When it comes to fashion, says Luuvu Hoang, “Seattle has always been a little behind,” so the Vietnamese-born bon vivant spent his teenage weekends poring over fashion magazines. Now 30, Hoang works as a photographer and produces videos for Seattle-area nonprofits. His dream? To introduce cocktail culture to Vietnam. He hopes to open bars in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City next year.
Jeans Uniqlo • Coat Club Monaco Modern Trench • Suit Banana Republic • Shoes H&M sneakers • Sunglasses Lacoste • Hat Rag & Bone fedora • Choice accessory Vespa PX 150 • Last book read The Wine Bible • Last album listened to Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi-The Four Seasons
Place to eat/menu item Radiator Whiskey, smoked pig head • Place to drink Vessel • Drink of choice the Last Word • Fast food Dick’s • Coffee Café de Lion, Upper Queen Anne • Bookstore Book Larder • Clothing store Club Monaco • Furniture store Diva/B&B Italia • Haircut Zeal, Vancouver BC • Place to take out-of-towners Sitka & Spruce • Local celebrity Jason Stratton, Matt Dillon, Ethan Stowell • Colleague/conspirator/inspiration Mindcastle Studios
Mode of travel Bullet train • Travel accessory Canon 5D Mark II • Luggage Rimowa • Travel ritual Try to top the number of places I can eat in one day. So far it’s 10 in Hong Kong. • Restaurant/Bar Ishii Kushiyaki, Tokyo • Tacky tourist destination Waikiki • Cultural site Kyoto • Place to party Bangkok • Place to shop Ben Thanh Flea Market, Ho Chi Minh City • Place you want to go but have never been San Sebastian, Spain
Photo by Chona Kasinger