"Discovering Art" With Who-Are-Invited Hong Kong

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Last month, Ning Lau, founder of digital style platform, Who-Are-Invited, was able to get together a group of unique and cool individuals in the city to discuss each of their interests in art for an online editorial titled, Discovering Art.

Who-Are-Invited was established by Ning a year ago for the purpose of bringing together “creative talents from all walks of life”, representing the diversity of Hong Kong and China’s vibrant digital community through stories and editorial content. Using this platform, Ning is able to introduce a group of “interesting and exciting individuals” each week including “journalists, fashion designers, bloggers, artists, musicians, and readers/followers”, all showcasing their personalities and work via a series of “strong and impactful fashion visuals”.

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Ning reached out to me before to discuss appearing in one of her other projects within the Who-Are-Invited platform, but due to scheduling conflicts and tight deadlines, we were never allowed the opportunity to align. This time around Ning proposed an interview at The Cat Street Gallery, basically an institution on Hollywood Road, whilst a show by Gina Jones, titled Southern Brights, was on display.

I really like the work of New Zealand based Jones, who actually trained and practices as an Architect, but now uses what she knows in relation to composition, material, and form making, to introduce new kinds of works that are focused on pop-color and formal play on a 2D plane.

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The shoot included a dear friend, former Vogue China’s Editor and Stylist, Grace Lam, who believes every kind of Art, whether it be fashion, painting, or music, can have elements which can bring happiness to others, which is the most important thing. She herself appreciates Modern abstract art the most, especially if the work references fashion, like the art of British practitioner, Martin Gaye “Spartacus” Chetwynd.

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Also in the shoot is Creative director, Kenji Wong, founder of Growth Ring, who works on all creative aspects from fashion to interior design in relation to his customer’s needs. On weekdays he explores different galleries in the city to find some inspiration for his work. Although technically not an artist, Kenji is inspired by the way Japanese architect, Tadao Ando, plays with light and space.

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I discussed my thoughts on how and what I look at when I view and assess art, as well as my forever obsession with the works of Richard Diebenkorn and Mark Rothko, who pretty much inspired my earlier architectural representational sketches. 

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Hong Kong Tatler’s fashion editor, Justine Lee, was also part of the shoot. While Shoes and accessories for the shoot were provided by Hogan Shoes from their Spring-Summer 2014 collection. Photography for the campaign was taken by the ever cool, Calvin Sit.

Thanks Ning for the “invite”!

READ Who-Are-Invited “Discovering Art” / WEAR Hogan Shoes / VISIT The Cat Street Gallery, 222 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong . T: +852-22910006h

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#JJStyle: First Store in Asia, J.Crew Opens in Hong Kong May 2014

My friend DJ Angus Wong and I were recently invited by American fashion retailer, J.Crew, to preview the brand’s Spring-Summer 2014 selections soon to be available at the first ever Asia Pacific stores in Hong Kong

Following J.Crew’s three most recent non-US openings in the UK last fall, J.Crew will be opening two in this city; a womenswear shop carrying only J.Crew Collection in the ifc mall, and full on menswear store (three stories?) on the historic On Lan Street, around the corner from Christian Louboutin’s iconic location. 

The women’s store will feature a carefully edited selection of styles utilising an exclusive blend of special fabrics, prints, and limited-edition designs, complete with a dedicated shoe and handbag salon. The men’s store, on the other hand, will carry the full collection of the iconic Ludlow suit (Angus’ favorite), alongside shirting and shoes. Additionally the special "In Good Company" items will also be on offer, featuring an array of partnerships with other labels including Ebbets Field Flannels, Barbour, New Balance, and Vans. 

It was only one and a half years ago, in the Fall of 2012 when we had a lunch with J.Crew’s creative director, Jenna Lyons, at The Pawn, celebrating their entrance into Hong Kong with a shop-in-shop concept via Lane Crawford. Besides gossiping about glasses (we were a mutual fan of each other’s specs), I also couldn’t keep myself from asking the hard questions… mainly WHEN THE HECK IS J.CREW OPENING IN HONG KONG!?? (Of course they were mummm.) I guess we know the answer now. :)

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We also had the pleasure to meet menswear director, Frank Muytjens, as well. It was really great to have a chat with him then.

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Anyway it was a fun lunch. I don’t think anyone ate anything because everyone was so excited to catch up. And because it was all fashion people on the table.

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We thank the J.Crew’s, Katie Mitchell, for showing us the collection in Hong Kong.

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We also thank Fed Tan of Social Capital for the invite!

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J.Crew in Hong Kong is slated to open May 22 2014.

WEAR J.Crew

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#JJStyle: Offering Made To Measure at HUGO BOSS

We were amongst Hong Kong’s most stylish gents who were invited to take a peek last Thursday night at the grand opening of HUGO BOSS’ newest flagship on Pedder Street one of two new concept “new-generation” stores in this city; the other being on Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. Other newly established new concept stores globally will be located in Shanghai, Paris, and New York. 

