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Life Curated by MF

A passion for beautiful things 

A passion for fashion, food, family, friends, travels, objects, art, animals, a passion for life.

Hong Kong As A Hub - The Monocle Feature

Hong Kong As A Hub - The Monocle Feature

FASHION Marie France Van Damme Owner, Marie France Van Damme Marie France Van Damme describes the birth of her namesake fashion label as a “new adventure”. The French Canadian designer created samples in 2011 that were picked up by Harrods in London and Bergdorf Goodman in New York. “When Harrods’ chief merchant saw my samples she said, ‘This is what I want to wear on holiday,’” says Van Damme, while surrounded by clothing racks at her showroom in Kwun Tong, Hong Kong’s former textile hub. Van Damme has 35 years of experience. Arriving in Hong Kong from New York in the 1980s, she started manufacturing womenswear for US and European high-street retailers before moving production to mainland China. As fast... Read More

Interview with Blaise Mautin

When you walk into the Park Hyatt Hotel in Paris, there is a scent in the lobby that is just …unforgettable.  Let me introduce Blaise Mautin. Blaise, when I first met you, you said you were "a nose." Please tell us what is a "nose" and how it all started, how did you become one? It is true that we call people who design fragrances  “un Nez”  a nose in English, in other words, I would describe my craft as a fragrance designer I think is more «chic». To create various fragrances it takes a lot of time, passion, work and convictions. Put these 4 elements together and you have a chance to become "a nose"   Your perfumes are most... Read More
Interview with Blaise Mautin
Interview with Elad - L'Objet

Interview with Elad - L'Objet

I first met Elad in the late 90’s in Paris, then again in Los Angeles a few years later at the time he founded L’Objet, an exquisite collection of luxurious objects, tableware, and home accessories. Each piece is created by master craftsmen in the finest materials. ‘The world does not need more product, the world needs better products.’ We both share the same philosophy and the same passion for beautiful things. Did you wake up one morning with the idea that you wanted to make - create beautiful objects? In Design School I studied Interior Design and when I moved to LA at the age of 22 I started working at a design firm where I got my first experience.... Read More

XL Boom

I discovered these objects in a small  interior design store in Knokke years ago. Knokke is a very quaint little village in Belgium, my mother in law lived there. It has so many interior design stores, you would think all Belgians do is decorated their home over and over. And that’s exactly what many of them do...they have impeccable taste for the beautiful and practical. XL Boom is a Belgium based company with a focus on high-quality and handcrafted design. Founded by husband and wife, what is not to love about their products? Discover XLBOOM Read More
XL Boom
Interview with Jonathan - Jay Ahr

Interview with Jonathan - Jay Ahr

I first met Jonathan in 2008 when discovering his beautiful store in Paris; He took me to his atelier above the store, "les petites mains" were busy making gorgeous evening dresses. Some days Jonathan is a fashion designer, other days he is an interior designer and architect, and painter and more. He has lived in India, in Russia, in Europe, in America, he now lives in Hong Kong. If I didn’t know him, perhaps I would not believe all of the above, but after all these years I can truly say, Jonathan is an artist. His new passion: giving iconic bags a second life.   Tell us about your journey - through India, Russia, China - what took you there?... Read More

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
Interview with Frank Ancona
Interview with Vivian

Interview with Vivian

Vivian, what does MingCha mean? And when did it all start?  明 pronounces as "MING" is the key essence in our brand. We would like people to have an open heart to approach tea, so to understand tea to its fullest and be enlightened. Ming also refers to Ming Dynasty (1369-1644), the golden age of tea production and the period when tea was consumed widely and daily in every household. Cha refers to “Tea”.  MingCha is dedicated to revitalize fine teas for everyday life. We continue to develop, design and present teas in many ways to Let our teas speak to you. The more you understand tea, the more you will respect, appreciate, enjoy and benefit from it. And when did it all start? 

Interview with Kim Robinson

Am I speaking to the painter or the hairdresser today? Tell me more about this new passion. You are talking to both, I am a hair stylist... who is in the creative industry. I am also an artist.. which is also in the creative industry. I think there’s not much difference between painting and creating hair or designing fashion, it’s all related.  It’s about whether you have the eye or the vision, it's about telling a story. Read More
Interview with Kim Robinson
Interview with Corina - Stéfère

Interview with Corina - Stéfère

Stefere is a jewelery brand known for its innovative designs, combining feminine elegance with the avant-garde. Since its establishment in 2006, the Parisian brand has offered vibrant, contemporary designs, and has a distinct rock-and-roll glam aesthetic featuring floral, snake, star, and skull motifs.

Interview with Katie de Tilly

I met Katie some 20 years ago in Hong Kong, a Polish American girl who was working for Médecins Sans Frontières. Katie had always been passionate about Art, opened an Art gallery in 2001 and her very first artist was the sculptor Wang Keping. Almost 20 years since Wang Keping and your art gallery, 10 Chancery Lane started to collaborate. Tell us about the man who loves women breasts ! It was so lucky that I opened my gallery almost 20 years ago with Wang Keping. An artist I truly admire and love. Wang Keping loves women and finds them to be a universal subject of beauty in his works. Perhaps they are the forbidden fruit from China’s sexual repression of his youth... Read More
Interview with Katie de Tilly