Kavita Daswani

Kavita Daswani

Kavita Daswani was born and brought up in Hong Kong and was the fashion editor of the South China Morning Post before relocating to Los Angeles. She continues to contribute features to the publication, and also writes for the Los Angeles Times, The Real Deal, Prestige, Hashtag Legend and Crave magazines. She has also published eight novels.

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Rihanna and Bella Hadid love his sunglasses – now Chinese designer Min Shi wants to make Haze Collections a fully fledged lifestyle brand

Guangzhou-born, Los Angeles-based designer Min Shi co-founded eyewear brand Haze Collection in 2013. Jewellery and perfume are next up. He hopes his out-of-the-box designs inspire fans to start collecting sunglasses.

6 Nov 2019 - 11:35AM

Guangzhou-born, Los Angeles-based designer Min Shi co-founded eyewear brand Haze Collection in 2013. Jewellery and perfume are next up. He hopes his out-of-the-box designs inspire fans to start collecting sunglasses.

Rihanna and Bella Hadid love his sunglasses – now Chinese designer Min Shi wants to make Haze Collections a fully fledged lifestyle brand
A haute couture collection of the ages: the one-of-a-kind clothes of Susan Casden, former Hong Kong ‘tai tai’

Susan Casden, who lived in Hong Kong from 1978 to 1994, fell in love with couture in Paris nearly 20 years ago and has since built a collection that has even caught the attention of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

5 Nov 2019 - 1:51PM

Susan Casden, who lived in Hong Kong from 1978 to 1994, fell in love with couture in Paris nearly 20 years ago and has since built a collection that has even caught the attention of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A haute couture collection of the ages: the one-of-a-kind clothes of Susan Casden, former Hong Kong ‘tai tai’
Asian-American fitness influencer Cassey Ho on losing weight, overcoming haters and being true to herself

Vietnamese-American social media star Cassey Ho recently started a challenge to lose weight over 90 days to feel better about herself, a move that angered some fans who labelled her a traitor who ‘demonised larger bodies’.

8 Oct 2019 - 7:21PM

Vietnamese-American social media star Cassey Ho recently started a challenge to lose weight over 90 days to feel better about herself, a move that angered some fans who labelled her a traitor who ‘demonised larger bodies’.

Asian-American fitness influencer Cassey Ho on losing weight, overcoming haters and being true to herself
The Walking Dead Season 10: cast and crew on zombies, plot twists, gore and horror

Writer and producer Angela Kang and long-time cast member Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon, talk about the zombie franchise. The new series, which premieres on October 6, promises plenty of plot twists and new threats.

4 Oct 2019 - 8:36PM

Writer and producer Angela Kang and long-time cast member Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon, talk about the zombie franchise. The new series, which premieres on October 6, promises plenty of plot twists and new threats.

The Walking Dead Season 10: cast and crew on zombies, plot twists, gore and horror
How Shark Tank winners took inspiration from K-beauty to break US skincare market

Glow Recipe founders introduced Korean cosmetics to American customers eager to experiment. Business reality-TV show appearance gave them the confidence to launch their own line of vegan, cruelty-free skincare.

4 Oct 2019 - 12:49PM

Glow Recipe founders introduced Korean cosmetics to American customers eager to experiment. Business reality-TV show appearance gave them the confidence to launch their own line of vegan, cruelty-free skincare.

How Shark Tank winners took inspiration from K-beauty to break US skincare market
The Thai former Miss Universe on a philanthropic mission, from her native land to the US west coast

Porntip Bui Simon was Miss Universe 1988 but knew she had to do more than promote beauty products and bathing suits. Her Angels Wings Foundation now supports students and children both in the US and Thailand.

3 Sep 2019 - 7:01AM

Porntip Bui Simon was Miss Universe 1988 but knew she had to do more than promote beauty products and bathing suits. Her Angels Wings Foundation now supports students and children both in the US and Thailand.

The Thai former Miss Universe on a philanthropic mission, from her native land to the US west coast
From Nike to Vans to Moschino: how SpongeBob SquarePants became a fashion collaboration sensation

Nike and NBA star Kyrie Irving teamed up with the cartoon star to celebrate SpongeBob’s 20th anniversary. The Nike Kyrie x SpongeBob SquarePants Collection is the latest in a long list of fashion collaborations involving the TV series.

4 Aug 2019 - 1:31AM

Nike and NBA star Kyrie Irving teamed up with the cartoon star to celebrate SpongeBob’s 20th anniversary. The Nike Kyrie x SpongeBob SquarePants Collection is the latest in a long list of fashion collaborations involving the TV series.

