Prathan - Thailand
Posted: Nov 01 2015
We recently sat down to have a chat with Prathan, a Bangkok native, savvy businessman and extremely dapper suit wearer.
What do you do?
I work in asset management, dealing in none-performing assets. We’re one of such financial institutions in Thailand and about to go public very soon. We also operate in plastic manufacturing machines, a very competitive market, where we’ve been active over 30 years now. Following the Asian financial crisis of 1997, we also diversified into property management, to make each business less exposed. In fact, when the crisis hit, I was studying physics in the US, I really wanted to become a researcher. When I came back my father had worked so hard that his hair was turning white, so I decided to join the company to help out.
What’s your favorite thing about Bangkok?
The food. Thai food really is good. But in Bangkok you can also find authentic restaurants from lots of different places. The Italian food for example is very good. I also like that there are many great golf courses nearby and they’re not so busy that you need a reservation. I play every week, mostly night golf, where spotlights light up the court.
How does work and life in the city affect the way you dress?
At the end of my studies in the US, I knew I would go into business when I came back, so I went on Amazon and bought a bunch of books about style, how to dress well, how to properly dimple a tie, etc. So when I started working I knew how to dress for business.
I think in business, credibility is very important. As a young entrepreneur working among mid-age accomplished directors and management team, I need to make an impression that radiates seriousness, decisiveness, and professionalism. Dressing well can set one apart from the pack and create a good impression and trustworthiness, which, in turn, creates more business opportunities.
Of course in Bangkok, the hot weather makes an impact, as well as the occasion. If I go out of town to meet clients I’ll just wear a polo shirt but I always wear a suit to meetings. This hopsack is really breathable and I have a good set of basics in light Super 140s and 150s qualities.
What do you think of the Tailor On Ten experience?
I had made tailored suits before, but got fed up with how it turned out and just bought off the rack for several years. Then I found you guys! After I started coming to Tailor On Ten, I packed up all my old suits and donated them. Now I’m rebuilding my wardrobe with real tailored clothes. In fact, see this jacket, I had almost the exact same one off the rack, but this one just looks so much better.
When people see clothes, they may not understand all the details, but when it comes together you just look well dressed. (You can check out our in-house tailors here)
What piece of clothing can no man live without?
A navy sport coat – so versatile! As a side note, I’m really getting into pocket squares, and yours are great. I went to one of the high street shops in town, they sell pocket squares for 2400 THB…
Tailor On Ten’s pocket squares are a very reasonable 800 THB and unlike the high street brands, ours are handmade in Italy from 100% silk. Check them out here.
What’s the most stylish city you’ve visited?
I think two, Tokyo’s business district and Wall Street, New York. As you can tell, I really like the professional look.
Any travel destinations to recommend in Thailand?
There are so many! I think my favorite is the golf course Royal Hills near Khao Yai, where my wife and I took our pre-wedding photos. It’s so beautiful and they have a great resort.
Speaking of Prathan’s wedding, we had the distinct pleasure of outfitting him for it, and the whole occasion came out absolutely stunning. In his own words, “I got so many compliments on that tuxedo…” Check out the story and his truly incredible wedding photos here.
Here, Prathan is wearing a navy hopsack suit and luxury cotton shirt, complimented by a Cranberry Palermo Pocket Square.