Richard Lord

Richard Lord

Richard is a Hong Kong-based freelance journalist who writes about a broad range of subjects, but with a focus on the arts and culture. He has been an editor at the Wall Street Journal, editorial director of Haymarket Publishing Asia and the editor of a weekly business magazine in his native UK. A graduate of Oxford University, he is also the author of a successful business book and a former stand-up comedian, the latter of which he wasn’t very good at.

Latest from Richard Lord

Review | History of police, prisons and punishment during colonial Hong Kong and a force labelled ‘the most disgusting squad which ever disgraced a British colony’

That’s how one newspaper described Hong Kong’s early colonial police officers against a background of vague criminal codes and rampant racism, revealed in a new book on the city’s colonial police, courts and jails.

29 Jul 2020 - 12:17PM

That’s how one newspaper described Hong Kong’s early colonial police officers against a background of vague criminal codes and rampant racism, revealed in a new book on the city’s colonial police, courts and jails.

History of police, prisons and punishment during colonial Hong Kong and a force labelled ‘the most disgusting squad which ever disgraced a British colony’
How Sun Tzu’s The Art of War changed Hong Kong comedian Vivek Mahbubani’s life

Vivek Mahbubani says doing stand-up is akin to going into battle, and that the strategies laid out in the 5th century BC book are applicable to all aspects of modern life.

27 Jul 2020 - 11:13AM

Vivek Mahbubani says doing stand-up is akin to going into battle, and that the strategies laid out in the 5th century BC book are applicable to all aspects of modern life.

How Sun Tzu’s The Art of War changed Hong Kong comedian Vivek Mahbubani’s life
How LinkedIn founder’s book, Blitzscaled, inspired a cryptocurrency start-up

Michael Wu, founder and CEO of Amber Group, tells how Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeah’s book, Blitzscaling, changed his life and influenced his company.

9 Jul 2020 - 9:37AM

Michael Wu, founder and CEO of Amber Group, tells how Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeah’s book, Blitzscaling, changed his life and influenced his company.

How LinkedIn founder’s book, Blitzscaled, inspired a cryptocurrency start-up
Beatboxing Buddhist monk creates music to relax you and lift you up

He’s not your typical monk. Then again, Yogetsu Akasaka was only ordained five years ago. Before that he played guitar, learned beatboxing, acted, and busked around the US and Australia.

16 Jun 2020 - 9:39AM

He’s not your typical monk. Then again, Yogetsu Akasaka was only ordained five years ago. Before that he played guitar, learned beatboxing, acted, and busked around the US and Australia.

Beatboxing Buddhist monk creates music to relax you and lift you up
First history of the Gurkhas, Nepali soldiers in the British Army, written by a former Gurkha is a frustrating read

At last a Gurkha has written a book about the Gurkhas, Nepali soldiers who serve in the British army. That’s good. Unfortunately, the writer’s style will grate with many readers.

29 May 2020 - 7:19PM

At last a Gurkha has written a book about the Gurkhas, Nepali soldiers who serve in the British army. That’s good. Unfortunately, the writer’s style will grate with many readers.

First history of the Gurkhas, Nepali soldiers in the British Army, written by a former Gurkha is a frustrating read
How Breakfast at Tiffany’s changed the life of fashion designer Marie France Van Damme

The Canada-born, Hong Kong-based designer first saw the film in the 1970s and was fascinated not only by Audrey Hepburn but also the business of fashion.

20 May 2020 - 3:48AM

The Canada-born, Hong Kong-based designer first saw the film in the 1970s and was fascinated not only by Audrey Hepburn but also the business of fashion.

How Breakfast at Tiffany’s changed the life of fashion designer Marie France Van Damme
Luxury in May: From 5-star Mother’s Day staycation to striking new EGG sound creations, our pick of what’s hot this month

Check out the latest releases from luxury French skincare range La Prairie, upmarket Swiss jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels, French menswear brand Berluti, Malaysian developer KSK Land and high-end British speaker manufacturer KEF

7 May 2020 - 12:54PM

Check out the latest releases from luxury French skincare range La Prairie, upmarket Swiss jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels, French menswear brand Berluti, Malaysian developer KSK Land and high-end British speaker manufacturer KEF

Luxury in May: From 5-star Mother’s Day staycation to striking new EGG sound creations, our pick of what’s hot this month
Does Billie Eilish’s Gucci face mask even help prevent coronavirus – and how about luxury masks from Louis Vuitton, Fendi and more?

