Privy Circle hosted the Monster Masquerade Ball at the swanky new downtown Los Angeles hotspot, The Reserve. Converted from a real prohibition-era bank vault, the sophisticated nightclub intertwines old-school distinction with modern decadence. Privy guests were treated to a special private grand opening of the Reserve, the eve before Halloween.
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Occupation: Actor, Producer, Director
Based in: Hong Kong, California
Last Education: University of Oregon
Daniel Wu chanced upon the Hollywood Dream overseas.
Born and raised in Northern California, Chinese American Wu originally went to Hong Kong in 1997 to witness the British handover back to China - and ended up having a successful film career in Asia for two decades. His foray into the industry was completely accidental. Wu was literally discovered, with no prior acting or Cantonese-language experience (he graduated with an architecture degree and grew up speaking Mandarin and Shanghainese), and thrust headlong into his first movie, “Bishonen,” as the lead.
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Occupation: Entrepreneur, Former Model
Based in: San Francisco
Last Education: University of California, Los Angeles
It started with a bánh mì sandwich.
Like any good entrepreneur, Misa Chien, the former co-owner of Nom Nom Truck, which specializes in those pork and picked veggie baguette sandwiches, would frequently check online reviews for her business. But when Chien couldn’t match the feedback—positive or negative—to her employees, she wondered why anyone hadn’t designed a way for patrons to leave employee-specific reviews. So with the former model’s customary pluck, she did it herself.
We were all devastated to learn about the earthquake that struck Nepal in April. The national disaster echoed other recent tragedies that were close to us, bringing to mind the catastrophic earthquakes of Japan and China. So last month, Privy threw another one of its cocktail fundraisers, Drinks ‘n’ Chatter (DnC), at Ebanos Crossing in Downtown LA to help raise money for International Medical Corps (IMC), to fund their mobile medical units on the ground in Nepal.
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Jenny Wu is a force to be reckoned with. So much, in fact, that the Privy member, fashion lawyer and blogger of good, bad, & fab was eyed by CBS and subsequently cast on The Amazing Race. This season, The Amazing Race has put a hefty spin on the usual partner dynamic that so many of its viewers identify with today: each contestant on the show is set up with a random partner of the opposite gender. The gorgeous and intelligent fashionista flexed some serious muscle this season by roughing it out in different challenges and navigating difficult communication with her teammate.
We had the privilege of interviewing this good, bad, and fab woman about her life leading up to this monumental moment on national television, her thoughts on love and dating, and what she’s up to next:
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Gallery ALL isn’t your typical art gallery. East meets West in a unique art setting, and with one location in Los Angeles and a second in Beijing, Gallery ALL introduces Chinese and international artists to a steady stream of curators, artists and designers through special events that highlight art and design. The founders of Gallery ALL personally select and showcase the talents of Chinese art both in Beijing and abroad, and recently held an event featuring designs by Naihan Li and Zhoujie Zhang.
We recently had the opportunity to chat with two of the creative minds behind Gallery ALL: Co-Founder Yu Wang, an architect/designer and real estate developer (who founded the gallery with business partner Qingyun Ma, an internationally renowned architect and Dean at the USC School of Architecture), as well as Xiao Lu, the gallery's Managing Partner who is an expert in international PR and marketing. Yu Wang and Xiao Lu took time out from jet-setting between the LA and Beijing spaces to talk with Privy about their inspiration, recent events, artists, and the difference between the L.A. and Beijing art scenes.
If you type the word “Ireland” in Google, you’re likely to a find a flurry of leprechauns, red heads, and four leaf clovers. If instead you type “Korea” then you’ll stumble across images of K-Pop idols, Samsung phones, and fermented cabbage. So why on earth would anyone include the words Irish and Korean in the same sentence? These seemingly distinct and distant countries have more in common than you think. From their turbulent countries, to the love of booze, and all the way to their delectable pancakes, Ireland and South Korea are alike in more ways than one.
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In Fall 2014, The Privy Groupe, together with event partner Chase, launched Perfect Pairs, a series of bespoke culinary experiences that brought together the diverse flavors of Chinese cuisine, and expertly-crafted and premium quality wines.
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For the holidays, giving was better than receiving for the attendees of the 2nd Annual “Moment of Charity” Christmas Charity Gala, an event that was co-sponsored by Privy Groupe.
New Year's Eve is all about looking forward, but Privy did the unexpected and whirled guests back in time fora spectacular Prohibition Era bash. For Privy New Years Rockin' Eve 2015 guests were invited to anultra secretive spot in Hollywood for a sinfully swinging Speakeasy-style celebration. Back in the 1920s, liquor was illegal and could only be enjoyed in hidden "speakeasies" accessible solely with secret passwords.