#CreateYourHistory with Tri Handoko and Patrice Desilles

The fashion people you need to know start with Tri and Patrice.

Tri Handoko, a fashion designer with various brands: Tri Handoko, Austere by 3Handoko, and 3 White Label, stated that his childhood dream was never about fashion. Same case also happened to Patrice Desilles, the academic program manager of the best fashion school in Indonesia, Esmod Jakarta, who now specializes in menswear and modern couture—didn’t realize his passion in the fashion world since early age.

So tell us about your childhood dreams.
Patrice: “For me, I didn’t really know what I wanted to be or what I wanted to do so then I tried a lot of things for a living. You name it: cooking, making house roof, fixing cars, and others. I discovered that my dream is about making clothes for my mom, I jumped into fashion late in my life in 1994. And now, I work in the fashion industry, so I’ve fulfilled not also my dreams, but also my hobbies.”
Tri: “When I was a kid, I didn’t know what I wanted to be. But if you ask my cousins, they said that I used to want to be a cook when I was little. So I don’t think that’s in line with what I do now. I got hooked in fashion during my high school years, when I was 15.”
What were the inspirations that made you where you are now?
Patrice: “My career started by coincidence. Since I was a bit old for studying—I was 30 at that time, while my classmates were all 18, so then I became close with the teachers. One of the teachers proposed to me to do some training outside school, then I became a teacher directly after I received my master. And I was lucky that Esmod was looking for teachers, so I did the training and I flew to Damascus and instantly it started from there.”
Tri: “It started from when I saw my seatmate in school making fashion sketches in class, and I was interested in what she was doing. Then, I started to follow her on what she did that time. That’s how I started.”
What’s ‘Creating Your History’ for you?

“For me, creating history isn’t something you do consciously or intentionally. I hope I will leave a legacy, which one of them is to be a teacher. The fact that I could share my experiences, my ups and downs, or whatever it is that I have to share with the young generation. I wish I could leave some good legacy when I’m no longer around. Not only career wise, but also about being the best person that I could be.”


“To be able to deliver a lot of things to my students, that’s the objective as a teacher. To bring a lot of insights to them, to make them grow and go on top of who we are today. A history is to make sure that you leave an impact to people around you, that’s important.”

What are the things that you have been through that you consider as achievements?

“I have the tendency to never say no. So for me, if there is a proposition, there is always a solution to develop that proposition. So I do a lot of things, not only in school but also outside, and these are the reasons that I became wiser than before. I learned a lot and it shaped who I am today.”


“My biggest achievement was when I did my very first fashion show. It felt really good when people said to me that I was the first one who invented the line of masculinity and minimalism. The most important thing is that you’re happy with what you do. That’s what an achievement is for me.”

Editor: Galuh Tathya
Writer: Dela Naufalia
Photographer: Ganang Arfiandi
Digital Imaging: Rendra Martin
Stylist: Salsabila Sari
MUA: Nadia Renata
Wardrobe: Legiteamate, available at TheFThing.com

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