Fashion, Portfolio, Tech

WATCH: My Samsung Gear IconX Campaign!

Finally, the cat’s out of the bag! I’m so happy to announce that I’ve partnered up with my friends over at Samsung Canada as an official brand ambassador and face of their new Gear IconX campaign! Over the course of a few days, I worked with their team to showcase what I do on the daily, whether that includes going for a quick run in-between meetings, visiting a designer showroom or producing a photo shoot. The campaign was built around the concept of “rhythm” and capturing what that looks like within the context of being a creative consultant. Certainly, no one day is ever the same, which makes my job a mixture of chaos and excitement — things that I thrive off of in the fast-paced work hard, play hard lifestyle that Toronto embodies.

Within this concept, we highlighted Samsung’s new wireless earbuds, the Gear IconX, as the perfect device for someone who is constantly on the go. For me, tangled earphones are one of life’s big annoyances. What I love about the Gear IconX is that they’re seamless and subtle, integrating easily into my lifestyle. For someone who is always plugged in, whether I’m listening to music at the gym or my favourite podcast on the way to work, I couldn’t ask for a more convenient mobile device that accommodates my everyday routine.

Take a look below at some photos from the shoot and let me know what you think or if you have any questions about the Gear IconX!

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#travelwithLance, Sports

24 Hours in Montreal with the National Bank of Canada and Rogers Cup

201607071299497994Tennis has always been a sport that I have admired. From its rich history to its ultra-prep status, it is something that I’ve always wanted to be more involved with. Last summer, a few friends and I decided to teach ourselves how to play the sport as a way to get outside and learn something new. While we’re certainly no Federer or Nadal, regular weekend practices have finally got us to a point where we can at least have a few good rallies and not totally embarrass ourselves. Consistency is key, my friends!

Continuing with the tradition, it’s that time of the year again where Canada’s premiere tennis competition, Rogers Cup, draws near. With Milos Raonic’s advancement to the Wimbledon finals recently (the first time a Canadian male to ever play for a Grand Slam title), tennis is very much a part of the Canadian dialogue this summer, along with all the great activities and celebrations surrounding the sport.

A few weeks ago, I was invited by the National Bank of Canada on a 24-hour trip to Montreal to celebrate tennis and the upcoming Rogers Cup. Together, with a really great group of friends from Toronto, we joined in on an exclusive private party alongside some of Montreal’s top creative talent, including an art collaboration by pénélope et chloë and Etienne Dufresne and DJ Ryan Hemsworth. Continue Reading…

Fashion, Portfolio

New Work: The Midas Touch

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From Bay St. Bull Spring 2016

Direction: Lance Chung

Photography: Jeffrey Carlson

Styling: Jo Jin

While steel and titanium will always remain perennial favourites, luxury timepieces are making a return to gold as the latest standard in the world of horology. Much evolved from from the garish iterations of the past, today’s variety are refined, striking and ready to make an impact. (Above: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41 mm Chronograph, price available upon request) Continue Reading…

Culture, Music

CONTEST: AIR MILES DETOUR is Bringing Meghan Trainor to a Small Town Near You

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Music has always been something that I’ve had a special bond with. Like many of life’s great joys, it has a unique way of uniting people over shared emotions and experiences. Not many people know this, but I grew up playing a few instruments. Music was a way to escape and also taught me discipline, whether it was through music classes in school (where I played the alto saxophone) or ten years of piano lessons at home. I also had a brief stint taking vocal lessons to pursue my dreams of being a pop star, but that’s another story.

Growing up in a small town, I would always envy the larger metropolitan cities across Canada and their access to vibrant creative community, including some of the world’s biggest entertainers and musical artists. The few opportunities that I had to see acts like Britney Spears or the Backstreet Boys (gosh, I miss the 90’s) were absolutely surreal experiences. Pop icons in the living flesh! Breathing the same air as me! Needless to say, they’re memories that I will never forget.

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Thankfully, one lucky small town will have the opportunity to bring a big act to them! I’ve partnered up with my friends over at AIR MILES to help them spread the word about DETOUR, a new music program launched by the AIR MILES Reward Program in conjunction with Live Nation. They’re bringing Grammy Award winner, Meghan Trainor, to a small community in Canada that embodies the spirit and passion of music. Those communities include: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; Morin-Heights, Quebec; Mulmur, Ontario; Nelson, British Columbia and Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia.

Voting is done by collecting Miles at participating AIR MILES Partners, where one vote for every one mile (if you’re not an Air Miles collector, you can sign up for your own account at www.airmiles.ca). Continue Reading…

#travelwithLance, Culture

How to Staycation Like A Pro

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As a young professional working in a very fast-paced city and industry, I thrive on being busy. Perhaps technology can be partly to blame for this, but my short attention span requires constant stimulation that is, for better or worse, remedied via a task list that is often long and winding.

