On March 9th, Artist / Hong Kong Lover / Social Activist / Urban Farmer / Bee Keeper, Michael Leung (interviewed here before on Wanderlister.com) invited Hong Kong’s creative communities including us to help spread the work, donate, and make noise for The Night Market Project 夜好趁墟行動 initiative located in Sham Shui Po, one of Hong Kong’s poorest urban districts.
Apparently an informal night market has been in operation there, and for those of us who live and work closer to Central and Tsim Sha Tsui, we just wouldn’t know about the night markets because no one goes to Sham Shui Po on Saturday nights. In fact Sham Shui Po makes it to guidebooks because of its largely consumer-based IT/Computer parts and products wastelands located in several commercial buildings.
For the most part, with over 1,000 people RSVPing for to The Night Market Project on facebook, either to donate works or buy items, it can be said the test “project” was a success. Leung wanted the creative communities to discover these markets and what they sold and to be generally cognizant of the existence of these urban operations. That said, this is no Bangkok Railway Antiques Market like in my previous posts, the items sold here are 2nd hand household things, clothes, hot goods, fakes, and things we would think of as domestic trash (not actual trash).
I found it wonderful, scary, intriguing, and full of texture. There was a time when I look back to when I first moved to Hong Kong after grad school, and thinking about what initially drew me here… the textures, the urbanism, the hodge podge madness captured by cinematographer Christopher Doyle for his Wong Kar Wai films. But over the years, this edge has quickly been eaten away by “Urban Renewal” initiatives, and the pure luxe shine of gentrification. Chungking Mansions is a shadow of what is used to be as a case study for example, therefore, I find Sham Shui Po a reflection of a memory of what Hong Kong used to be.
That said no sooner than we arrived and began our exploration, an hour later a Market merchant who was annoyed by the sheer number of new onlookers, gweilo visitors, and hipster creative types called in the Police to step up, step in and do some crowd control.
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.
Wonderboys, bespoke fashion gurus of Moustache, Alex Daye and Ellis Kreuger (in collaboration with Italian Fashion House, STIIBU), will be taking their charms beyond the clothing shop after hours and on to their new venture, hosting late nights from Tuesday to Fridays at Salon No. 10, a fabulously cool new bar tucked in Central with that “David Lynch-esque” allure.
Yes. This is ET on the Mural.
The interiors are quirky, classic, stuffed to the brim with eclectic furniture, and very sci-fi, a perfect backdrop which suited the gents with their more private invite-only Bearded Lady monthly cabaret nights. (Bearded Lady refers to well… a Bearded Man dressed in a dress singing songs live. Oh Yes.)
20,000 Leagues… and counting…
"Expect great music from us and our musically inclined friends," says Daye, "With the occasional live performance, a splash of magic, an esoteric cocktail menu, and plenty of glamorous surprises." And no, it will not be Bearded Lady every night, but you may get lucky. "Don’t be surprised when the floor gets cleared for some late night dancing!" They say. And yes, pole dancing is not out of the question.
A well stocked kitchen with ingredients, condiments, items, goods, and spirits is available for private parties and dinners from Saturday through Monday night.
The last time I was here… guess who I saw? (via @thewanderlister Instagram)
Creative City’s Louise Wong! You too can be Queen of The Night. If The Bearded Lady doesn’t get there first.
Alex and Ellis Portrait by Carmen Chan, of HOW I MET YOUR STYLE for theWanderlister+.
theTalk 02: Tea Time With Shanghai Street Studios // in Collaboration With How I Met Your Style (HIMYS.com)
Shanghai Street Studios (SSS) is Photographer, Martin Cheung (above right), and Designer/Beekeeper, Michael Leung (above left). Photographed at Shanghai Street Studios in Hong Kong by Carmen Chan for HOW I MET YOUR STYLE May 2012. Interview by JJ.Acuna for theWanderlister+ Asia.
The work is part active preservation and part interactive archiving of life on the street and neighborhood where Shanghai Street Studios (SSS) is currently located in the Yau Ma Tei District within Kowloon. The street as it exists now is rustic, and one of Hong Kong’s last remaining authentic central urban environments pre-gentrification. For nostalgia sake, tourists and visitors come to this area to take in the original architecture and street scales which make every block a “neighborhood” in the way that HK’s city dwellers lived so many years ago.
