HONG KONG — We’d already seen the Clinton campaign’s advice on how to make the best risotto. But now thanks to another leaked email, we know what kind of shopping tips Hillary Clinton was given for a trip to Hong Kong.
In the latest batch of Clinton’s correspondence released by Wikileaks, the U.S. presidential nominee was given a long list of shops to check out on a trip in 2011, when she served as secretary of state.
The shopping list was put together by Nancy Hernreich Bowen, who worked in the Oval Office when Bill Clinton was president and then for a time as the managing director of the Clinton Global Initiative Asia.
It was forwarded to Clinton on July 22, 2011 by close aide Huma Abedin. The subject line: “Hong Kong shopping”, written in all caps.
The suggestions included the usual go-tos such as modern Chinese apparel label Shanghai Tang, described by Bowen as “a must for everyone visiting Hong Kong. Beautiful updated version of Chinese style.”
Most of the other recommendations focused on jewelry including Chow Tai Fook, the ubiquitous jeweler run by one of the city’s wealthiest families, and K.S. Sze & Sons, another family-run business that operates in the Mandarin Oriental hotel.
She also suggested setting up home appointments for Hong Kong jewelers Kai-Yin Lo and Sandra D’Auriol, the latter who died in 2014. D’Auriol had gone to LA for cosmetic surgery but jumped off the clinic’s roof.
Bowen also recommended LIII LIII, a small store in Admiralty Center run by three brothers that custom makes handbags and shoes. “They make Birkin-like bags–no logos and perfectly legal” Bowen wrote in the email, referring to the iconic Hermes style. “Not cheap but certainly much cheaper than the original,” she continued.
It’s not known whether Clinton did visit and shop at these stores. At least in the case of LIII LIII, one of its owners Joe Chan said she never came by.
“The one who is running for president right now? I’m certain she never came,” Chan said Friday by phone. “I talked to my brothers. If someone like her came, we would have a strong memory of that. She wouldn’t have come alone, right?”