Fashions real Hongkongers choose: Helina Tesega, Ethiopian chef

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Founder of Eat Ethio mixes and matches Hong Kong and Chinese brands, high fashion and jewellery from her east African homeland.

The Hong Kong-based Ethiopian chef talks about the wedding shoes she had to have, and the inspiration she took from Shanghai construction workers.

“My shoes are by Jacquemus, which I wore to my wedding this year. I chose the shoes before my dress. It’s not the normal way to find the right wedding outfit, but I just had to have those shoes.”
Clothes Tesega wears for work

Tesega’s overalls are from Topshop, shirt from Harlan+Holden and sneakers by Feiyue.

“I discovered Feiyue while living in Shanghai, seeing everyone from builders and workmen to the fashionable kids wearing them. I picked mine up in the former French Concession, where they have a tiny shop.”

###Fashions Tesega chooses for leisure

The dress below is by Self-Portrait and bag from Building Block. The necklace was a gift from her mother, while the gold bracelet is a piece she bought in Addis Ababa.