This time we were shooting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – I flew out there for work and couldn’t resist immortalizing local vibes.
I was so busy and so jet-lagged that thought: mission impossible. Had a meeting set very early morning with a local star photographer. Already imagined “lost in translation”, confusion, differences in taste and vision… Shock when I enter the hotel lobby and meet someone who speaks perfect Russian and grew up in Lithuania – steps away from me 🙂 For you guys who doesn’t know – I grew up in Riga, Latvia.
I realized Asia is a tough place to shoot outside – the heat is madness and humidity is like 95% but I absolutely wanted to capture the vibes of Chinatown. I was not at all interested in pretty and polished – we went through Chinatown’s fish and meat market, spoke with locals, entered stores, explored hidden corners, found beauty in everything.
Let me tell you about my outfit. As you may know I travel a lot and live out of my suitcase for at least 5 month a year. You can imagine that wardrobe pieces that are lightweight, don’t need care and go with everything are my drug. This explains why I am addicted to ISSEY MIYAKE Pleats Please.
This black ISSEY MIYAKE Pleats Please set I am wearing for the shooting is a relatively new acquisition but I can tell you that you will see me wearing it 10 years later for another shoot!
ISSEY MIYAKE Pleats Please collection first launched in 1993. Made from single pieces of high quality 100% polyester fabric, Pleats Please clothing was innovative in its process: the clothes were first cut and sewn together from fabric that is nearly three times larger than the finished item of clothing, then placed between sheets of paper and hand fed into a pleats machine. Pleats Please clothes are very functional and practical; they store easily, travel well, require no ironing, can be machine-washed, and dry within hours.
I paired my ISSEY MIYAKE Pleats Please set with a pair of black ankle boots and a one of a kind hand-embodied summer coat from a Thai couturier. All his coats are unique so no one in the world will have the same one. I love how my Dior Abstract Purple Mirror Havana Sunglasses are perfectly matching those fuchsia and purple accents on the summer coat.
This reminds me of another great thing about ISSEY MIYAKE Pleats Please: it looks chic but very plain in a good way, which means that is very easy to style in a million different ways by simply varying accent pieces. Imagine this set with a leather jacket and a pair of trainers. Works, right?
ISSEY MIYAKE Pleats Please Top (similar here)
ISSEY MIYAKE Pleats Please Pants (similar here)
Photos by Paulius Staniunas