Our coverboy Vasantha de Silva is synonymous in the world of
hairdressing in Sri Lanka. Fuelled by his passion from the moment he started working in a salon in Milan almost forty years ago, Vasantha has managed to forge ahead with his creative genius and sharp cuts. Equally at home backstage at the Milan Fashion Week or at his salon Kess in Colombo. His quirky sense of style and his ebullient
nature add to his star quality. We also feature Hassan Esufally who is undergoing rigorous training in his efforts to be the first Sri Lankan to join the exclusive Seven Continents Marathon Club. With three marathons already under his belt, Hassan has to complete four more in harsh and remote
places such as mainland Antarctica, the Inca
Trail and across the African savannah.

Endowed with a persevering spirit, Hassan has dedicated 2018 to achieving this goal and doing Sri Lanka proud. Displaying an entrepreneurial spirit, childhood friends Dakshini and Rajitha realized a long held dream when they launched Asalt, their own footwear business using ethically sourced leather from Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Heidy and Catherine, the founders of L’Atelier Touché gelled together over their
love for fine fashion and decided to launch their label Touché. Following the success of their numerous collections this designer duo took the plunge and opened their own store which now sees a steady stream of customers
who are drawn to their high-end clothing collections that are chic and minimal.
We are proud to feature Tara Bolling as the legend in this issue. Feted as Ceylon’s first star female swimmer, Tara was considered instrumental in putting Ceylon on the global swimming map. After winning various events in many local championships, Tara was selected to represent Ceylon at the Commonwealth Games in Wales in 1958. Hi!! is proud to have been associated with HSBC Colombo Fashion Week since its inception 15 years ago and we congratulate
Ajai and his team for striving to make Sri Lanka the fashion hub of South Asia.