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Wenlan Chia, Founder, Twinkle by Wenlan.

From clothing and jewelry to home furnishings and instructional books, Taiwan-native Wenlan Chia is making her mark on the industry, one niche at a time. Chia first put herself on the map in 2000 with the launch of contemporary label Twinkle by Wenlan, a playful line of bold, chunky knit sweaters. Yet rather than sit on her haunches and bask in the praise bestowed upon her by WWD and the like, Chia just kept on creating. Two jewelry lines—one costume, one high-end—soon followed, and soon thereafter, a contemporary home collection and a book series on the art of knitting. (Whew.)

Curious to know what keeps this designer inspired, we recently caught up with Chia to chat about some of her habits.

What’s the one habit you have that changed your life for the better?
I’ve started carrying my Kindle everywhere.

What’s the one habit you have that’s not so great?
I tell myself I have to get the job done within an imaginary deadline, when it can actually stand to wait.

What’s your naughtiest habit?
When traveling, the first thing I look for is the best spa.

What’s your secret (or not-so-secret) style habit?
I wear two pairs of black pants—one skinny and one slouchy.

What’s a habit you wish you had?
I wish I worked out more.

What three habits should every woman adopt?
Apply sunblock.
Do one creative thing a day, even if it’s just a thought.
Travel to an unfamiliar place.

What three habits should every woman break?
Comparing your body to pictures in a glossy magazine spread.
Believing that just one look works for you.
Seeking approval for everything you do.


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