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Beauty A New Light: Sarah Zhuang

A New Light: Sarah Zhuang

A New Light: Sarah Zhuang
By Hong Kong Tatler
January 23, 2019
Founder and designer of Sarah Zhuang Jewellery finds limitless possibilities in her design

With her elegant manners and doll-like features, Sarah Zhuang is a Hong Kong-based jewellery designer who was born into the world of jewellery—her family’s jewellery brand, Tak Fook, has been around for over 20 years. In 2017, Sarah felt it was time to strike out on her own with her namesake fine jewellery brand, Sarah Zhuang Jewellery.

Modern, stylish and bold, her creations are designed with the versatility of women in mind. Her dedication to craftsmanship and innovation resonates perfectly with that of Clé de Peau Beauté’s Synactif skincare collection, the world’s first skincare line that focuses on improving the functionality of the lymphatic system.

Here, Sarah shares how her passion for jewellery design started, her inspiration and skincare tips for a busy schedule:

Sarah Zhuang in her studio working on her jewellery designs; Blazer by 8 by Yoox (Photo: Moses Ng for Hong Kong Tatler)
Sarah Zhuang in her studio working on her jewellery designs; Blazer by 8 by Yoox (Photo: Moses Ng for Hong Kong Tatler)

How did you start your career as a jewellery designer?

My mother had a jewellery business for over two decades, which my sister and I took over after her retirement. My sister was in charge of the finance and business side while I was in charge of design. There was a mismatch between my collections and the brand image of our family business, so I decided to create a brand that’s stylish, young and really expresses my design philosophy.

Tell us about your design style. What makes your collections unique in the industry?

Our slogan is “As versatile as women”. We combine elegance with functionality, and create transformable jewellery that adapts to modern women’s busy lifestyles. What sets us apart is innovation and versatility, all of our pieces are designed to be worn in multiples styles. 

Sarah Zhuang with Synactif Daytime Moisturizer Enriched; Dress by Alice McCall available at Net-A-Porter (Photo: Moses Ng for Hong Kong Tatler)
Sarah Zhuang with Synactif Daytime Moisturizer Enriched; Dress by Alice McCall available at Net-A-Porter (Photo: Moses Ng for Hong Kong Tatler)

As a designer, where do you draw your inspiration from?

I’m inspired by women around me, I find their individualities particularly charming. I start by visualizing a certain type of women and find a specific element or symbol that represents them and tell their story. I then use that as my design motif and create jewellery that best suits them.

What kind of person wears your jewellery?

A strong, independent woman that adapts to multiple roles in life, someone who has a distinctive personality as well as a unique sense of fashion. Many of my customers are professional women or female entrepreneurs.

Talk us through your skincare regime.

I really like to keep my pores clean so I use deep cleansing masks twice a week and get a facial at least once a month. My daily skincare regime is pretty straight-forward, I use an oil-based makeup remover, followed by soap, toner, serum and moisturiser. I also like to use hydrating face masks regularly.

The Synactif Collection (Photo: Moses Ng for Hong Kong Tatler)
The Synactif Collection (Photo: Moses Ng for Hong Kong Tatler)

What’s the skincare step you can’t miss despite a busy schedule?

Facial! It really makes a huge difference. Which is why I find Clé de Peau Beauté’s Synactif amazing because its lymphatic channel strengthening function gives you the effect of going to the facial, but you can use it every day at home.

What do you see as the similarities between Clé de Peau Beauté’s Synactif—a collection that embodies the beauty of limitless possibilities—and what you do in your everyday career?

Like Clé de Peau Beauté’s Synactif collection, I strive to break with tradition and bring synergy to the jewellery industry. I try to come up with new and fun ways to wear jewellery that people haven’t thought about. To create something extraordinary, you have to think outside the box, explore limitless boundaries and endless possibilities. 

Sarah Zhuang with the Synactif Collection; Jumpsuit by 8 by Yoox (Photo: Moses Ng for Hong Kong Tatler)
Sarah Zhuang with the Synactif Collection; Jumpsuit by 8 by Yoox (Photo: Moses Ng for Hong Kong Tatler)

Clé de Peau Beauté’s Synactif is a collection that works with a synergistic skincare system. How do you create synergy in your design?

Creating a piece of jewellery is a synergistic process that involve various parties and multiple steps. Once my design is finalised, I will have to source the materials, make a wax model, and then send it to the manufacture for production, all of which have to be collaborated in a synergistic operating system.

 

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  • Photography Moses Ng
  • Styling Mira Uttamchandani
  • Make-Up Karen Yiu

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