Photograph by Yvette Jong
" Hong Kong is obsessed with all things new and glamorous. Designer labels. Technology. Even condominiums. But me? I’m a thrift store junkie. I’ll rummage through things till my hands feel grainy and smell of copper. Maybe that’s why I live near Cat Street in Hong Kong, where pocket-sized shops are stuffed from floor to ceiling with great finds as long as you have a bit of patience. From vintage girlie magazines to Mao paraphernalia, snuff bottles to desk lighters. My latest buys? My first jade bracelet (and white jade, at that), old hotel matchbooks and an antique good luck scroll roller. Call me sentimental (and superstitious), if you will. "

-Yvette Jong

Yvette is a New Yorker in Hong Kong whose passions are so varied she has a wall of ideas and to–do list a mile long. She’s a globetrotter at heart and has worked in hospitality for 15 years.  After being a hotel manager, consultant, shark tank cleaner and cupcake icer, she started her own consultancy, Craft House LLC. Craft House LLC provides a holistic approach towards operational and branding strategies in the hospitality industry.

August 2012