We spoke to the uber stylish couple Mr & Mrs Monnet, otherwise known as Bea & Jeremy about everything from travel, food and future goals.
Where did you meet and where was your first date?
We met at Paris Fashion Week; I had arrived after my MBA in Beijing and Jeremy flew from Angola where he was living to Paris for the weekend. For our first date we had a long bicycle ride by the Seine river in Paris together, the weather was wonderful. We stopped for an ice cream, picnic and a glass of wine… it was a magical day.
First trip away together?
A month after our first date we travelled together to India (where we got married), Sri Lanka and Dubai. Since then we get married every year following different traditions depending on the destination.
What is your favourite travel destination and why?
Our favourite trip was to India where we got married and where our love story began, but we also love to go to Italy; the food, the culture, lifestyle, La Dolce Vita and for the sheer romanticism.
What has been your favourite hotel that you have ever stayed in?
Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur ( India) is wonderful but also we love hotels such as Komaneka in Bali, Cotton House Barcelona, Upper House in Hong Kong and Heritage in Cambodia- it is so hard to choose! We would say that those are unique and memorable places to stay and helped to contribute to our experience in each destination.
Bea, what has been the best gift Jeremy has ever bought you?
Our first wedding and trip in India as it is the most memorable experience I’ve ever had.
Jeremy, what has been the best gift Bea has ever bought you?
I cannot really pick just one and under evaluate the others. It is not about the gift but the meaning behind the selection, such as a book of pictures and our handwritten love story.
Define your idea of romance?
Passion, love, friendship, dreams, when the smallest things can translate into the most unforgettable moments.
What has been your most exciting adventure together?
The adventure is continual; trying to organise a wedding ceremony each year in a different tradition is an exciting thing to do together and a beautiful way of immersing yourself into the culture.
Favourite place to eat in the world?
There is no place like home; either in Spain or France surrounded by the people we love most. Give us good wine, paella and jamon and we couldn’t be happier.
How would you describe yourselves as a couple?
- Fashion,travel and lifestyle marketers
- Luxury couple
- Brand hunters- part of our work is to find and help local talented designers wherever we travel.
What inspired you to move?
Several things; moving to a city that we have chosen together rather than one following the other in Paris, Angola or Beijing and our common interest in discovering new places.
Why move to Hong Kong?
The energy and speed of the city is captivating and it is at the heart of Asia. The lifestyle is so appealing and the people are so open minded. There is a real sense of community and they champion entrepreneurship. It also seemed like the perfect place to set up Mr & Mrs Monnet.
How has your quality of life changed?
It has positively impacted on our personal lives but also professional careers. We are now growing at the speed of the city and everyday is an adventure. Our careers seem to grow much faster and we are lucky to learn from the people we are surrounded by everyday. Hong Kong has helped us to discover more of Asia and we are always planning the next trip.
What do Mr & Mrs Monnet have planned next ?
Japan and Taiwan for the Fashion Week, ending in Thailand and Myanmar. We also plan to celebrate Christmas in Australia. Building the Mr & Mrs Monnet brand will be an ongoing aim as well as establishing our partnerships and hopefully writing a book.
What is your dream trip?
Mr : New Zealand – Mrs: Papua New Guinea
We hope to have a sustainable business together as lovers, best friends, parents and business partners- that is the ultimate accomplishment for us.