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 found out in roughly the same time it takes to have a 2-minute speed date.
Since its extensive renovation and brand revamp last year, Eaton HK has swiftly transformed its image from a time-honoured family hotel in Jordan to more than a neighbourhood landmark: It’s a bona fide social platform, brimming with possibilities for independent artists, social entrepreneurs and changemakers. It’s become known for its evocative art and wellness programme and hip, gourmet offerings all aimed at the local community — and also, a fantastic terrace bar featuring eclectic DJs and bands most nights.

27 Questions - Katherine Lo - Eaton HK

Activism and advocacy for a range of progressive issues are at the heart of all of Eaton’s programming — something yet to be explored in Hong Kong’s hospitality industry. Tomorrow Maybe, an independent art gallery aimed at emerging artists, facilitated the first-ever Human Rights Art Prize presented by the hotel — this year awarded to Ophelia Jacarini, who creates textile-based art depicting feminine strength in the face of violence. This month, Eaton HK also honours Pride Month with a series of events ranging from an art exhibition on queer body image, to a celebration on the historic Stonewall Riots with a film screening as well as live music performances.

At the helm of all this is none other than Katherine Lo — founder and president of the Eaton Workshop umbrella, which comprises the property itself, a sister hotel in Washington D.C. (where Lo is currently based), as well as the co-working space arm, Eaton House. While the former Eaton Hotel initially belonged to her father Lo Ka-shui’s real estate empire Great Eagle Holdings, Katherine’s deft transformation of the brand from hotel to a real conversation starter proves that she is a rising cultural force to be reckoned with.

To learn a little bit more about this creative hospitality magnate with a soft spot for culture — read our 27 Questions interview with Lo below.

27 Questions - Katherine Lo

Name: Katherine Lo
Age: 37
Neighbourhood: Jordan
Occupation: Founder & President, Eaton Workshop

1. What is your life motto?

“Follow your bliss” — Joseph Campbell

2. What is the best meal you’ve ever eaten in Hong Kong?

It was at a ho fun noodle shop near Diocesan Girls’ School in Jordan where I went to school, and near Eaton HK. I used to visit with my mother.

3. Who is your role model?

Virginia Woolf.

4. What was your first job?

It was an internship at The Standard newspaper in Hong Kong.

5. What is the best thing in or about your apartment?

I’m within walking distance to the beach.

6. Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Night owl.

7. Which phone app could you not live without?

Uber.

27 Questions - Katherine Lo

8. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Broccoli. I know that’s an unusual answer!

9. What is your biggest regret in life?

Not going on tour with a band I was in during college.

10. What do you hate most about living in Hong Kong?

The crowds.

11. Which moment in your life would you most like to relive?

College.

12. What is your greatest fear?

Failure.

13. What is one movie everyone should see?

“Sorry to Bother You”, written and directed by Boots Riley.

 

 

14. What is your typical Sunday like?

Beach, yoga, dog walk.

15. If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be?

Berlin.

16. What is one song you know all the lyrics to?

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by 90’s indie band Neutral Milk Hotel.

17. Where do you go when you want to be alone?

The ocean.

18. What’s your favourite childhood memory?

Hiking in Hong Kong with my family.

19. What is your favourite scent in the whole world?

Bergamot.

20. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own?

Too many to count.

21. Are you a good cook? What is your best dish?

I think so! I’m good at making Mediterranean salads.

22. How often do you prepare your own meals?

I prepare my meals at least 5 days a week.

23. What is your drink of choice?

Cold pressed apple, lemon and ginger juice.

24. Who is the best teacher you’ve ever had, and what is one important lesson that they taught you?

Miss Robinson — my high school teacher. She taught me how to question things.

27 Questions - Katherine Lo

25. Have you ever experienced love at first sight? Tell us about it.

Yes. I was 19 and that’s all you need to know.

26. How many countries have you been to?

I’ve been to almost all of the continents except Antarctica and I’ve travelled to too many countries to count.

27. What is the last dream you remember waking up to?

I lost my dogs. It was a horrible dream.

Evelyn Lok
Associate Editor
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. At Lifestyle Asia she covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.