The lotus is a sacred flower in Cambodia and a piece of symbolism that has grown in significance to me as I have grown. Combining something as western as the suit and Southeast Asian as the lotus sparked my curiosity and prompted me to create this look. The symbolism of the lotus, meaning enlightenment and regeneration was important to me in designing the garments. Everything was deliberate, from the lapel shaped like a lotus leaf to relaxed tailoring with careful curvature of the seams to imitate the lotus. No detail of the construction was overlooked, such as hand interfacing and fully lining the jacket. Collaboration was an integral part of this project. I worked with my mother, a jeweler, to design enamel buttons, and my friend Todd Barrera-Disler to create a bespoke pair of shoes referencing traditional Khmer footwear. The intent was to create something as beautiful as the lotus while also referencing the west.