The draw? Not only did we get to walk around the 1,031m2 interiors of the space which houses BOSS, BOSS Green, and HUGO labels for men and women, we were also invited to see the new BOSS ”Made To Measure” space, focused on creating a custom tailored-fit suits handmade in Germany and measured in Hong Kong.

Each BOSS Made to Measure suit will utilise exclusive Italian fabrics, linings, and buttons, and will be designed to fit the character of its owner. The extra twist? A well fitting bespoke suit with a uniquely BOSS signature look.

Also in attendance that evening, designer Jason Wu, who just recently took over as Artistic Director of BOSS Womenswear. Wu visits Hong Kong after freshly presenting his Fall/Winter 2014 collection at NYFW. The look which promises to combine BOSS’ German Modernist aesthetics with Wu’s signature feminine precision will soon be available at these shops as well.

WEAR Hugo BOSS Store Central . Shop No. 3, 1 Pedder Street, Central, HK T: +852 27966228 . HUGO BOSS Store TST . Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui T: +852 27969188 . WEB: www.hugoboss.asia

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#JJStyle: Minimal Style for Maximum Effect, RON DORFF

Launching this week in Hong Kong’s KAPOK is RON DORFF, a new line of classically simple plus straightforward urban sportswear combining Parisian flavor with Swedish functionality. The “no-frills” design of RON DORFF stands out aesthetically above and beyond the Sportswear offerings that currently glut the marketplace, catering to a consumer who is increasingly health-conscious, yet find it difficult to associate themselves with name brand sportswear you see in any department store.

The brainchild of Frenchman, Jerome Touron, and Swede, Clause Lindorff, the brand offers essential sportswear and non-seasonal classics in colors of black, heather grey, and white. Pieces include wears for tennis, gym, swimming, and jogging. Some of the shirts and hoodies come with cheeky maxims, like “DISCIPLINE IS NOT A DIRTY WORD”, “KO”, and “SWEAT”.

Also available at KAPOK is the collection of spa and body products co-developed with FACE Stockholm and made 100% in Sweden.

It’s time to clean up, then sweat it out.

PORTRAIT ABOVE, Photo of co-founder Claus Lindorff at Kapok Sun Street who was recently in town to help promote the brand.

WEAR RON DORFF via Kapok on Sun Street, G/F 3 Sun Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong . T: +852 25200114

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#theWanderlist: Zaha Hadid x Stuart Weitzman in Hong Kong

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London based award winning Architect, Zaha Hadid, is everywhere in Hong Kong these days. For one, I’ll be attending the inauguration for her project for Hong Kong Poly U in two weeks, the Innovation Tower, Zaha’s first stand alone building in the city. Additionally, for those who have been shopping at Landmark Men’s Neil Barrett store in Central within the last two years, would get more than a hint that the shop is a Zaha-designed store. And priced at a whopping 1,500Euros online, sources say that Zaha’s United Nude shoe collaboration has been a hit in this city and mainland China as well.

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Now taking our love for shoes and architecture to the next level, look what I spotted walking around the Hong Kong IFC Mall the other night… Hong Kong’s brand new Stuart Weitzman flagship, one of a handful in the world designed by Zaha Hadid. Hong Kong and the Milan stores are some of the first in operation. Other locations to follow include New York City, Rome, and possibly London and Beijing.

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While the stores will conceptually be unique to each location, Hadid tells DEZEEN Blog that each “design is divided into invariant and adaptive elements to establish unique relationships within each worldwide location,” yet will all be conceptually and formally developed as if from the same family. This is to help establish the spatial direction as that uniquely of the Stuart Weitzman brand.

Enjoy my photos, and check out the shops (for architectural study of course. ahem.)

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VISIT Stuart Weitzman Hong Kong . Shop 3076, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong / DESIGN Zaha Hadid Architects

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#JJStyle: Made-In-Hong Kong, kapok’s First Menswear Collection and Interview With Founder, Arnault Castel

Last week, kapok, one of Asia’s best destination boutiques of curated goods, finally celebrated 8 years in business. And in a city like Hong Kong with plenty of shopping options from mono brand Flagships to big Department Stores, kapok’s achievement in making a mark within the city’s luxury goods market is no small feat.

Known for proudly being the first to import and/or carry brands like Kitsune, Herschel, Dyptique, MISCHA, Uniform Wares, VOID Watch, Saint James, Miansai, and Mismo, Kapok and its founder, Arnault Castel, is now going towards yet another niche direction… specialty men’s shirts.

