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Happy Christmas Hai Society! We know that, once again, this wasn't the necessarily the big shiny pre-unprecedented times Christmas we were all wishing for. But we hope that through the madness you found, some love (via irl hugs or zoom calls), a meal that filled you with contentment (homemade or delivered to your door), maybe the odd silky Hai treasure sitting cosily under your tree, and most importantly, some moments of joy, big or small, that will carry you into 2022 with warmth in your hearts.

As a boxing day treat we'd like to introduce you to one of the most exciting floral artists (florist really doesn't cut it in this instance) we've come across in the last year. Meet Julia Duong, a.k.a Galerie Navy. We first became aware of Julia after being left mesmerised by the dazzling floral sets she created for the recent womenswear show of London based fashion brand, Kiko Kostadinov, earlier this year. Despite holding claim to previous aversion to the botanic world (accidentally killing all the plants in her uncle's restaurant), a short spurt spent volunteering at a florists in 2021, saw Berlin hailing, London based Julia discover an *ahem* blossoming talent for floral artistry. Following this, Julia bounced onto Instagram in Spring with her eye-catching floral arrangements (available for local delivery) that combine a Japanese ikebana style of floristry with a compellingly hued retro aesthetic. Far from feeling inaccessible and overly curated, Julia's genuine and playful nature shines through in the captions and collages she shares with her community, and we are so excited to let you in on one of London's best kept floral secrets.

Julia sat down for a quick chat with us before taking her Puff Gina for a few days of festive fun in the countryside...

Hai julia!

Hey :-)

What do you do?

I’m a floral designer !

Where do you consider home?

Home is where my heart is. And that’s when I lay on my boyfriends chest lol. No but it’s definitely London for me! I left Berlin for good and started a new journey here all by myself. Just like that. 

Young wild and free baby!

Where do you want to travel soon? 

Id love to go back to Hawaii. It’s a magical place! People are so chilled and food is great! I love fish and the ahi poke is just the original!

What was your dream job as a child?

I wanted to become a Popstar like Britney Spears! Love her.

How, or where do you go to find inspiration?

I don’t really look for inspiration. I think it’s just memories and pictures that are in my head from when I grew up. I get inspired by music, visuals and details throughout my life.

I never made it as a photographer. I always wanted to share my visuals. But have finally found my passion for flowers and that’s what I do now. I put my creativity into flowers! :-)

Do you have a film that you keep coming back to?

I don’t think so! But I like HER.

What’s the biggest risk that you’ve taken?

Lots of risks. Once I went to LA with only 120$. I ended up making friends with people in the hostel. I couldn’t afford a hotel at the end of my time so I slept at the airport. It was tough but I like to take risks because that’s the kind of person I am. I can’t always live with a plan. I like to be super spontaneous and young wild and free!

Is there any particular outfit or item of clothing you’ve worn that holds a special place in your memory?

It’s a black top from the 90s that my mum used to always wear. And I wear it now. This top brings up memories and also looks classic and sexy! :) hehe

Where are you going to take your Hai next?

To the next night out with my boyfriend at a jazz bar! (if we ever make it)

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Hai julia!

Hey :-)

What do you do?

I’m a floral designer !

Where do you consider home?

Home is where my heart is. And that’s when I lay on my boyfriends chest lol. No but it’s definitely London for me! I left Berlin for good and started a new journey here all by myself. Just like that. 

Young wild and free baby!

Where do you want to travel soon? 

Id love to go back to Hawaii. It’s a magical place! People are so chilled and food is great! I love fish and the ahi poke is just the original!

What was your dream job as a child?

I wanted to become a Popstar like Britney Spears! Love her.

How, or where do you go to find inspiration?

I don’t really look for inspiration. I think it’s just memories and pictures that are in my head from when I grew up. I get inspired by music, visuals and details throughout my life.

I never made it as a photographer. I always wanted to share my visuals. But have finally found my passion for flowers and that’s what I do now. I put my creativity into flowers! :-)

Do you have a film that you keep coming back to?

I don’t think so! But I like HER.

What’s the biggest risk that you’ve taken?

Lots of risks. Once I went to LA with only 120$. I ended up making friends with people in the hostel. I couldn’t afford a hotel at the end of my time so I slept at the airport. It was tough but I like to take risks because that’s the kind of person I am. I can’t always live with a plan. I like to be super spontaneous and young wild and free!

Is there any particular outfit or item of clothing you’ve worn that holds a special place in your memory?

It’s a black top from the 90s that my mum used to always wear. And I wear it now. This top brings up memories and also looks classic and sexy! :) hehe

Where are you going to take your Hai next?

To the next night out with my boyfriend at a jazz bar! (if we ever make it)

@GalerieNavy