johanna + friends
She is my very good friend who also happens to be actress-turned style icon and trendsetter for the Hong Kong & Greater China fashion scene. Hilary and I both share a passion for fashion and clothes and shoes and bags…and it was inevitable that we got together to form a line of our own. We also share the same tastes and we like to mix and match fashion labels with niche finds, and all things vintage.
“Johanna & Hilary” is a line that is edgy,cool and a bit girly…just like us! It’s also an upcycled knitwear line that is made of old knit samples (mainly from Johanna’s past collections) and second hand clothes (mainly from Hilary’s own closet!)Therefore, each piece and design is unique as no two pieces are the same!! Awesome!!!
My so talented friend! Leanne is the most charming and the sweetest girl ever! Also a fellow St. Martins graduate, British artist/print designer Leanne Claxton,was originally trained as a painter but later developed a passion for textiles design. Her organic prints and kaleidoscopic colour palette translates perfectly into digitally printed fabric, resulting in exquisite wearable art. I first worked with Leanne in 2010 together on a concert costume for CantoPop star Eason Chan. The collaboration was such a happy experience that we decided to work on a line together…which resulted in “HO:CLAXTON”, a line of cool and elegant jersey dresses and sculptural knits, that also focuses on eco-friendly concept by using zero wastage pattern cutting techniques, in which each garment has no leftover fabric wastage.
Honestly, I am NOT a big fan of makeup, but I still like to put a bit on. I know I sound pathetic,but at least not the traditional way. I have always been told off by my grandmother, who has white porcelain skin, that I should do something with my freckles…”too much sun!” she would say, and that I should get as much concealer as possible to cover them up. As years go by, my freckles are still all intact, and I’m proud to say that I’m quite happy with them simply because I’m quite happy for simply being who I am. That is why when I found out about BECCA, I was instantly hooked.
“My search for the ‘perfect foundation’ became a mission that was to prove as elusive as the search for the Holy Grail!” – Rebecca Morrice Williams, Founder of BECCA
Rebecca started her career as a makeup artist in Perth, Western Australia. Frustrated by her own inability to find the perfect foundation, one that would look natural, conceal blemishes, feel weightless on the skin and stay fresh all day, she set out to create it herself. After 6 years of scientific research and development, Rebecca’s passion and persistence has resulted in the ultimate range of skin-perfecting products that make it possible for all women to experience the pleasure of a flawless and radiant complexion. The BECCA line has evolved to delight the most demanding makeup artists globally, excited the most respected beauty editors, and met the needs of the busiest modern women around the world. Totally my kind of makeup…and hence the reason I’m having my very own selection here…
Loving all things knit, I always enjoy finding more fun and interesting ways to explore the boundaries in knitwear.
I first met the designer (Tobita san) from e.m.(one of the most amazing jewellery brand from Japan), some seven/eight years ago, when I was living and working in Japan. Working with e.m.is like exploring Aladdin’s cave. Everything is so delicate and intricate, modern, yet with always with a twist of vintage feel to it. Which is precisely the reason why I approached e.m.to work with me, to work on a line of knitwear-come-jewellery. And the result, a simply mind-blowing synergy that is full of creativity, beauty and love, love, love.
I am a self-confessed shoe craze. Ever since the chance of working with Jimmy Choo, who designed my shoes for my Masters degree graduation show at Saint Martins during London Fashion Week, I just never looked back. It was just inevitable that I had to have my own shoe line. Working with Titikaka was therefore an absolute dream come true. Titikaka,(Titicaca) originally the name of a lake in South America, is already a well established shoe brand in Hong Kong. The brand has their very own factories in China, and has been making shoes for many many years. They take great care and pride and attention to the design,the lasts, its fit, and to the finishing details. Shoes can look great, but one also has to stand and walk in them in a good period of time. Therefore, it has always been my goal to design a shoe line that not only looks great, but also has to feel great without sacrificing the height or designs. The titikaka X johanna ho line is just all about that. Great designs, great fit, and of great friendly prices that just won’t break your bank.
“Although fashion inherently encourages consumption, I am very passionate about making change in society,” Johanna explains. “In a small or big way, I hope I can contribute to the (PRODUCT)ᴿᴱᴰ goal to end AIDS/HIV by 2015 – and it’s not as impossible as it may seem!”
BELVEDERE (PRODUCT)ᴿᴱᴰ TM Special Edition is part of a worldwide initiative to eliminate HIV/AIDS by the year 2015. Since the (RED)™ campaign was conceived by global activist and U2 frontman Bono in 2006, US$190M has been raised to further this very reachable goal, by putting antiviral drugs directly into the hands of those in need, turning a fatal disease into a manageable condition for many who have accesses to this life-saving treatment.
Fifty-percent of profits from the global sales of the (BELVEDERE)ᴿᴱᴰ Special Edition bottle will be contributed to the Global Fund, one of the world’s leading financier of global programs to fight HIV/AIDS. Consumers will still be able enjoy the same naturally smooth Belvedere vodka, while doing their part to help the support the elimination of HIV/AIDS once and for all.
(RED) was founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver to engage businesses and consumers in the fight against AIDS.
(RED) partners with the world’s most iconic brands who contribute up to 50% of profits from (RED) branded goods and services to the Global Fund. (RED) Proud Partners include: Apple, Starbucks, Converse, The Coca-Cola Company, Beats by Dr. Dre, Belvedere, Bugaboo, Claro, Nike, Penfolds, SAP, Telcel and American Express (UK only). (RED) Special Edition partners include: Shazam, Girl Skateboards, Mophie, FEED, Nanda Home, Solange Azagury-Partridge, Bottletop, Tourneau and TOUS.
To date, (RED) has generated over $190 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to support HIV/AIDS grants in Ghana, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia. 100 percent of that money goes to work on the ground – no overhead is taken. Global Fund grants that (RED) supports have impacted more than 14 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services.
(RED) has led several high-profile initiatives to raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS related issues including (PRODUCT)ᴿᴱᴰ, THE AIDS FREE GENERATION IS DUE IN 2015 campaign and most recently, the (RED)RUSH TO ZERO campaign.