China Club dining room. Image courtesy of China Club
I studied photography and graphic design at Central Saint Martins, and loved my time in London. I worked at fashion brand Issa and travelled a lot as a freelance fashion and portrait photographer; I shot for magazines like V Magazine, L’Uomo Vogue and Vogue Hommes Japan. Meeting fascinating and sometimes controversial subjects was exciting, but Hong Kong felt like home and opportunities were opening up for me here — including working with my father on lifestyle concept brand TangTangTangTang.
Hong Kong feels bigger and busier than when I was growing up here, but the soul of the city, the harbour lights and the buzzing social scene is much the same. Maybe we’ve lost a little of the old-school glamour I remember from my parents — we’re more casual as a society today.
I’ve been in and around the Hong Kong creative scene since I was very young. My father was a huge supporter of artists, musicians and other creatives from Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland, so I know the talent and interest has always been there. But Hong Kong made its name as a commercial city, not a creative city, so it’s a challenge for people to put creativity at the top of the agenda.
These days I spend my spare time in Hong Kong with my son Rocco (邓艺) and my husband. Rocco has a beautiful smile and a laugh that melts my heart. We love to take him to the park to ride his scooter and check out exhibitions at the galleries in Pedder Building and H Queen’s.
Hong Kong has been good to me, and I’m proud to be from the city. Wherever you travel in the world, people think highly of Hong Kong, and if you run into someone from Hong Kong when you’re abroad there’s always a happy connection. Hong Kong is like a big family — sometimes families have arguments, but in the end the love runs deep.