“I love sunglasses,” says René Chu, founder and creative director of Hong Kong eyewear brand REVÉ by RENÉ. “It’s the only fashion accessory that both reveals and conceals at the same time.”

Born in Des Moines Iowa, the stylish eyewear designer and entrepreneur graduated from product design at the Los Angeles Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She began her career as a fashion model and the movie wardrobe assistant of Oscar-nominated art director William Chang Suk-Pin. However, with a strong passion and fascination towards sunglasses, she decided to launch her own brand REVÉ by RENÉ, and began to design eyewear for both men and women featuring bold shapes and playful detachable parts from whimsical cat ears to golden vampire fangs and unicorn horns.

 
 
 
 
 
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The creative concept quickly attracted the (now-closed) iconic Parisian boutique Colette, as well as the world’s top celebrities and style icons from Beyoncé to Gwyneth Paltrow, G-Dragon, Chaelin, Siwon Choi, Fan Bing Bing, Sammi Cheng, Chriselle Lim and Aimee Song.

Today, REVÉ is stocked in over thirty notable retailers across the world, including LA’s Just One Eye, MOCA museum, Seoul’s Boon the shop and Puyi Optical. Read on to learn more about Chu as she answers our signature questionnaire.

REVÉ by RENÉ’s René Chu designs eyewear for both men and women, featuring signature bold shapes and detachable parts.

Name: René Chu
Age: Old enough to know better!
Neighbourhood: Wan Chai
Occupation: Founder of REVÉ by RENÉ

1. What is your life motto?

Be kind.

2. Who is your role model?

Anyone with the courage to pursue ideals, the wisdom to know which ones to pursue, and the intelligence to succeed in doing so.

 

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3. What is your drink of choice?

Earl Grey.

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

My bed.

5. What was your first job?

I was a model.

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

The humidity.

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

Mother nature.

8. What is the best meal you've ever eaten in Hong Kong?
9. How often do you prepare your own meals?

Not often enough. I do love to cook, but I just don’t have the time these days.

10. What is the top destination on your bucket list?

There are too many. Uluru, Antarctica, Iceland, to name a few.

 

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

Tofu.

12. Which phone app could you not live without?

Whatsapp.

13. What is your greatest fear?

Losing my drive.

14. What is your biggest guilty pleasure?

Watching @tinykitchentm on Instagram.

15. What is the one movie everyone should see?

Forest Gump.

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

My childhood growing up in Des Moines Iowa.

17. What’s your favourite childhood memory?

Catching fireflies in my backyard.

18. What makes someone a real Hongkonger?

Having the ability to multitask efficiently.

Rene Chu - 27 Questions
REVÉ by RENÉ ‘Hey Bunny’ sunglasses (HK$2,822)
19. If you could invite any five people in the world to your dream dinner party, who would they be?

Jesus, Oprah, Richard Branson, Ellen Degeneres and Jim Carey.

20. What is your typical Sunday like?

Spending time with my granny.

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

Los Angeles.

22. What is your unique party trick?

I sing.

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

There are many! Aladdin’s “A Whole New World.”

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

Yes, it’s in the eyes, always in the eyes.

25. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own? Which do you wear the most often?

I’ve lost count, but my current favourites are the Hogan and Nike sneakers.

26. Would you rather never be alone for a single moment, or be alone for the rest of your life? Why?

I’m an introvert, so I choose to be alone.

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

I have vivid dreams every night.

Cindie Chan
Style Editor
Fashion blogger turned editor, Cindie has spent over seven years covering all things stylish in the digital world. When she’s not busy poring over the latest covetable releases or attending the most talked-about fashion events in town, you’ll find her enjoying some precious downtime with her newborn son and sweet dog Rosy.