Who do you have in mind when you design? Who is the Renli Su wearer?
She’s always evolving, just like all of us. When I started designing for Renli Su, I was using my designs to communicate feelings and emotions and wanted my work to evoke this carefree sentiment to its wearers. Over time, the brand has developed a loyal following and the Renli Su identity has really come alive. I’d say a Renli Su girl is talented, confident and easygoing.
What’s been your greatest achievement since launching the brand?
When actress Romola Garai wore a Renli Su dress during an interview for her film Miss Marx, I was thrilled. I love how the movie is about the journey of a young, confident woman – echoing the story of Renli Su. Also, we don’t invest a lot in PR, but people are often able to capture our brand DNA right away – every time I see that I still feel extremely proud.
When did you move to the UK and what do you love about it?
I moved to London in 2010, so it’s been more than 10 years now, but I also really like the British countryside because of my love of nature.
How did you celebrate Chinese New Year last year?
I’m from Fujian so my family could be quite traditional. During Chinese New Year there are a lot of rituals and ceremonies. Last Chinese New Year I visited Shenzhen – spending the holiday in southern China is a lot of fun!
Where would you recommend celebrating Chinese New Year in London?
Spending Chinese New Year with friends in London is great. The majority of the Chinese community in London won’t be able to celebrate the New Year with family, so experiencing the festivity together with your bubble in London has almost become a new ritual.