Fam­ily Mat­ters

Hong Kong Tatler - - Editor’s Note -

ong Kong Tatler has al­ways been in­ter­ested in fam­ily dy­nas­ties—and not just lo­cal ones. In this is­sue, Madeleine Ross pro­files Bran­don and Jenny Chau (p.186) and Brunello Cucinelli (p.200). Bran­don is the grand­son of Chau Sik-nin and son of Kai-bong, both busi­ness lead­ers and phi­lan­thropists, and in Kai-bong’s case a fash­ion leg­end with a le­gal mind. A bar­ris­ter and an en­trepreneur, Bran­don is con­tin­u­ing their legacy. In the past five years, he has launched the Nob­lesse Group bed­ding busi­ness, taken the role of sar­to­rial in­flu­encer a step fur­ther with the cre­ation of At­tire House and, with Jenny, set up the char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion A-life Acad­emy. But the most im­por­tant role for the cou­ple is that of be­ing par­ents.

For fash­ion de­signer Brunello Cucinelli, busi­ness has al­ways been a fam­ily af­fair, one rooted in her­itage and a de­sire to give back to the com­mu­nity. Restor­ing the me­dieval town of Solomeo and mak­ing it his com­pany’s head­quar­ters has not only en­sured that gen­er­a­tions of lo­cal fam­i­lies work side by side, but also al­lows him to take a pa­ter­nal in­ter­est in his em­ploy­ees as he builds his fash­ion em­pire.

Brunello’s story re­minded me how much I love to travel. Like many of our read­ers, it isn’t just the pull of be­ing pam­pered in a lux­ury ho­tel that sends me off to a new des­ti­na­tion or back to a much loved one. Of course, I like the high-thread-count sheets, in­room mas­sages and hot and cold run­ning staff as much as the next per­son, but what re­ally makes me want to go some­where is the no­tion that I will ex­pe­ri­ence it as a lo­cal. Those sto­ries that aren’t about travel per se, but are about the itin­er­ary and see­ing a place through the eyes of dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties. So whether the in­spi­ra­tion comes from read­ing about a chef ’s favourite places to eat or a tastemaker’s se­cret spots, some­thing in the pages makes you want to ex­pe­ri­ence their lives and home­towns. In LA Sto­ries (p.240), we get the low­down on Los Angeles from lo­cals, while Scents and Sen­si­bil­ity (p.138) re­veals Grasse through the eyes of mas­ter per­fumer Jac­ques Caval­lier-bel­letrud, the nose be­hind seven new scents be­ing launched by Louis Vuit­ton this month.

We’re also mak­ing a few changes and ad­di­tions this month with the move of our Faces so­cial pages (p.252) to a new po­si­tion af­ter Life and the launch of the cool, par­ty­fo­cused Up­front sec­tion (p.76). There’s also a new reg­u­lar Homes fea­ture this month (p.234) which in pro­fil­ing an in­di­vid­ual takes an in­ti­mate look in­side their home to con­vey a sense of who they are and what in­spires them. Fi­nally, we take a look at the com­ing fash­ion sea­son with fash­ion edi­tor Jus­tine Lee’s elec­tric shoot, Light Me Up (p.104), and a wrap-up of the cat­walks of Lon­don, New York, Paris and Mi­lan, New Hori­zons (p.112). It’s the per­fect cock­tail as we head into au­tumn.

dream liv­ing Heather & March founder Wendy Siu gives us a guided tour of her pala­tial pad for our new monthly Homes fea­ture

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