Indonesia Tatler - - Style -

To Wendy Yu, style is about in­di­vid­u­al­ity. “Whether it’s a dress or a pair of shoes, make it your own,” the young fash­ion mav­er­ick says, “and re­ally have the con­fi­dence to be yourself.”

Sensible words. At 27, Wendy knows ex­actly what she wants.

Born in Zhe­jiang prov­ince, the daugh­ter of Meng­tian Group founder Jingyuan Yu, Wendy de­vel­oped a pen­chant for cou­ture while at­tend­ing board­ing school in the UK, and later honed it by study­ing fash­ion man­age­ment at the Lon­don Col­lege of Fash­ion and in­tern­ing at Vogue China.

Her ac­quain­tance with the sec­tor’s up­per ech­e­lons both as a stu­dent and young pro­fes­sional spurred her to launch in 2015 her own endeavour, ven­ture cap­i­tal com­pany Yu Cap­i­tal, to sup­port high-po­ten­tial, high-growth fash­ion, lifestyle and tech­nol­ogy en­ter­prises. Over the past two years, the com­pany has in­vested in the likes of fash­ion brand Mary Ka­trant­zou and Tu­jia, the Chi­nese equiv­a­lent of Airbnb, and granted Wendy plenty of vis­i­bil­ity in the in­dus­try. “Wendy is a pi­o­neer, both in style and busi­ness,” says Shangliu Tatler ed­i­tor-in-chief Paris Kuo. “She’s driven in ev­ery­thing she does and sets her mind to, while al­ways stay­ing glam­orous. That, to us, is the essence of style.”

Such de­ter­mi­na­tion ex­tends to her phil­an­thropic work as well. A pa­tron of the arts, Wendy is a found­ing mem­ber of the V&A Mu­seum Young Pa­trons’ Cir­cle and a sup­porter of cul­tural or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Bri­tish Mu­seum, the De­sign Mu­seum and the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery, and her phil­an­thropic in­ter­ests in­clude am­far, the Naked Heart Foun­da­tion and the Bri­tish Fash­ion Trust.

Pho­tog­ra­phy Li Haiyan Styling

Teresa Tsai Hair and make-up Da Bao Lo­ca­tion Yihe Man­sions This page, op­po­site and open­ing spread: Clothes are Wendy’s own; jewellery by Gar­rard

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