Please give us a brief introduction of yourself Jess?
I'm Chinese, British, Australian, born in London and grew up in Singapore. My love for fashion started at a young age and I've since worked across Fashion PR, Styling and Consulting, currently working as a Fashion Brand Consultant. I now live in Sydney with my husband and our son Fox.
We recently relocated from London after nine years, where I was working as Director of Styling at Burberry and Global Styling Editor at Net-A-Porter.
Over the past few years, my interest in sustainable fashion has led me to start my own business, RECIETY - a pre-loved luxury fashion store. I'm passionate about questioning how we consume fashion, and want to offer a sustainable, informative, and inspiring way to shop.
How would you describe your personal style?
Minimal, Classic, Monochromatic, and slightly masculine, with a love for oversized pieces and unexpected details.
What is your approach to dressing each day and your key wardrobe pieces?
As a mother and freelance consultant, my days are never the same. I find everyday dressing is simplified with versatile, staple pieces in my wardrobe, mixed with special items true to my personal style, that make me feel good.
I gravitate towards timeless pieces with a twist. My wardrobe is made up of a lot of vintage, pre-loved or sustainably focused brands. If I find something that works well for me, I buy it in both black and white. Whether I'm at home or travelling, my key pieces are classic, hardworking items I can mix and match for endless combinations; coordinating sets like the Hyde and Stone crinkle set, ribbed tank tops, an oversized Yohji Yamamoto split back jacket, relaxed tailored trousers, a high neck column Issey Miyake dress, old-Celine footwear, and a lot of gold jewellery.
You have just spent some time travelling around Europe, particularly in London, What are your must-do's here?
Soak up as much precious time with friends and family as possible. Pimm's at the pub in the sunshine. A visit to the V&A museum. Vintage shopping on Portobello Road, especially a trip to Rellik and 282 Portobello. Watch a performance at Sadlers Wells and end a night listening to live jazz at Ronnie Scott's.
How do you plan to fulfill your creative desires for the rest of 2022?
By working on my business RECIETY; continuing to collaborate with inspiring creatives, sourcing more pre-loved treasures to share, finding inspiration through travel, galleries, old films and documentaries. I also love learning about my Chinese heritage and finding ways to bring that influence into my work.
Current favourite artist?
Artist by the way of Artistic Director, Daniel Roseberry's creations at Schiaparelli for his fearless, boundary pushing new aesthetic vocabulary at the brand. He has resurrected and interpreted Schiaparelli house codes and presented the brand for the modern woman. The fashion and art world combined in a unique, elegant, and whimsical way. It's magical.
Architectural inspiration right now?
Japanese self-taught Architect Tadao Ando. The scale yet simplicity of his reconstruction of Bource de Commerce exhibition space in Paris is incredible. It would be a dream to visit Ando's iconic work in Japan; The Benesse House Oval, The Water Temple and the Garden of Fine Arts.
Favourite sounds currently?
Currently and always -
Give me one reason - Tracy Chapman
Beast of Burden – The Rolling Stones
Linger - The Cranberries (the first CD I ever bought)
We don’t have to take our clothes off - Jermaine Stewart
Desert Island Discs podcasts on every road trip, especially Kirsty Young’s time as host.