It’s like Tonle Bati but only half an hour outside of Phnom Penh, southwest near the Mekong. It’s a very Cambodian style of place. It’s for picnics. They have huts that jut a little bit out into the river. You order food at a market and you basically go out into your own space in your own hut and eat. There are even boats you can ride, for $3. The first time I went, I thought it was a very cool, very calm spot – a place to take off your shoes and relax in a hammock.
I’ve had my office there since August. I hang out in the lobby or at the Hou Lounge – which only exists when I put on an event. At the end of September, we had a filmmakers’ night. [Last] Sunday, we did a Thanksgiving pot luck dinner. I think one of the things that I like about hanging out there is its central location. It’s very much the centre of everything and a lot of my meetings are close by. Also it’s become a central place for artists. It’s a cool place where all the creative people come together. Mito Lounge, #11 Street 174.
Before I got to be at the hotel I was always at D22. I like the solitude, the wide open space. It’s chill. It gives me this feeling that I’m back in the US again. At ground level, you see trash, people yelling, but when you’re up at D22, there’s an elegant staff and style – it’s a Japanese-owned business. I used to meet all my clients there too. They enjoy the view, which is amazing. I have a lot of friends who are visiting and they want to see a view so I take them up there. They feel a connection up there from the top looking down. D22, 22F Phnom Penh Tower, #445 Monivong Boulevard.
D Wilkins leather accessories.
I have a friend who makes Italian leather bags, Diego. His shop is upstairs on the corner of Bassac Lane but is still being built. He makes them all by hand. It’s authentic. We have a lot in common. I used to make stuff all by myself, too. His pieces are one of a kind. It’s the same for me too. I could take an old military jacket from the ’50s, and it’s one of a kind, and I re-engineer it into a new type of fashion.Web: facebook.com/DWilkinsCollection
When I have friend who comes over or I have a celebration, I go here. We get a table. We do the whole shenanigans. I’m not a clubber but it’s nice sometimes, just to hang out and spend time with people that enjoy social drinking, not drinking to kill themselves. It gives me the feeling like I’m in LA. Other clubs here don’t have that feeling, that vibe. Epic is spacious. The crowd there is mixed. It’s not just locals. People are dressed up. Nobody wears sandals. People there have a sense of a style. Epic Club, #122 B (near Russian Embassy),