Theresa Harold
Theresa Harold
Born in Hong Kong, lifestyle journalist Theresa Harold has worked for numerous print and online publications including The Independent, The Telegraph, and Prestige Hong Kong. Currently based in London, Theresa freelances for various international titles on the topics of travel and fashion.

The London-born designer, who won the LVMH Prize two years after launching her eponymous label, says of her collections: ‘I always try to bring some elegance to what I create.’

How can fashion help tackle climate change? That’s the question being answered by pioneers like Post Carbon Lab and Vollebak with clothes that act like living things.

British-born Chinese Helena Lee created a forum to present a positive image of East Asians in the UK after seeing cinema-goers laugh at Bruce Lee’s humiliation by Brad Pitt’s character in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.

Legendary British designer Sir Paul Smith says talk during lockdowns about shaking up how the fashion industry works has been welcome as he reflects on 50 years in the business and launches a digital foundation.


The Steam Room in London is one of the coolest dry cleaners you can go to – it sells merch, is on Instagram, has celebrity clients, runs an underground events space, and advises against cleaning clothes until they need it.

Activewear and athleisure pioneer Tamara Hill-Norton launched Sweaty Betty in 1998 with the idea to ‘inspire women to lead an active lifestyle’. With over 60 stores worldwide, the brand is making its Asian debut in Hong Kong this month.

Naomi Shimada started modelling at 13, has a large Instagram following, and social media is a big part of her daily life. In her new book, Mixed Feelings, she looks at the social media phenomenon and its side effects.

Wei Liu, founder and editor of The Wow, says he wants to reach all women with Asian heritage and also Western people interested in Asian culture with his self-funded publication.

Katie Ruensumran, better known as Katie Monster on Instagram, has become a street style sensation since being snapped by Vogue at London Fashion Week two years ago. She’s not into posts about beautiful this, beautiful that.

Karin Gustafsson, creative director of COS, says her personal design hero is Coco Chanel. The brand is big promoter of art and design. It has hosted an exhibition at Milan Design Week for eight consecutive years.

Louis Sarkozy is collaborating with Spanish footwear brand Boonper, dedicating four pairs of shoes to famous thinkers, scientists and writers. He hopes to inspire the social media generation with the Enigma Collection.

When duchess wears a coat or dress from the English label – now in Hong Kong – it sells out in seconds on Hobbs’ website, CEO says. Pitched as affordable luxury, its looks help women of a certain age express their individuality, she says.

Garment made in Hong Kong by millennial brand Common Thread took off within months of company’s founding. The two friends behind the brand talk about their hope of reviving knitwear manufacturing in Hong Kong.

Imagine seeing a luxury item on social media you want to buy, and being able to swipe up and make the purchase by WhatsApp or WeChat. That’s what start-up Threads Styling, backed by investors including Hong Kong’s Adrian Cheng, offers.

Choosy uses AI to identify trends on social media, with customers delivered items based on the results in less than two weeks. And as CEO Jessie Zeng explains, because everything is made-to-order, no clothes are wasted.

Shawn Sun, of concierge service Mayfair Chan, revels in his role criss-crossing the world sourcing rare watches and jewellery and taking clients VIP shopping. A Hermès man himself, the Shandong native doesn’t get their taste in fashion

In the wake of Gucci’s recent fur ban, we take a closer look at the thriving fur industry in Hong Kong and China, and the alternatives offered by designers

Travel retail is one of the biggest markets for prestige cosmetic brands such as Estée Lauder and L’Oréal, with many new collections now being sold exclusively in airport duty-free shops