Hong Kong is a place brimming with talented and intriguing people. In our weekly 27 Questions column, we get up close and personal with the city’s notable personalities, learning about their whims and aversions, pivotal life moments, and hopes and dreams — all in roughly the same amount of time it takes to sit through a two-minute speed date.
We have all encountered the moment when we need a fabulous attire for that one special occasion, but are certain of the rare chances of wearing it again. That is where Yeechoo, Hong Kong’s very first online designer fashion rental platform, comes in.
Established in 2013 by Georgetown-graduate Abby Zhang and fellow investment banker Shan Shan, Yeechoo is now one of Asia’s largest platforms of its kind, with an expanded presence in Shanghai and Shenzhen, thanks to the HK$1 billion they’ve won from the Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund in 2016. Such ongoing efforts have not only helped women live their fashion dreams without having to cinch their wallets, it’s also, through the reduction of retail consumption, easing our damage to the environment.
As a disrupter in the fashion and retail space, Zhang was selected as one of Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 in 2017, and has been frequently invited to speak to organisations and media including CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC and more. She has also made sure her efforts in helping to change the world for the better go beyond Yeechoo, joining the Global Shaping Community under the World Economic Forum and taking the lead in running fashion sustainability campaigns.
But what happens when this busy entrepreneur lets her hair down? We had a chat with Zhang about everything from her favourite food to her travel plans — read on to find out more.
Name: Abby Zhang
Neighbourhood: Causeway Bay
Constantly push yourself out of your comfort zone.
Boat noodles at Samsen.
My dad. He is someone with the highest EQ, and always looks at things from the bright side.
Computer lab assistant.
Two years ago? Let’s keep it that way.
My massive bathtub.
Coconut yoghurt with lots of toppings.
No regrets, only lessons learned.
Patagonia and Galapagos.
Unable to explore true inner peace.
Two to three months ago. I love the Star Ferry! When it is a sunny day, I will take it over to Tsim Sha Tsui so I can get a perfect view of Victoria Harbour.
The Notebook. It reminds us that we won’t be young forever.
A morning workout or hike, then dim sum brunch, and get creative for the rest of the day.
This moment! I am on a 20-day ski trip across the whole Alps, hitting a different resort everyday. It’s not over yet, but I already know I would want to relive it.
Cape Town — my favourite city in the world.
There are too many. Most recently ‘Shallow’?
That rude angry taxi driver maybe?
Go for a run or workout.
Travelling with my parents.
The scent of nature when I’m on a run.
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An enthusiastic one. Slow cooked salmon.
My meditation master, who taught me life is to live in the present, at this very moment.
Great drinks line up and dress code.
Over 40? That’s still not enough, I’m travelling to more this year.