Tommy Lei Combines Personal Flair and Visuals to Tell a Story
Written By: Taylor Gorski
Photographed By: Matt Misisco MYBELONGING
Tommy Lei—the creator, founder and mind behind MYBELONGING—knows a thing or two about style. “The art of merging style and personal identity through a visual dialogue about high fashion and lifestyle,” is what Lei calls Styletelling. Working with brands such as Fendi, Louis Vuitton and Audi, Lei has made his mark in the creative and fashion worlds.
Name: Tommy Lei
Job Title: Styleteller, Consultant, Heart Whisperer, Real Estate Dabbler, Home Staging Enthusiast
Camp-Collar Crinkled-Cotton Shirt
“I have a tendency to live in basics that I can dress up or down depending on the weather or occasion. COS makes pieces that are livable, breathable and accessible—like this shirt!”
Crossbody Belt Bag MYBELONGING
“I’ve been repping Fendi back when I first started investing in luxury goods in my wardrobe. It’s an indulgent statement that is both functional and timeless.”
Halyard Hans Wegner-inspired Lounge Chair
“This Rove Concepts lounge chair is a remarkable replica of the Hans Wegner original. It’s also super comfy to boot.”
Dual Sided Hat MYBELONGING
“I’ve collected Bailey Hats over the years, and this one is my favorite in particular. It’s totally season-less, in my opinion, but a straw hat really is ideal anywhere that is nearly tropical and sunny everyday. I have worn this on many travel excursions, from Costa Rica to the Bahamas to Mexico City. The design is what sets this Bailey hat above the rest!”
Stagg EKG Kettle
“The best kettle, without a doubt, is by Fellow. Unlike any other, this one allows you to control the temperature of the water to the degree. Perfect for coffee pour-overs or a specific tea brews when you’re in need of a pick me up.”
Isamu Noguchi Table (by Herman Miller)
“A Noguchi table has been high on my wish list for my first real home for a long time. It’s an iconic table that comes with a swivel wooden base that looks good at any angle. Smitten!”
“My dear friend, Fong Min Liao, is a homegrown artist whose body of work stems from the heart and nothing more. I’ve loved her take on organic forms and how they relate to self-growth (and identity).”
Fong Min Liao
$500 per print (although a commission will start at $3,000 and up)
A Creative Outlet
“I started MYBELONGING as a creative outlet from my exhausting career as a publicist. It was purely a dialogue about how our material investments become a blueprint of our personal style and identity,” says Lei.
Fashion Lover MYBELONGING
“MYBELONGING was initially more of a review site that covered my luxury and designer investments before it became a personal style blog. Nowadays, I am going with the flow. I am grateful that I can do my storytelling in a way that feels organic and evolved to me,” says Lei.
Taylor is a graduate from the University of Southern California with a degree in journalism. She is our Los Angeles and Orange County editor. You can find her dining at a new restaurant, in the ocean or planning her next adventure. Say hello!