These days, much of what once was still remains, but the street’s luster has moved on. Buildings are in a state of decay, and a few need upkeep. The neighborhood is known for its number of brothels and gang activities. That said a few original shopkeepers and residents are still staying strong enjoying their life in Yau Ma Tei, almost oblivious to the “urban renewal” which has transformed much of Hong Kong Island. For the time being, photographer Martin Cheung, and Designer/Beekeeper, Micheal Leung (HK Honey), have set up a workshop space, SSS, on Shanghai Street to concentrate on collabortive projects with each other and other artists (signed on via Airbnb.com) to help capture life in the neighborhood via the production of works which pay homage to the context.
Last year, photographer and Brew&Post member, Carmen Chan, of How I Met Your Style (HIMYS), and I have done a portrait visit to Moustache Tailors on Aberdeen Street, documenting the creative shop space of proprietors, Alex Daye and Ellis Kreuger. This time, we come together to do a similar documentation of the colorful work environment of SSS, which to us we love for its authenticity as a museum of artifacts and a product of a love for Hong Kong heritage.
We thank Martin and Michael for sitting with Carmen and I at their studio. The visit was around two hours long. We were served Tea and Honey from tea leaves grown from Michael’s HK Farm project, and honey from HK Honey. Additionally all teaware were sourced from the neighborhood and found originally in the studio space from the residence’s original tenant.
W+: What is Shanghai Street Studios (SSS)? It’s a very cool space. Tell us a little bit about SSS, what is it all about?
Martin Cheung: SSS is a space where we do community projects on things that relate to the community around here (in Yau Ma Tei.)
Michael Leung: I found this place two years ago when I moved here to Hong Kong from London where I was born and raised. It was both of our ideas to set up SSS.
W+: So How did you guys meet each other?
ML: He photographed my bees.
MC: There was one of those seminar talks where we were both speakers, and Michael saw what I did, which I usually do pinhole developing and he thought, “Oh can you come and photograph these bees for me?”. So I thought okay (chuckles) we give a try. So we made some tests and then I made a camera that has 8 holes in it. It’s a custom made camera I made for Michael to fit into the bee hive. That’s how we met.
ML: Martin wasn’t familiar with the beehive, so I mostly taught him how to be more comfortable with the beehive…
MC: For the first few times I went there I was really scared. It was actually fine. I just thought, “Oh, I must have these photographs done, so I just had to do it.”
ML: Since then we worked on other projects, so for example I designed these candles for Amnesty International, and Martin had done the photography for it.
W+: Tell us more about the space.
ML: I found this space three months after I moved to Hong Kong. I was living in Hung Hom in the funeral district. My mom’s in London and my Dad’s in Hong Kong, they split up when I was 3 years old. And of course I don’t want to live at home, so I moved out when I was 17. If I moved back in with my Dad… haha that wouldn’t work out to well. So, I picked this area because it’s very unique. It’s adjacent to three great streets, Portland Street, Shanghai Street, and Reclamation Street. For us both we get most of our materials, tools, and equipment from these streets.
W+: There’s just so much here for “STUFF” in this neighborhood. All these appliances stores, gift shops, homestores, and little things.
ML: Yeh, so the biggest stationary shop in Hong Kong is just like 1 minute away from here.
W+: You didn’t even think of going to Hong Kong island, you knew you wanted this area from the start.
ML: I have to be near this three streets.
MC: I’ve always been living in Tseun Kwan O. And then a few years ago I moved to Sai Kung, even further away. But I come to this area to buy stuff very often because I make cameras like the one I made for the bees.
ML: So we moved in and it wasn’t as developed as you see now. But most of the furniture and everything in that area there (pointing to the bedrooms) are pretty much untouched. These are original glass partitions which is very unique and were all already here. This big grand cupboard is untouched, and even the soy sauce in here, the plates, the stuff… I just haven’t had time to go through it. I found a type writer underneath that chair, only two months ago.
W+: Is the space rented?
ML: We’re renting. And the story with this flat is that it used to be that it was the home of the landlord and his family. So the landlord, Mr. Choi, has two younger sisters, who lived in that room. And Mr. Choi had two older brothers who lived in that room with their granddad. And the Mom and Dad lived in the room with the curtain there. However, the mom later in her life wanted to have air conditioning, so they built this room… the air con Airbnb.com room.
The toilet was just a hole in the floor, with a cold water sink and then I asked the landlord to create a bathtub. They left the flat because the mom went into a nursing home, the Dad died, the son’s moved away, this place became empty for one year because of the location. It’s not grimey, but the first floor is a brothel. The second floor is a family. Third floor is SSS. The fourth floor is a film studio. And the fifth floor is a Nepalese Association, and the roof is for everyone.
This area is known for its prostitution, triads, drugs, and low-income families. This place was empty because it was a third floor walk-up, and very old inside, there were rats everywhere.
