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Cambodia’s creative young talent can make a splash in international markets

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Cambodia’s creative young talent can make a splash in international markets

Today, Cambodian teens has created their own unique styles through talent and taste. Fashion and art are two obvious examples and teens should praise those talents.

Recent Limkokwing University graduate Lang Suykeang, who majored in fashion design and business innovation shares her business plan.

Today, Suykeang owns KELLY & SKELLY. She designs accessories and clothing. A KELLY & SKELLY T-shirt costs $8 and up. Her product may be pricier than at the market but it has creative quality, she says.

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Suykeang owns and operates KELLY & SKELLY on her own - something to be proud at her age.

One fan, Sadi Sangvar, 20, believes brand name clothes are more flattering. She adds, “I like to wear a mix of brand name and generic clothing.”

Besides KELLY & SKELLY, you may also know Chin F-Design, a famous brand-name product made by another Cambodian youth, Hung Chin.

Chin’s product has been sold in many modern clothing shops in Cambodia, including Bruno Fashion Shop, Wow Shop, The Fashion Shop, Cover Shop and BL Elegant online shop. Chin FDesign, also sold overseas, has even received media attention in newspapers and on television.

When asked why he makes his own products he said, “I am trying hard to be a designer because I want to show that Cambodian people are talented and capable.”

Rina Roat, owner and fashion designer of EBONY TREE, says more and more young people are becoming interested in studying fashion.

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“Eight years ago when I first started my business, no one wanted to study fashion design,” she said, adding that she now teaches fashion design to four students.

According to Suykeang, who recently completed fashion school, only about 10 students have graduated from the Fashion and Design school.

Would you rather have an ornate, colourful room or just blank walls all around you? If you like the decorative option, you’d probably like the work of Lisa Mam, a Cambodian female urban street artist as well as a sixth-year dental student.

Lisa Mam has been recognised as the first female graffiti artist in the Kingdom of Cambodia; she also explains that she wants to empower the women in Cambodia through her art and she hopes to inspire other Cambodian women to do the same.

“I just can’t stop painting, when I see a blank wall or canvas I just want to create art, it’s what I love to do,” she said.

Lisa Mam paints on the streets, at hotels and restaurants and has been featured at Slur Bar, Luna restaurant, Le Biz Hotel, The Lighthouse on Otres Beach and also the ASEAN office in Battambang.

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Artist Hok Putra is decorating a whole shop such as green tea. It gives him the opportunity to draw and decorate and show his talents.

Besides painting, he is also well-versed in computer design for things such as motorcycle stickers and cars decals. He follows customer requests but also comes up with his own designs.

“I learned design then got a computer and opened my own business,” Putra said.

Lisa Mam knows being a street artist is unique but you should never do it for fame or money. Do it because it is what you believe in and are passionate about.

We should be proud of these Cambodian youths because they represent the talent in this country. No matter what subject or what medium, there will be a Cambodian youth who can do it creatively and uniquely.

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