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A stop during my honeymoon 18 years ago was the last time I’d visited Hong Kong, so I was excited to go back to celebrate the “World of Aerin” at Lane Crawford. Hong Kong seems to be changing every minute, they’re always building and expanding out onto the waterfront. It’s amazing how many new buildings have popped up since my last trip.

Of course, my first stop was a visit to the Lane Crawford space. I love watching quietly as customers come in to shop. My sons were actually with me for the first part of the trip, so we squeezed in a bit of sightseeing and shopping ourselves with a visit to Sneaker Street. It’s such a colorful road filled with walls and walls of sneakers! My sons each picked up a pair before we headed to the Luk Yu Tea House for a dim sum lunch. I had actually visited this restaurant when I was there before; it’s as traditional as they come.

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I met such amazing people at the Lane Crawford event Wednesday evening. Everyone was so welcoming and excited to see the collection, as this is the first time it has been presented as a complete collection in Asia. The evening was capped off with dinner at The China Club. I’ve been there before but always love seeing the traditional decor juxtaposed with the modern Chinese art on each floor.

I’m always rushing home after a business trip, but I managed to fit in some time to explore the island. The day started in Stanley on the south side, which is more residential and very lush. It’s a beautiful quiet seaside town with a fun market. There are really fun gifts for children like traditional silk pajamas and cute chopsticks with characters on them.

On the way back to Central, we stopped for a walk around The Peak. It’s incredible to see Hong Kong from the highest point. Luckily, it was a clear morning so I had a beautiful view of Kowloon and the harbor. From there it was a quick trip to the flower market. I love visiting flower markets in different countries. In Hong Kong they sold tons of orchids and craspedia, native to Australia and New Zealand. After a quick stop on Gough Street for some shopping, I headed back to the Four Seasons for a massage. The spa there is truly incredible with amazing technicians and treatments, and spectacular views of the harbor.

Overall, it was an exciting few days away. I wish I could have spent more time in Asia, but it’s time to head back to New York City for the press preview of the Aerin Fall Beauty collection.

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