MC: These old window frames is a minus for most local people, and an amazing plus for everyone else.
ML: So for one year this place was empty so I decided to take it. I moved in here to live in that room there.
MC: I come here very often actually because in Sai Kung I have this minibus that comes here often.
ML: No one lives here but me and my Airbnb guests.
W+: So you guys basically use this as a workshop and inspiration area and your photography studios are here where are your bees?
ML: The bees are in Kwun Tong at the moment. I’m going to be moving the beehive to Shanghai Street, but not this side. I will move it to the Shanghai Street Art Space. They’re really cool. Martin and I built a dark room in the bathroom, but right now it’s a library. (Pointing to a tiled SSS Surface leaning on the wall.) That’s the table we built for the dark room.
W+: So other artists and photographers can use the space?
ML: I need to double check, but through Airbnb.com we’ve had about 5 artists in residency so to speak. We had an acoustic guitarist from Malaysia, a film maker from New York, a Singaporean couple who works with Large format photography, a Dutch couple… one’s an editor, and the other’s a poet. He wrote a poem about Shanghai Street which I’m not sure if we should put it online because it’s quite sexually explicit (laughing). The Singaporean photographer took a large format photograph of the space, it’s on his Facebook wall, but he hasn’t sent us a hi-res version.
MC: Even for one week artists live here, and try to find inspiration around this street.
W+: For the foreign artists who do stay here, how long do they stay at a time?
ML: From 3 days to one week.
W+: How did your collaboration with Airbnb get started?
ML: My sister knew about Airbnb before I did. I saw it on the iPhone app, and I just saw it as a good medium to use, rather than Craigslist which is a bit old school. Airbnb is pretty safe. And we say creatives only, because we feel creatives would feel more appreciative of this place. It sounds very elitist, but we want people to put something back into the space, not financially, but more like one photo, one drawing, or poem, or one Polaroid. This is very meaningful for SSS I think.
W+: So tell us about your latest project, “Collective Memory”.
ML: So this is “Collective Memory”. These photos here. (Pointing at a stack of developed photos). But it starts off as something like this (a stack of negatives). The photo shop downstairs, he’s very creative I think. And he really likes the work that Martin and I do at SSS. SSS is also a bit like a map to introduce the area, culturally, so we show cafes we like, places to buy fruit and vegetables, we also show heritage spots. But this guy, he’s been in here and he really likes what we’re trying to do in Yau Ma Tei, and we developed photos from him quite often. He also gives us his empty film rolls, for his workshop.
So one time we asked him, “Hey Tommy, what do you do for photos that people don’t collect?”, and he says “OH I just leave them in this drawer here.” And then I asked “if it’s often?” and he says “yes in Hong Kong, a lot of people buy cameras, for hobby, and then they move on to something else. And then they just leave their prints and photos there.”
And then we thought, that maybe we should ask him for some. We had to convince him that it wasn’t to be used for anything personal, that it was just a way to utilize these left over photos from a creative perspective, and to also reunite people with their photos. So Tommy gave us three packs of film, of which we used to curate the project, and also people that came to stay here form Airbnb.
W+: The full collection will be how many prints?
MC: We haven’t decided. We want to keep extending the collection.
ML: At least ten photos we’ll be happy with, and maybe we can do a book, an exhibition, a shop, a poster. Some sort of production work with these photos. I think postcards could be quite nice. Or maybe some exhibition downstairs at Tommy’s shop. We actually just found out that this particular roll has the email of the person, so we can actually reunite them with these photos straight away.
W+: So tell me about your background, Martin?
MC: I grew up in Hong Kong, in 1995, I went to Melbourne to study. I studied photography in 1997 in High School. I graduated in 2002, and came back to Hong Kong always wanted to make a living as a photographer, however, you know it’s a very different working method in Hong Kong, compared to Australia. Anyway I came back and worked in a camera place to sell camera in LOMO, and then later on after 5 years, I started teaching in High School and University.
W+: Michael, what was your experience in London before you moved here.
ML: Well I studied product design, then I moved to Amsterdam for about 7 months, designed there, then moved back to LDN, to be a mobile phone designer for about 3 years. It was very intense, after which I then decided to leave the industry and leave the city.
ML: I would say 3 years of designing phones really kind of changed me. I kind of just lost the sense of what real design was. I wanted to experience a different place. And coming to Hong Kong every year for Holiday, kind of made me feel like it could work here. I felt that Hong Kong was more convenient, more accessible, more raw, more flexible. I saw a lot of craftsmen on the street, making things, welding things, cutting things, sewing things. In London, you don’t really get that any more.
W+: Then you established HK Honey.
ML: Having grown up in the city I was very detached form nature, as most people are. I had a holiday with my then girlfriend in Sweden. It’s winter time very romantic, the snow, there was a forest there, and we were walking around the forest where I saw these two boxes, which turned out to be her Dad’s beehive. And I was like… Beehives? What the hell is that? And then unfortunately they couldn’t be opened because it’s winter time and they would have been frozen to death, and so we went back to the house I had a conversation with her Dad. And because he couldn’t speak English, my ex had to translate the conversation with him about Bees, which was a very long conversation that when on for about three days. And after that Holiday, I went WOW, I learned a lot from him about Bees, and I’m actually really curious… I spoke with him for hours about bees, I must have been very interested in them. So when I moved back to Hong Kong after Holiday, I then started to look into urban beekeeping in New York, Paris, London, Tokyo… and then I met Mr. Yip in Shatin and learned how to be a beekeeper through him, and in two months later, he supplied me with my first two beehives.
Mr. Yip is suburban/rural beekeeper, he does it in the mountains. He was quite open to me doing it in the city, and he even helped me install them. And then it went from there. Beekeeping started out as a hobby, and like some hobbies, they start really influencing your life. And then you mix your discipline into that, and suddenly you drag other people in.
W+: Do you get the support you need for all your projects?
ML: It’s all about relationships. With SSS we’ve learned its about relationships, so with MIDO Café (a historic cafe in Yau Ma Tei) for example, we have a good relationship with the people there. All the staff have let us shoot films in there, do photography in there. I even asked to do an exhibition in there which they agreed. So the guy that sells us the second hand stuff, we’re trying to do an exhibition with him, it more tough.
MC: He has stacks of film slides that has the old HK scene, and then we were thinking of organizing an exhibition with him, so that the neighborhood gets a recognition, and it can give him a bit of income as well.
ML: He tried to take these slides to a photography shop, and the photography shop wanted a keep a copy for themselves because they are quite rare, so the guy is a bit suspicious. We’re contributors to CITY Magazine, who has asked us to name 5 places good for design…. And he’s on one of them. So we’re softening him up. He’s going to be on an APP which is really weird! Because he’s like a very raw and dirty shop.
W+: How is the reception from everyone else, like media and the press?
ML: SSS is never the thing people know us for. Our friends know us but we mostly get interviewed for our personal work, and Martin, is always interviewed for his photography. Im always interviewed for the bees.
MC: I think plenty of people do interesting design in Hong Kong, but I think it’s difficult to be seen because we often are located in industrial areas, so it’s not like its open to the public to visit easily. Not easily found.
W+: With all the active art projects happening around the area, would you say you were instigating something with SSS?
ML: I don’t think we’re instigating anything. I think we just found an area which was a suitable place for us to try our work for us. And these things either existed or bounced off based on projects we wanted to do. Like Kubrick café, we’re going to do an exhibition there. We love Kubrick because it’s cultural, and theres an art house cinema next door. We plan to do workshops at Kubrick.
W+: What was the most difficult thing about setting up SSS?
MC: For me I think it’s finance. We have to have our money to sustain our lives before we spend money here.
ML: Nothing we do here is profit making. It’s just a lab. The money from Airbnb goes to materials for making works. We only host max one person per month.
W+: Finance is one thing, but how about reception from Government, Neighbors, Landlords…
ML: Everyone is quite supportive and okay. The stairs is the biggest problem actually. It smells like piss. Usually when there’s a workshop we clean the stairs before hand. We cant have a permanent lock on the door because there’s a brothel haha.
W+: Where do you see this going from now on? What form would you like SSS to turn into?
ML: We’re happy where it’s moving, its moving organically. We need at least five or ten collaborations with different shops and organizations in this area until we feel substantial. So we need to do the exhibition in Kubrick, and we need to do the exhibition with the photo shop downstairs, and we need to create a book with the junk shop down the street, we need to do maybe some sort of food guide to the area.
W+: What is the overarching goal of SSS?
ML: We aim for SSS to be a self sustaining platform for artists and designers who want to engage in the space and the neighborhood. It would be great to do an exhibition in here one day to help artists and their works. And to show people a different way of using a residential space.
MC: We like to create a contradiction actually. You know to take a residential space, and create things for non-residential usage.
W+: You have to be careful actually, about the noise, and how much traffic you bring up here… well you’ll probably not have as much traffic as the brothel downstairs haha but. for me its seems like what you’re actually doing is capturing the moment of the street and the neighborhood and creating something out of that moment. Its literally about producing something with what you’ve got but at the same time preservation as well.
