My Perfect Day - Carolina Wong

Hong Kong born British accessories designer Carolina Wong shares with U her favourite tips and hangouts, focusing on oriental eateries.

How do you start your day?

If I am in London working in my studio and don't have early travel or meetings my alarm goes off at 7 am. I wake my body up with 15mins of Yoga and then have apple vinegar with lemon water. Then I head to my bathroom for my morning skincare routine; I have been using skin products since I was 14, sometimes the range of my skin products scares my friends a bit, they believe it's an Asian thing... If I am only in my studio that day I won't wear makeup, it's just more practical and I do believe you need to let your skin breathe a little sometimes. Then I will go straight to my to-do list for the day!

Leisurely lunch go to?
I normally go for a walk and pop to Ivy Tower bridge for a quick bite, it can get quite touristy, but it also makes me remember how fortunate I am to be able to enjoy it all at my doorstep.

Favourite way to pass the time in London?
Museums are my favourite things to do, from contemporary to the classics, world class artists they all exhibit in London. There is something new and exciting all the time, it's also a way to get inspiration and get your creativity going. My favourites are Tate Modern, V&A and Design Museum.

Favourite London landmarks, and why?
Waterloo Bridge, every time I drive over it on my way home, it makes me love London even more, there are skyscrapers on the left and old monuments on the right, it's so diverse but at the same time blends in so well.

Tipple of choice and favourite cocktail hangout?
I have recently been hanging out quite a bit at Duddell's, I love that they put some oriental twists on all of their cocktails.

Favourite dining destinations, and why?
My Italian husband happens to like Asian food more than I do (strange, isn’t it?), so for something casual and authentic Asian, I love going to Bar Shu for Sichuan, Mayfair Garden for Dim Sum and Atariya for my sushi fix. If it's a dressed up date, I love going to Duddell's, Umu, and HKK…mhmh there are so many places I like!

Final stop for a nightcap, and why?
As much as I love hanging out with friends, home will always be the final stop to have a cup of herbal tea to finish off the day.

Rest hangover remedy?
Ginger, lemon and honey tea, this tea is my practical cure for everything, from a hangover to the flu.

Where next on your travels?
I am actually on my way to Paris right this moment for meetings and then I will spend a weekend at Versailles, planning to visit some flea markets for inspiration and of course a few cool bargains.

A Hong Kong born, London based world citizen. Carolina Wong graduated in 2011 from the Chelsea College of Art and Design specializing in Woven Textile Design. Launching her brand in 2016, with a vision of uniting traditional crafts and creativity. Wong’s collection is made sustainably and according to the highest standards whilst treating local artisans with respect; ensuring fair wages to sustain their skills. Engineered weaving techniques rooted in craftsmanship are at the core of her collections so far.

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