They call them typhoons, Supreme Winds. When they howl into Hong Kong at 180 miles per hour, there isn't a hope in heaven or hell of stopping them. The same might be said of Joyce Ma. Serenely chic yet driven, she is a woman who possesses that uncanny stillness, the calm found only at the very eye of such storms.
She is unique. Period. Unique in her role as a pioneer and prophet, a visionairy who foresaw a future for international fashion in Hong Kong back in 1969. The first to create a market where virtually no market existed before (and the only one to corner it), Ma now owns 22 boutiques in Hong Kong alone—boutiques that distribute on an exclusive franchise basis the work of practically every designer known to man and, of course, woman, from Armani, Missoni, Mugler, Donna Karan, and Dolce & Gabbana to Jil Sander, Romeo Gigli, Prada, Martin Margiela, Todd Oldham, and Calvin Klein.