ML: Something that Martin and I always talk about, is what will happen to Yau Ma Tei after West Kowloon. Once the West Kowloon Cultural District is being developed in 2014 this area is going to completely change. Its going to go through an extreme version of gentrification we feel.
MC: We need to move quicker before things disappear.
For more information about the neighborhood of Shanghai Street, check out this article by Christopher DeWolf in CNNGo.
Last week our new blog network, Brew&Post, finally launched… and it launched in a BIG way at W Hong Kong’s WOOBAR VIP Lounge, for an intimate guest list of about 60 people, all friends and supporters of each of our blogs: theWanderlister+, SUPERWOWOMG, TOUGHLOVE.HK, Ztylistas, How I Met Your Style, and Fashion Hedonism.
Okay… Fair enough. This is not 60 people.
It’s more like 140 guests. Oh well what can you do?
Yes it was a fashion party. And yes the “fashion party” was in Hong Kong. But this was not yo Mama Tai-Tai’s Fashion Party… You get what I’m sayin’?
Above, BUZZ Concepts’ Francisco Ricafort with DJ EVE Speciall from FLY. Below Paola, designer of TANGRAM. Kim Leitzes of KIMPARKLU and Jenny.
Talk about “Branding” exercise, photographer, Jason Capobianco and VOGUE China Editor, Grace Lam, show love with stickers from SUPERWOWOMG and TOUGHLOVE.HK. This was at about 10:30PM. By this time they’ve been partying with us… for 3 HOURS. That never happens with Grace whose usually “in and out” at events.
But then again… this was NOT your normal fashion event.
Other pics from the night… with world famous DIY Blogger, Geneva of A Pair and A Spare. Her book will be out soon, but will be making a launch first in London then all other major cities worldwide. Great job, G! Make sure to visit her at COACH on Madison Avenue (as in New York City) at this week’s FNO event!
Being up close and person(able) with Fashion One’s Thibault and Yuen Man, Designer of Magnan Tse. We THANK Fashion One for filming the Brew&Post launch! We can’t wait to see their video of the event.
Not only do we have DJ Angus Wong to thank for giving us the idea of having our launch party at WOOBAR, but his tunes entertained the crowd until the wee morning hours. (All this while being jetlagged from his most recent gig in Mexico City W Hotel! Ay Caramba!)
You can’t have an elegant fashion soiree without an elegant host to man the guest list. Thank God guests were respectful to my muse, Emily. Thank you Emily for all your hard work helping this party come together in the end!
Jason of TOUGHLOVE.HK with CNNGo’s Editor, Zoe Li. Everyone knows Zoe Li because there is NOT one day when we can go on without CNNGo.
TIME OUT HK’s scene stealers, Janice Jann and Arthur Tam. They both had a really great time!
With Adrian of LOEWE and Ms. Hippy Chic, Kitty Go from FT/China Daily. So happy they both came out to support!
Alex from Moustache with Whitney taking a bite out of Brew&Post.
Arnault from Kapok with Joe!
Creative City’s Louise Wong with THE SHALAI.
With Jane Dee from Belvedere Vodka / LVMH our Proud Sponsor for the night…
ChristingC of Fashion Hedonism.
And it just goes on…
MAJOR Thank you goes to Photographer/Blogger, Mr. Paulsta Wong for covering the event for Brew&Post that evening. PLEASE DO “LIKE” his FB Page and show this talented guy some mad support. Check out his photographs, EXCLUSIVE to the Brew&Post page here!
Also we’d like to thank the South China Morning Post for running the cool piece on us that same day in their Lifestyle Pages!
You know it’s a great party when an editor from VOGUE China tells it like it is… that your party reminded them of Fashion parties in London.
The difference between a Brew&Post party and a regular fashion party? It’s not a Product to Consumer event, it’s an “everyone in the industry” event… from the designers, to the producers, to the buyers, to the editors, to the sellers, and these days… especially the Bloggers. Fashion parties are only interesting when everyone is there to mingle with everyone from the front end to the back end and beyond.
Where is fashion and fashion information going in the next few years? That’s the real question. How will tastes and styles be framed? How will it change? How will it adapt to changing times and demographics? To Technology? To Speed?
These are the kinds of things we’re interested in with Brew&Post. The answer is in the practice, and it will take some time.
But until then… Party.
More of my own photos from the Launch Party to come on theWanderlister+ FB Page! Stay tuned.
