At Grana we really love our customers who love us. To show our appreciation and just how much love we got going on we decided to give our customers Stephanie Lau, a private styling session at The Fitting Room and photoshoot. Oh ya, did we mention a free outfit? You may have caught some of the session on Snapchat but between different outfits and snacks we fired off some questions to get to know her a little better.
What brought you to Hong Kong and why are you still here? What do like about the city?
I was born here before my family moved to Sydney when I was two, as part of the mass wave of migration in the early nineties. I’ve always been intrigued about coming back, perhaps because I grew up hearing my parents’ fond memories of living here and watching movies that depicted the “golden years”. So two years ago, I packed my bags and found myself here. I love the skyline, nature and food, as most people do. It’s the day-to-day experiences and encounters that keep me hooked.
Prints or plain?
Both – I love mixing plain basics with fun prints and textures.
What kind of bits and bobs do you fill your free time with? What do you like to get up to when you’re not at work?
I squeeze in as much traveling as I can. Since Hong Kong is close to just about anywhere in Asia, it’s always tempting to book that last-minute fanfare ticket to relax by a beach somewhere in South-East Asia, or jump on that high-speed train to a city in China that I can’t even pronounce the name of. Next on my list is to go hiking in Zhangjiajie and to practise yoga in Chiang Mai.
I love recording videos during my travels, this interest actually led me to start a project with a few friends last year – it’s a website called Anydoko (www.anydoko.com/), where you’ll find travel content through videos and photo articles that we’ve created alongside a team of contributors around the world. It launched less than a month ago so swing by if you need some travel inspiration!
If your home caught fire (and you had time) what would save from your wardrobe?
I’d grab my unicorn-printed tee – it sounds like an odd choice and I hardly wear it anymore but I bought it from a yard sale in San Francisco back in 2010, and it always gives me such fond memories of that trip as it was the first time I travelled overseas on my own to North America.
Bold or neutrals?
Neutrals as a base with a statement accessory, such as a colourful scarf, a funny brooch or a quirky pair of earrings.
How does your style reflect your personality?
My personal style has simplified over the past few years. Look inside my wardrobe six years ago and it would’ve been overflowing with tees that I’d ironed on weird slogans to and a hodgepodge of thrifted pieces. Now I’m all about feeling comfortable in relaxed basics and being more subtle in the details, which reflects the laid-back, more introverted side to me. But I also love throwing in quirky accessories so I guess that love for having fun and being experimental also comes through.
What are you favourite Grana pieces and why?
The pima cotton tees as I have six of these in different colours and they’re just oh-so-soft. Also the denim jeans because they were the first pair I bought after a five-year hiatus as I could never find ones that were flattering before I tried on a pair of skinnies from Grana. And I’m also loving the new silks – rose dawn and cornflower blue are my favourites but there’s so many amazing colours it makes it hard to choose.
Flats or heels?… or curveball! Sandals or barefoot on a beach?
Flats because I’m too much of a klutz to walk in heels like a lady for more than a few metres. And definitely bare foot – I’d get an even tan AND exfoliate my feet along the way, it’s a win-win!life / by Grana / 06.30.16