Kimbee Chan, a rare Hermès bag collector-turned-knitting enthusiast and wife of the billionaire property tycoon Joseph Lau, is taking a step further in her creative pursuit with Happy Yarn, a crochet workshop in Causeway Bay that has become a trendy hangout spot for Hong Kong‘s who’s who and their kids this fall.
Known for her large collection of one-of-a-kind Hermès bags, Chan has been delving into knitting since she visited the knitwear store KnitterKnutter on Aberdeen Street in 2021.
Since then her social media feed has been filled with garments, toys, bags and scarves she knitted herself, alongside with selfies with Takashi Murakami, penguin-themed Hermès special orders, and her public appearances for philanthropy functions.
She has also launched a dedicated Instagram to document everything she has worked on, and more recently activities that have been happening at the workshop, which was founded in collaboration with KnitterKnutter.
A two-hour session at the worship, with themes varying from making keychains in the shape of an egg tart, pet collars, Christmas decorations, and beginner classes for crocheting, costs between 400 Hong Kong dollars and 500 Hong Kong dollars, or $50 and $65.
Prior to marrying Lau in 2016, Chan worked as a showbiz journalist. They have two children.
With a net worth of $13.6 billion, according to Forbes, Lau is the former chairman of property developer Chinese Estates. He is best known by the public in Hong Kong for love affairs with several high-profile actresses in the past two decades, which often involved gifting rare bags and high jewelry as proof of affection.
In 2017, Lau transferred 75 percent of his shares in Chinese Estates to Chan and their son, citing serious health issues. This made Chan the richest woman in Hong Kong at the time.