But Next Up…
By now most of you have seen me type Brew&Post so many times on this blog without really going into much detail about it. Trust me, it’s been very difficult to keep a lid on this project. But as you can see in the video above… happy to say… after months and months of planning and preparation… this week everyone in the Brew&Post blog network are now FINALLY allowed to make the big REVEAL!
Friends and readers… this is Brew&Post!
Brew&Post is a close network of tastemakers and influencers based in Asia from six different backgrounds around the world, with six stories to tell, six perspectives, and six sharp points of view when it comes to fashion, style, and design.
From left to right, we’ve got Derek Ho and Melinda Wang from ZTYLISTAS.COM!
My girl via London, who just moved to Hong Kong, Christing C. of FASHION HEDONISM!
Then to my right there’s Carmen Chan, style photographer and blogger of How I Met Your Style (HIMYS)... Image below taken at the Converse Launch at Linguini Fini. And the one after shot by Carmen in Brooklyn of Jeanette Lai… sister of our next blogger…
Denise Lai of SUPERWOWOMG! She’s our resident it-girl next door!
Last but definitely not least… our tough guy, Jason Lam, of TOUGHLOVE.HK… He seems tough, but he’s a good solid guy, a great friend, with a natural sense of true “dude” style.
And then there’s me for theWanderlister+ which makes SIX!
The video for the Brew&Post launch above was shot earlier in the summer at Hotel ICON. From all of us at Brew&Post we owe a big thank you to Hotel ICON, Hong Kong’s art based and creatively independent boutique hotel… for hosting us and letting us film the video in your wonderful spaces.
Here are some behind-the-scenes shot from my INSTAGRAM account:
We started the day with coffee and chats at The Market, designed by Terence Conran based on wet markets in Hong Kong…
Then we proceeded on over to GREEN for cupcake and more carbs, with an amazing green feature wall designed by French landscape architect, Patrick Blanc.
If you follow my Instagram, you’ll see plenty of #FOODPORN photos like the one above. NOTICE: My Instagram is NOT for Dieters.
Great times. This one a photo of me with Jason of TOUGHLOVE. I’m wearing my new shirt I got from the LEE Flagship in CWB.
And with Denise. She loathes this photo, but I think we look cute. (We’re known as the Grandpa and Grandma of the group.)
Anyway, Hotel ICON’s Mandy Soh took this shot for her Instagram. We kept using it ever since!
Who knew starting this style blog would enable me to meet great friends like these guys!? Feeling #Blessed about the whole venture. More to come most definitely.
Gone are the Living Room days at W Hong Kong… and when I say gone I mean the cool chill bar next to the hotel’s main reception on Level 6 has been rebranded as an official WOOBAR; aimed to be the “city’s epicenter of new style, redefining the city’s nightlife scene in its’ inimitable progressive way”, according to the press sheet.
But what’s more exciting is that the WOOBAR Launch ushered in a photography exhibition titled ROCKED, featuring a selection of images by famed music photographer, Mick Rock a.k.a. The Man Who Shot the Seventies… which included the likes of David Bowie as Ziggy Startdust, Debbie Harry, Queen, Andy Warhol, and Madonna. We actually got to meet Mr. Mick at the event.
Mick below right, with David and Sharon.
The exhibition is on now until September 2012, so you have two months to still catch it.
Stephanie w/ her look alike, Debbie Harry.
Despite several snags, (ie. Mick addressing the crowd saying it’s his first time in New York City and loving it… Mick… we’re in Hong Kong… although I guess we’ll take it as a compliment)… the event went far better than I anticipated, actually drawing a crowd that was far beyond the “Tai-Tai/Banker” Scene that this hotel’s parties are generally known for… (Not that there’s anything wrong with that, #JustSaying).
My friend, W Hotel Creative Director, DJ Angus Wong brought in the cool hipster/fashion crowd tonight, which is a nice change for the hotel.
The party also had its share of local gay mafia (you cant have an epic party without the gays) and you know… your finance crowd and some photograph-ready Hong Kong celebs.
It was all a spectacle which included special guest indie punk band from Beijing, Queen Sea Big Shark… which is a great move on W Hong Kong’s part to be able to fly them in and perform. Their session just rocked the house… again different for the hotel… unexpected even. I loved it.
Overall it was a great show/party for W Hong Kong, and a great attempt to make the hotel a Destination hotel. It reached out to the right people that night and it was good to see some of my crowd of friends party there for a change.
Popcorn Network’s, Casey with his pal John Metcalf from Demand Analytics.
Dawn Austin with Wandergirl, Cheryl Rodriguez.
Gierdre giving me the “Face”.
W Hong Kong’s DJ Miss Yellow and Brew&Post Blogger, Carmen Chan.
