06/03/2018 05:37 SAST | Updated 06/03/2018 09:36 SAST

14 Chinatown Seniors With More Swag Than Anyone You Know

"There's a certain je ne sais quoi in Chinatown seniors' style," says photographer Valerie Luu.

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For the coolest style, look no farther than your local Chinatown.

On their Instagram account Chinatown Pretty, Valerie Luu and Andria Lo showcase the bold looks of senior citizens in Chinatowns across the U.S. (but mostly in their hometown of San Francisco). Oftentimes, the seniors are just on their way to the grocery store, but that doesn't stop them from dressing to the nines.

Take, for instance, Buck Chew, a 96-year-old with a collection of impeccably tailored suits and more than 40 ties. (He has an equally cute "wife-fu" who's been profiled on the site, too.)

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Many of Buck's ties are from Macau, where he worked as an accountant and abacus master before moving to the U.S. in 1983.

Then there's Angie No Good, a colourful character Luu and Lo discovered on Grant Street in San Francisco and posted to their account. His black cap is covered with enamel pins from his travels around the world.

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Angie No Good, with his punk rock swagger.

Luu, who started the blog with Lo in 2014, told HuffPost that Buck and Angie are perfect examples of the effortlessly cool characters they see in Chinatown.

"There's a certain je ne sais quoi in Chinatown seniors' style," she said. "It often involves outfits that play with bold colours, patterns and handmade or customised clothing and accessories. Pieces that shouldn't really work together, that clash or are from different eras, end up having their own unique harmony."

Luu, a second-generation Asian-American, said the storytelling element ― many of the seniors they've profiled talk about the hardships they faced when they immigrating to the U.S. ― is just as important as the fashion.

"We hope our project will create a better understanding and connection to Chinatown seniors, their immigration story, values and, of course, their style," she said. "At the very least, we hope our project makes people smile."

It's certainly making the seniors featured on the page smile. Polkadot, a woman with a wardrobe to match her nickname, told Luu she could get used to being internet famous.

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Dorothy G.C. Quock got the nickname Polkadot at Cameron House, a Presbyterian family and youth organization in Chinatown. There was another girl named Dorothy, so the headmaster called her Polkadot.

"Polkadot likes to joke that Chinatown Pretty has given her a seventh career as model," Luu told us. "But seriously, someone should hire her; she's total model material and makes her own five-piece leopard-print outfits to boot."

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Polkadot was born in 1934 in San Francisco's Chinatown to a family of nine.

See more impressive ensembles below. You can follow Chinatown Pretty on Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr.