The Lucky Ones

For Van Cleef & Ar­pels, luck means hope and in­spi­ra­tion. For Dawn Koh and Trina Liang-lin, how­ever, its no­tion takes a com­pletely dif­fer­ent mean­ing. They share with Ch­eryl Chan what luck means to them

Singapore Tatler - - STYLE - Pho­tog­ra­phy DARREN GABRIEL LEOW Styling CH­ERYL CHAN

When it comes to the idea of luck, there are ar­guably many def­i­ni­tions and in­ter­pre­ta­tions. For some, it is hap­pen­stance, the idea that mo­ments can be serendip­i­tous. These are the eter­nal op­ti­mists, the ro­man­tics who choose to be­lieve that fate is be­yond our con­trol. For oth­ers, luck is sum­moned through elab­o­rate rit­u­als. They try to ex­er­cise own­er­ship over their des­tiny by wield­ing charms to try to steer their luck in the “right” di­rec­tion. Then, you have the prag­matic re­al­ists who be­lieve that luck sim­ply is a com­bi­na­tion of hard work and op­por­tu­nity. For French jew­eller Van Cleef & Ar­pels, the el­e­ment of luck is its guid­ing spirit and the in­spi­ra­tion for its lux­u­ri­ous de­signs. It all be­gan with Jac­ques Ar­pels, the nephew of founder Estelle, who would search for four-leaf clovers in the gar­dens sur­round­ing his home and present them to the Van Cleef & Ar­pels staff, along with a poem ti­tled Don’t Quit to en­cour­age them to never give up hope. This gave birth to the brand’s most iconic col­lec­tion, the Al­ham­bra. While not many of us have the lux­ury of time that young Jac­ques had, lucky for us, Van Cleef & Ar­pels has in­cor­po­rated the four-leaf clover into its de­signs and has since re­leased many it­er­a­tions over the years, giv­ing cus­tomers a beau­ti­ful good luck charm to wear and pass on the good for­tune for gen­er­a­tions to come. We speak to two in­spir­ing women, who touch upon the luck they have re­ceived in their lives and what it means to them.

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