Harry Potter is angry.
Bromance. Daniel of Hungry Hong Kong and Wanderboy, Andrew.
Brew&Post Blogger, Jason of TOUGHLOVE.HK and my sis, Bernadette.
With Vivian Chen, Scene and Style editor of South China Morning Post.
My friend Jade with her playdate.
DJ Angus Wong vs. DJ Lincoln Medley from New York City, both from the inaugural 2011 W Hotels DJ Lab which began last year in Ibiza and celebrated its second year this year in Bali.
DRESSMEBLOG and ELLE HK Blogger, Jasmine Webster.
Gents of Moustache, Alex and Ellis, who just returned from a fabulously successful pop-up launch of their brand in Tokyo!
Spotted, Mr. Henry Temple.
CIPHER’s Gregg whom I just met that night for the first time.
Natasha Kaye Whiffin with Designer, Johnson Chan.
The party REALLY rocked, I have to admit… and not just because Mick Rock hosted it. (Okay you dont have to laugh.)
What a night.
Jason with SUPERWOWOMG.
Thanks so much to Angus who gifted me with this autographed copy of the exhibition’s booklet from Mick Rock!
This one is my favorite picture of Madonna before she was English and just a mere “Jersey Girl”.
The ROCKED exhibit will be open to the public until the end of September 2012. ROCKED will then travel to W Hotels across Asia. For updated information on the ROCKED tour, please check out www.facebook.com/whotels.
There are way too many blog posts to write. But of course I’m thankful for this... is my initial thought about theWanderlister+ Asia.
When I started this blog as a project to document the creative unraveling of the city, I imagined a little side hobby that would allow me to share all the great things about Hong Kong and Asia to friends, family, and the rest of the world… but because of the positive reception of theWanderlister+ Asia both locally and abroad, the hobby has turned my life literally inside out.
Of course my true passion, Architecture, still takes up the majority of my time and energy. But blogging does allow me a time to step away from the time limitations within Architecture (ie. not being able to see something tangible from all the work put in for such a long time or never at all), to be able to post reveries, thoughts, and reports about other creatives doing creative things in a real time format and seeing all these stories up immediately… it’s a relief. And in addition to get immediate feedback from the reports; via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Weibo, and Pinterest, is such a different feeling for me… and a nice refreshing change from the cloistered existence that is Architecture.
Blogging has also allowed me to meet many cool people and do very cool things I’ve never thought about doing, or collaborated on projects I never envisaged collaborating on beyond Architecture. Theres too many to name at the moment, but for one, meeting Art HK12 Director, Magnus Renfrew and being an “official” blogger for this year’s fair was definitely a Wanderlister highlight for me.
And meeting like minded friends… AND formulating a Blog Network, the-yet-to-be-launched Brew&Post was one of the best things that ever happened from working on theWanderlister+.
Okay anyway. I guess that’s all about my current thoughts on theWanderlister+. I would also like to say thank you so much to my contributors; my Wandergirls Elfie C. doing my “food shows” on the blog, Cheryl Rodriguez who does some on the scene lifestyle reporting for me, and the other contributors, Carmen Chan, Manyi Choi, Natasha Kaye Whiffin, Shana Beth Mason, etc.
Before I end this post I would like to extend gratitude to the South China Morning Post (SCMP) for covering “my closet”. I’ve said “NO!” several times because I thought it was quite weird to have my wardrobe photographed, but fashion editor Vivian Chen and fellow Brew&Post Blogger/Photographer, Carmen Chan made it really comfortable for me. Scan of the article which appeared in the first week of July 2012 is below. I think if you’re a SCMP member, you can still find the article online.
Next thank you goes to everyone in the Dwell Asia Magazine team for recently choosing the blog as one of their 88 Most Inspiring People, Products, and Projects for the July/August 2012 issue.
Other websites that made the cut are Spoon & Tamago from Japan, Culturepush from Singapore, and China Design Hub. All more established than my blog and have been around longer I think. Anyway check them all out. It’s good company.
Lastly, I would like to thank the Vagabond Project, a new travel video blog website for kids like you and me. Will have a separate post on the interview but you can go direct to http://www.vagabondproject.tv to check out my interview and the other video journals with host Millana Snow!
Have a great Sunday all, and thanks for reading the blog and making it a success. Also comment! I know everyone is reading but no one ever comments! LOL dont know why. But I suppose I should be careful what I’m asking for haha.
Thank you. More cool posts to come most definitely. You should see my inbox!
