Womenswear designer Livia Arena is based in Melbourne but travels to Hong Kong regularly. Arena grew up in Hong Kong, only moving to Australia for university. Today she goes there to hand-source her own fabrics – forging a “deeper connection” to her materials as a result.

Now with a shop and factory in Collingwood, Arena’s practice is informed by her old and new homes. Watch the video above to explore her process and discover this frequent flyer’s number one travel tip.

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