When I launched my blog mid/end of 2020 during lockdown, the first few people came to my mind I wanted to write about as #MySmartCookie, and Judy is one of them, a wonderful human being who I admire of her work ethic and keen eye of spotting trend. She is very quiet, not the type who craves any type of attention for street style shots, she’s smart, hardworking, kind, thoughtful with great sense of taste, but not many people notice this. Nowadays, it could also be experience and age, anyone who is profiled on major press can’t really inspire me anymore, but often friends who are true talents are my hero. I wanted to share this incredible lady’s fashion journey, from a junior buyer, working in the most renowed retailers of the world, an honest conversation, enjoy.
* in profile picture, Judy is in Dries Van Noten top, Totome skirt, the Row Bag, and Amina Muaddi heels.
Here are few of my questions for Judy :
KF: Did you study fashion related subject? If not, why did you get into fashion?
JY: No, I did Bsc Psychology as my major in University. I had always been very intrigued by the human mind. I got into fashion by chance actually!
There is no short cut as it was just a lot of hard work. you must be patient as the first few years of buying is usually quite tedious, with a lot of boring paper works.Judy explains the real life of being a fashion buyer.
KF: How did you get to where you are in this position? Could you share a little bit more of your journey and some ups and downs?
JY: There is no short cut as it was just a lot of hard work. you must be patient as the first few years of buying is usually quite tedious, with a lot of boring paper works. you have to be very organised and detail-minded to do your job properly. But the hard work was worth it as I was incredibly lucky to have had some incredible mentors that taught me everything that i know.
KF: Please share what your work schedule was like Pre-Covid especially during fashion week?
JY: it is not as glamourous as people think. yes I occasionally get to go to a fashion show here or there but usually, it’s just a lot of running around the city and a lot of uber rides! I’d consider it a good day if we have time to sit down for lunch!
KF: How do you think this pandemic has changed your work life?
JY: its actually really hectic, especially doing buying market weeks when we have to have internal meetings and paper work during the mornings and starting from about 3pm hong kong is when all the virtual appointments kick in due to the time difference with Europe. and we will have to do all the orders at night!
KF: If you are not in fashion, which industry will you be?
JY: frankly i don’t know! i may have gone back to practicing accounting like my father and take over his practice.
KF: When you are so busy everyday, do you cook? If so can you share your recipe that can make a dish under 30 minutes?
JY: I try to cook and host dinner on the weekends as that is how i destress. I recently came across this tomato curry. it’s super easy to make and kind of keto friendly too
KF: A piece of advice for your young self who just started in fashion.
JY: Take care of yourself, physically and mentally.
KF: Favourite designer and 3 favourite items in your closet.
JY: Dries Van Noten. my admiration for him goes beyond his collections. I have collected a lot of his pieces over the years as I see them as collectables. The second part of this question is really difficult question to answer because it is like asking someone to pick their favourite child!
Judy Yau is the buying manager of On Pedder Hong Kong and China. Linkedin & Instagram.
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Judy: Dries Van Noten。我對他的欽佩超越了他的收藏。這些年來，我已經收集了許多他的作品，因為我將它們視為收藏品。這個問題的第二部分是很難回答的問題，因為這就像要求某人挑選自己喜歡的孩子一樣！
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