Johanna Ho is one of the city’s most prominent sustainable fashion designers. Known for upcycling garments and using eco-friendly materials, she’s also been on the judging panel for the EcoChic Design Awards (an international sustainable fashion design competition) since its launch in 2011.
Walking the line between tradition and modernity, Grace Chen creates East-meets-West dresses for a host of well-known clients including Helen Mirren, Oprah, and Chinese foreign minister spokeswoman Hua Chungying. But Chen is not just a fashion designer—she is a couturier. We sit down with Chen to talk true luxury and her design inspirations in today’s saturated world of fashion.
Sylvie Ganter, the driving creative force behind the brand (Photo courtesy of Atelier Cologne)
Sylvie Ganter often likens the story of how she and her husband Christophe Cervasel co-founded cologne brand Atelier Cologne together to that of a love story. When they first met in 2006 in New York, both were creating perfumes—he for designers and she for a cosmetic brand.
“Christophe and I have only worn ‘cologne’ type of scents our entire life,” she says, but she felt something was missing. “I found myself in permanent search of a cologne that would have different personalities and that would last on the skin.”