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25 Most Stylish Bostonians of 2008 -- Susanne Hatje

By Meaghan Agnew
Globe Correspondent / November 18, 2008
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Susanne Hatje

Job: General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Boston

Residence: Back Bay

Age: 38

How would you describe your personal style? I think it is constantly evolving based on my travels and the different cultures I visit. It's a blend of the classic with hints of the modern - blending the past with the sleek styles of the 21st century. I was actually thinking about Coco Chanel and her quote, "Fashion fades, only style remains the same." I couldn't agree more.

What is always in your suitcase when you travel? I always pack my black Prada suits, and I always have flat Chanel ballerinas with me and some high heels. And something that can easily combine with evening wear - from accessories to a bag to a necklace to a fun leather jacket to throw on top.

You came to Boston from Hong Kong. How has your style changed? I have a much more intensive winter wardrobe! I had to become this little Eskimo and get the different boots - the warm boots and the boots that work in the wet, snowy weather - and the warm hat that still looks proper. But it was fun. It gave me an opportunity to start a winter line [wardrobe] for myself.

What does Boston offer fashion-wise that Hong Kong does not? In Hong Kong you have all the major luxury brands represented and all the flagship stores. What you have in Boston are the boutiques - the little designer stores where you can find very unique pieces and accessories to fun up your wardrobe.

What has been your greatest shopping discovery in here thus far? I like the boutiques in the South End - they're always evolving and changing. For fast and efficient shopping, it's more the Neiman, the Saks, the Barneys. They're close by, and I'm not normally the person who spends hours trying things on. I go, I see it, I try it, it fits, and that works well for me.

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