After Brexit, Bex’s it: David Beckham back in Hong Kong
David Beckham arrives back in Hong Kong, paying tribute to the locals who inspire him
As Britain heads into uncharted political and economic waters, football and fashion star David Beckham headed to Hong Kong, arriving last night for the 90th anniversary celebrations of British label Kent & Curwen.
“It’s good to be back in Hong Kong - I get a lot of inspiration from people here,” the former Manchester United football star said from his hotel suite in Admiralty, having just landed in the city.
Avoiding questions about the fallout from his country’s shock Brexit vote, the 41-year-old said he was happy to be back in Hong Kong.
“I’ve been coming to Asia for the past 25 years, have a huge fan base here and now with my business career I can say I understand the Hong Kong market and what people like to wear,” says Beckham who signed a five-year partnership with Kent & Curwen last September.
Before Thursday’s shock 52 per cent 48 per cent vote for Brexit, Beckham had urged people to vote to stay in the European Union, saying his country must “face the problems of the world together and not alone.”
Joining Beckham in Hong Kong was the brand’s new creative director Daniel Kearns, who said he and Beckham had already formed a strong working relationship.
Irish-born Kearns - who has worked with luxury brands from Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and Zegna to Alexander McQueen - said he and Beckham had dug deep into the brand’s archive to find heritage and iconic pieces to rework them for a new, younger generation.
“When David puts on these reappropriated heritage pieces with a pair of skinny jeans they start to look quite modern and quite different.”
Looking out the 48th floor onto a perfect sunset across Hong Kong’s harbour, Beckham - who said China remains a vital market - said he was constantly inspired by Hong Kong’s young and old.
“You only have to walk down the street in Hong Kong to get inspired and I’m sure Daniel sees that.”
The pair are currently working on a spring summer 2017 collection. Kent & Curwen is owned by Hong Kong’s Trinity Group.