The Bad Guy singer’s Grammy Awards look proved oddly ahead-of-the-curve – but are expensive designer brand face masks effective at preventing the spread of Covid-19?

4 Apr 2020 - 8:00PM

The Bad Guy singer’s Grammy Awards look proved oddly ahead-of-the-curve – but are expensive designer brand face masks effective at preventing the spread of Covid-19?

Does Billie Eilish’s Gucci face mask even help prevent coronavirus – and how about luxury masks from Louis Vuitton, Fendi and more?
From Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga, to Versace, Prada and Armani – how much are luxury brands donating to help fight coronavirus?

Sales may be suffering due to Covid-19 but luxury and celebrity brands are digging deep to help fight the virus

31 Mar 2020 - 4:12PM

Sales may be suffering due to Covid-19 but luxury and celebrity brands are digging deep to help fight the virus

From Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga, to Versace, Prada and Armani – how much are luxury brands donating to help fight coronavirus?
The new Mykita x Leica sunglasses collection – where optical grade lenses meet precision engineering – is coming to Hong Kong

Elegant designs of the new range are made from stainless steel or from a combination of stainless steel and Mylon, a 3D printed material

28 Mar 2020 - 3:56AM

Elegant designs of the new range are made from stainless steel or from a combination of stainless steel and Mylon, a 3D printed material

The new Mykita x Leica sunglasses collection – where optical grade lenses meet precision engineering – is coming to Hong Kong
How The Matrix inspired a virtual experience that you can feel in real life

Steve Zhao’s favourite film helped him develop virtual reality gaming experiences for his company, Sandbox VR

22 Mar 2020 - 9:11PM

Steve Zhao’s favourite film helped him develop virtual reality gaming experiences for his company, Sandbox VR

How The Matrix inspired a virtual experience that you can feel in real life
Where paradise meets wellness: Kagi Maldives Spa Island – complete with bars and restaurants for the not so virtuous

The Baani Spa will feature a teardrop-shaped floating yoga pavilion, four treatment rooms with outdoor bathing, a beauty salon, and yoga

25 Mar 2020 - 5:36PM

The Baani Spa will feature a teardrop-shaped floating yoga pavilion, four treatment rooms with outdoor bathing, a beauty salon, and yoga

Where paradise meets wellness: Kagi Maldives Spa Island – complete with bars and restaurants for the not so virtuous
London, digital art and Kenta Cobayashi – how Dunhill reinvented its spring/summer 2020 collection

One design features a warped and twisted version of a 1960s image of the brand’s outlet in London’s Jermyn Street

8 Mar 2020 - 4:00PM

One design features a warped and twisted version of a 1960s image of the brand’s outlet in London’s Jermyn Street

London, digital art and Kenta Cobayashi – how Dunhill reinvented its spring/summer 2020 collection
Review | From triad murders to wild boar barbecues: Hong Kong police officer’s memoir is big on colour, short on action

Former police officer Simon Roberts’ memoir has plenty of period detail but tends to fizzle out just as things get interesting.

23 Feb 2020 - 4:16PM

Former police officer Simon Roberts’ memoir has plenty of period detail but tends to fizzle out just as things get interesting.

From triad murders to wild boar barbecues: Hong Kong police officer’s memoir is big on colour, short on action
How Blade Runner, and the film’s Hong Kong influences, continue to inspire designer Alexis Holm

Ridley Scott’s 1982 film remains a source of inspiration for Swedish watch and footwear designer Alexis Holm.

9 Feb 2020 - 8:00PM

Ridley Scott’s 1982 film remains a source of inspiration for Swedish watch and footwear designer Alexis Holm.

How Blade Runner, and the film’s Hong Kong influences, continue to inspire designer Alexis Holm
Which insiders and influencers got first peek at the Chloé summer 2020 collection in Hong Kong?

Parisian fashion house displayed its Daria and Daryl bags, Daisy sandals and Diane boots to celebrities and socialites including Ali Lee, Fish Liew, Jennifer Yu and Cecilia Choi in Central.

