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5 minutes with Wilson Msiska


International Account Manager Wilson Msiska’s sense of style and fashion gives him the confidence to navigate the world.

International man of mystery Wilson Msiska.

ECU International Account Manager Wilson Msiska has a big patch, including South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. As well as jet-setting around the world, he also has a keen sense of fashion and designs his own range of bow ties and pocket squares.

Q. You arrived in Australia in 2002 as a student from Zambia. Do you encourage international students to follow a similar path?

I’m away from home more than 100 nights a year as part of my role to manage our South Asian markets. I think my own journey from international student to getting two degrees here in WA shows that the fair go still exists. It doesn’t matter what you look like, if you’re qualified, you can get the job.

Q. Is it true you’re the best dressed man on campus?

Sometimes I look in the mirror and I think ‘damn I look good.’ But I grew up without much confidence, believe it or not! My outlet was always clothing, having my own style, and that’s what gave me confidence to navigate the world and do my job.

Q. Where did you get your sense of style from?

My grandmother is from Malawi. She didn’t get an education, unfortunately, but she did know how to cook and how to dress. I would describe her style as eccentric, very colourful but also coordinated so that her hat and shoes always match the outfit.

Q. You design bow ties and pocket squares in your spare time — what advice do you give men on how to dress?

I use nature to coordinate my colours. If you go outside right now, you can see a tree with the brown bark of the trunk contrasted with the green of the leaves. So in an outfit that could be a green jacket and brown pants. If you look at the sky, you see white and blue, two colours which also contrast nicely in clothing.

People charge thousands of dollars to use a stylist. But you don’t need them. My advice for Aussie guys is to go out there and look at nature.

Q. If you had to pick one item of clothing in your wardrobe, what is your favourite?

My suit that I wore to my wedding. But it doesn’t fit anymore!

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