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How I Dress Now: The Young Entrepreneur Who Thinks Basic Isn't Bad At All

From Common Projects to a good pair of tailored trousers.
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Henrik Lim isn't your typical sneakerhead. Going beyond collecting, he founded Grail Cleaning Services, a sneaker-focused care service. We caught up with the young entrepreneur to discuss why basic isn't at all bad, his passion for sneakers, and what style is to him.

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He makes use of his basics.

"My attire always goes by the rules of plain, simple, and comfortable. I pretty much just alternate between a pair of raw denim jeans, black jeans, and gray or black sweat pants. All of my hoodies or shirts are white, gray, or black. I usually choose brands that fit perfectly for me. And, I always bring a denim jacket or an overshirt with me."

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DDP, 2019

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How clothes fit really matter to him.

"My style has changed a lot. Growing up, I just wore what was on top of my pile of shirts and pants. Really, whatever was comfortable and easy. Color and fit didn't even matter to me. Now, I still wear the same comfortable and easy clothes but I pay a lot more attention to the fit. I prefer a standard fit because it's the most comfortable."

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His daily formula is pretty easy.

"The most essential item in my wardrobe would be my pair of white Common Projects. It's just a classic pair of sneakers. I pair that with a white or black shirt, black jeans, and a denim jacket for every day. Even for events, I'm all for basic and simple so I usually wear the same thing and change the shirt to a polo."

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Shades of gray

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Sneakers are his passion.

"I’m very passionate when it comes to sneakers. I wear or buy shoes because of the genuine love that I have for them. Currently, my favorite pair are my Dior B23 High Top sneakers."

Style isn't just the clothes off his back.

"It definitely tells a lot about me as a person. Usually, the first impression a person gets from you sticks in their mind. Dressing well allows me to gain self-confidence and that’s an important aspect of communication. But, I believe we dress to please ourselves in the first place and before anyone else."

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