Swiss Watch and IWC Schaffhausen go behind the scenes to discover the journeys of famous Malaysian designers in a rapidly changing landscape.
With the uncertainty created by today’s landscape, it goes without saying that change and transformation is happening quickly and beyond our control. On the contrary, it has driven many creatives to constantly experiment, evolve and develop their talents.
In a special collaboration to celebrate craftsmanship and strive for excellence, Swiss Watch and IWC are teaming up with three esteemed Malaysian fashion designers to talk about their personal challenges over the past two years and how they had to adapt and pivot to stay ahead. of their game.
Jovian Mandagie on staying together and trusting leadership
Since launching his eponymous brand – Jovian – in August 2012, Jovian Mandagie has established himself as one of Malaysia’s top designers. Jovian’s collections are highly sought after, and for good reason too, because his creations always aim to accentuate a woman’s look, whether it is a couture or ready-to-wear piece. That same intention played a big part in training Jovian through the COVID-19 crisis, which he admits has riddled him with uncertainty.
“I had no idea what was going to happen next, but luckily, with the support of my team and our ‘Jovianistas’, we were able to quickly turn the business from designing fashion clothes to items. essential like face masks, âsays Jovian. .
The decision to switch to accessories not only helped him weather the storm, but also opened up new opportunities for him in the world of styling.
He confides that despite their challenges, COVID-19 made Jovian’s team aware of different things about themselves. Whether it’s about trusting the leadership or depending on the team, supporting and supporting each other is extremely crucial. The crisis was an eye opener and highlighted the importance of staying together.
As a designer with a penchant for timeless, timeless and classic lines, Jovian is drawn to the IWC Portugieser Automatic Boutique Edition IW500713. With its attention to detail on a minute scale, applied Arabic numerals and slender leaf hands, the 42.3mm stainless steel model perfectly illustrates the Portugieser design.
Rizman Nordin on welcoming change and exploiting new opportunities
Rizman Nordin is a designer who connects with his unique flair and vision by combining colorful and glamorous plays on the red carpet. Running the famous fashion brand Rizman Ruzaini with its longtime business partner Wan Ruzaini Wan Jamil, the brand is known for presenting designs that are synonymous with their own distinctive identity.
But Rizman also has a tremendous business acumen to match his creativity as a designer. Finding opportunities and ways to be successful in business is fueled by his responsibility as a leader. When the pandemic hit, the brand immediately moved to an online platform to meet the ‘new normal’.
âI realized that people were staying at home, so I transformed my business to accommodate this new dynamic,â Rizman recalls. “I have a strong team behind me, and I know they depend on me, so that’s my motivation.”
While COVID-19 has been disruptive for all businesses, the designer admits being at home has given him the luxury of spending time with family. He was able to be with his wife throughout her pregnancy with their first daughter and watch her grow up, for which he is extremely grateful.
A busy man like Rizman is someone who divides his day into routines. To match his hectic lifestyle, the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar IW503605 is the perfect fit for him. With its 46mm stainless steel case and blue dial, it carries on the long-standing tradition of Big Pilot’s perpetual calendar watches – keeping the wearer’s pulse on time and the tasks at hand.
Khoon Hooi on the power of perseverance in the uncertainty of time
Having been at the forefront of the industry since the late 90s, Khoon Hooi has become a household name in Malaysian fashion after launching his own brand. But alas – like most – the pandemic has proven to be a huge challenge for him.
âOur brand focuses on second-hand clothing, so COVID-19 has turned out to be a particularly difficult time for us,â shares Khoon Hooi. “There were no events, no weddings, and on top of that, we also ran the production on our own, which abruptly came to a halt.”
Despite the challenges, Khoon Hooi confronts them head-on. He changes gears and evolves his brand from a simple second-hand clothing design to the introduction of lifestyle creations that can be worn every day, such as loungewear, masks and kaftans for children. .
Khoon Hooi expresses that the lockdown made time feel like time was slowing down and made him think about his future. It changes his perspective as a fashion designer. He is also extremely proud of his team for stepping up and working together through the most difficult times.
Time turned out to be a luxury for Khoon Hooi. The designer admits that she is indeed precious, especially because of her busy schedule. For this reason, he finds the qualities of the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch 43 IW329301 very appealing. Functional and elegant, it exudes the qualities of a true pilot’s watch. The 43-millimeter stainless steel timepiece offers a strong presence on the wrist and is equipped with an automatic movement with automatic winding.
Discover hope through a creative lens
Through these unique stories shared by Malaysia’s top fashion designers, Swiss Watch and IWC Schaffhausen offered insight into the challenges facing this diverse group of individuals. It highlights the creativity, tenacity and resilience that have been forged during times of adversity. Yet it also shows that despite the disruptions, this difficult time also presented an opportunity for many to adjust, reassess and take stock of their lives.
This collaboration between Swiss Watch and IWC Schaffhausen with Jovian Mandagie, Rizman Nordin and Khoon Hooi highlights the trials, tribulations and perseverance faced by many during the global crisis. This intimate journey of hope and inspiration told through the lens of these talented designers is intended to serve as an important source of encouragement in these truly unprecedented times.
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