Hannah Tan is one of Kuala Lumpur’s biggest stars, and she’s earned her star the best way she knows how — through hard work, dedication, persistence, and an impressive array of talents. We met the beautiful Penang-born star at the launch of the new Sacoor Brothers boutique at Suria KLCC and she chatted to us about new projects, her personal style, and having her outfit for the night tailored by Sacoor Brothers.
Lifestyle Asia (LSA): What have you been up to in the last 5 years?
Hannah Tan (HT): Apart from the day-to-day running of the businesses I’m involved in, there are a few passion projects that my team and I have been working on that I’m really excited about. We have spent some time developing ideas and businesses that allow me to do the things I enjoy, and at the same time have it be sustainable. As they say, do what you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.
LSA: You’re still as beautiful as you were when you first started out in the Malaysian entertainment scene in 2001. What’s your secret?
HT: I only use the pictures from 2001. (Laughs) No but seriously, you’re being too kind. As we get older, I believe we become more conscious about our body. We learn to listen to it, and we make an effort to be more balanced. I have learnt the importance of quality and consistency over quantity – in terms of sleep, food, exercise and work. Like every woman, I also believe that a good skincare habit makes all the difference. Never underestimate the power of sunblock; and with makeup, sometimes less is best.
LSA: Can we look out for any new music, films or TV shows from you?
HT: Yes, there are some projects I’m currently looking at, but I just have to find the right time and balance, because these things require a lot of focus and attention. Here’s when I wish we had more than 24 hours to a day!
LSA: What is something you’d like to do in the next year or so?
HT: I’d like to be able to cross a few more things off my bucket list. At the same time, I hope the projects we’re working on at the moment will have progressed as planned.
LSA: Let’s discuss fashion for a second… What is your style?
HT: Generally, I like to keep things clean and minimal. I also prefer to wear things that are practical to my day-to-day life – be that in a meeting, the office, or a social environment. Lately I find myself drawn more towards the classics and items or styles that are more timeless. I suppose its natural for our style to evolve as we do in life.
LSA: Who are your favourite designers?
HT: Victoria Beckham, Alexander Wang, Coco Chanel and Zac Posen.
LSA: Sacoor Brothers dressed you for this event. How did you like your dress?
HT: One of the first things I noticed when wearing the dress was how comfortable it was. It’s always a good thing when you can be fashionable and comfortable at the same time. Something else that caught my attention was when I first tried the dress on: I normally have a little difficulty with foreign brand sizes, but as part of their service, they tailored the dress to my size, which I found unique. Without me having to say anything, Maria understood exactly how I liked the dress to fit. This was my first experience with a Portuguese tailor, and I’d like to thank Hugo and team for such a great experience with the brand.
LSA: What do you think about the new Sacoor Brothers store in KLCC?
HT: I was drawn to the Kids section. I thought it was adorable to see those little outfits, imagining kids dressed up as adults.
LSA: Tell us – in 3 words – what you think about a man in a suit?
HT: Chic, masculine, refined.
LSA: Last question: What music are you listening to now, and what book are you currently reading?
HT: I listen to whatever is on my Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify. I like a variety of music so that gives me a good mix. My current read is Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis.