Prof. Karen Chan, JP, MSc, MEd, BA, BBA
Founder and Cheongsam Designer
SPARKLE COLLECTION / SPARKLE by KAREN CHAN
Karen Chan, JP is the Founder, Creative Director & Chief Fashion Designer of modern Chinese chic designer brands SPARKLE COLLECTION and SPARKLE BY KAREN CHAN. Born and raised in Hong Kong, and having studied and lived in US and Canada for 15 years, Karen has a deep appreciation for both Chinese and Western art and culture, with a special passion for HK culture and the iconic cheongsam.
Karen apprenticed under the legendary Hong Kong Intangible Cultural Heritage Inheritor Master Fung Yau Choi in the art of traditional cheongsam-making, and with an innate sense of style, Karen designs funky modern east-meets-west cheongsams and Tang jackets which retain the intricate Chinese traditional craftsmanship but infused with Western design concepts with regards to patterns, fabrics and wearability, injecting new life and unorthodox game-changing ideas into this priceless national heritage.
Karen’s contribution to society is well recognized. Besides being appointed as Justice of the Peace (JP) by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Karen received an Honorary Fellowship from the Vocational Training Council, is an appointed Council Member of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Adjunct Professor of Hong Kong Baptist University and School Advisor of the Hong Kong Metropolitan University.Karen takes up various public service roles in the manufacturing as well as the Arts & Cultural sector. She is Deputy Chairman of Federation of Hong Kong Industries, Vice Chairman of Q Mark Council Committee, Chairman of Hong Kong Furniture Industry Council, Member of the Board of Directors of Hong Kong Cyberport Management Co. Ltd., and on the Board of Governors of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the council member of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
Prof. Karen Chan, JP's numerous accolades include:
Golden Bauhinia Women Entrepreneur Association
Golden Bauhinia Women Entrepreneur Award – Art & Culture
Guangdong-HK-Macao Bay Area Entrepreneurs Union
Guangdong-HK- Macao Greater Bay Area Outstanding Young Entrepreneur Award
Asia Pacific Creativity Industries Association
Hong Kong Cultural & Creative Industries Award
HK Small & Medium Enterprises Association
GBA Outstanding Women Entrepreneur in Family Business
HK Women Professionals & Entrepreneurs Association
Outstanding Women Professionals & Entrepreneurs Award
Appointed as Justice of the Peace
by the HKSAR Government