Less Is More: Denise Ho Of Knotti


May 21, 2018 | BY Hong Kong Tatler

Denise Ho is one of Hong Kong's most respected stylists and fashion consultants, who took her passion for fashion to new heights when she founded her knitwear label, Knotti. The sustainable brand uses only biodegradable yarn and employs home knitters, allowing them to work comfortably from home with flexible hours. The compassionate entrepreneur tells us about the importance of positivity and what she likes to do in her downtime:

Tell us a bit about you and what you do.

I am a fashion stylist and consultant. I am also the owner of handknit label, Knotti.

What are you most passionate about? 

Beautifully crafted fashion, sustainability and bringing positivity into everything I do.

What makes you smile?

My family and work.

Someone you look up to? 

My Buddhist teacher—he has the best answers to everything.

The one thing you can’t live without? 

My son.

On the flip side, what is one thing you could do or have less of in order to improve your life?

All of the unnecessary things I accumulated over the years. I just decluttered my house and it felt so good. Less is more, right? 

How do you find balance in busy Hong Kong?

Going to Buddhist retreats and being close to nature. But not too close, because I hate snakes (laughs).

What are some of your self-care rituals (when it comes to beauty & skincare)?

I gave birth not too long ago and my skin is super dehydrated, so hydrating is the priority for me right now. I'm trying to drinks loads of water and I'm stocking up on masks. I also find meditation helps as it relaxes me. If I am stressed, my skin is worse.

How do you spend your free time?

I like to hang out with my baby and my family, stay active and eat well

Why do you believe it’s important to take some time out for yourself? 

Because with a busy schedule, you can easily go crazy

What are some of the simple things in life that you enjoy?

It’s a long list; bubble wrap popping, sleeping in on a rainy day, sleeping with clean sheets.  I love walks and I love being out and about and seeing different things—which is pretty much shopping. 

What does the term “less is more” mean to you?

It means focusing on quality not quantity. It gives you the freedom to focus on what is important to you.

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