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Fashion Insider: Personal Stylist

This week's Guiltless Girl, Lucia, is an entrepreneur, fashionista and an absolute sweetheart. She’s the founder of Pair, a private personal styling service that is invitation only.  She was educated at the Fashion Institute of Technology and has over a decade of experience working in the fashion industry. Originally from New York, she is bringing her empire state of mind to the Hong Kong fashion scene. Her style description: Polished with personality. We had the privilege of hanging out with Lucia for an afternoon at the Guiltless headquarters and sat down to pick her brain about everything from shopping secrets to fashion disasters.

Tell us your earliest fashion memory.
I was a huge Seventeen enthusiast in my tweens. I’d collect all the issues and post the covers on my bedroom walls. I found the editorial medium so inspiring. This was during Niki Taylor’s Heyday, but I distinctly remember a cover with Katherine Heigl wearing a leather biker, sweater and kilt combo. I just Googled the year and it was 1994 – the era of My Father the Hero. It must have truly resonated with me, as I recently picked a leather biker out of the Guiltless closet!
What has been your biggest fashion disaster?
There were many. I've always been experimental, but I don't think the early aughts were kind to anyone - particularly those of us at college age. The tanks were too small, the skirts were too short, and don't even get me started on the jeans, so low your knickers would peep out (thanks to Alexander McQueen!). Also, leg warmers. Just no.
What are three things in your closet that you could never, ever get rid of?
It has to be my three wedding dresses - a One Vintage gown made of 1920s Chinese embroidery, one dreamy bohemian white and gold dress from India, and a custom made, one-of-a-kind Marchesa.
Where are the best places to go shopping?
New York, for the experiential nature (proximity to designer ateliers, loads of sample sales, tons of tiny multi brand boutiques) and Tokyo for the vast diversity of quirky, wacky choices and the hyper fetishist specializations and packaging. Both cities also offer great street style to keep one inspired between stores.
Divulge one shopping secret:
Well, being an essential element of my job, I have more than just one! Across the board I would say the best thing an avid shopper can do is to develop relationships with in-store salespeople and/or personal stylists. The more you get to know each other, the better perks you will receive as they can anticipate what you will love and appreciate. Often, they can do custom orders, let you know about events and sales early, and reserve items for you to try. It is a win-win!

Interested in Lucia's look? Shop her closet below!