Sarah Lai | Fashion Insider: The Fashion Designer

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Fashion Insider: The Fashion Designer

Raised in a traditional Chinese family in Hong Kong and educated in the US, Sarah Lai started her career in finance, all the while immersing herself in the fashion scene. She inherited her maternal grandmother’s exquisite taste and elegance along with her mother’s poise, sense of purpose and determination. She launched her eponymous Sarah Lai line of clothing in 2013 and has since signed up with a showroom in New York. This up-and-coming designer is sure to be seen as a global brand in no time.
She describes her personal style as elegant, sophisticated, and timeless – A style that echoes throughout her designs. Her label seeks to intertwine this quaint allure with the freedom and functionality of the modern day women’s wardrobe.

We’re super excited to spend an afternoon with Sarah, discussing all things fashion!

Tell us your earliest fashion memory
Shopping with my mother and grandmother at Giorgio Armani, Leonard, Thierry Mugler and Joyce Boutique.
Your biggest fashion disaster?
When I was a teenager still exploring my style, I wore a big Hawaiian shirt with super baggy pants, just like the guys.
Favorite fashion designer / icon …
Coco Chanel
Name three things in your closet that you could never, ever get rid of?
My grandmother’s Chanel jacket, the first Hermes Kelly bag that I ever got for myself and the Sarah Lai SS14 Debut Dress.
If you could choose another person’s closet to peek into, whose would it be and why?
Sarah Jessica Parker - always love her style and outfits!
Your favorite blog / website / book / music at the moment:
Business of Fashion and Dior by Dior

Is there an item from a previous season you wish you had bought but didn’t?
A Thom Browne cropped jacket
Your go-to coffee or tea is:
Skim Latte for hot and Iced Coffee with a little bit of skim milk for cold.
Best places to go shopping…
Hong Kong: Lane Crawford, Joyce Boutique
Paris: Colette
London: Selfridges, Liberty
Divulge one shopping secret:
Always compare prices online and offline!

You can find more info about Sarah and her designs at