Friday, May 20, 2011

Geek Peek: Melinda Wong of Vein

A couple months ago, I was introduced to Melinda Wong, founder and director of Vein, a boutique in Star Street that is bringing a piece of Scandinavian Style and Nordic design to Hong Kong. Taking a gallery approach where only two or three brands are featured for short periods, the shop also only stocks very limited quantities of designs. And a little hint, if something catches your eye and you covet it, I would recommend buying it right away as I saw this cute pair of shoes that I wanted but was already gone by the time I decided that I really needed it. Since then, I've found myself unconsciously wandering over to the shop just to see if there's anything else I want to get my hands on which in itself is a testament to Melinda's savvy buying. We talk to Melinda about her first big investment purchase and the fashion item she can’t live without.

HKFG: What‘s on your lust list?
MW: Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair, Noguchi’s Free-form Sofa, Droog Tree Trunk Bench

HKFG: What fashion item can’t you live without?
MW: J Brand White Skinny Jeans

HKFG: Things you could live without… but still can’t bear to part with
MW: my iPhone (if I forget to bring it on a day, I feel like losing one arm…), my YSL shocking color lipsticks

HKFG: Favourite thing about HK
MW: Being upbeat and international at all times

HKFG: Celebrity you would most like to be/ trade places with…
MW: Carine Roitfeld

HKFG: First big investment purchase
MW: 5 items by Y’s Yohji Yamamoto all in one purchase

HKFG: What you would wish for if a genie came out of a lamp to grant you 3 wishes?
MW: Carine Roitfeld stays with French Vogue as long as she lives, Alexander McQueen is still with us, Helmut Lang is still doing Helmut Lang

HKFG: Secret weapon beauty product
MW: YSL Tops Secret Instant Eye Wake-up Patches

HKFG: Worst nightmare
MW: Seeing Martin Margiela trying to be Martin Margiela without Martin Margiela

HKFG: Last thing you think about before going to sleep
MW: Vein (my shop), and to have a good night sleep…

HKFG: What’s your favourite iPhone app?
MW: WhatsApp, instantly connecting people in this iPhone epoch

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