Four fashion industry legends ascended to the Sky Lounge at The Upper House hotel on October 14 for Tatler’s inaugural House Stories session, a new series of panel talks to bring together Hong Kong’s creative community.
Titled “So, You Want to Work in Fashion?”, the panel featured Ingrid Chen, general manager of marketing and communications at Joyce; fashion designer Vivienne Tam; Mimi Tang, founder and CEO of fashion and retail consultancy Wing’s Share; and Anita Wong, director of merchandising agency No Wire Hangers.
The intimate event was hosted by Peter Cheung, Tatler’s regional advisor for PR and engagement, who invited the group to share insights on topics including diversity, sustainability and the perils of fast fashion. The women acknowledged that although they gave the outward appearance of having very glamorous, successful careers, they had experienced failures and made mistakes like everyone else.
Some of the stories were highly personal. “Growing up, we didn’t have enough money for toys, so I found ways to get creative. I’d make Chinese New Year clothing with scrap material from the flea market. You can be so creative when you have limited resources,” said Tam, whose pieces are now housed in the permanent collections of some of the world’s most prestigious museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.