Easy Work

Hong Kong Tatler - - Features -

For their first dance as a mar­ried cou­ple, they grooved to Benny Good­man’s ver­sion of Swing, Swing, Swing, the song to which they had first danced to­gether at school. They were ac­com­pa­nied by Kelly’s stu­dents from Yip’s Chil­dren’s Choral and Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre, which was founded by Kelly’s fam­ily and was where she prac­ti­cally grew up.

Dance, mu­sic and drama play an im­por­tant part in their lives. Even Kingston’s pro­posal to Kelly was tied to her love for the per­form­ing arts. Kelly had been play­ing the role of Beauty in the cen­tre’s “pro­fes­sional am­a­teur” re­pro­duc­tion of Beauty and the Beast and, af­ter the last bow, Kingston sur­prised her (and the en­tire au­di­ence and cast) by danc­ing onto the stage and singing Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. “I re­ally don’t re­mem­ber much of it, un­til I was al­ready down on one knee,” says Kingston. “I ba­si­cally blacked out in the middle be­cause of nerves.” Kelly smiles, “All our per­form­ers were cry­ing—per­haps more than I was!” De­spite com­ing from dif­fer­ent back­grounds and choos­ing un­re­lated vo­ca­tions, the cou­ple’s tem­per­a­ments are quite aligned. Muses Kingston, “To be hon­est, it’s been very steady with us.” Kelly agrees: “Yeah, we don’t re­ally ar­gue. We are tol­er­ant, pa­tient and easy­go­ing. You need to be flex­i­ble for a re­la­tion­ship to work; it also hap­pens that our per­son­al­i­ties work well to­gether. I feel like we some­times don’t even have to try, so we are very blessed.”

Kelly is an award-win­ning in­te­rior de­signer and head of her own epony­mous de­sign firm. She has worked on var­i­ous res­i­den­tial and hos­pi­tal­ity projects, in­clud­ing the Casa Real Ho­tel in Ma­cau. Kingston is the scion of the Chu fam­ily, which founded the Kingston Fi­nan­cial Group, a Hong Kong-based, pub­licly listed com­pany. His mother ac­quired the Sin­cere Watch Group and its Franck Muller op­er­a­tions in Asia (ex­clud­ing Ja­pan) in a US$162 mil­lion deal in 2012.

Two years ago, the cou­ple col­lab­o­rated on the Franck Muller mai­son in Hong Kong, with Kelly as de­sign con­sul­tant. “It was the first time we sat in a pro­fes­sional ca­pac­ity to­gether. It was easy,” Kingston re­calls. “She gave a lot of in­put in the over­all aes­thet­ics and vis­ual mer­chan­dis­ing.”

Kelly adds, “Kingston is a very fair per­son. Just be­cause I was his girl­friend at that time didn’t mean he would im­me­di­ately do what I said. He lis­tens to his other di­rec­tors and re­spects their opin­ion be­fore com­ing up with his own. That’s some­thing I ad­mire about him. He can clearly see what’s right and what’s wrong. Even if there’s no right or wrong an­swer, he will dis­sect the sit­u­a­tion and be fair to ev­ery­one.”

When the cou­ple are not work­ing, they bow to their wan­der­lust. “Trav­el­ling is great for a re­la­tion­ship as you dis­cover new things

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