Fu reveals that her earliest foray into design happened when she was a grade seven student. "My mother had gone away on an extended vacation and I took the opportunity to redesign my bedroom," she says. "I changed my desk, and night and vanity tables, and even purchased a beautiful set of Chinese-Dutch rattan dressers which I had been secretly coveting.”
What makes Fu’s crocodile bags so compelling is that they aren’t overly designed. The styles are simple (there are structured top-handle bags, long envelope clutches and mini shoulder bags tagged with girls’ names such as Abbey, Savannah and Taylor); and the colours – emerald, Bordeaux and mandarin – are eye-catching. “I work with the most precious materials and for that reason I personally oversee the creation of every piece. If something goes wrong during production, beautiful things are going to waste. I need to make sure that doesn’t happen,” explains Fu, who reveals that each bag can take up to half a year to complete.
Married to Soo K Chan, the mastermind behind award-winning architectural firm SCDA, she admits that conversations pertaining to design are hard to avoid at home. “Soo and I are both genuine lovers of design and there’s a natural tendency to talk about it whenever we’re together,” says Fu, who furnished Chan’s ultra-contemporary beachfront resort Soori Bali and added the finishing touches to his up-and-coming luxury residence Soori High Line in New York’s hip West Chelsea district.
“There’s no difference between home and work for us. Our life is design and design is our life. We give each other space for our own pursuits but together, we have very positive synergy,” she adds.