From Nike to Vans to Moschino: how SpongeBob SquarePants became a fashion collaboration sensation
Chinatown Market, streetwear brand with a smile that’s disrupting how a fashion label is run

Named after New York’s bustling Canal Street area, streetwear brand Chinatown Market has had the sort of early success most new labels can only dream of, with crossovers so far including Cole Haan and Crocs.

10 Jul 2019 - 9:00PM

Named after New York’s bustling Canal Street area, streetwear brand Chinatown Market has had the sort of early success most new labels can only dream of, with crossovers so far including Cole Haan and Crocs.

Chinatown Market, streetwear brand with a smile that’s disrupting how a fashion label is run
Meet Lauren Tsai, Terrace House star in Legion season 3 making her acting debut

Best-known for her role in the Japanese Netflix reality show Terrace House: Aloha State, Asian-American model and artist Tsai plays time-travelling mutant Switch in Legion season 3 – despite never having had an acting lesson.

26 Jun 2019 - 11:26PM

Best-known for her role in the Japanese Netflix reality show Terrace House: Aloha State, Asian-American model and artist Tsai plays time-travelling mutant Switch in Legion season 3 – despite never having had an acting lesson.

Meet Lauren Tsai, Terrace House star in Legion season 3 making her acting debut
The Chanel of cannabis: founder of luxury marijuana brand Beboe on what fashion taught him about selling drugs

Chinese-American Clement Kwan created Beboe in California because he loves ‘the plant, the industry, and everything about it’. It sells upscale cannabis products such as rose gold vaping pens and CBD facial masks.

1 Jun 2019 - 9:49PM

Chinese-American Clement Kwan created Beboe in California because he loves ‘the plant, the industry, and everything about it’. It sells upscale cannabis products such as rose gold vaping pens and CBD facial masks.

The Chanel of cannabis: founder of luxury marijuana brand Beboe on what fashion taught him about selling drugs
Orange County Taiwanese fashion curator on her Venice boutique, trusting her taste, and beach culture

When people ask Geraldine Chung about going into fashion she says, ‘Don’t do it’. The Orange County native borrowed from family to start selling online, but sales plateaued. She opened a store and finally discovered ‘this is so fun’.

26 May 2019 - 7:21PM

When people ask Geraldine Chung about going into fashion she says, ‘Don’t do it’. The Orange County native borrowed from family to start selling online, but sales plateaued. She opened a store and finally discovered ‘this is so fun’.

Orange County Taiwanese fashion curator on her Venice boutique, trusting her taste, and beach culture
From Gucci to Manolo Blahnik, the booming e-commerce site targeting Chinese-Americans – and the brains behind it

Dealmoon.com channels discounted luxury goods to the Chinese-American market. Wuhan-born Jennifer Wang, co-founder of the US-based e-commerce site, talks about how she started out selling slippers on an LA street.

14 Apr 2019 - 7:06PM

Dealmoon.com channels discounted luxury goods to the Chinese-American market. Wuhan-born Jennifer Wang, co-founder of the US-based e-commerce site, talks about how she started out selling slippers on an LA street.

From Gucci to Manolo Blahnik, the booming e-commerce site targeting Chinese-Americans – and the brains behind it
Dr Pimple Popper: California dermatologist stunned by how many people get a kick out of ick

Four years ago, Dr Sandra Lee posted a video of herself doing a blackhead extraction and it went viral. Today she has her own TV show, has penned a book, and has her own line of skincare products. ‘I’m a born-again popaholic,’ she says.

3 Apr 2019 - 8:39PM

Four years ago, Dr Sandra Lee posted a video of herself doing a blackhead extraction and it went viral. Today she has her own TV show, has penned a book, and has her own line of skincare products. ‘I’m a born-again popaholic,’ she says.

Dr Pimple Popper: California dermatologist stunned by how many people get a kick out of ick
Couture-loving LA philanthropist on joy of giving, buying without thinking, and Prince Charles

Christine Chiu has a passion for giving and for haute couture. The philanthropist and her husband were in Scotland recently at the invitation of Prince Charles to open a new health and wellness centre in their name.

23 Feb 2019 - 7:01PM

Christine Chiu has a passion for giving and for haute couture. The philanthropist and her husband were in Scotland recently at the invitation of Prince Charles to open a new health and wellness centre in their name.

Couture-loving LA philanthropist on joy of giving, buying without thinking, and Prince Charles
Vegan Fashion Week (it’s Los Angeles, folks) organiser on why cruelty-free clothing is the new luxury

French stylist Emmanuelle Rienda, organiser of the world’s first Vegan Fashion Week (it’s Los Angeles, folks), explains why it’s cruel to wear anything made from animal products, even silk, and how she hopes big fashion houses will go vegan.

17 Feb 2019 - 6:44PM

French stylist Emmanuelle Rienda, organiser of the world’s first Vegan Fashion Week (it’s Los Angeles, folks), explains why it’s cruel to wear anything made from animal products, even silk, and how she hopes big fashion houses will go vegan.

