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On Hong Kong Style

Author Sara Lieberman Photography Phoebe Yeung


It’s no wonder 27-year-old Thierry Chow knows how to put together such a good outfit—she organizes things for a living. The former art and illustration student, who studied in Toronto, returned to her native Hong Kong in 2010 to learn how to harmonize spaces from her father, feng shui master Chow Hon Ming. Now she’s putting her own twist on the practice by forgoing some of the traditional feng shui trappings in favor of modern touches like perfume air purifiers and sleek copper sculptures. Here, she breaks down the elements of Hong Kong style, which—like the city itself—is equal parts classic and contemporary.

How would you describe style in Hong Kong?
The style here is quite influenced by different places, like Korea or Japan, and then some parts of Europe, so people dress really differently, though you won’t see a lot of crazy outfits. People wear a lot of black, maybe with a beanie or sneakers. They have a good sense of fashion, but are safe. My style is similar, but I like to wear a few pieces to stand out.

What’s one thing you’d never see someone wearing in Hong Kong?
Flip-flops! People will look at you funny. You only wear them to wet markets.

Where do you shop?
I usually stay in the Causeway Bay area, which is basically the downtown of Hong Kong. I like a store called Fashion Walk, which sells COS, Alexander McQueen and Theory. I also like going to the Times Square Shopping Mall, which has Lane Crawford’s Miss Ming brand.

Tell us about today’s look.
I’ve recently become obsessed with pink, dark red and purple items, so I chose this feathered top that I got in Causeway Bay and paired it with a black jacket from a Korean brand called Tower and a pant-skirt from a local Hong Kong designer. Then, I added my favorite vintage pink sunglasses and a dark pink bag from Maje.

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