Somewhere in the middle

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 February, 2013, 3:03pm

Eddy Fung should know a thing or two about fashion - he worked with some of the biggest names in the industry before setting up his own menswear label, Compound : by Three Spirit, in 2009. But he's no sheep when it comes to trends.

"I'm quite behind with trends. I'm so behind that my style has become relevant again," he says, laughing. "But as for my personal style, it's a marriage of something old, something new, something borrowed …"

Born in Hong Kong, Fung moved to Sydney with his family when he was four. At 20, he went to Parsons School of Design in New York. Armed with a bachelor of arts degree in fashion design, he led the visual merchandising team at Louis Vuitton in Shanghai, and worked for Chloé, looking after its stores in the Asia-Pacific region. He also worked in New York, designing collections for Ralph Lauren, Anne Klein, Richard Tyler and Patrick Robinson. Now his time is taken up with his lifestyle brand, which does made-to-measure items for clients in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Sydney.

"I was really lucky to get an editorial in Vogue China with Hong Kong celebrity Aaron Kwok and mainland pop singer Jing Boran both wearing Compound. I also made a jacket for [Hong Kong actor] Daniel Wu for a commercial," he says. He recently expanded his label to include T-shirts and totes, which will soon be available online.

His favourite designers include Tom Ford - "for his fit perfection and stylistic interpretations" - Azzedine Alaia, and he admires A.P.C. for its successful business model.

"If I'm heading to a formal event I'll wear a grey flannel Compound tux jacket and cream pants with tabs, and beige vintage Prada lace-ups. For a casual look I'll opt for a Topman T-shirt, Club Monaco cashmere sweater, Gap khakis, Ksubi or Acne jeans, and New Balance sneakers - basically, what I'm wearing now."

Classic sneakers from Maison Martin Margiela dominate his shoe cupboard: "I've collected them in almost every colour." Another favourite is his pair of New Balance 1300 sneakers. "I wear these most of the time - in the office, to the gym and when I'm travelling."

For sunglasses, he looks to Tom Ford, while Omega is his brand of choice for watches. "I love the contradiction between my vintage Omega leather wrist watch and the classic Speedmaster."

Other accessories include a Cartier ring he bought for himself, cufflinks from Sonia Rykiel, which he wears with vintage jeans, and a Margiela gold bracelet purchased from the label's first stand-alone store in Hong Kong. But Fung's prized possession is his camel Vicuna sweater by Pringle of Scotland that was handed down to him by his grandfather.

Fung's favourite boutiques reflect his love for travel: "I love Dover Street Market in Ginza, Tokyo, the Aloha Rag in New York, and the Thai brand Fly Now in Bangkok," he says.