We sat down with Connie Sui Fung, image consultant, business owner and working mother to learn more about her story in Japan. In part one, we looked into her journey starting up her Color Me Tokyo business, from her challenges to advice and glimpsed into the origins that drove her to where she is today. For part two, we take a glimpse into the other side and learn what goes behind the scenes in a day of this busy working mother.
You are a busy mother of three! How is it like raising children in Japan?
It was not easy when they were young. In Japan, the mother is supposed to do everything herself, but I got lucky! My husband and parents-in-law supported me most of the time, which I am grateful for.
My Japanese was not good when I first came here, but my kindergarten mom’s friends helped me a lot. They shared information on child-rearing in Japan and they always made me feel at home. I really appreciated that.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Depends on which day. I usually work from 10am to 3pm.
Like yesterday, I made breakfast for my kids and got myself ready. After my girls left home for school, I did some quick housework before meeting my client at 10am. Then I had lunch with my husband at neighborhood restaurant.
After that I worked on Color Me Tokyo homepage. Since I created the website, I manage it myself.
Then, I dropped off my youngest girl to swimming school and I prepared dinner. After dinner, I dropped off my Junior High school girl to cram school and did the laundry. And finally, I prepared for a business meeting today before going to bed.
What do you need out of clothing to meet your current lifestyle as an image consultant, business owner and mother? Any rules that you set for your style?
As a mother I need to run after my children and take them from here to there and have to meet clients on the same day, so I want clothing that is easy to wear and comfortable, yet I do not need to change out of …. I call it a multi-purpose dress, functional dress or an all-in-one dress. If I travel, the last thing I want to be concerned about is having wrinkled items when we take family photos and I need to get ready quickly in the early morning, so wrinkle-resistant clothing is important for me.
Trying kay me for the first time, what are your impressions of the items?
The kay me dresses are the perfect fit for my preferences and lifestyle. I am a ‘Made in Japan’ fan and I prefer having machine-washable items. Most importantly, I need comfortable, functional, all-in-one dresses to wear from day to night. For example, with the Aqua Dot Marilyn Dress, I can wear it with sandals for the weekend or on a casual outing with my kids. If I throw a bolero on – for work. With high heels on – when I am on a date night with my husband. I like the softness, stretchiness and comfortable feel of the material, and it has side pocket! This is well-designed. There was time I wore the wrong dress, and my day was haywire. When I wear the right dress, I feel my day is fully accomplished. This dress is very ME. Somehow this dress also reminded me of one of Duchess Catherine’s dresses – I feel very elegant in it!
Where do you find inspiration nowadays?
I am in my mid-40’s now, I always want to prepare myself on how I look and be in 5 to 10 years from now. I do research and read magazines aimed at women in their 50’s or 60’s like Eclat Magazine for style inspiration, or I would search from Pinterest with keywords such as “fashion for women over 50”.
What is your recommended spots to enjoy your family time in Tokyo?
The hotel buffet and musical theater.
They both sound like fun! We would love to know the hotel buffet you recommend and the musical you last watched.
Since Covid-19, we haven’t gone out for a buffet dinner, but we went to the same Grilled Eel restaurant Izumoya several times as we could get a private room. My kids like the taste of grilled eel there. The best Unagi in town.
The last musical we went was The Phantom of The Opera. I loved the live orchestra; it was the perfect combination with live stage musical performance. It was wonderful and lively. My kids liked the Aladdin the best. My daughter said it is better than the movie! We are looking forward to the next one.
Connie wears our Aqua Dot Marilyn Dress, White Crew-neck Cardigan and White Two-way Business Bag around Hibiya.
Catch Connie’s career journey in starting up her own businesses in Tokyo in Part One.