Toasting yesterday's achievements and tomorrow's bright future with more motivation, positivity and inspiration than ever before is how Asanka de Mel, CEO of LOVI Ceylon (the world’s first patent-pending sarongs with pockets, belts, and more) is waving goodbye to 2020.
In this exclusive interview, we catch a glimpse of Asanka's warm sparkling personality as he reflects on the past year, his hopes and dreams for the future, and some honest truths about life at home with his gorgeous family.
This is the first Christmas where Leo understood who Santa was. He gets the whole naughty or nice concept. Christmas was more fun than ever to experience it through his eyes.
My wife made pumpkin and apple pies and chocolate cookies. Good thing I can loosen the sarong.
To stop being so hard on myself. To try to maintain a positive mental state despite what challenges may come. The only thing that matters is the present.
He’s learning so much and so fast. It’s incredible to see that at two years old he can communicate in two languages. But besides that, he’s so full of joy, and that’s contagious.
Absolutely. There’s so much to be grateful about at any given moment. Even when some things are not going your way.
Sri Lanka has been yearning for a way to express its own uncolonized, unified identity for some time now. The need for unity in Sri Lanka is timeless. Despite war, pandemic, terrorism, or peacetime, we are a nation. Period. We need to accept, respect and celebrate each other.
Everybody looks in the mirror in the morning. Even the monks. Grooming is not only about how you look, but about how you feel. It’s about confidence. It’s about being bold in your own identity, whatever that may be.
Spill the beans... Daily multivitamins - just good insurance.
I love this question. I have been developing a nose for fragrances over the last several years. There’s actually a dozen perfumes I rotate through, from oud to musky, and some floral scents – what I like runs the gamut from what is considered traditionally masculine to feminine.
The latest collection, LOVI Groom, focuses on how any member of the wedding party and their guests can wear LOVI. We want to dress everyone but the bride. As for the tip – call us, we’ll make something custom especially for your next wedding function. But please don’t wait until the last minute.
Yes, I think it was a bold move and more power to him. There will always be critics and naysayers. Look where Mr Beckham is today.
If this interview is any indication, we’re certainly being noticed! Seriously though, we’re modernising and making the 'National' to reflect the ambitions of the next generation of Sri Lankans. LOVI is making the 'National' live and breathe again.
Every sarong has its occasion. I love them all.
I like to read and build things or draw with my son.
We’re doing a complete renovation of our shop at One Galle Face. We also have several new collections in the works. We’re working towards LOVI becoming a household brand – that would be the goal for 2021.
It’s an incredible thing to wake up every morning and look forward to your day. I wish, for everyone to find their passion if they haven’t already.