Danielle Huthart is one of Hong Kong’s leading creative forces. She is founder of Whitespace, award-wining and hip boutique brand consultancy and creative studio based in Sheung Wan. With a background in graphic design, a decade of work experience in New York’s creative agencies and branding smarts, she started her own studio in 2005.
Danielle has shaped the cultural and creative landscape of Hong Kong through her projects with the city’s illustrious fashion, creative and lifestyle clients and creative projects. Projects like Creative City, an art and design map of Hong Kong creative spots; premiereissues.com, an online archive of first issues of magazines started in 2002.
We are excited to kick off our Style Insider series with her !
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your business..
I’m an entrepreneur with a design background. I came back to Hong Kong after ten years in New York and I founded Whitespace, a boutique brand consultancy and creative studio, with a focus on building visual identities for clients in hospitality, retail and property.
A project you are currently working on..
We’re working on the brand identity for a new hotel. We love hotel projects as it encompasses everything we love about design — from the concept, to experience and details in the collaterals and touch points. We also just finished the Club Monaco Journal — a newspaper inspired publication that we jointly collaborated with the brand’s creative team in New York.
Describe your style..
My style is constantly changing. But you could describe my style as casual, and a little tomboyish. I will take pragmatic over pretty any day of the week. There’s strength in being true to yourself and wearing something that feels good. Nothing worse than seeing a woman ruin a pair of gorgeous heels by walking clumsily in them.
A creative person is…
Someone that finds the extraordinary in the ordinary.
A quote that inspires you..
“A girl should be two things; who and what she wants.” — Coco
Who do you think has great taste in clothes:
I would say Emmanuelle Alt and Alexa Chung are both super stylish. In Hong Kong, Tina Leung can pull outfits off like no one else.
What does your work wardrobe consist of mostly?
I’ve just done a massive wardrobe audit. I’ve got Acne jeans, big knits from Zara, mixed in with a pair of vintage boots, and a camel coat.
10 websites / blogs you read on a regular basis:
What are you listening to right now?
Pretty Boy — Young Galaxy
Banks — Warm Water
Lorde — Buzzcut Season
Flume — Holdin On
Jay Z — Holy Grail
Electric Guest — This Head I Hold
The Concretes — Back For Good
Your top 3 places in Hong Kong you buy your clothes and accessories from..
My everyday wardrobe comes from Club Monaco, Tiare, COS and American Vintage. Accessories are from The9thMuse. Everything else comes from Lane Crawford
Where do you shop online ?
I still like buying things in a shop but for online, I’ve recently shopped at J.Crew for flats, accessories from Net-a-Porter and little black dresses from ASOS.
Where are you going for your next holiday? 3 things you are taking with you..
I’m heading to Mexico for the first time. I’ll be staying at Condesa DF in Mexico City, and will be packing my kaftans, a good novel, and a pair of big sunglasses.
My favourite things about Hong Kong
I love Hong Kong. My absolute favourite things about my city is the ferry ride across the harbour, my morning walks around The Peak and yum cha. It’s hard to rival our dim sum.