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People Learning From Lockdown: Lessons From Our Tatler Community

Learning From Lockdown: Lessons From Our Tatler Community

Learning From Lockdown: Lessons From Our Tatler Community
Our Tatler friends weigh in on what Covid-19 has taught them
By Tara Sobti
By Tara Sobti
June 23, 2020
Seven thought leaders weigh in on what Covid-19 has taught them—and how they plan to live differently from now on

Wendy Yu, Fashion entrepreneur and founder of Yu Holdings

Photography: Guo Wei
Photography: Guo Wei

What has this pandemic taught you?

I’m always on the move, so it has taught me to appreciate leading a quieter life in one place and to not take for granted the freedom and flexibility I’ve been used to in terms of travel and meeting in-person with colleagues, friends and family. From a business point of view, I’m learning about the importance of innovation and how to quickly adapt to a changing world in real time


What will you do differently from now on?

I will look to maintain a greater sense of balance in terms of how and where I spend my time. Inevitably, I will think and live more digitally on the one hand, while really making trips and experiences count.

Brandon Chau, Barrister, founder of bed retailer Noblesse Lifestyle Group and co-founder of men’s outfitters Attire House

Photography: Michaela Giles
Photography: Michaela Giles

What has this pandemic taught you?

To take the time to self-reflect and improve myself. I have set up a routine of working out, trying to read a book that I never had the chance to read before, or rewatching a meaningful movie. With my busy schedule, I was never able to do that before.


What will you do differently from now on?

I will continue to appreciate the art of slow living, being present with my family and planning ahead to get work done efficiently while only focusing on one important task at one time. And just pausing once in a while to admire the clouds.

Daisy Tam, Founder of food redistribution app Breadline

Photography: Ricky Lo
Photography: Ricky Lo

What has this pandemic taught you?

This pandemic has really underlined how dependent we are on others to provide our everyday needs. Our food system is vulnerable and I think it’s high time we diversify our food sources, such as by reviving local agriculture. I have witnessed first hand how the socially vulnerable have been affected disproportionately during the crisis.

What will you do differently from now on?

I’ll grow more vegetables at home. I’ll also continue to push food security as an agenda beyond academia. Running Breadline during the crisis also gave me the opportunity to see how people’s livelihoods have been affected.

André Fu, Architect, interior designer and founder of homeware brand André Fu Living

Photo: Supplied
Photo: Supplied

What has this pandemic taught you?

I guess there are lessons to be learned by all, and it has brought everyone closer together. Personally, as a designer, it has also allowed me an intriguing period to focus deeply on my work and draw tirelessly for the past three months: something I could not previously afford to do with my demanding travelling and social schedule. It is also a valuable time to reflect on how to evolve my studio for the future.

What will you do differently from now on?

I shall put greater emphasis on sustainability for the studio. It has been an integral aspect of our design but we shall be more cautious by opting for renewable sources for materials and using more energy-efficient lighting systems. These are simple solutions that shall both achieve my desired visual language and [contribute to] a good cause.

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Lauren Khoo, Jewellery designer and founder of her eponymous label

Photography: Olivier Yoan
Photography: Olivier Yoan

What has this pandemic taught you?

I’ve learned that simple things like outdoor walks or enjoying the cool morning breeze mean so much. My family has been split between Singapore, Hong Kong and New York and we’re grateful for the technology that keeps us connected. We recognise the healthcare workers who put their lives on the line for others; they are the ones who should be placed on a pedestal and I salute them.


What will you do differently from now on?

I’ll never take the small things for granted. I’ll be more appreciative of the time I have and I’ll consider how my actions impact the environment for future generations. But most of all, I plan to never delay doing what I want to do today to another day.

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Mark Cho, Co-founder of The Armoury menswear store

Photography: Sam Wong
Photography: Sam Wong

What has this pandemic taught you?

People need people. While a lot of digitization has happened during this period as people have shopped online and worked from home more, I think people have also realised how precious and necessary human interaction is to their quality of life.

What will you do differently from now on?

I will take a home holiday regularly. I came back from New York a few weeks ago and did the mandatory home quarantine for two weeks. I thoroughly enjoyed having an extended period of time at home.

Arthur de Villepin

Photography: Affa Chan
Photography: Affa Chan

What has this pandemic taught you?

I learned that you can work from home and still be effective. When you do what you are passionate about, you don't feel the crisis as much. For me, art is always the solution.
 
What will you do differently from now on? 

To develop a more flexible and efficient way of working with my team, while not seeing each other at the office every day. We have succeeded in keeping a very efficient work structure and I think this has proven that in future, I can be more trusting of my collaborators to complete their job from anywhere. 

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