7 Feb 2020 - 4:55AM

Parisian fashion house displayed its Daria and Daryl bags, Daisy sandals and Diane boots to celebrities and socialites including Ali Lee, Fish Liew, Jennifer Yu and Cecilia Choi in Central.

Which insiders and influencers got first peek at the Chloé summer 2020 collection in Hong Kong?
Cecilia Yeung and Elva Ni rock up for Chanel Beauty Studio opening party in Hong Kong

Other guests at the opening of the city’s first Chanel Beauty Studio included singer Keung To, actor Adam Pak, and actresses Jeannie Chan and Karena Ng.

6 Feb 2020 - 5:58AM

Other guests at the opening of the city’s first Chanel Beauty Studio included singer Keung To, actor Adam Pak, and actresses Jeannie Chan and Karena Ng.

Cecilia Yeung and Elva Ni rock up for Chanel Beauty Studio opening party in Hong Kong
Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss, Bella Hadid and Robert Pattinson bring star power to Dior Homme launch

Immediately after the Parisian couture house debuted its menswear collection designed by Kim Jones, it celebrated the launch of the woody, masculine fragrance created by master perfumer François Demachy, with dinner at Caviar Kaspia

5 Feb 2020 - 12:00PM

Immediately after the Parisian couture house debuted its menswear collection designed by Kim Jones, it celebrated the launch of the woody, masculine fragrance created by master perfumer François Demachy, with dinner at Caviar Kaspia

Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss, Bella Hadid and Robert Pattinson bring star power to Dior Homme launch
6 places in Asia where you can see Tokyo-based teamLab’s mind-blowing exhibitions

Installations in Japan, China, Singapore and Macau put on the art-meets-science exhibitions your children actually want to see

4 Feb 2020 - 4:00PM

Installations in Japan, China, Singapore and Macau put on the art-meets-science exhibitions your children actually want to see

6 places in Asia where you can see Tokyo-based teamLab’s mind-blowing exhibitions
Joey King, Billy Porter, Laura Dern, Jodie Comer, Awkwafina – Hollywood stars out for Britain at LA’s Bafta Tea Party

The Baftas are Britain’s answer to the Oscars – so this year Hollywood’s A-listers celebrated with tea and scones at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles

4 Feb 2020 - 10:00AM

The Baftas are Britain’s answer to the Oscars – so this year Hollywood’s A-listers celebrated with tea and scones at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles

Joey King, Billy Porter, Laura Dern, Jodie Comer, Awkwafina – Hollywood stars out for Britain at LA’s Bafta Tea Party
Review | Hongkongers’ creative revenge on arrogant expat adman, a penis gaffe in Saudi Arabia, and more funny stories from a globetrotting copywriter

Advertising copywriter John Fuery went from the actual desert of Saudi Arabia to the creative desert that was Hong Kong – and stayed for 11 years. Don’t expect to be inspired or enlightened by his amusing memoir – but do expect to giggle.

27 Jan 2020 - 6:00PM

Advertising copywriter John Fuery went from the actual desert of Saudi Arabia to the creative desert that was Hong Kong – and stayed for 11 years. Don’t expect to be inspired or enlightened by his amusing memoir – but do expect to giggle.

Hongkongers’ creative revenge on arrogant expat adman, a penis gaffe in Saudi Arabia, and more funny stories from a globetrotting copywriter
How 2Pac’s 1996 album All Eyez on Me shaped the life of a designer in the Sydney suburbs

Australian designer and stylist Juan-Carlos Aquino on how he identified with the rapper and hip-hop culture.

21 Jan 2020 - 11:31AM

Australian designer and stylist Juan-Carlos Aquino on how he identified with the rapper and hip-hop culture.

How 2Pac’s 1996 album All Eyez on Me shaped the life of a designer in the Sydney suburbs
Review | High-octane tales of life in Hong Kong’s Marine Police in colonial-era commander’s memoir A Small Band of Men

Les Bird’s memoir about his time in an elite unit of Hong Kong’s Marine Police, A Small Band of Men, is a humorous romp that also foreshadows darker issues the city faces today.

12 Jan 2020 - 8:30AM

Les Bird’s memoir about his time in an elite unit of Hong Kong’s Marine Police, A Small Band of Men, is a humorous romp that also foreshadows darker issues the city faces today.