One can say that Castel’s curation has set a certain kind of aesthetic tone, even if it generally leans towards more French sensibilities. That said, since opening 8 years ago, i’ve noticed a shift away from the typical I.T, Comme Des Garcons, or whatever generic luxury suiting look that men prefer to define themselves in Hong Kong, with styles moving towards something more of what kapok has had on offer since the beginning, clothes reflecting an independently crafted spirit at a higher price point, blurring the lines between business and casual… and therefore tossing high street chic out the window.

kapoks’ inaugural menswear collection, a limited and careful series of 5 shirts and 3 hats to begin with under the same moniker, aim to continue to address the perfect shirt that even after 8 years in the business of importing looks, Castel still has yet to find available in the market. The shirts are defined by their classic colors (mostly white, navy, chambray) and classic looks (buttoned down), but with that extra flare (oversized pockets), that are quirky, yet not too outrageous for workwear. I wore it to work yesterday!

We interviewed Arnault last week regarding his new direction forward with kapok and his inspiration with the made in Hong Kong inaugural men’s line!

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theW+: About your new collection. What is kapok launching this month for the first time?

Arnault Castel: It’s the first time we launch kapok products, kapok will move from being a retailer to being a retailer and a brand! We will start with a capsule collection of 5 shirts, designed between Paris and Hong Kong and all made in a fantastic small workshop in Hong Kong. Starting the kapok label is a way for us to also define what is the kapok style.

theW+: How is it like to transition to creating your own fashion label vs. carrying other people’s label in your store?

AC: We’ve been running the store for 8 years, and we work with so many great brands so it was important for us to not create “just another label” to add to what we have in store.

We decided to start with shirts, as we carry really amazing European labels at kapok, but sometimes the fabrics are a bit too heavy for Hong Kong spring/summer and also the fitting was not really perfect for our customers.

theW+: In the creation of the brand’s design and aesthetic direction, what were your style influences?

AC: First we started with the fabrics. We wanted very high quality, light and breathable fabrics. We found an amazing supplier of Japanese organic cotton and it all started from there. This makes the shirts so comfortable. 

For the fit, we had some directions coming from our favourite brands, the cool minimalism of Margaret Howell, Kitsune’s French preppy style. but we wanted to create something unique, so we worked on some playful details such as oversized pockets or 3d pockets. 

Our main direction was to have styles that could work both for a casual weekend or at work, and add a slight touch of fun.

theW+: Of all the brands you carry at kapok, what are your most favorite labels ever?

AC: So many! Without being too PC, I must say that i really like all labels in the store. if i don’t like something, it wouldn’t end up at kapok, it’s simple. 

Personally, I love our legacy casual style, the cool simplicity of Margaret Howell, Kitsune preppiness with a french twist. Common Projects make the best looking sneakers season after season. Astier de Villatte ceramics and candles are just so beautiful. And I am a bit obsessed with Mismo bags … i could continue for hours, but don’t want to bore you and your readers

theW+: Where can you see kapok going in the next 3-5 years? Will there be a record label in the future? (kapok has always stocked an amazing collection of music since the shop’s inception.)

AC: I have so many ideas i think i could plan 10 years of kapok :) I would love to do an outdoor store, also exploring a café, do a secret store full of unique pieces… again, the list is long.

We now have quite a few fans in Taiwan, Singapore, and Japan so I am considering opening stores in these countries if i can. I think nothing beats opening our own retail stores to really communicate the kapok mood… of course, we also want to improve our webshop for those who cannot visit us often.

Anyway, i am sure the future of kapok will also be defined by luck, and by meeting new people along the way, let’s see!

introducing kapok first shirt collection - crafted in hong kong from kapok on Vimeo.

WEAR kapok First Collection . kapok shops, Sun Street and St. Francis Yard, Admiralty Hong Kong . kapokTOOLS, Harbour City . kapokTOOLS, K11
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#JJStyle: Hackett London in Hong Kong

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The other day I was hurrying to get to a meeting in Causeway Bay, when I a passed by this interesting window for the relatively newly established Hackett London flagship store across the street from Lee Gardens One. Against an unfortunately minimal ounce of hesitation on my end, and owing to the fact that walking into Hackett London’s Hong Kong store for the first time would most likely give me informative content for this style blog… I gingerly ventured in like some soldier of duty for all you readers.

I walked out with this jumper almost an hour later.

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Thank you very much… 30% Off End of Season Sale. The choice was between that above, and this below.

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A brand of the 80’s, Hackett is essentially a modern menswear lifestyle label focused on a style that is essentially and classically 100% English, yet with a contemporary twist.

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The Hackett Shop in Hong Kong, big by any standards for this city with menswear and kids clothing in stock, is apparently a mere fraction of its globally iconic, Sloane Street flagship with lifestyle offerings way beyond what we have here.

Offerings in the UK include a spectacle range, grooming products, and barbers.