Vegan Fashion Week (it’s Los Angeles, folks) organiser on why cruelty-free clothing is the new luxury
Los Angeles’ Dover Street Market fashion emporium brings ‘beautiful chaos’ to emerging Arts District

Fashion and lifestyle emporium Dover Street Market opened its sixth store in Los Angeles late last year. It is the brainchild of Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo.

29 Jan 2019 - 8:06PM

Fashion and lifestyle emporium Dover Street Market opened its sixth store in Los Angeles late last year. It is the brainchild of Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo.

Los Angeles’ Dover Street Market fashion emporium brings ‘beautiful chaos’ to emerging Arts District
Dorothy Wang on reality TV: ‘just because you put Asian people in a show doesn’t mean it’s going to work’

Chinese tycoon’s daughter says four seasons of reality TV show wore her out and she likes her stress-free life. She has since collaborated with a beauty brand and is working on a travel and food website.

21 Jan 2019 - 7:59PM

Chinese tycoon’s daughter says four seasons of reality TV show wore her out and she likes her stress-free life. She has since collaborated with a beauty brand and is working on a travel and food website.

Dorothy Wang on reality TV: ‘just because you put Asian people in a show doesn’t mean it’s going to work’
Netflix cookery show The Final Table: top chefs, no shouting or screaming – and no Chinese food

The Final Table brings 24 top chefs together in Los Angeles, competing in pairs cooking different national cuisines. Nations featured include Mexico, Spain, England, Brazil, France, Japan, the US, India and Italy.

18 Nov 2018 - 8:13PM

The Final Table brings 24 top chefs together in Los Angeles, competing in pairs cooking different national cuisines. Nations featured include Mexico, Spain, England, Brazil, France, Japan, the US, India and Italy.

Netflix cookery show The Final Table: top chefs, no shouting or screaming – and no Chinese food
Meghan Markle’s wedding day make-up artist on how he achieved that natural look

Daniel Martin only understood what he had signed up for when he sat in the car following the now Duchess of Sussex to Windsor Castle and saw the crowds. As a friend of the former actress and blogger, he hadn’t been swept up by royal wedding fever.  

21 Oct 2018 - 7:36PM

Daniel Martin only understood what he had signed up for when he sat in the car following the now Duchess of Sussex to Windsor Castle and saw the crowds. As a friend of the former actress and blogger, he hadn’t been swept up by royal wedding fever.  

Meghan Markle’s wedding day make-up artist on how he achieved that natural look
How Japan’s geisha culture inspired Tatcha make-up founder Victoria Tsai to dive into the world of beauty

The idea for Tatcha came when Victoria Tsai had an encounter with a modern-day geisha in Kyoto. Eight years later, the entrepreneur is a powerhouse in the beauty industry.

30 Sep 2018 - 5:35PM

The idea for Tatcha came when Victoria Tsai had an encounter with a modern-day geisha in Kyoto. Eight years later, the entrepreneur is a powerhouse in the beauty industry.

How Japan’s geisha culture inspired Tatcha make-up founder Victoria Tsai to dive into the world of beauty
Best-of-the-best vintage luxury auction preview draws Kim Kardashian West in a pink rubber dress

Kim Kardashian West among attendees casting their eyes over Hermès bags, Chanel clutches – and a surfboard – at Beverly Hills preview of designer vintage chain What Goes Around Comes Around’s auction at Christie’s.

12 Sep 2018 - 8:17PM

Kim Kardashian West among attendees casting their eyes over Hermès bags, Chanel clutches – and a surfboard – at Beverly Hills preview of designer vintage chain What Goes Around Comes Around’s auction at Christie’s.

Best-of-the-best vintage luxury auction preview draws Kim Kardashian West in a pink rubber dress
Changing China: luxury living is now about being green and respecting the planet

Landscape architects find developers eager to incorporate nature elements in housing estates to attract buyers and tenants who are environmentally conscious.

10 Sep 2018 - 8:15PM

Landscape architects find developers eager to incorporate nature elements in housing estates to attract buyers and tenants who are environmentally conscious.

Changing China: luxury living is now about being green and respecting the planet
Cher, Kate Moss and Isabella Rossellini in documentary on celebrity make-up artist Kevyn Aucoin

Kevyn Aucoin grew up in Louisiana, was discovered in New York by Vogue magazine and by the end of his short life he had written a book, was working with the stars, appearing on talk shows and had his own entourage.

29 Aug 2018 - 10:27AM

Kevyn Aucoin grew up in Louisiana, was discovered in New York by Vogue magazine and by the end of his short life he had written a book, was working with the stars, appearing on talk shows and had his own entourage.

