Shauna Mei is the founder and CEO of AHAlife.com, an innovative global social/e-commerce media company. She says she started AHAlife.com after realizing that many of the best products from all over the world were not globally available to consumers. She is also the founder of Mobius Strip, LLC, a company dedicated to creating responsible, inspiring and profitable businesses at the intersection between fashion, design and life’s experiences. Her clientsincluded Starwood Hotel Group, Casall, Vivienne Tam and Nooka. Prior to Mobius Strip, Shauna co-founded Aronsson Group, a luxury fashion investment and advisory firm, with Jeffry Aronsson (former CEO of Donna Karan International, Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta), where they invested and advised many companies from fashion brands to trading companies. Originally from Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China, she is fluent in Chinese and English and currently resides in New York.
Where were you born ?
Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China
How long in New york:
I’ve been here off and on since 2005. I just moved back this year after a two year stint in Stockholm, Sweden but I don’t think I’ve ever NOT been to NYC at least once a month even when I lived in Europe.
Work on Bond Street, live in Union Square
Founder and CEO of curated luxury shopping discovery site: www.AHAlife.com
After all these years, hands down Il Buco still.
I die for the 500 times massaged octopus at 15 East
Best Ethnic Food:
Gam Mi Oak in Koreatown
Best place for late night dining:
Blue Ribbon Brasserie
Alta has a great Chocolate Malted Semifreddo
Best place for a romantic date:
outside of NYC, the Point
Best Sunday brunch:
I always have tons of fun doing Kingswood Brunches.
I go the Summit for the best cocktails in the city, but I’m not much of a club person.
Best place for a power business meeting:
Bowery Hotel lobby, it’s my 2nd office
All-around favorite spot in New york:
Bond Street… I love everything, the people, the stores, my office, the restaurants.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
It’s a secret... but Lafayette House (attached to Bowery Hotel but quiet and big rooms)
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Reformation on Ludlow for redesigned vintage
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
summer time Perry Street vintage street fair
10th street bath house, I love the Russian Room in the winter
Favorite Charity Event:
AmFar (American Foundation for AIDS Research)
Favorite Cultural Event:
Artisan’s event that Renaud Dutriel of LVMH had this past summer together with Parson on Governor’s Island. I felt like I lived in the 1950’s in the South.
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Best Aspect of New york:
The people and all the wonderful, intimate parties where you can meet people and engage in a conversation so quickly and so deeply. We have them at AHAlife.com. We have monthly parties at our Bond Street Loft each month themed around different topics. This month we’re featuring photographer Gilles Bensimon and the artist Trong
Not a steak house per se, but I love Daniel’s steak.
I love my thin crust at Pulino’s
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
I work out at Clay now but Peak Performance is my favorite place for a fierce workout
Kenkodo Shiatsu in midtown
Marina Abramovic at the MOMA this year
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: