Hong Kong’s hustle culture is one that many live by on the daily, but few can say they embody it in the same way as Julius Brian Siswojo. To kickflip enthusiasts, he’s a street icon: having founded skateboard and streetwear shop 8Five2 and the game-changing skate park, Sk85ive2; to local hip hop connoisseurs, he’s been an OG of the city’s decades-burgeoning hip hop scene since his stint as Sir JBS: an instrumental piece of the pioneering, legendary hip hop group 24HERBS. To the Hong Kong public, he’s a man of many talents, from establishing the multi-joint barbershop Handsome Factory to becoming a rising star in the world of local cinema. Julius Brian Siswojo has become an indelible mainstay in the shared consciousness of Hong Kong pop culture.
Ahead of Father’s Day, we sat down with Brian to learn more about his Jakartan roots, his Hong Kong upbringing, and perhaps most significantly — the man, the myth, and the legend behind the Brian we know today.
FATHER’S DAY OFFERS
In celebration of the most important men in your life, enjoy the below offers from now until Sunday, June 18th
All fathers receive 50% off on cuts and services at Handsome Factory when coming in for a cut with their son.*
Receive Double Bonus Points upon purchase of HK$3,000 on menswear and accessories, and lifestyle items online.*