One of her initial ‘bridging’ moves has been to unite a British Fashion Council and Vogue’s Fashion Fund for 2018, that will see JD endowment £200,000 to a UK-based engineer with skeleton to take their business global. In a process, Ding has befriended some of fashion’s biggest characters, from American Vogue editor Anna Wintour, to designers Tommy Hilfiger and Diane von Furstenberg. “For us, we wish to be applicable and benefaction during London Fashion Week by assisting to launch new designers,” says Ding. “China is a outrageous and difficult market, yet a consumer is so into peculiarity and individuality and they wish to find new, niche engineer brands. We wish to make a trail for, say, Mary Katrantzou, to move her collection to Chinese customers.”
An in-depth bargain of conform brands and how women emporium around a universe is what positively sets Ding detached from a other, roughly exclusively male, business executives in a boardroom during JD. It’s conspicuous to consider that she was once somebody’s chemistry teacher.
“I was an pledge indication in school, that was substantially where my initial seductiveness in conform came from,” she explains. “But we have a unequivocally technical background. Chemistry was my vital during university, afterwards we was a polymer scientist and we taught chemistry during a Nanjing University for a while. we changed to a US to work as a financial planner for an attire code called Champion and that’s how we got my initial simple training about a market. It’s been an surprising journey, yet we feel propitious now that I’m doing my dream job.”
Asking Ding that labels browbeat in her possess work habit is futile. “I don’t ever hang to one brand, so we theory I’m only like any other standard Chinese shopper,” she laughs. “If we unequivocally have to contend one that we like, we theory it would be Saint Laurent since their suits are cut like men’s, yet for a woman, and they make me feel empowered.”
Black is her go-to colour, yet Ding loves to examination with scarcely detailed dusk dresses and uneven tailoring. “I’m flattering tall, 5”8, and slim, so we like to wear a lot of pantsuits for work,” she adds. “I consider they fit my figure. we always like to feel like a businesswoman who is in fashion, though, rather than a conform lady who is in business.”