Q&A With Christina Wan, Founder of Kookii B

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By Butterboom Writers  /  June 16, 2016
Christina Wan is founder of resortwear brand Kookii B. A self-starter, Wan started making her own jewellery and sold the pieces at Portobello Market right after graduation. She moved to Hong Kong from England three years ago and has been island-hopping around Asia ever since. 
 
Kookii B is a collection of jewellery made from 18-carat gold and gemstones. An exclusive resort collection of kaftans and kimono wraps are coming soon. We speak to Wan about Kookii B and what she loves about Hong Kong.  
 
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How did Kookii B come about?
I started trading at Spitalfields and Portobello markets selling my designs on the weekend as I prepared to move instead of finding an office job, and I’ve never looked back. It was a learning curve and helped me to define the brand as it is now.
 
Do you design everything yourself ?
I design everything from scratch, sourcing raw materials and make my jewellery using traditional jeweller methods. It’s tough, but worth it!
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How do you select your designs and pieces for your collection?
Firstly, the silhouettes are defined according to the season’s trends and inspirations, then designs are developed using the fabrics, trims and colours sourced for the season. Pieces must sit well together as a collection and offer versatility to the consumer. The Kookii B woman is one who travels often and her wardrobe is like the chameleon.
 
What sells well in Hong Kong? what do your customers love?
We use semi precious and precious metals and stones which are affordable but long lasting which is important to our customers who care about quality. A favourite is the Kirsten, a layered lotus flower and eternity circle lariat necklace. 
 
What are the future plans for Kookii B?
Our resortwear line will be launching soon. We are focusing on our online website and hope to gain more international exposure this year for Kookii B. 
 
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Do you have a team?
Primarily I work alone in design and production but I have a team of freelance professionals who help with everything from SEO, sales to photography.
 
What are your top 5 favourite shops in Hong Kong?
For basics, it’s Zara and Grana; for underwear it’s Intimissimo and H&M. I don’t shop much in Hong Kong. I do love to shop during pop-up events that I exhibit at or attend. I recently bought a ring from Flawless Beaux.
 
Favourite online shop?
I miss Selfridges from back home, but now they do tax-free shipping to HK – yay! Last time I bought some Tom Ford beauty and nude Carvela sneakers.  
 
Top 3 favourite places to eat in Hong Kong?
I love Shelter in CWB – great for afternoon tea and their outdoor lounge is so lush and cosy. There’s also a three Michelin star Thai restaurant in Sai Kung, which serves us amazing curry and crab. And I enjoy Wilbur’s for burgers and lobster – try the giant burger challenge! 
 
What’s your beauty routine?
I use Body Shop’s Vitamin C range. It’s like velvet on the skin. I always make sure I wear SPF day cream but otherwise, I’m quite slack with my routine!
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