High-octane tales of life in Hong Kong’s Marine Police in colonial-era commander’s memoir A Small Band of Men
What were Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber and Frank Ocean up to at Loewe’s new NYC store?

Luxury Spanish fashion brand starts celebration with cocktails at its new SoHo space, followed by a holiday party at the Sinclair-Fletcher Mansion on the Upper East Side

30 Dec 2019 - 3:00PM

Luxury Spanish fashion brand starts celebration with cocktails at its new SoHo space, followed by a holiday party at the Sinclair-Fletcher Mansion on the Upper East Side

What were Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber and Frank Ocean up to at Loewe’s new NYC store?
Why were RuPaul, Lenny Kravitz, Chaka Khan and other A-listers seen partying together in West Hollywood?

Hollywood A-listers, musicians, models and influencers such as RuPaul, Chaka Khan, Janelle Monae and Alana Hadid were spotted at this hip new West Hollywood Club

10 Dec 2019 - 10:00AM

Hollywood A-listers, musicians, models and influencers such as RuPaul, Chaka Khan, Janelle Monae and Alana Hadid were spotted at this hip new West Hollywood Club

Why were RuPaul, Lenny Kravitz, Chaka Khan and other A-listers seen partying together in West Hollywood?
How a book about poverty reduction changed NGO founder’s life: her big takeaways from Nobel Prize winners’ Poor Economics

Nobel Prize for Economics winners Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo’s book Poor Economics inspired Marie Kretz Di Meglio to found a Hong Kong NGO for domestic helpers.

8 Dec 2019 - 4:00PM

Nobel Prize for Economics winners Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo’s book Poor Economics inspired Marie Kretz Di Meglio to found a Hong Kong NGO for domestic helpers.

How a book about poverty reduction changed NGO founder’s life: her big takeaways from Nobel Prize winners’ Poor Economics
Before Tiffany & Co. – 6 brands LVMH has bought since 2015, from Rimowa suitcases to Belmond hotels

Already the owner of 75 luxury brands including Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Fendi and Givenchy, LVMH has just added Tiffany & Co. to its roster – so which other household names has the French luxury conglomerate bought lately?

3 Dec 2019 - 11:49AM

Already the owner of 75 luxury brands including Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Fendi and Givenchy, LVMH has just added Tiffany & Co. to its roster – so which other household names has the French luxury conglomerate bought lately?

Before Tiffany & Co. – 6 brands LVMH has bought since 2015, from Rimowa suitcases to Belmond hotels
Southeast Asia electronic music festivals Wonderfruit and Epizode preview: from star DJs to yoga and sustainability

Wonderfruit in Thailand in December is a holistic experience as much as a musical one, while the focus at Epizode in Vietnam in January is firmly on the DJs, from Carl Craig to Ricardo Villalobos.

26 Nov 2019 - 11:12AM

Wonderfruit in Thailand in December is a holistic experience as much as a musical one, while the focus at Epizode in Vietnam in January is firmly on the DJs, from Carl Craig to Ricardo Villalobos.

Southeast Asia electronic music festivals Wonderfruit and Epizode preview: from star DJs to yoga and sustainability
Celebrity hairstylist Kim Robinson on how the film Out of Africa changed his life

The hairstylist to stars such as Gong Li, Zhang Ziyi and Michelle Yeoh says the 1985 film gave him his first understanding of how women feel.

11 Nov 2019 - 7:46AM

The hairstylist to stars such as Gong Li, Zhang Ziyi and Michelle Yeoh says the 1985 film gave him his first understanding of how women feel.

Celebrity hairstylist Kim Robinson on how the film Out of Africa changed his life
'Banksy: Genius or Vandal?’ comes to Hong Kong – and these 6 iconic images will help you find the answer

Ahead of the globetrotting Banksy: Genius or Vandal? exhibition coming to Hong Kong, we round-up the enigmatic, anonymous street artist’s most influential and impactful artworks to date

29 Oct 2019 - 5:30PM

Ahead of the globetrotting Banksy: Genius or Vandal? exhibition coming to Hong Kong, we round-up the enigmatic, anonymous street artist’s most influential and impactful artworks to date

'Banksy: Genius or Vandal?’ comes to Hong Kong – and these 6 iconic images will help you find the answer