As Hong Kong’s renowned lifestyle diva, successful entrepreneur and international tastemaker, Bonnae Gokson is thrilled to be launching her first deluxe coffee table book globally, Butterflies and All Things Sweet on 9 September at JOYCE in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing followed by the New York launch on 22 October to be hosted byRalph Lauren at his 888 Madison Store.
Anticipated to be one of the most successful coffee table books launched this year, Ms. Gokson’s Butterflies and All Things Sweet can only be described as a visual masterpiece. Taking her loyal following on a journey to the roots of her creativity which have enabled her visionary cake creations, Ms. Gokson has laid bare her passions, musings and ingenuity for all to see.
Fortunate to have enjoyed a privileged upbringing, having worked in the world of luxury fashion, lifestyle and hospitality, Ms. Gokson has been able to experience the finer things in life, from exquisite fashion and fine art to the most tasteful cuisine and diverse dining experiences. Ms. Gokson has travelled the world extensively, immersing herself fully into any given culture through style, music, cuisine and local customs. Her work has also enabled her to mix with some of the most influential designers that the fashion world has to offer, further honing her unique aesthetics and keen sense of style.
Ms. Gokson commented, ‘The cakes I create for my customers are like butterflies, here and then gone, devoured in a few sweet bites. This book is the story of my cakes. It’s my thinking cap in a visual form. Spools of brightly colored ribbons, the seeds of a pomegranate, a fragment of handmade lace that holds memories of my years in fashion, the petals of a peony: all these things inspire me to create cakes that give pleasure to my customers. My cakes are also the story of what’s important to me in my life. I value creativity and integrity. I’m fortunate to have had a lifetime of exposure to beautiful things all over the globe, from fine art to high fashion, and now, cakes are the medium in which I express all that I’ve absorbed and all that’s important to me.”
It is through this worldly exposure that Ms. Gokson has developed her rare-to-find eye to discern the good and the excellent from the mediocre and as a result, has nurtured this unique and creative talent. As an entrepreneur and vanguard in her chosen business, Bonnae Gokson is constantly coming up with ideas and concepts to bring new aesthetic experiences to her customers.
Suze Orman, America’s Top Financial Guru and multi award winner with ten Best NY Times Seller Books, commented, ‘If there were an Oscar, an Emmy or a Grammy for the best lifestyle guru in the world today, then without a doubt – Bonnae Gokson would win all three!’ Suze Orman, Personal Finance Expert and host of The Suze Orman Show.
When Ms. Gokson later embarked on her new ‘style’ venture, introducing her budding empire of ultra-glamorous décor and cuisine, including SEVVA, C’est La B and Ms B’s CAKERY to the society of Hong Kong, she did so in the most sought after locations. Considered by many as unique works of art, Ms. Gokson’s venues are constantly imitated.
‘Fashion that merges seamlessly with timeless style, accompanied by a taste which is also a visual feast designed to satisfy all the senses, are the hallmarks of my successful ventures’, says Ms. Gokson.
Ms. Gokson’s elder sister, Joyce Ma, fashion/lifestyle icon and founder of JOYCE, has also praised Ms. Gokson for her hard work and dedication. ‘I am so proud of Bonnae. She is very hardworking and very very creative. You can see it in her book which will take you to another magical world. In our day and age, her book is what will make us to appreciate beautiful things and love them.’
Fellow arbiters of style also find Bonnae’s creativity peerless. America’s Colin Cowie, events and wedding planner extraordinaire, named Bonnae “The Queen of Confections” and featured her works on his website.
Renowned publications around the world have also commented on Ms. Gokson’s creative outlets including SEVVA, having personally visited the interior and tried the sumptuous menus.
‘SEVVA… an outdoor terrace that throbs year round.’
– The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, UK
‘Possibly the best and definitely the biggest roof-top bar in Hong Kong, SEVVA’s L-shaped deck is constantly heaving with beautiful revellers.’
– Monocle, UK voted SEVVA as the best roof-top bar in Hong Kong
‘Very cool furniture and fantastic music. The food is excellent … from the Asian menu and there is a European menu too.”
– Financial Times
‘SEVVA offers a stylishly appointed terrace … cocktails are refreshing and well-made… lounging with the well-heeled local and jet-setting crowd.’
– International Herald Tribune
In addition, CNN International has hailed SEVVA as one of the top 50 restaurants and bars in the world, whilst the globally recognised title, Conde Nast Traveler USA commented,
‘SEVVA, a 360-degree-view rooftop lounge with two elegant dining rooms, immediately became the city’s go-to eatery, with an eclectic menu featuring jumbo Indian dosas filled with Italian cheese, and Chinese clay pots with crackling rice.’
Each establishment reflects Ms. Gokson’s personality, style and acute sense of taste. Not afraid to move with the times, Ms. Gokson has created a fashion statement through her stylish venues, which has ensured loyal custom and worldwide acclaim.
‘Although trends change quickly on the vibrant Hong Kong restaurant scene SEVVA has kept its reputation as one of the fashionable destinations in Hong Kong’.
– Hautecompass, New York
Ms. Gokson has cemented her own iconic status through her personal achievements and is now recognised as one of the “Women of our Time’’ by the South China Morning Post whilst also being recognised as one of China’s “Top 100 Outstanding Women” by the China Association of Women Entrepreneurs.
Butterflies and All Things Sweet welcomes admirers of Ms. Gokson and her successful ventures to follow on a global journey of inspiration and visions leading to the exquisite cakes.
The deluxe edition will retail at HK$1,250 which will include the special packaging of a perspex box. Available in book stores worldwide, Ms. Gokson’s book can be purchased from SEVVA,Ms B’s CAKERY, C’est La B (Tai Hang/Pacific Place/Harbour City), JOYCE Hong Kong and Kowloon in addition to Eslite, Page One and Kelly and Walsh.
Butterflies and All Thing Sweet is the perfect gift for the holiday season!
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