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Style is a way to say who you are with­out hav­ing to speak,” says Olivia Lee-davies with an en­gag­ing smile. “It’s a quote by Rachel Zoe that I’ve al­ways loved be­cause you have noth­ing to lose and ev­ery­thing to gain from be­ing brave— so chal­lenge your­self to wear some­thing dif­fer­ent. If you don’t look good one evening, who cares?”

This light-hearted ap­proach to life and fash­ion is not what one ex­pects from LeeDavies, one of Hong Kong’s most prom­i­nent so­cialites and a lead­ing fig­ure in a num­ber of fields. But she got to where she is to­day by think­ing out­side the box. Com­ing from a big fam­ily with nine chil­dren, Lee-davies has al­ways be­lieved she was dif­fer­ent from her sis­ters, both phys­i­cally and men­tally. “I don’t have the look of a typ­i­cal Asian woman and I think I re­belled be­cause I al­ways felt I wasn’t the same as the oth­ers,” she says. “I started a ca­reer in ad­ver­tis­ing at 18 and mar­ried the fol­low­ing year, so I sup­pose you could say I was very busy from a young age.”

A few years later, Lee-davies took a pause from ad­ver­tis­ing to look af­ter her four chil­dren. Af­ter the chil­dren had started school, she opened a se­ries of bou­tiques called Peggy Boyd and dab­bled in in­te­rior de­sign. “A few friends came to my apart­ment and loved it—and begged me re­design their places,” she says. “So I did one or two as a favour, and sud­denly I had 10 peo­ple ring­ing me up ask­ing me to give them styling ad­vice.”

Af­ter build­ing a suc­cess­ful ca­reer in in­te­rior de­sign, Lee-davies was ap­proached by Bar­rie C Goodridge, the chair­man and

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