You may have seen Amber Lu strutting her stuff on the catwalks for Hermès, Karen Millen, Stuart Weitzman, Betsey Johnson or Benetton, or working with known brands such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Wella. You might also recognize her from her appearance on the catwalk for designers from the hit television show Project Runway. But who is this glamazon and what is she about? We met with Amber who was sweet enough to answer a few short questions for us, so we could get to know her a little better. A dazzling doyenne*, Amber is charismatic and exudes a warm presence that makes one instantly feel at ease around her.
Not only did we learn that Amber is a Boston based designer, fashion model, and photographer, but that she’s also an avid activist. She began her career as a fashion model while in her young teens when her family moved to the City of Boston, Massachusetts, where she developed her portfolio working for numerous high fashion brands. Amber’s career in modeling has taken her around the world, doing runway shows in the most revered fashion cities, including Paris, Milan, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. However, when she gets a day off from striking a pose and walking the runway, Amber puts her energy towards something that is near and dear to her heart, philanthropy and charity work. Amber has worked for numerous charities and covered a wide range of missions, but one that is very important to her is animal rescue. She uses her visibility in the fashion industry to educate her audience about rescue animals and the need for responsible pet ownership. She’s a big fan of adoption and believes, without a doubt, that 'Rescue is the New Breed'.
Get to know more about the Boston-based designer and read our quick Q&A below:
How do you start your workday?
Light treadmill workout then I like to go for a walk with my sweet senior rescued miniature poodle, DinDin J
Start early or stay up late?
Definitely stay up late. I tend to come up with some great photography ideas for Amber Lu Design late at night.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee in the morning but I prefer green-tea at night.
What gadgets are essential for you to get through the day?
My cell phone for sure!
Best thing about your work?
Constantly meeting amazing and fun people. There’s never a boring moment!
What is your favorite area in the office?
My desk. That’s where all the magic happens.
An effective way to stay motivated?
Skype home to see my sweet little dog DinDin.
If you were sent to a deserted island and could only take 3 items with you, they would be?
Can I cheat and say my dog? Mobile with unlimited amount of battery, just in case there’s service (I’m a geek at heart!), and a lighter to make a bonfire.
Favorite travel destination?
Los Angeles and Hong Kong are my two favorite places.
Flea markets, you can always find amazing and unique things.
What are you reading right now?
Fifty shades of Grey, LOL!
Favorite female role model?
Joan Rivers, she’s fabulous.
Which quote resonates with you most?
“Never be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century.”
Secret to staying one step ahead?
Get a good nights sleep.
Favorite technology/app/gadget and accessory?
Cell phone, iTranslate, and the Amber Lu Design cases for sure!
Future project you’re excited about?
My upcoming photography projects and my next collection for Amber Lu Design.
*doyenne: feminine version of a badass leader