Few do it all so well as Lumen Kinoshita: she’s a financial director, high society fixture, jewellery designer and one half of a veritable Hong Kong power couple with her husband, the architect Andrew Kinoshita. As the head of financial services firm KGI Asia, Kinoshita leads a growing team of young brokers. Five years ago, the half Cantonese, half Fujianese financier embarked on a new endeavour to turn her passion for jewellery into a business.
Kinoshita launched L.Luminous, a handcrafted jewellery collection using beads from Africa, previously sold exclusively at Joyce. Today, she is working on expanding her collection with a line that uses old European cut diamonds.
Between her day job, her jewellery line and work with various charities including the Design Trust and Hong Kong Cancer Fund, Kinoshita maintains an active presence on the social scene, begging the question: is there anything she can’t do? Here, she tells Tatler about her favourite concert, favourite splurge and why Grace Jones should play her in a movie.
What does Hong Kong mean to you?
Hong Kong is home to me.
Describe your business ventures in one sentence
I work in financial services, which is probably one of the few industries that has remained afloat during this strange time.
What is a common misconception about you?
That I’m frivolous and waggish, and I am, admittedly, in more ways than one. But I also have a deeper, serious and nerdy Capricorn soul.
What is the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever heard about yourself?
Strangely not that much. Either it’s so bad that people don't dare to tell me, or no one thinks that anything is too ridiculous about me, which is a relief.
What topic could you give a 20-minute presentation on without any preparation?
I can really rattle on about jewellery, arts and fad diets.
What’s the best concert you’ve been to and why was it so good?
David Bowie in Vancouver in 2004, hands down. I love him.