Cher, Kate Moss and Isabella Rossellini in documentary on celebrity make-up artist Kevyn Aucoin
Crazy Rich Asians: ‘Eleanor is my mom’, director says of Michelle Yeoh role as Chinese family matriarch in film

Kevin Kwan, who wrote Crazy Rich Asians novel, realised no one was telling the story of Asia’s wealth creators and their extraordinary lives; film’s Asian American director Jon Chu found echoes of his own upbringing in Kwan’s story.

19 Aug 2018 - 8:05PM

Kevin Kwan, who wrote Crazy Rich Asians novel, realised no one was telling the story of Asia’s wealth creators and their extraordinary lives; film’s Asian American director Jon Chu found echoes of his own upbringing in Kwan’s story.

Crazy Rich Asians: ‘Eleanor is my mom’, director says of Michelle Yeoh role as Chinese family matriarch in film
Crazy Rich Asians: Constance Wu of Fresh Off The Boat on fighting for her starring role, and Asian talent in entertainment

Chinese American actress who plays Rachel Chu in Kevin Kwan novel adaptation talks about growing up in Virginia, following her dreams, and how she pushed to secure her role despite being locked into a hit TV show.

18 Aug 2018 - 7:02PM

Chinese American actress who plays Rachel Chu in Kevin Kwan novel adaptation talks about growing up in Virginia, following her dreams, and how she pushed to secure her role despite being locked into a hit TV show.

Crazy Rich Asians: Constance Wu of Fresh Off The Boat on fighting for her starring role, and Asian talent in entertainment
Crazy Rich Asians: Henry Golding on identity, family, love, and why he may not be able to walk down Orchard Road in his pyjamas now

The actor who plays the leading man in the adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s novel says that, regardless of how it is received at the box office, the fact they could make a film with all-Asian, stereotype-busting cast is something to celebrate.

16 Aug 2018 - 9:11PM

The actor who plays the leading man in the adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s novel says that, regardless of how it is received at the box office, the fact they could make a film with all-Asian, stereotype-busting cast is something to celebrate.

Crazy Rich Asians: Henry Golding on identity, family, love, and why he may not be able to walk down Orchard Road in his pyjamas now
Crazy Rich Asians: Michelle Yeoh on how 1980s Hong Kong parties prepared her for role of socialite and glamorous matriarch in film

Actress says experience of attending Hong Kong’s most glitzy galas and parties prepared her perfectly for playing the formidable Singaporean-Chinese matriarch and socialite Eleanor Young in the film of Kevin Kwan’s hit novel.

17 Aug 2018 - 4:45PM

Actress says experience of attending Hong Kong’s most glitzy galas and parties prepared her perfectly for playing the formidable Singaporean-Chinese matriarch and socialite Eleanor Young in the film of Kevin Kwan’s hit novel.

Crazy Rich Asians: Michelle Yeoh on how 1980s Hong Kong parties prepared her for role of socialite and glamorous matriarch in film
British fashion designer on redefining menswear for Eidos, an Italian brand, and Hong Kong’s love of classic cuts

British designer Simon Spurr, who previously worked at Tommy Hilfiger and Kent & Curwen, describes his ‘magpie’ approach and why he is breaking suits apart

9 Aug 2018 - 10:01PM

British designer Simon Spurr, who previously worked at Tommy Hilfiger and Kent & Curwen, describes his ‘magpie’ approach and why he is breaking suits apart

British fashion designer on redefining menswear for Eidos, an Italian brand, and Hong Kong’s love of classic cuts
Dressing the Crazy Rich Asians: how costume designer Mary Vogt shaped look of film’s stars – with help of Michelle Yeoh’s jewellery

Costume designer Mary Vogt had a daunting task on her hands dressing the stars of the much-anticipated film, but she successfully created a stylish high-society tableau – with the help of Michelle Yeoh’s personal jewellery collection

16 Aug 2018 - 9:03PM

Costume designer Mary Vogt had a daunting task on her hands dressing the stars of the much-anticipated film, but she successfully created a stylish high-society tableau – with the help of Michelle Yeoh’s personal jewellery collection

Dressing the Crazy Rich Asians: how costume designer Mary Vogt shaped look of film’s stars – with help of Michelle Yeoh’s jewellery
Inside the modern bachelor pads tailor-made for new breed of tech-savvy millionaires

Property agents say they’ve seen a shift in the tastes of wealthy single clients, who increasingly seek elegant and distinctive homes that are sure to impress at their next party – though there are some who still like theirs brash too

10 Apr 2018 - 7:52PM

Property agents say they’ve seen a shift in the tastes of wealthy single clients, who increasingly seek elegant and distinctive homes that are sure to impress at their next party – though there are some who still like theirs brash too

Inside the modern bachelor pads tailor-made for new breed of tech-savvy millionaires