Check it out. This week, Lane Crawford’s collaborative arm, BLITZ, just received a whole shipment of the lastest and hottest selection of Men’s and Women’s Slippers (of the Prince Albert variety), from preppy American shoe brand, Stubbs & Wootton. Founded 20 years ago by Percy Steinhart, the brand is now getting revved up for quite a global presence, even though the shoe has only been available in the brand’s own stores in New York City and Palm Beach, as well as a few select online outlets like Mr. Porter and J.Crew.
Fantastical Taiwanese-American illustrator/artist, James Jean, was in town recently to promote his new line of Women’s jewelry and accessories, OVM.
JJ (James Jean) x JJ at Library Cafe, October 25th, 2012. I was trying to show him how to sketch over our picture on my new Samsung Galaxy Note 2. (via theW+ Instagram)
For comic book geek fans out, James began his career at DC Comics illustrating almost 100 covers for the acclaimed graphic series, Fables, a comic based on the dysfunctional lives of our beloved Fairy Tale characters from Disney who has since grown up as adults living in New York City. Of course, I’m a big comic book geek myself so i’m an extremely huge fan.
No so little Red Riding Hood. (via SCENE360)
Lane Crawford’s BLITZ is exclusively carrying the OVM line online and in-store. But the Lane Crawford location in Harbour City has something extra special… it’s got the James Jean touch.
Made especially as a special project for the store, James spent a few days illustrating a new concept about a fairy nymph named, Wellym (Velum) who has spent many lifetimes trying to make a home out of a glass box in the forest. This glass box is the quintessential BLITZ gallery space in the middle of the store, and the character is depicted in white brush strokes encasing the box.
In true James Jean fashion, the composition of the works reflects his constant use of a layering of characters over multiple backdrops. BLITZ’s glass box was a perfect canvas for lines and text float freely over scarves, gifts, transparent plastic bags, and jewelry.
A few product shots… The Bone Necklace in Blue.
The Butterfly Bangle.
Butterfly Pierce Earrings.
The Mother and Child Pierce.
Check out the video here.
One of the biggest challenges in general may have to be working with kids.
A bigger challenge than working with kids is probably working with kids a day after a major party, ie. our Brew&Post launch. But since proceeds of the sales from mama kid’s collaboration with BLITZ Lane Crawford goes to the Hong Kong chapter of the Ronald McDonald House… and the fact that I actually get to build paper airplanes (instead of buildings ala my day job), I was excited about being invited at all to work with kids for a day to teach them how to fold these seemingly easy paper plane designs.
(Okay they were easy… but one wrong fold and then you’re dead meat.)
mama kid is a lifestyle boutique for children in Central Hong Kong with fashion and accessories targeted at newborns to kids 8 years of age. The store is a quirky Kapok-style shop for so-called “fashion savvy” kids. Although I doubt that kids have anything to do with their own “fashion savvy-ness” (that’s a hipster parent’s job), that said, the pop-up at BLITZ sold items I myself would have bought for me at this and any age.
I mean check out this cool paper boat. So neat.
Things I would have bought for myself… this book titled, All My Friends Are Dead, by Avery Monsen and Jory John, which is a funny/poignant lesson on life’s positives and negatives. A few days later I went back to look for it, but it was sold out.
I’m always up for knick-knacks buried deep within candy jars…
Love these Je T’aime New York Totes.
I dig these mini SUPERGA’s.
I would have bought everything.
Anyway, now time for Saturday Morning, Avions de Papier.
BLITZ asked to see if I wanted to teach a class on folding paper airplanes since I practice as an architect… I really wished folding paper airplanes all day equated to the work I did because if that really was the case, I would be feeling ZEN the whole week. (Actually I DONT wish that was the case considering the grim reality of architecture in other parts of the world.)
The book has loads of planes, but due to Children’s attention spans, we only folded three plane types. We were given a stack of cheat sheets with color coded lines so me and the kids could be on the “same page”.
Besides some minor freak outs…
It was a fun way to spend the morning as it turns out.
Polly Lam also taught the kids to YOYO LIKE A PRO
Everyone was inspired.
The value of sharing and giving back to the community is imparted to children via an activity-filled day organized for kids aged 2 to 8 years old. Volunteer professionals and enthusiasts shared how-to’s and tips through fun workshops such as yo-yo, scoubidou, story-telling and origami amongst others on it’s launch date. All children invited included children from the Ronald McDonald House. A portion of all sale proceeds will also be donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Participants included theWanderlister+, Art Space, Polly Lam, Matt Abergel, Li Ting, Sean MacFarlane, Peter Yule, the Kid’s Gallery.
The mama kid pop up with BLITZ is available at Lane Crawford Canton Road for a Limited Period of Time.
This past week the house of Carrera, a heritage brand made famous for their sunglasses, made a grand debut into Hong Kong via a collaborative push with Lane Crawford’s BLITZ team to exhibit choice pieces from the House’s extensive archive of sunglasses.
The archive is located in BLITZ’ glass box adjacent to The Library CAFE on the ground floor for Lane Crawford in Harbour City. The BLITZ initiative by Lane Crawford is a way for the brand to extend its reach via experimental collaborations which go beyond Lane Crawford’s core business.
That said, its limited edition capsule collection with Carrera, which consists of two new kinds of shades, doesn’t go too far beyond fashion, but, the styles are a departure from Carrera’s iconic aviator-esque sun glass profile in lieu of a more modern shade, called the Carrera 6000, which hark back to an earlier version it produced in the 90’s. Also on display in the glass box.
For Business to Pleasure, the Carrera 6000, exclusive with BLITZ comes in a matte white finish (my #JJStyle Pick) and a crystal black.
Only a limited 30 pieces of each are to be sold at the store and online at LaneCrawford.com since Friday.
I love this Instagram photo I took at the exhibition’s launch with my very own pair. Denise of SUPERWOWOMG has the black pair.
My ex-muse (because she has a boyfriend), now Carrera girl, Khanh-Linh, was gracious enough to tour me around the archives. It was really impressive.
Heritage and craft, at the Carrera studios.
I really wish that they would start re-producing some of the archives. Actually the Carrera 6000 is a reproduction… see below.
These are the ones I want them to reproduce:
I can definitely wear these more sportier versions above with a suit and some nice colored trousers.
The new collection is now available at the store and online which reflect the archives… like the Carrera 44 F/S below, which I think my friend Tania of TLIKEBUBBLETEA got.
This camouflage version is very Jason TOUGHLOVE.HK Style. It’s actually a patented material by Safilo (head company of Carrera) and also noncomedogenic, ie. non allergy.
I also really like this one. The Carrera 86. I just really need to get my game on to wear this.
The whole thing is very sporty. But I like how it’s translatable to more urban-chic look.
With Khanh-Linh and Fed Tan with their choice pairs.
VOGUE China editor’s, Grace Lam, and her husband, Jason, with their choice pieces. Fierce couple.
Yardbird’s Lindsay who catered the even with Chef May Chow at The Library Cafe with BLITZ’s Marika Nanni.
My Brew&Post girls, Christing C - Fashion Hedonism and Denise Lai SUPERWOWOMG.
BLITZ’s Kim Bui Kollar who is wearing a fabulous maternity dress. Expectant mothers take note.
The FED look.
The catering looked amazing. But I just couldn’t… I had another dinner planned the same night unfortunately.
Chef May Chow has done an amazing job with her catering business with Lindsay.
Hong Kong was so hot and sunny this past weekend. Carrera launched at the perfect time this year.