Zoey Goto | Journalist & Feature Writer

Interview Feature in GQ, August issue

Here is my interview with the Olympic equestrian sportsman Alex Hua Tian, out in this month’s GQ China. Alex was born in London to a Chinese father and British mother and started horse riding aged just four years old. In 2008, he was the youngest equestrian rider to compete at the Olympic Games in Beijing. The 25 year old is now the only Chinese event rider competing internationally. Last year Alex also became the brand ambassador for Gieves & Hawkes, one of the world’s oldest bespoke tailors.

I enjoyed a breakfast meeting at Cecconi’s with Alex, where we discussed his collection of horses, the best places to eat in Hong Kong and his early experiences of tailoring. We then went across the road to the Gieves & Hawkes store, where he was having a fitting for his first bespoke tailcoat and show jumping jacket (there is a photo of this on the final page). Alex says that the beauty of bespoke is that ‘it feels like a piece of sculpture, but I find that the real joy is in the process; it’s the personal relationship with the tailor and being able to watch this piece take shape over the course of the fittings that is really exciting’.