Founder of Kipling (a company that makes and sells bags, shoes, clothes and other accessories for travel and leisure) and Hedgren (a bag manufacturer), designer Xavier Kegel was born and currently lives in Antwerp, Belgium, but has been making frequent business trips to Hong Kong since 1980. Where are you most likely to be at 10am on a Sunday? If I am not on my way to the local bakery I'll be gardening. In Hong Kong, I might be wandering the streets. Where are you most likely to be at 10pm on a Friday? Hopefully, relaxing in the garden with a glass of white wine in hand, watching television with my daughter or in bed. Most likely, I'll be on a business trip. Where do you live? In an old house, built in 1936, in Antwerp. I've been there for 20 years. In Hong Kong I stay in different hotels. Where do you go to escape in Hong Kong? I like walking around shopping areas, looking at the window displays. Whom do you most admire? My wife, for her patience and tolerance - I know I'm often a difficult person to live with. I am also a perfectionist and can be very demanding. Whom do you least admire? 'Colonial' politicians who didn't prepare Hong Kong well enough for the handover. They appeared to help Hong Kong, bringing political reforms and economic development, but these actions were only political tactics. Hong Kong's economic success stems from the people - not the British government. I don't mean the British are bad, but I'm against countries who exploit their colonies and care nothing about their development. What inspires you? It can be an object, a place or a period in my life. I was once inspired by the interior layout of a warehouse - stacks of boxes, piles of raw materials - and I turned what I saw into a design for a bag. I strive to merge feelings into my designs. It's instinctive - my hands are the tools of my heart. What makes you swear? People with no logic who only complicate matters. When was the last time you lost your temper? Yesterday, after a supplier made the same mistake for a fourth time. It's said a donkey never hits the same stone three times; unfortunately, this man seems less capable than a donkey. What do you love about Hong Kong after you have been away? The energy and the bustle. When I first visited Hong Kong I was fascinated and overwhelmed by the number of activities going on in such a tiny place. Hong Kong seems to be getting better all the time. What do you hate most after you have been away? The humidity and the lack of fresh air in buildings due to constant air conditioning. Which is your favourite building in Hong Kong? If I had to choose one, it would be the Bank of China, although there are many structures I love. To me, Hong Kong is a showroom of contemporary architecture, and what makes it nicer is finding older styles in the same area as new ones. What is your favourite saying? 'Those who say money can't buy happiness don't know where to shop.' Capitalism dominates the world economy nowadays, and we have no choice but to deal with it. I feel stronger than ever about the importance of happiness, and you can't deny the role money plays in life. What is your best virtue? I think I only have one - passion. What has been your most unforgettable moment? Four years ago, when my wife gave birth to a girl. We had wanted a baby for so long. It was one of the most beautiful moments of my life. What has been your biggest achievement? To have built a happy family. I may not spend as much time with my wife and daughter as other men can with their families, but it is the quality of happiness that counts, not necessarily the quantity. We talk a lot and are all good friends. What was your childhood dream? To grow up, but I don't think I did. When I was a child, I wanted to be richer, but I realise it's not the physical stack of money that counts, but the quality of life that money can bring you. What is your favourite dish? I once had grilled oysters with vinegar, onions and herbs in a restaurant in Hong Kong. It was one of the few successfully prepared oyster dishes I've eaten - the taste of the sea was still distinguishable after the oysters had been cooked. Otherwise, a medium-rare steak with French fries serves me well, particularly when I'm travelling, because it reminds me of home. What has been your biggest mistake? My first marriage. I think I married someone I didn't love, because all my friends were married. I didn't follow my heart. Give us some wisdom ... Be yourself, and use your brain. What are your plans for the future? I'm a happy person and am content with the present. I've always been aware happiness is a delicate treasure, so I don't want to do anything that might upset the balance. I want to keep everything the way it is now.