So many people have asked why I blog.
Well, in a nutshell I get inspired by brilliance, and in a city like Hong Kong, brilliant, capable, multi-facted women are at every corner. I felt it was duty to share their inspiring stories with the rest of the world, and I felt that I owed it to all Glamamma’s out there to give the good honest truth about women in Hong Kong.
The term “tai tai” is so passe, and the aspiration to be one, is even more so! I was fed up with the maligned image of Hong Kong women.
There is a segment of us out there who want more than just to sleep, eat and shop! And, today’s Glamamama is the perfect example of a real Hong Kong woman. A businesswoman, entrepreneur, mother of three and her effortless everyday style defines contemporary American chic.
I managed to track this week’s Glamamama down in between her son’s basketball game, a visit from Diane von Furstenberg, ballet recitals and a market visit from the principles of Kate Spade…
Yup! This week’s Glamamama, Linda Chang Ting, is the quintessential multi-tasker, and all the while taking every
glamaross step in her latest DVF threads and Kate Spade accessories.
Linda Chang Ting, at DVF Pacific Place (March 2013)
Linda is a style inspiration to her friends, a loving wife to her husband David Ting, a mother of 3, one of whom is now a teenager (if you look at her you would never believe it. Her youthful looks are of envy of many!) Having started her career in fashion over 17 years ago, today she is executive director of Globalluxe, a business that she co-founded with her husband David. Her life is a lesson in masterful organization. She is planning for new stores in Taipei and Shanghai, training to climb Mount Kinabalu, and no doubt planning one of her three children’s birthday parties, and did I mention she is currently building a home in California? While she manages to expertly balance her professional, personal and familial responsibilities, she also finds time to give back … A woman of substance, style and stamina!
Linda Chang Ting: Glamamama, taste maker, multi-tasker extraordinaire tells all…life, success, love and Tom Ford!
GR: When did you become interested in fashion?
I became interested in fashion at a very young age, around 13 … my high school library subscribed to W magazine, which was a gorgeous large format loose leaf newspaper back then. We could initial pages we wanted to keep, then collect them at the end of the month. Christy Turlington was starting out as a teenager, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren were really inspiring designers of the time. I was also very interested in designing children’s clothing. My first full time job at 22 was in Hong Kong as Art Director at the advertising agency J. Walter Thompson. I was fortunate to work with extremely talented Creative Directors, Tan Shen Guan and Stanley Wong who taught me so much about branding and visual arts. One of my clients was The Swank Shop, which was a wonderful opportunity to delve into the world of fashion. Swank encouraged our creativity and allowed us to take risks, and ultimately our team was able to develop several international award winning campaigns for them.
GR: How many years have you been in the fashion business?
I started working at Gucci after graduating from business school in 1996, so 17 years!!!
Linda and David with Du Juan 2007
GR: The moment that you knew you were really that darned good at what you do. What happened and how did you feel?
Early in my career, I was sent to Paris to direct a photo shoot for Gucci Timepieces. I was a bit nervous as we were creating a huge ad campaign and collateral materials. The photographer was Guido Mocafico, and then unknown Liberty Ross was the model. It was a very sexy shoot with the watches and a lot of bare skin, but it was also very complicated technically, due to the nature of timepieces. After sending everything through to Florence, I received a fax (so old!) back from Tom Ford on which he scribbled “Great!” I was elated and relieved!
GR: What was the most memorable experience of your profession and what happened?
The DVF Red Ball in Shanghai has to be the most memorable experience of my career. It was huge celebration Diane threw in conjunction with her 2011 “Journey of a Dress” exhibition inBeijing, and was over a year in the making. There were so many incredibly talented people involved from Alexandre de Betak to the Chinese artist Zhang Huan. It was an amazing collaboration and a beautiful event and something I’ll never forget!
Melvin Chua, Linda and David Ting with Natalia Vodianova
GR: What was the most memorable experience of your life?
The births of each of my children have been very touching and emotional events, but everyday
experiences with my family and every moment watching the kids grow are also very memorable.
The Tings 2007
GR: What’s a typical day in the (un)glamorous world of Linda Chang Ting?
6:15 Wake, get the kids ready for the day 7:30 Drop kids at school
7:45 Meet friends at Parkview for hike of Mt Butler, Violet Hill or the Twins. We’re training to climb Mount Kinabalu in April!
Hiking the twins (Hong Kong 2013)
10:00 Arrive at office, catch up on emails and orchestrate logistics for the day, cars, kids’ activities, dinner…
10:30 Review drawings for new shops in Shanghai and Taipei.
11:00 Meet with DVF merchandising team to review fall 2013 apparel and accessories collections.
Linda and David with Diane von Furstenberg (Hong Kong 2006)
12:00 Reach out for sponsors for the upcoming Child Development Centre fund raiser “Daddy
12:30 Lunch with school mom friends to catch up and chat about our kids…and everything…
2:00 Meet with marketing team to discuss Kate Spade 20th anniversary celebration in Thailand.
With Kate and Andy Spade at the opening of Harbour City Store in 2003
2:30 Review recent press clippings with the PR team
3:00 Confirm travel details for upcoming trips to Singapore, Beijing, and New York.
3:30 Organize photos from my daughters’ birthday parties.
4:00 Meet my architect/interior designer to select fabrics for the living room.
4:30 Rush to school to watch my son’s basketball game…they win the International School
6:30 Dinner at home with the kids
The Tings on the ski slopes
7:30 Help with homework
8:30 Showers, reading, prepare kids for bedtime
9:30+ Relax with my husband David with a nice bottle of wine & cheese, or go for foot reflexology.
GR: Which Charities do you support?
I often choose to support children’s charities; I feel like kids really deserve the best chance they can get, for a good start to life. I am on committee for Child Development Centre and also support the Hong Kong Juvenile Diabetes Association. I am also a member of the Hong Kong
Ballet Guild and the Asia Art Archive Collectors Circle.
GR: Favourite place on earth?
Any beach…I grew up in Newport Beach and love the view, sound and smell of the ocean…
Near her favourite place in the world with her most precious
GR: Who is your role model?
My mom. She’s gentle yet strong, incredibly smart, and she does everything for everyone and
never takes credit; she’s the most generous person I’ve ever met.
Linda with her mum in 2010, Barcelona
LINDA TING’S Top 5 must haves for summer 2013
– Kate spade ladan wedges in gold leather and navy grosgrain
– J crew classic white cotton boy shirt and toothpick blue jeans
– DVF cashmere & silk new noa back zip sweater (I have all colors!)
– Lanvin strapless silk color block dress
– Celine edges cuff in python
LINDA TING’S TOP 3 BEAUTY TIPS
– Clinique superbalm moisturizing gloss
– Benefit “that gal” brightening face primer
– Crème de la Mer
GR: Do you think women can “have it all”, work, love, life and luxury?
Of course we can!!!
Linda Ting in Kate Spade (March 2013)