Mr. Self-Portrait: Penang-born Designer Who’ve Found Success With Hollywood A-Listers

Although many Malaysians might not know this, aside from Jimmy Choo & Christy Ng, there’s also another local designer who has made it big abroad. Yeap, the MVP we’re referring to is Penang-born Han Chong, who is popularly known in the fashion world as Mr. Self-Portrait.

It has been 5 grand years since the 38-year-old launced his brand in London, which he admitted wasn’t always a smooth-sailing journey. But with good marketing skills and impeccable talent in garment design, Self-Portrait rose to fame in a short period of time and was even included as one of the “500 People Shaping the Global Fashion Industry” for two years in a row by The Business of Fashion.

Today, his designs are available in over 350 outlets all over the world with the first flagship store opened in London last year.

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Backed by Hollywood celebs 

The brand, famously known for it’s iconic lace dress, is sold by renowned retailers such as Selfridges and Net-a-porter. Celebrities were also spotted donning outfits from the Self-Portrait label, including Beyonce, Rachel McAdams, Emily Blunt, Jessica Biel, Resse Witherspoon, Jamie Chung and Kendall Jenner, to name a few.

When Beyonce wears your outfit.. damn, that’s major life goals!

The British royals love his designs too

Did we mention that Han Chong’s designs are totally fit for royalty? Even Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex were spotted beautifully dressed in his label. Remember this white dress? It was a turning point when Kate chose to wear one of Han Chong’s design in 2016 as it signifies that contemporary dressing should be enjoyed by everyone, including the prestigeous royal fam.

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Girls, can we spare a minute to talk about airport dressing please? Dress Link in Bio #hrhtheduchessofsussex #MeghanMarkle #DuchesofSussex

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Plastic shopping bag that multiples as grocery

Not only that, the Malaysian designer has also designed a super cool, trendy reusable plastic shopping bag. What we can decipher from the images featured on his Instagram is that this is not an ordinary plastic bag. It is made from a harder type of plastic, in which you can store so many items including plants and groceries. Plus, it even comes with a cute pocket, which allows you to store the smaller stuff such as bank cards and coins.

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Grocery shopping… #makeourbagyours #SPshopper

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Go to work… #makeourbagyours #SPshopper

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Calling all aspiring designers, here’s a chance for you to join Han Chong’s scholarship programme

On another note, Han Chong totally understands how hard it is to make a name in the fashion industry and wants to help  young aspiring designers achieve their dream too. Hence, in celebrating his success of 5 years being in the industry, together with Central Saint Martins, Self-Portrait will be offering a scholarship programme in which the brand will offer financial aid and vocational support.

Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime chance! Who knows, you might even be Kendall Jenner’s favourite designer in the future.

A man with a taste for elegance and a big heart indeed, we simply can’t wait for a peek into Mr. Self-Portrait’s upcoming collection.