Tina Leung is the sort of supremely stylish, confident woman that instantly inspires you to take charge of your life. Raised in Hong Kong and LA and now based in New York, she’s been working as a blogger and stylist for almost two decades now, all the while shifting expectations, redefining femininity, and giving a global voice Asian women in fashion. Today, Tina is a full-fledged fashion icon.
“I'm inspired by the sort of woman who lives her life the way she wants to. Someone ambitious, with a wicked sense of humor, and someone who's strong."
Born in the Year of the Dog, Tina grew up celebrating the holiday with her family, and continues to celebrate it in New York with her friends. To welcome in the Lunar New Year, Tina took us on a tour of her favorite spots of New York and shared her secret spots for where and how she will be celebrating.
Decked out in our striking bias cut, floor-length dress printed in our custom Everton red floral—designed especially for Lunar New Year—Tina walks us through her favorite, little-known spots in Chinatown and around the city.
“I was born in the year of the Dog, which we are celebrating this year. Dogs are symbols of loyalty and honesty. As an Earth animal, dogs are, and I quote, “honest, friendly, faithful, loyal, smart, straightforward, venerable, and have a strong sense of responsibility. On the negative side, they are likely to be self-righteous, cold, terribly stubborn, slippery, critical of others, and not good at social activities.” Whether or not these traits are all true, I’ll let you decide!”
“For me, Chinese New Year is a time to honor traditions, to spend time with family and friends, whilst also feeling guilt-free, stuffing my face 24/7. In Hong Kong, we would celebrate by visiting and paying respects to my father’s and mother’s families, and seeing all my relatives. The past few years, though, I’ve been based here in New York, so when Chinese New Year comes, a bunch of us make time to get together and catch up over a huge Chinese feast! Unfortunately, however, it always happens during NYFW, so I’ve had to learn how to balance all of that with my work.”
“I love China Blue restaurant—it’s in Chinatown, it’s quiet with yummy and authentic Chinese food, and one of my favorite spots in the city. I recommend going at random times of the day. I also love the Shanghai dumplings at Pinch in the village. I have to admit I also love places like Mr. Chow’s when I’m in the mood for something a little more on the American-Chinese side of the spectrum.”
“I feel most empowered when I’m my true and authentic self, when I’m independent and able to make my own decisions. As for feeling confident, a bomb outfit always helps with that, as does a good night’s sleep.”
“I’m inspired by the sort of woman who lives her life the way she wants to. Someone honest, loyal, and kind. Someone ambitious, with a wicked sense of humor, and someone who’s strong—strong enough to show her vulnerability.”