“Just enjoy your university life, because what you will be doing in your future is another story.”
Many people may say that a career in fashion equals no future, particularly in the current climate, stating that there are more ‘steadier’ jobs. Her advice for students contemplating to apply for fashion schools? “Right now, no matter which country you would be studying in, it is a risk. Once you’ve found your passion, you have to try and do your best,” she adds, “Just enjoy your university life, because what you will be doing in your future is another story.”
When it comes to the future, Kat wants to establish her own lifestyle brand that sells high quality pieces that last the consumer many years and are made entirely out of sustainable fabrics. “I know that it’s really difficult to pull this off, this idea of being 100% eco-friendly and ethical, but I will try to improve a little more every day,” she says. A few years ago, she admitted, she bought a lot of fast fashion. “My mum would always ask me ‘Why would you buy all these things? There are too many clothes in your bedroom!’” By now, things have changed. Years of studying design altered her perception and consumption of clothes.
Kat Lau’s brand offers not just menswear that unites influences of China and the UK, but an approach on how to live in a more conscious, sustainable way. Her awareness of synchronising one’s body, mind and environment to create something of high quality and durability is not only what makes her stand out in a fast-paced world, but also feels ever so relevant in a time when taking care of yourself has never been more important.