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EP 4 | Hugh Koh - On Building a Malaysian Streetwear Brand: Pestle & Mortar from Scratch

By Derek Toh

“Arnold, Arthur and I wanted to start a clothing line when we were 16. We had no money and knew nothing about business. We tried it but nothing quite materialised from it.” --- Hugh KohIn this podcast episode, Hugh shares the journey of building a Malaysian streetwear brand with his best friends since 2009. Hugh talks about mistakes and lessons learnt during this journey, as well as common misconceptions about building a fashion retail business. He shares his views on e-commerce because Pestle & Mortar is both online and offline. To check out Pestle & Mortar Clothing (as discussed in the podcast), here’s the link: https://pestlemortarclothing.com/ Hugh Koh is the CEO of Pencil Produce, the operating company for Pestle & Mortar Clothing (https://pestlemortarclothing.com/). He loves pushing boundaries in everything that he does. He has a passion for everything design, business and most importantly people. He graduated with an Architecture degree and practised in Malaysia and Australia. He has a great understanding of brand building and developing meaningful business relationships. He is both a visual and strategic thinker who excels at understanding business demands and translating those into creative enterprises.When he is not grinding at work you can either find him travelling the globe, exploring cultures. He is also an avid cyclist, runner and cross fitter, an aspiring ironman.If you enjoy the podcast, do leave us feedback on Apple Podcasts/ iTunes! It will help us understand our listeners better and help convince high profile guests to join us on the show. Follow our host, Derek Toh:Instagram: instagram.com/derektohcLinkedin: linkedin.com/in/derektoh

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