That said, men who visit the store in Hong Kong can enjoy personal and bespoke tailoring, and a bit of a drink in the bar.

I snooped on the Tailor at work.

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As well as enjoyed laying out some key pieces on the adjacent fitting table.

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Here are some key #JJStyle looks that the staff helped me put together. This one is me channeling classic Dr. Who.

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And perhaps… my favorite look of the two, Dr. Who now.

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The Hackett Hong Kong shop is split up among two levels, with different rooms catering to different looks. Some rooms are geared to formal looks, while others are geared to more casual sporty looks, and there’s a room for that safari travel look. There’s even a room for kids. 

This room below is an homage to the English member’s only dining clubs.

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Complete with British-centric books to peruse.

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There’s also plenty of accessories of which to choose from. 

Pocket Squares…

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And ties of a full range.

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Made In England.

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It sure is!

Hackett’s founders, Jeremy Hackett and Ashley Lloyd-Jennings’, portraits adorn the shop’s staircase walls.

I love this decor.

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It’s good to have a bit of variety for menswear in this town don’t you think?

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Here are some key looks for Spring-Summer 2014 via the label’s creative director, Michael Sondag (previously Tommy Hilfiger.) This season’s styles are inspired by the candid photographs of Terry O’Neill, the work of David Hockney (a recurring theme within most labels this season), and the things and objects one can find in the artist’s atelier.

Quite quirky and modern isn’t it?

WEAR Hackett London . GF, Eton Tower, 8 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong . +852-31010008

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#JJStyle: Tokyo’s Ambush Design in Hong Kong for Spring 2014

I grew up listening to J-Pop when I was in High School and University, and one of my favorite groups at the time was M-Flo. They made great music back in the day, and made a bigger name in the music industry collaborating with big other big named J-Pop stars to make great remixes of songs. 

Verbal, M-Flo’s emcee, was born in Japan and is Korean by descent. Also Korean, is his partner, the graphic designer, Yoon. Both Verbal and Yoon met and started dating at Boston University before Verbal even launched M-Flo as an act. As M-Flo rose to success, Yoon, worked with the DJ’s to design their hit album covers. 

To continue their creative collaboration, Yoon and Verbal then launched Ambush Design in 2002. In 2004, Ambush Design made a mark when they launched a great jewellery line called Antonio Murphy & Astro. (I was one of the first owners of their “POW” line of bling rings.)

Today they still continue their collaboration under the Ambush Design label, taking on an experimental approach to made-in-Japan jewellery via the play of different materials like metal, stone, and plastic. That said for Spring/Summer 2014, Ambush unveils, the Nu Order collection, a modern take on old school classics with a medieval twist. The collection just launched at Joyce Pacific Place last week, is part of a special month long pop up focused on Japan’s hottest indie designer scene featuring Ambush plus other brands like; Sacai and Trico, Undercover, Jenny Fax, Dress Camp, Nozomiishiguro, Mihara Yasuhiro, and Toga.

WEAR Ambush Design: Nu Collection, February 12-March 10 2014. Joyce Pacific Place, 232 Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong

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#JJStyle: Six Lee, Moments of Personal Intersections A/W 2014

The fabulosity that is a Six Lee has just emailed me photos from his upcoming A/W 2014 collection. The designer who splits his time between Antwerp and Hong Kong, looks to the work of painter, Andy Denzler, for inspiration. Noting Denzler’s movement between abstraction and reality, Six Lee extracts the notion of brush movement frozen and paused in time to further capture the moments of intersection with the people we meet briefly, impacting our lives in the process.

The impact here is his use of traditional tailoring techniques, mirroring his fascination with English aristocracy, with that of Tibetan costume silhouettes.

Six Lee was the first Chinese student graduating from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp in Belgium in 2009, and has since collaborated with Alexander McQueen in London, before establishing his label in 2011.  We can’t wait to see more.

Check out his Spring Summer 2014 Editorial Here.

WEAR Six Lee / PHOTOGRAPHS Ernesto Artillo

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#JJStyle: PROUDRACE SS2014, Styled By Tribe

One Filipino label, making style waves pretty much everywhere these days, is PROUDRACE. The brand, now seen on bands and indie-personalities world wide, has launched a collection of easy outerwear with non-so-easy prints focused on traditionally “occult” symbolism as seen in their just released Spring-Summer 2014 look book.

This season, the street wear label extracts inspiration from actress and photojournalist, Gina Lollobrigada’s, book on the Philippine’s indigenous tribes. Proudrace’s SS14 colelction seeks to translate their own interpretation of the tribe, as a way to link modernity to Filipino heritage. The overall finish is classic PROUDRACE with tongue in cheek prints, baggy yet formed silhouettes, and with that dark punkish undertone. Photos are by Everywhere We Shoot.

WEAR PROUDRACE

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