The Style Sheet was lucky enough to spend a sunny afternoon at the Lamma home of Olivia Cotes-James, female entrepreneur, founder and CEO of LUÜNA naturals — an award-winning line of feminine hygiene products. Along with organic cotton pads, tampons and liners, all hypoallergenic and free of the toxins found in conventional cotton and non-cotton brands, LUÜNA is also the first brand to stock a period cup in a mainstream retailer in Hong Kong, through Watsons.
The start-up founder has spent the best part of the pandemic so far in her colourful Lamma abode. While paying her a visit, we learnt about her WFH routine, love of nature and support of the women in her creative world.
The Style Sheet: What drew you to Lamma Island, and your flat itself?
Olivia: LUÜNA launched in 2019 when we established our offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Before COVID I was travelling between those locations every month. I liked the contrast between the bustling urban nature of Shanghai and the serenity that Lamma afforded during my time in Hong Kong. Honestly, launching a start-up is incredibly challenging, more so than I could ever have prepared for. As such, those quiet moments on Lamma developed very quickly from treasured moments of calm to necessary acts of self-care amid the craziness. Put it this way — working seven days a week is less intense when weekend work can take place on a sunlit balcony to the sounds of birds chirping!
LUÜNA naturals founder & CEO Olivia Cotes-James in her Lamma Island abode
Tell us a little about your WFH routine. What are your key criteria for creating an inspiring space?
I could sit in an empty room on a beanbag and be happy to WFH, as long as it has lots of natural light and access to good coffee. I often grind straight through when I’m in the zone, but I definitely advocate for making sure you take breaks where possible, otherwise burnout looms. This is what I loved so much about living on Lamma during those long WFH periods last year. As I’m not always good about taking a break from work, with nature on my doorstep, even a necessary shopping trip ends up being a relaxing stroll through nature and means some time to recalibrate.