LUNCH BREAK CHATS: My Mom Talks Art, Fashion and Raising Me

In this Lunch Break Chat, my mom (& ultimate inspiration) talks about her love for art, fashion and design, as well as her thoughts on raising me as a child.

When did you discover your love for art and design?

I started drawing when I was a child, more so out of habit rather than passion. It wasn’t until I joined an arts organization in college that I discovered my love for fine arts. Similarly, I discovered my love for design, specifically interior design, when I studied aboard in the U.S. It’s been years of exploration, and the older I get, the more I am able to combine both fields into sources of inspiration for designing my own jewelry and clothes.

What does creativity mean to you?

Creativity is expressing your inner imaginations and dreams. While it can be inspired by daily life, it always has an element of desire.

Who inspires you?

No one in particular inspires me. (I say she probably inspires herself more than anyone)

Any favorite designers?

Raf Simons when he was designing for Dior and Alber Elbaz.

Describe your fashion style.

My style combines classical and modern designs. But most importantly, the clothes have to be practical and suit my skin tone and body shape.


And what is your favorite clothing item? Why?

I love gowns because they’re bold and elegant, but are appropriate for any era and withstand the test of time.

Now what is your favorite clothing from my wardrobe?

Your Ganni lace track jacket.

When did you discover my love for art and design?

I’ve known for as long as I can remember, since you loved drawing dreamy horses in all sorts of shapes and forms as a child. I discovered you had an unique approach to using colors and therefore always encouraged you to draw more.

What do you think of my style?

You have an exceptional eye for making regular clothes seem special; you layer cleverly and mix colors masterfully to come up with beautiful outfits.

What clothing item are you making next with the tailor?

I recently bought silk and this Italian lace that I want to make into a romantic and breezy short summer dress.

-Matt Chu


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