Valerie Luu and Andria Lo
Creators of Chinatown Pretty
Photos by Maria del Rio
If you haven't already seen the images, do yourself a favor and follow Chinatown Pretty. What began as a blog and instagram account documenting and celebrating the street style of chinatown seniors, this year became a beautiful book published by Chronicle. It shares the eclectic style and stories of Chinatown seniors as well as the histories of six North American Chinatowns in which they reside.
We met up with founders Valerie Luu and Andria Lo in San Francisco's iconic Chinatown to see some of their favorite spots, and find out more about their project. As we wandered the neighborhood they pointed out places with tasty eats, the best shop to find vintage deadstock tourist tees, and how the neighborhood was finding ways to adapt to the year- an ornate banquet hall turned temporary grocery store. We learned about how the project was so much more than just an appreciation of street style, it was an appreciation of the rich cultures and stories behind the people they met and the Chinatowns they visited.