Hong Kong is a place brimming with talented and intriguing people. In our new 27 Questions column, we get up close and personal with notable Hong Kong personalities, learning about their whims and aversions, pivotal life moments, and hopes and dreams — all in roughly the same time it takes to have a 2-minute speed date.
As sustainability continues to be a hot topic in the fashion industry, innovators and industry leaders such as Charlotte Tsuei are spearheading an eco-friendly fashion movement here in Hong Kong, shifting the attentions of consumers to think about the origins and brand actions of the clothes and products they buy. Tsuei opened Hong Kong’s first athleisure boutique, Caelum Greene, in 2016, and it’s since become a popular destination for Hong Kong’s style- and health-conscious clientele, with a plethora of brands spanning fashion to beauty to home accessories which all focus on natural, organic and chemical-free products and materials.
As founder and chief creative director, Tsuei works hard to make sure the brand stays loyal to its mission of promoting mindfulness and meaningful change in the community, through ongoing brand collaborations, curated style offerings and workshops. Tsuei is a true beacon for the intersection of wellness, lifestyle and sustainability in Hong Kong — not to mention, she’s an absolute fierce business woman and “ecopreneur”. Get to know her better in our snap-shot interview below.
Name: Charlotte Tsuei
Neighbourhood: Mid-Levels West
Occupation: Ecopreneur / Founder of Caelum Greene
Savour the journey.
The first date with my husband at Joël Robuchon. I had been a vegetarian for about a decade up until that point!
Jessica Alba. She’s a supermom, wellness entrepreneur and a fellow Taurus.
A barista at Starbucks.
Two weeks ago, as a practice run. I own a Tesla but rarely drive it for the safety of others.
Everything! Home is the most important space for me. For months, I worked with one of Hong Kong’s leading sustainability-focused interior designers on renovating the apartment from scratch.
I am a reformed night owl after a few months of daily 6am wake-up calls from my daughter.
WhatsApp. I use it a lot for work and to communicate with friends and family on a daily basis.
Not living in New York in my 20s.
Crazy taxi drivers.
Scuba diving in Raja Ampat.
When time allows, which is not often. I love cooking!
Missing out on precious moments in life because I didn’t stop to smell the roses.
In August, after watching Crazy Rich Asians on the first day it came out at iSquare.
Hip hop/gangsta rap.
About Time, starring Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson.
A brunch feast over crossword puzzles, followed by a nice family walk with our shiba.
When my husband lit up Cap d’Antibes with fireworks as a surprise on our wedding day.
I love my life in Hong Kong right now, but I’d like to move back to California in the foreseeable future.
When he/she has taken visitors on the Dragon’s Back hike more times than he/she can count.
Warren Buffett, Barack Obama, Sheryl Sandberg, Jessica Alba and the Dalai Lama.
“Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift. It’s my shower jam.
Is this a trick question?
My yoga mat.