square
Don’t ever have a pocket square that matches your tie. It rather defeats the purpose of having a flourish of additional color and pattern. It also just looks like you're wearing a pre bought Christmas set from Grandma!

Hope my top tips will help you "rock" a suit for any occasion! Finally, I am a man who believes a well cut suit just like in the movies makes for a great night, customized suiting is a must for a man who understands the gentleman's lifestyle.

Special thanks to The Society


Video by Dai Ngo Studio
Special thanks: Thu Vu, Quan Ngo & Mark Acree


A few weeks ago, for the very first time, I had the chance to experience Vietnam International Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 in HCMC. I really didn't know what to expect. I was amazed by the excitement and enthusiasm of the people during these few days. I really enjoyed attending fashion week and seeing all the diversity and inspirational work from the designers. Most all the vietnameses designers brought to their collections in some form their asian heritage in terms of art, culture or in some cases a new interpretation of the asian woman. I found It very inspiring. For me it was "East meets West" through Fashion on the runway of VIFW!

One of my favourite collections was from vietnamese designer Le Thanh Hoa, who closed Fashion week. I was very excited to see the staging of the models on the runway wearing stunning ensembles . The collection was simple sexy and glam. Based on a military theme, le Thanh Hoa brought something Hot and edgy to his collection with the use of original shape fitting formal cutting and use of material. Le Thanh Hoa is used to designing more classical evening gowns for red carpets events for celebrities but this time he showed his versatility and creativity that definitely surprised everyone present! 

As this was soo inspiring I wanted to follow his mood and surprise you guys! Fashion should be fun and risk taking by trying out new things... and here is the result. A brand new look and style of pictures that I have never tried before! I was very lucky for this shoot to collaborate with a young and very talented team. How many guys would dream of swapping places with me to hold such a gorgeous model right? Between you and me I was pretty nervous on set as I'm not trained as a model. She was simply stunning and so very down to earth and easy to work with! The shoot was an absolute hot! So much fun as you can see in the pictures!

If you believe in your dreams and in yourself, no matter how hard you have to try you will survive and shine if you have passion and modesty! Always keep fighting for your dreams coz "you are a SURVIVOR

Fashion: Military’16 by Le Thanh Hoa
Photographer: Milor Tran
Stylist: Louis Dang
Model: Hang Nguyen
Hair and Make Up: Mid Nguyen


As I am writing these few lines whilst waiting at Zurich Airport to fly back to HCMC, I reflect it has been a very thought provoking week. On Saturday May 21, my best friend Régine said “OUI” to Sebastien, the love her life. As her best man (traditionally the stand in if the groom does a "no show" lol), I got to play a part in her special day! Not only that, what an unforgettable day it was! Here are some pictures I took during the wedding. Everything was simply beautiful, elegant and sophisticated... just like the newlyweds themselves!

Régine and I grew up together over the years. We were always by each other's side. In all honesty, I couldn’t ask for anything more in a friend. She is the most focused, stable, ambitious, generous, kind and down to earth person I have ever met. She is definitely my best friend and the one who knows me best.The one that no matter what life throws at you, you know you can always turn to her for words of wisdom and support no matter the distance. As a lawyer her view of the fashion industry is at best illuminating but she has always supported and encouraged me, always the rational voice of reason and compassion: "Never give up on your dream, do what makes you happy, don't compromise and no matter what, I will always be by your side!" What more can I say... Just "Ditto Regine!"

May Regine and Sebastien be great examples to all of us. These two were truly made for each other: a perfect match and a perfect day! Congratulations to you both!