PS. if you need an Architect… I do that too! :)
When the Landmark wants to party, they really party 150%. Landmark Men, Hong Kong’s men-only all-in-one shopping arcade located in the heart of Central, celebrated their one year anniversary these past two weeks with the Landmark Men Summer Party, inviting Hong Kong’s best dressed gents, friends, and VIP shoppers to cool off hot and wet summer days in Air Con with unlimited free food and booze c/o Simply Life and FUEL Coffee. The two-day event was well attended, and I was there to check it out myself for both days to see what’s new on offer since its inception this time last year.
Me wearing my new denim shirt from COS and iPhone Necklace c/o 15SquareStreet at the 2nd Night of the Landmark Men Summer Party. (via AWHITERENAISSANCE)
The Landmark Men mall is underpinned by strong lifestyle anchors like a men’s only version of The Swank, the men’s only spa boutique, Gentlemens Tonic, as well as the go-to casual fashions shop, Marc by Marc Jacobs, always a favorite of everybody. Tassle’s, the one stop shop for bespoke and one of a kind dressier shoes is still here, and still going strong. A few of my other choice “go-to” shops opened a location here over the course of the year, namely, the UK’s very cool specs store, Cutler and Gross, soaps and lotions store, Kiehl’s, and a 2nd Destination location for the very popular boutique tailors, The Armoury.
Marc by Marc Jacobs at the Landmark Men.
Landmark Men reached out to us here at theWanderlister+ Asia to blog about the event and to check out the fashions and style on the catwalk (each event had a fashion show showing off the latest styles), as well as to document what people were wearing NOW in the city. We also had great fun styling my friend Dan in signature choice pieces from several of the shops I mentioned above, which was filmed by Boris of HKHQ.tv. This video I’ll premier in a subsequent post when it gets released.
Jun Kung and Band entertained guests on the first night with some great pop/jazz standards.
DJ Tynee had fun on the decks spinning electro and pop.
Our styling session with Daniel Haddad at Kiehl’s was being filmed by Boris of HKHQ.tv
So many friends both nights at the party. We bumped into Roger and Jade Ouk on their way out to a gallery opening.
Menswear Designer, Anthony Hill and Fiona Ellis of HILL stopped by both nights.
Jason Schlabach in a dashing suit + pocketsquare combo (right) with friends dropped by at The Armoury Whiskey Party.
Social Media Guru, Greg Lexiphanic giving his best model pose.
A Landmark Men shopper in cool coif and great glasses.
Gents at coming from both ends of the spectrum, minimalist on the left and stripes on the right.
MIKO of HYPESTA and Josie Tao saying hi.
Fashion Designer, Johnson Chan. Long time no see buddy.
Plenty of complimentary couplings in black.
This guy keeps it simple in jeans, white shirt, and a vest. The Hat is a nice touch.
Boris takes some time off in a white seersucker jacket and khakis.
ELLE Blogger and Socialite, Charlotte Chen SPOTTED in electric yellow at The Armoury Whiskey Party.
The imported team from the just launched, COS Hong Kong. I met them earlier in the day while shopping at COS for the first time.
BrewandPost Blogger, Christing C of Fashion Hedonism at The Armoury Whiskey Party.
Menswear stylist from London, Kemi, at The Armoury.
Stylish Stylist, Priscilla I’Anson, at The Armoury.
Daniel of the Black Renaissance and MONOCLE Magazine drops by at The Armoury. (He obviously loves his new COS Clutch.)
Gentleman from Lane Crawford, stays cool in Jersey and Khaki Shorts.
Time Out HK’s Arthur Tam in a great yellow knitwear top.
TANGRAM’s super duo, Paola and Ignacio at The Armoury.
Long time no see! Tania of TLIKEBUBBLETEA, working on launching some cool new project soon. I can’t wait!
Also a rare meetup with Geneva of A Pair and A Spare wearing her latest DIY fashions.
The men behind The Armoury, Mark and Alan. With specialist, Jake.
AND… The Armoury Boys again in duds from the first night.
Perfection is in the details.
Okay all the whiskey is gone! Thanks so much Alan for playing host!
A Top night indeed! Additionally, I’m also happy to say that the party was so fun, there was quite a coverage of it on the the Blogsphere; check out the posts about the Landmark Men Summer Party from the BrewandPost network’s SUPERWOWOMG, Fashion Hedonism, TOUGHLOVE.HK, as well as a great piece via Time Out HK’s Jessie Lau.
On the way to an after party to the newest “IT” place in town, BrickHouse, I spotted these boys on the street…
Stylish gents everywhere. It just doesn’t end. Keep it up Hong Kong!
BrewandPost at Landmark Men (via FASHIONHEDONISM)