Ask any of the oldest members of the fashion blogging world in Hong Kong, and you’re sure to hear enthusiastic praise for Jasmine Smith. The New Zealand-born fashion stylist and blogger relocated here over 13 years ago; as an ardent advocate for the community, she started #HKFashionBloggers, a non-profit professional organisation dedicated to strengthening the local creative community and giving designers and stylists a real-life platform to meet like-minded peers.
Today, the mother-of-two has moved on from fashion blogging. In 2016, she founded RAVEN + ROSE, a lingerie brand that was launched with one mission in mind: ‘To represent edgy females in a way that still promotes their sensuality’. She believes that sexiness should be more about attitude, and natural curves should be embellished rather than moulded to stereotypes; therefore, you’ll find her designs to be comfortable but at the same time dark and provocatively edgy. The aesthetic caters to modern-day women who refuse to be bound by conventions, instead flirting with the edges of what’s considered predictable. Read on to learn more about Smith as she answers our signature questionnaire.
Name: Jasmine Smith
Neighbourhood: Kennedy Town
Occupation: Fashion Designer & Entrepreneur
“What is the point of your own thoughts if you are always worried about what other people think.”
The BEST memory I have of Hong Kong food is hotdogs at 4am after a massive night out at the (well missed!) MINT Club. Food has a tendency to always taste so good at that (drunken) time in the morning.
I used to bead necklaces and sew ‘scrunchies’ when I was 7 years old and sell them on the school playground. I was an entrepreneur since way back!
Coffee in the morning and a Vodka Martini at night.
A few months ago, driving up the West Coast beaches of New Zealand. I was driving solo with an awesome soundtrack on and divine scenery the whole way — it was total bliss.
My growing art collection. Each piece I own is positioned so I see it daily and fuels some range of emotions and thoughts. I never get bored of looking at them or letting my mind wander in the thoughts they invoke.
Morning is my BFF for sure! Hello 5.45am daily wake-ups! I go running early morning before the family and the rest of Hong Kong wake up — that alone time is such a buzz in a city that never stops!
WhatsApp — I keep connected via voice messages to so many of my favourite people. It’s my friendship lifeline.
Never having lived in New York.
The humidity. For someone who loves to pile on makeup every morning, it’s always a disappointment when it then literally melts off as soon as I step outside.
Sardinia. With its sandy Mediterranean beaches and rugged, mountainous Italian landscape, I couldn’t think of anywhere more perfect right now.
I cook my little family breakfast every morning — we sit at our table together, starting the day with cool conversation, a Mum-cooked breakfast and Dad making coffee (obviously the coffee does not get served to the kids!)
Losing my little family — they are my world!
New Zealand or New York … opposites but both so attractive.
Being able to navigate the city centre through air-con and not having to touch the pavement. Getting that mall-to-mall city map down is key for summers. When someone has mastered that, you know they know what it is to live in Hong Kong as a pro.
“What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction — you can blame my obsessed 4-year-old for that! Oh and “No Diggity” by Backstreet Boys — a teen fav.
Gin and dark chocolate for breakfast. Well … the chocolate at least.
To the top of a mountain via a long and hard hike or a stormy seaside.
Wearing my first bikini. It was red, I think I was about 3 years old with a pot-tummy and terrible ’80s haircut. Those times were epic, stylish and full of kiddo adventures!
Yes and it was beautifully consuming. But I don’t kiss and tell.
Thankfully I don’t have that sort of relationship with them. Most things they know about me — I’m not embarrassed to share and they aren’t embarrassed to listen. We have awesomely open dialogues.
Jimmy Yuen from ‘Ring The Bell’ recently tattooed my arms with symbols for my children. I have a few tattoos, but these are my favourites — a beautiful and constant reminder of my little loves.
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Stale cigarettes, whiskey and stolen kisses… #youtastelikeregret is for those who’ve been a little reckless and love a little wild in their lives . Shot by the Queen of late nights herself, @nicolineaagesen of @mycameramyrules. Worn by the delicious @jas.freyfrey and @ivanclaudiuvlad . @ravenandrose PVC 1/3 dropping soon! . #ravenandrose #pvc #latenights #hongkongcity #drunklove #youlooklikesex #recklessinthecity #ravenrose
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I would love to never be alone! That would totally fuel my extroverted nature. The people in my life are the most extraordinary, supportive, challenging and loving beings. To be without them wouldn’t be a life worth living for me.
My dreams are fiercely vivid and always very telling of my emotional state — I dream nightly and so realistically that I’ve been known to tell a story only to realise half-way through it was a dream. As for last night’s … It would give too much away about my personal state. ;)