Vivienne Tam is afraid of heights. “But when I got into the cable car, I was overcome by the beautiful natural landscape,” she says of taking her first ride in the Ngong Ping 360 cabins. Usually based in New York, the Covid-19 restrictions meant an unexpected year-long stay in Hong Kong for the designer, during which time she hiked in the city for the first time. Friends took her to Lantau, where the views of the sea and mountains, and a visit to the Big Buddha and Ngong Ping village gave her a sense of peace. They also inspired a new idea for her fall and winter collection.
“Since the pandemic, our lifestyle and the way we dress have changed. I’ve been hiking a lot in different places and spending more time in nature. I’ve become a new person,” Tam says. “I wanted to create a collection that reflects our lifestyle and this beautiful place called Hong Kong.” Her experiences and new hobby prompted her to to create an athleisure collection which she could wear when hiking.