The Tatler 10: Denise Ho

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January 8, 2016 | BY Christian Barlow

The stylist and entrepeneur speaks to us about her foray into sustainable fashion following the launch of Knotti, her latest project

With Jaime Ku as her sister, it seems that great style is in Denise Ho’s DNA. Denise is one of the city’s premier fashion stylists, having spent more than a decade working in the industry which took her around the world styling celebrities, fashion campaigns and editorials for a number of major fashion publications.

Recently, Denise launched Knotti which focuses on creating sustainable knitted garments made with home knitters hired through local communities in Hong Kong. We speak to Denise about her new venture and her hopes for the future:


I was born and raised in Hong Kong – it will always be home.

To put it simply, Knotti is a handknit brand crafted by home knitters from different parts of Hong Kong, with final modern touches done by the Knotti team.

My proudest accomplishment has to be launching Knotti and realising that this is all just the beginning.

I live my live looking ahead, I don’t wish I had done anything differently.

I find inspiration from all the great designers who stay true to their commitment to quality, essentially the people behind each well-made product. Sadly, we live in a world where a large majority of merchandise is poorly made.

The best part of running your own business is being able to control everything and to make adjustments to fit you and your team.

My advice to budding entrepeneurs is to remember that life is short so just do it – see what happens.

My end goal is simply to be happy with what I do, to be really really happy.

I’m not sure where I see myself in ten years, honestly I don’t think or plan that far ahead.

My words to live by are simple: “Live for the moment.”


Photography by King Fung

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