Creative experiment

Ms Pek Lay Peng wearing her dark green and gold kimono jacket from Malaysian label Sean and Sheila.
Ms Pek Lay Peng wearing her dark green and gold kimono jacket from Malaysian label Sean and Sheila. ST PHOTOS: MARCUS TAN

Fashion retailer Pek Lay Peng likes to explore different shapes and silhouettes

Q & A

Ms Pek Lay Peng, 31, founder of multi-label fashion retailer Society A. She is married with a son

How would you describe your sense of style?

Chic and creative. I don't stick to one style and I like to experiment with shapes and silhouettes.

When did your interest in fashion start?

It started from the moment I could choose my clothes. Fashion has always been a part of me and it enables me to express my rather serious personality - I am not the frilly sort and am deliberate with my choices.

Who are your favourite designers and go-to brands?

New York knitwear label PH5 for its unique prints and knit textures. I also like South Korean brands Soulpot Studio, for its minimalist and structural designs, and Ti:Baeg, for its eye-catching florals prints.

Who are your style icons?

I admire China's First Lady Peng Li Yuan as she exudes elegance and supports Chinese and Asian designers. She definitely has her own unique style.

What are your favourite pieces in your wardrobe?

My pink and green organza Ti:Baeg summer trench coats for their floral prints (photos 1 and 2); a black and white PH5 moto jacket (photo 3) because it is a statement piece; my dark green and gold kimono jacket from Malaysian label Sean and Sheila for its embroidery; my black Luveg bucket bag in mink (photo 4) - it is edgy and super luxe; and my Soulpot Studio white short-sleeved dress because it is simple yet eye-catching (photo 5).

What are your weaknesses when it comes to shopping?

It can be anything from clothing to jewellery to shoes - as long as it strikes me as something unique. I pay attention to the print, materials and details such as the buttons and zips used.

What is your favourite splurge piece?

I don't consider any of my purchases a splurge as I am willing to pay for it, but I do like to buy Hermes scarves whenever I travel because it is quite easy to find Hermes stores all over the world. I started this habit in 2008 when I was in Las Vegas and I have about 20 in total. Each costs about $1,000 to $1,300. Some are $2,000. My favourite is a bright, multicoloured Twilly scarf (photo 6).

Is there a purchase you have regretted?

No. I would regret not buying the item instead. I don't want to experience the feeling of regret when I realise it has sold out.

What is your most recent fashion purchase?

I spent about $5,000 on clothes from Thai designers when I was in Bangkok, Thailand, a while ago, including a green and white dress from Kloset Design and a blue jumpsuit from Disaya (photo 7). I like the cut of the dress as it makes me look good and the embroidery is chic and detailed. For the jumpsuit, I was really attracted to the pearls and the blue colours.

What is the best shopping or style advice you live by?

Dressing is a representation of oneself.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 02, 2016, with the headline 'Creative experiment'. Print Edition | Subscribe