Hong Kong received a love letter in 2019 in form of the launch of YanYan, a label that celebrates the city’s heritage. Founded by childhood friends Phyllis Chan—the former Rag & Bone director of knitwear—and Suzzie Chung, the brand explores knitwear, which is not often used in traditional Chinese clothing, with a playful, and modern twist.
YanYan means “everyone” in Cantonese, and reflects the essence of daily life in the city, which is itself a patchwork of influences. “Whenever we feel lost or need an idea, we go to Sham Shui Po or Prince Edward, or one of the many places in Hong Kong where old meets new, east meets west, culture meets technology,” Chan says. “It is a luxury to be able to live in the city that inspires you, and I think it is what makes our designs feel sincere.”