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The Party.

The Party.

In the heady era of the 70s, I wore my caftans lounging by the beaches on Fire Island to dancing on the streets of New York en route for yet another star filled night at Studio 54. I still dream of the bright lights of the city and nights with Warhol and Dali. The impossible glamour of the bygone days when innocence and joyous hope reigned.

More than ever today, we need that little bit of rock and roll and a whole lot of glamour to lift our spirits and lighten the days. Read More

Interview with Marie France x Hong Kong Tourism Board

Welcome to Humans of Hong Kong, a story series on Localiiz that takes a deeper look at the many colourful characters and unique personalities that call our beloved city home. We traipse the catwalks of Hong Kong’s fashion scene with Marie France Van Damme, a world-renowned fashion designer originally from Montreal who has called Hong Kong home for over 40 years. Join us as she shares her story of how she got started in the fashion industry, why she rooted her business in Hong Kong, and the best ways to explore the city.   “I dropped out of school. I did only one and a half years of university. And my family was very upset because everyone has PhDs in my family—they are all mathematicians... Read More
Interview with Marie France x Hong Kong Tourism Board
Interview with Frank Ancona

Interview with Frank Ancona

In the early 80s, I discovered Gump’s, a small luxurious department store in the heart of San Francisco. It sold the most amazing products from jewellery made from jade, precious stones and freshwater pearls to Oriental Art, exotic collectibles from the Far East, rugs, Buddhas and everything for entertaining and gifting…all beautifully curated under one roof. This is where I met Frank in 1983. I was on my way to Hong Kong, a city he knew too well. As the buyer for Gumps, he would travel to the Orient, and bring back all these treasures. But his passion then and now is pearls. As an artist who studied in Italy, how did you find yourself designing fine jewellery in San Francisco? As a student... Read More

The lushness of the bohemian spirit infuses the Marie France Van Damme Summer 2021 collection.

In the heady era of the 70s, I wore my caftans lounging by the beaches on Fire Island to dancing on the streets of New York en route for yet another star filled night at Studio 54. I still dream of the bright lights of the city and nights with Warhol and Dali. The impossible glamour of the bygone days when innocence and joyous hope reigned. 

More than ever today, we need that little bit of rock and roll and a whole lot of glamour to lift our spirits and lighten the days. 

There are things in this world that endures. My caftans of yesteryears and today. Timelessness personified.

Marie France

The lushness of the bohemian spirit infuses the Marie France Van Damme Summer 2021 collection.

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