Hong Kong is a place full of talented and scheming people. In our 27-question weekly column, we get up close and personal with the city’s notable personalities, learn about their whims and dislikes, key life moments, hopes and dreams – all in around the same time as ‘it takes to pass -minute speed date. This week, we sit down with Juliet Lam to learn more about her brand: Pavo Florals.
Whimsical, romantic, timeless. These are the words most frequently used by Juliet Lam customers to describe the stunning bouquets of Pavo Florals. Granted, the same words could be used to describe Lam herself, as she’s barely aged a day in the decade we’ve known each other. Although the production of silk flowers has been her family’s business for years – her father is known as 玫瑰花 大 le, the king of roses of Hong Kong – she found no inspiration to continue her career. own branch only after a very personal experience.
“It all started with my boyfriend’s proposal at the time,” she laughs. “We were having New Years with friends in Australia and he came up with this trip with a huge bouquet of fresh roses. They were gorgeous but we had to get back to Hong Kong the next day so we couldn’t bring it back with us. I remember very well thinking that it was a shame to leave such beautiful flowers behind, and that’s how the idea to launch Pavo Florals was born.
“Personally, I find the act of proposing almost more important than the marriage itself. It’s just the two of you, and it’s such an intimate moment that couples cherish. I wanted to produce something that people could keep and cherish forever. Our Be mine forever bouquet, which consists of 99 roses, is our most sought after arrangement of proposals. We can even add initials and dates to commemorate the occasion for the happy couple.
Creating these silk flowers is a painstaking process. First, the silk is airlifted from Taiwan and carefully pressed into molds to create each individual petal. Then each delicate petal is hand painted (“Most people think you just need to dip the flowers in paint and – voila – it’s done! It’s not true at all!”) With different shades of their base color, meticulously imitate fresh flowers. Finally, the pieces should be wrung out and heated so that the color sets before they are put together into a single flower. Every step of the process is still handcrafted to this day.
As a new mother – her adorable son is now eight months old – Lam has grown more cautious and contemplative of sustainability, and has taken small steps to keep the world a beautiful place for generations to come.
“If you return the bouquet of 99 roses within a year, I can make smaller arrangements for you!” she shares. “I would say about 10% of our customers have requested it. I can make them into smaller bouquets for the wedding, or make them into corsages, or just arrange them in smaller pieces to decorate them. new homes with. This is the beauty of silk flowers. They can last as long as you take good care of them, and they even feel like real flowers because we add a special coating on each petal.
Going forward, Lam plans to launch his own brand of sustainable household items, Pavo Home, using recycled or blended plastics.
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Last name: Juliet Lam
District: Tsim Sha Tsui
Occupation: Founder of Pavo Florals
1. Who is your role model?
My step mother. He is a very humble person with a good heart. Although she is a workaholic, she balances work and family life very well, which I very much admire. Plus, she always finds the best vacation spots when we travel for vacation.
2. What was your first job?
I specialized in communication design and technology; which was computer coding and graphic design. My first job after graduation was as a graphic designer. After a month of work, I knew I couldn’t do this for the rest of my life. I thought to myself, “I’m doomed, I spent the last few years in college getting a degree that I didn’t like working with!” ”
3. What is your favorite drink?
4. When was the last time you drove a car?
This morning. I drive myself everywhere because I like to be free and independent.
5. What is the best thing in or about your apartment?
Mirrors. Apartments in Hong Kong are not large, so mirrors can make your whole house more spacious and brighter.
6. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Fruits. I love fruit, I managed to eat two to three a day for almost a year when I was pregnant so that I could provide my baby with plenty of vitamins and nutrients.
7. What is your biggest regret in life?
Nothing! Cliché, but I truly believe every mistake is a lesson learned.
8. What do you hate most about living in Hong Kong?
Humidity. I am a grandmother, all my back pain and body aches are very painful when it rains.
9. What is the first destination on your bucket list?
Too much! Alaska, Blue Lagoon in Iceland, the glaciers of Greenland, Madagascar, Hawaii …
10. What does your typical Sunday look like?
Sunday is family day. Now that I have a son, we take him to play with his grandparents or go swimming!
11. If you could invite five people from around the world to your dream dinner, who would they be?
Russell Peters because I always love a good joke; Coco Chanel, her elegance and taste are remarkable; Buddha, his intelligence and his teachings built me to become who I am; my future me in 30 years to see how she is, and finally my old me from 15 years ago so that I can tell her not to worry so much.
12. If you had to describe Hong Kong in one word, what would it be?
13. What is your favorite childhood memory?
Climb Whistler Mountain during the winter with our sleds to hurtle down the hill.
14. What is your favorite scent around the world?
My baby! My husband and I sniff our baby before we leave the house and when we get home.
15. Who is the best teacher you have ever had, what is an important lesson they have taught you?
Buddha: “Everything is temporary; emotions, thoughts, people and their landscapes. Don’t get tied up, just sink with it.
16. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own? Which one do you wear most often?
I am thinking of a hundred pairs! 90% of the time I wear flip flops, it’s not elegant but I feel more free and I can think better without shoes.
17. How many countries have you been to?
26 countries. I would love to travel to at least one new country every year.
18. Would you rather never be alone for a single moment, or be alone for the rest of your life? Why?
Never be alone for a single moment. I like having people around even if I am not talking or doing anything the vibe is better than being alone.
19. When did you feel like you “made it”?
Never. There is nothing that can be completely the best, there is always room for improvement. In Chinese there is a saying “一山 還有 一山 高”, always strive to be better because there is always someone better than you.
20. What is the scariest thing you have ever done and why?
Skydiving! It’s terrifying when you know you’re about to get off the plane, but it’s super fun and not as scary as you might imagine. I skydived in Gold Coast and the view was absolutely amazing. I would like to skydive in Dubai to enjoy the view of all the man-made islands.
21. If you could start all over again, what would you do differently?
Do everything internally by myself with my team. It’s really only us who truly understand our brand from the inside out, and no one else can replace the passion and goals we have for our business.
22. What is your favorite tradition?
Chinese New Year. This is the time when I can meet all my family and friends and is when everyone has new hopes and morale is high.
23. If you could snap your fingers and correct one thing in the world, what would it be?
Eliminate fake news on social media.
24. What motivates you about your job?
Happy customers who tell us how much they love our flowers.
25. Do you believe in astrology? Why or why not?
Sometimes… I prefer Chinese astrology to horoscopes even though I have heard that they are both related.
26. A genie gives you three wishes – what are they?
1. Pavo Florals known the world over!
2. May all my friends and family be happy and healthy.
3. To be able to travel in time up to 500 years later and see what the world would be like.
27. What time in your life would you most like to relive?
Now, as I couldn’t ask for anything more. I am truly grateful for each day to see my family and friends healthy and happy.
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