But even for someone that loves to be kept on his toes, I’ll admit that I am often left feeling exhausted and stretched thin. In many regards, the life of a creative is full of peaks and valleys, and for those moments when you’ve reached a deficit in energy and motivation, a recharge is often necessary. I don’t do it as much as I should, but I’ve come to realize that for many of the priorities in my life, scheduling and making concrete plans is the most effective way of making sure my goals are reached. Blocking off your schedule assigns a finite amount of time to a task, which helps to avoid distractions that I would otherwise succumb to with a less structured approach. That includes everything from going to the gym to editing a story for the magazine that I work for, right down to relaxation. And before you say anything, yes, actually marking down time in your schedule to relax is more necessary than you might think. There will always be tasks that need to be completed and errands that need to be run, but having downtime for yourself is just as important. If you’re like me, however, having a vague plan to relax inevitably results in the opposite. Blocking off that time to recoup is a way to re-establish your equilibrium.

Recently, I was put on to the idea of trying out a staycation. To me, the idea of going to a hotel within my own city has never been that appealing, mostly for the reason that I’d rather just stay within the comforts of my own home than go through the fuss of packing and staying somewhere else.

As it turns out, they’re actually great.

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Recently, my friends over at Toronto’s Shangri-La hotel invited me over to experience what a great staycation should be like. Having gone through it, I can understand the appeal. For today’s modern professional, planning a getaway outside of the city can sometimes be more stress than it’s worth. Precious amounts of time are put towards planning, and then furthermore traveling to and from a destination. When you have to accommodate a schedule that only allows you to get away for a few days, every hour counts. Why spend that in transit? Furthermore, the amount of money that you put towards travel expenses could be put to better use via a beautiful dinner or spa treatment within the walls of a great hotel in your home city.

Naturally, the opportunity to stay at one of the city’s most luxurious hotels was one that appealed to me. Should you decide to take a staycation of your own, here are a few things that I’ve learned from my trip to the Shangri-La hotel that you should consider. Continue Reading…

Music

On Repeat: Make It Work by Majid Jordan

Majid JordanIt’s NBA All-Star Weekend here in Toronto, and as usual there is no shortage of places to be and people to see here in the city. The other day, I took in the Majid Jordan show at the SoHo House and have not been able to stop listening to them since! For those of you who have yet to discover them, they are a Canadian duo comprised of Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman under Drake’s OVO Sound label with Noah “40” Shebib and Oliver El-Khatib.

Check out “Make It Work” below, and the rest of their work over at the Majid Jordan YouTube channel or SoundCloud account.

Fashion, In Good Company, Portfolio

New Work: Meghan Markle Suits Up

Bay St. Bull Lance Chung Meghan Markle 2From Bay St. Bull. Photography by Janick Laurent.

Meghan Markle is many things. You may know her as a beautiful paralegal on Suits, but outside of the hit TV show, she’s a curious soul that has been busy laying down the foundations of an empire based on living a meaningful, enlightened life. In an era where authenticity is constantly in question, Meghan and her lifestyle brand, The Tig, are keeping things real by focusing on what matters: great people, great experiences and great conversations. Here, the actress and self-proclaimed foodie talks about fashion, how to build a personal brand and the bond between her and her cast mates.
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Culture, In Good Company, Portfolio

In Good Company: Will Cannabis Become the New Luxury Frontier? A Word with Tokyo Smoke’s Alan Gertner

 

Lance Chung Bay St. Bull Cannabis Tokyo Smoke Alan GertnerFrom Bay St. Bull Winter 2015/2016 issue. Photography by Jesse Milns.

With the legalization of cannabis in the not too distant future, it’s unsurprising that entrepreneurs have recognized a lucrative business opportunity in a market on the brink of skyrocketing success. It’s uncharted territory, and they are the pioneers. But while many have focused their efforts on legally offering a product that is, more or less, already available on the market, there has been little mention of those who are seeking to offer an elevated experience around the misunderstood plant.

Enter: Alan Gertner.

Gertner sees things a little differently. He aims to bring beauty to cannabis in a time where perception and stigma are swiftly shifting. A quick browse through his LinkedIn page will show a professional pedigree that ranges from stints at financial institutions to being a senior associate of Global Business Strategy at Google. And then there is his most recent and current position at Tokyo Smoke, where the only description under his title of CEO is: “Building a disruptive luxury collective.”

It’s a simple statement, but one that captures the Toronto native’s ambition to weave cannabis into the fabric of our lives as a luxury experience via beautiful design and exceptional quality. The question that begs now is not if, but when cannabis will enter the luxury market. Continue Reading…