Meet make-up artist extraordinaire Alexa Bui

Meet make-up artist extraordinaire Alexa Bui

Introducing Alexa Bui, an uber-talented Hong Kong-based makeup artist, barre instructor and mother of two. The transformative world of makeup first beckoned Alexa as an arts student, and now after changing from one canvas to another, and putting down the pastels and picking up the pastel shades, she’s become one of the city’s most renowned make-up artists.

Find out more about Alexa’s creative inspirations and icons, how she embraces sustainability in her daily life and her thoughts on clean beauty. 

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Closing the loop: Reimagining the art of fashion

Closing the loop: Reimagining the art of fashion

The fashion industry is currently making around 100 billion new garments every year. Faced with this harsh reality of how quickly we routinely discard our clothes our Founder & CEO, Christina Dean, raises the question "Is all this seemingly endless consumption really needed?"

November has truly become a global celebration of consumption, but the slow fashion movement is quickly fighting back, saying no to the sales, no to cheap disposable pieces and heralding an ethical future of fashion.

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Meet ‘Harmony HK’ Founder, Diversity Activist and Model Harmony Ilunga

Meet ‘Harmony HK’ Founder, Diversity Activist and Model Harmony Ilunga

Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Harmony “Anne-Marie” Ilunga moved to Hong Kong in 2011 as a refugee. As a model, Harmony quickly identified discrimination toward people of colour, driving her to establish ‘Harmony HK’, a refugee-curated social enterprise with one powerful mission - to improve the livelihoods of refugees and ethnic minorities in Hong Kong by celebrating diversity through fashion and music.

We speak to Harmony to learn more about her inspiring journey, how she balances career and studies and all while creating a positive impact through the work of Harmony HK.

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To go clean, or not to go clean

To go clean, or not to go clean

According to Reuters¹, the global beauty and cosmetics industry is expected to be valued at more than USD 805 billion over the next four years. Yet despite these 805 billion reasons to care, the far-reaching global industry is almost entirely unregulated and consequently, beauty companies have been given unlimited latitude to openly, well, deceive consumers about what is in their products. Guest writer Jo Lorenz explores our beauty products and what to avoid in your skincare routine.

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Meet First Wife Studios Founder, Photographer and Model, Sabrina Sikora

Meet First Wife Studios Founder, Photographer and Model, Sabrina Sikora

Introducing Sabrina Sikora, a globe-trotting Singapore-based photographer, model and blogger, juggling it all with two kids in tow. As a model, Sabrina worked with world-renowned brands including Harper’s Bazaar, VOGUE and Chanel. In 2004, Sabrina established her career as a professional photographer and it was in Hong Kong 2015, where ‘First Wife Studios’ studios began.

Find out more about Sabrina's style philosophy, how she balances a successful career and a family, and what drove her to make the switch from modelling to photography.

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The R Collective and Levi Strauss & Co. show that collaboration is key to combating climate change

The R Collective and Levi Strauss & Co. show that collaboration is key to combating climate change

We’ve always believed in the power of collaboration. That’s why we are excited to announce our support from Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) with the confirmed grant for an exciting project that The R Collective will champion, with support from Redress, to change the way you wear and wash your clothes – all with the climate in mind! 

This funding comes after our Founder & CEO, Christina Dean joining LS&Co.’s Collaboratory fellow class of 2018. Read more about this exciting project.

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One Small Step Towards Saving The Ocean

One Small Step Towards Saving The Ocean

Written by Jo Lorenz 

If you're anything like me, you'd happily spend your entire life in the ocean. The gentle feel of salt on your skin, the sunlight hitting the top of the water - bliss! Yet our addiction to the ocean is coming at a huge cost to our coral reefs and marine life.

Many of the popular sunscreens we are putting on our skins each day contain toxic chemicals that are vastly contributing to coral bleaching. Find out more about ocean-friendly sunscreens.

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Power To The People

Power To The People

"Climate change is not merely a concern, it is an urgent crisis... Fashion’s huge carbon footprint - which accounts for 10% of global carbon impact - is an outrageous price to pay to look good and to have more and more clothes... We must reduce fashion’s environmental impact through creativity and design." 

Our Founder and CEO, Christina Dean shares her thoughts on the current Climate Crisis, why fashion deserves its place on the climate change chopping board and how The R Collective is working towards reducing Fashion’s huge carbon footprint. 

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What The R Collective women wear to work

What The R Collective women wear to work

Introducing Annabelle Baker, General Manager and Director of LUSH Greater China, Elisa Harca, CEO of Red Ant Asia and Sharon Tsang, COO of The R Collective.  

Meet these incredible women from The R Collective community that inspire us and discover their stylish work looks. From ultra-chic office dressing to the perfect balance of edgy and casual.  

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Six simple things you can do to save the planet

Six simple things you can do to save the planet

The ozone layer is a delicate shield of gas which protects our planet from harmful rays from the sun. Thirty-two years ago, this very delicate eggshell around Earth was under direct threat from the over-use of manufactured chemicals. On UN's International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, Jo Lorenz explores six simple things you can do to save the planet and fight climate change.

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Meet Stylist, Artist, Model and Entrepreneur Akiko Sakai

Meet Stylist, Artist, Model and Entrepreneur Akiko Sakai

Introducing Akiko Sakai, also known to close friends as Cookie – she is a woman of many hats. The Stylist, Model, Artist and Art Teacher is based locally in Hong Kong and plays a key role in running three businesses – an art studio in Stanley Market, a garment printing company in Wong Chuk Hang and a new bar in Kennedy Town. 

Find out more about Cookie's background, what drove her passion toward sustainability and how she sees her many roles evolving to contribute positively toward sustainable fashion.

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Meet Our Creative Director, Denise Ho

Meet Our Creative Director, Denise Ho

Introducing Denise Ho, Hong Kong’s acclaimed stylist and Creative Director at The R Collective who led the creation of our latest fourteen-piece collection, ‘Start From Zero’. Denise combines her passion for sustainable fashion, ethics, and styling expertise to exemplify thoughtfulness in her designs here at The R Collective. Explore her inspirations as a stylist, view on sustainability in the fashion industry, and more about her key role that she plays at The R Collective!

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