In this blog post, I like to share more about August Society and why I started designing swimwear.
I was born in Hong Kong, raised in Canada, and educated in Europe. I moved to Singapore in 2009 to complete my MBA, and I’ve been living here with my husband ever since. We just had a daughter, too – I’m so excited to be raising her here.
I started August Society as a way to satisfy the need I saw in the market for beautifully crafted, perfectly fitting swimsuits with the perfect balance of aesthetics and quality. I was (and am) inspired by travels with friends and family. Every print I design tells a personal story of somewhere I’ve been or am longing to cross off my ever growing list. I’m also inspired by people and artists I admire, like fashion designer Diane von Furstenburg and French Impressionist painter Claude Monet.
When I’m designing collections for August Society, I keep in mind the August Society woman. She has that effortless style that’s timeless and enduring, and she feels equally comfortable on a deserted beach in the Phillippines or a yacht on the Mediterranean. Our one-of-a-kind prints, endless mix-and-match combinations, and broad range of cuts allow for her to explore on-trend looks and individual expression at the same time.
Like to know more about me? I once answered these 10 we-really-want-to-know-you questions!
What is one thing you can not live without?
Is it cheesy to say my husband? If it has to be an object, I would say noodles then. Any kind of Asian noodle.
What is one thing in your closet you can never part with?
Black ballet flats. I’ve worn out many pairs.
Who is your fashion icon?
Dianne Von Furstenburg is not only my fashion icon but business hero as well.
What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?
Grilled starfish. It tastes exactly how it sounds.
What is the first thing you do each morning?
I am not a morning person so dragging myself into the shower is a struggle even on the best days.
Who is your favorite artist of all time?
Claude Monet. I’m facinated that he spent his entire career painting one subject: light.
If you could spend 3 months anywhere, where would it be?
I don’t think I could sit still for that long, so it would have to be a month of shopping in Hong Kong, a month of eating my way across Thailand and a month of relaxing at my husband’s family house in Corsica.
What is your favorite color?
What is one song that always make you dance?
Hey Ya by Outkast
What is your secret talent?
I roast a mean goose
I’ll leave you with my inspirational mantra in life – “Life’s short – stop trying to meet other people’s expectations and live it for yourself!”