Meet these incredible women from The R Collective community who inspire us and discover their stylish work looks. From ultra-chic office dressing to the perfect balance of edgy and casual.
Elisa Harca, CEO of Red Ant Asia
Elisa runs a digital creative agency managing fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle clients. Working with creatives means Elisa’s work style and personal style is one and the same. With a busy schedule of meetings with clients and creative professionals, Elisa’s looks need to flow effortlessly from day through to the evening.
Elisa’s penchant for vintage clothing and independent designers forms her eclectic, fun and edgy sense of style with a nod to the influences of her past residences in New York and London.
“I have always loved vintage as I love the feeling of finding something that no one else has (or few people have) and I love the quality of the material and the designs,” Elisa explains, “When I lived in New York, I started a fashion events company with a friend, called Styleaholics. The concept was to curate indie designers and international female DJs, for a shopping party. I love the passion that comes from indie designers as it’s a really personal process (one of our first designers was Rebecca Minkoff), and there is always a story behind what they are doing, and you see the joy when you wear their pieces.”
As a self-described ‘5 ft 1 in curvy woman’, Elisa seeks out jumpsuits, culottes skirts, and dresses to suit her shape. Oversized and uniquely shaped jackets are a keen favourite.
“This Avalon jumpsuit is perfect for me as it is an all-in-one piece – chic and edgy, yet casual and very very comfortable and I love The R Collective Gisborne Jacket. I love the fabric as it feels really elevated and luxurious juxtaposed with a casual fit. It’s so versatile, keeping me warm and it looks good!”Elisa describes herself as a styleholic, not a shopaholic. Shopping when she travels, her favourite shopping partner is her Mum. Together, they share a passion for style, discovering the local niche shops and finding beautiful pieces when they least expect it.
Sharon Tsang, COO of The R Collective
Sharon leads The R Collective team on our mission to reduce textile waste and pollution created by the fashion industry. With a 15 year career leading fashion collections, from concept to commercialisation and managing dynamic teams, Sharon’s expertise lies in raw material development, sourcing and manufacturing to name a few. From factory visits to meetings with key stakeholders, Sharon’s work takes her from the boardroom to mills and manufacturers around the world so a hard-working wardrobe full of elegance, femininity and an element of fun is her go-to.
“My style has definitely evolved over the years as I look back and remember different stages and designer obsessions over my career. One common thread over the years is I love feminine touches to a garment, I gravitate towards pieces that are unique,” Sharon says, “I always have a soft spot for jumpsuits and dresses and colour or prints in pretty & soft colours. I prefer light over dark colours unless it's classic pieces that never go out of style like the Cayce Jacket.”
Sharon loves discovering independent designers on her travels through unique boutiques and appreciates the heritage and craftsmanship of vintage designs. She believes in investing in luxurious fabrics knowing that thoughtfully crafted pieces in flattering silhouettes can be worn at least fourteen different ways. Her top tip? Find a trusted tailor for any alterations to ensure your investment pieces can be worn and recycled back into your closet.
Annabelle Baker, General Manager and Director of LUSH Greater China
Annabelle has been the driving force behind the transformation of LUSH establishing the brand’s presence in a highly competitive cosmetics market in Hong Kong from zero to eleven stores in just six years. This week, LUSH celebrates the launch of their ‘Naked Shop’, the first packaging-free store in Asia in our home city, Hong Kong.
Annabelle’s typical day is split between the office, meetings and shop visits. As a result, Annabelle needs her work clothes to cover a multitude of situations that can be styled up or relaxed down with the right pair of shoes.
“As a mum of two small children, I typically only have 20 mins to shower, change and do my makeup in the mornings - so my clothes are comfortable, easy to throw on, move in and don’t require a huge amount of looking after. I don’t own an iron and even if I did, I don’t think I would use it!,” Annabelle quips, “My style can be eclectic but I don’t like spending huge amounts of time on what I’m going to wear - I just want to get out and on with my day. I love wearing colour, black and print - although I stay away from neutrals as they wash me out! My favourite work outfit would be a floaty dress, short crop-style jackets and chuck them together with my biker boots and chunky jewellery.”
Annabelle wears the Victoria Dress from ‘Start From Zero’
Visit the new ‘Naked Shop’, Great George Street, Causeway Bay. Learn more at LUSH.com