#JJStyle: Three Words. MISCHA. Camo. Collection.

As a long time fan, friend, and supporter of MISCHA’s founder/designer, Michelle Lai, i’m very pleased to announce the arrival of an amazing new capsule line she’s created that’s adventurous, innovative, yet still very “on-brand”, dubbed The Camo Collection. 

The Camo Collection retains MISCHA’s signature hexagonal graphic prints, but splatters it all with a new fluid camouflage motif defined by a traditional muted green, but with vibrant pops of color to mix it up. With the new Camo Collection, MISCHA not only breaks out of the brand’s two-tone japanese-inspired motif of the full-on hexagon shape wallpapering the bags, but she may also have to get used to a new kind of clientele… men.

While there have been talks about a 100% menswear collection from MISCHA for a long time (and there still might be in the foreseeable future), this Camo Collection does a great job catering to both women and men who are already big fans of the MISCHA product and aesthetic. That said I expect the line to gain a few MORE fans as well. Much More. The look and the print is something I have not seen in the market, which I think only works here because of the hexagon pattern giving the whole print a really cool base to play off of.

To further celebrate the arrival of the capsule line, MISCHA collaborates with both Lane Crawford and Kapok to supply the shops with limited edition pieces designed exclusively for each store. A limited edition Messenger Backpack (not shown on this post) will be available at all Lane Crawford stores from August 2014 and a special Kapok version of the “Jet Set Tote” featuring Kapok-exclusive colourways and details will also be available at the same time.

I know what I want…  definitely “the Voyager Duffel”, its the best way to escape in style. 

WEAR MISCHA

JJ.

#JJStyle: Lane Crawford A/W 14, A Focus On ‘Modern Living’

For the latter half of 2014, Lane Crawford based in Hong Kong, renews its focus on the elements which enrich and inspire our daily lives. The latest visual campaign by the prolific Laurent Segretier with Hair & Makeup by Katsuya Kamo, expresses the season’s must-have looks and edits, frames fashion and accessories amidst a backdrop of set pieces, animations, and installations by six of China’s newest generation of smart style thinkers; namely Gautier Chen, Cui Dan, Leaf Greener, Lucia Liu, Naihan Li, and Zhoujie Zhang.

Zhoujie Zhang brings a world of digital objects to Lane Crawford, using a special technique to create 25 women’s bust forms made of hexagonal steel formations. Furniture maker and architect, Naihan Li, will present four crates reflecting the modern gentleman’s apartment living. Street style star and ELLE China Senior fashion editor, Leaf Greener and stylist Lucia Liu, will each formulate an exclusive fashion collaboration with Lane Crawford. Esquire China’s fashion director, Gautier Chen, and GQ China’s fashion director, Dan Cui, will each formulate an exclusive collaboration as well that will focus on Menswear.

For the coming season, expect shearlings, tailored classic winter coats, thick cozy knits, and fringes contrasting with soft fluid skirts for women. For men, Sartorialist looks are still quite strong, with a touch of rock and roll look in dark tones and sporty fabrics. Also for men, more custom costume jewellery will be on offer.

SHOP Lane Crawford

JJ.

#theWanderlist: Lane Crawford Home Unveils Glam New Interiors

Check out Lane Crawford Home & Lifestyle’s airy new digs at the IFC Mall. The new Home concept store devotes 12,000 square meters of space displaying the best in international design brands. Their collection of fine furniture, stylish home decor, lifestyle accessories, and luxury travel essentials is dispersed amongst different re-conceptualized rooms. For example, The Courtyard, a glass enclosed room, will be a specially designated curated space, showcasing inspiring objects from around the world.

Other things to watch out for are furnishing designs that range from colonial era classics to Bauhaus style minimalist pieces. A purple room with a white cloud holds a selection of gifts, home accessories, and gadgets, to outfit your home and the ones  you love. Can’t wait to shop at this fabulous new store. Also watch out for The Glasshouse, a new conceptual restaurant to open here this weekend.

SHOP Lane Crawford Home at the Hong Kong IFC . 4th Floor, Podium 3, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong . T: +852-21183388

JJ.

#JJStyle: Bursting With Floral Freshness, ‘Botanica’ by Katsuya Kamo at Lane Crawford for S/S 2014 

After Chinese New Year is through, expect a big burst of color celebrating Spring and Summer 2014’s floral trends in fashion with Lane Crawford’s new collaboration with one of the world’s top hair designers, Katsuya Kamo. The collaboration, titled Botanica, will showcase 300 of his iconic floral headpieces across five Lane Crawford stores in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai. Kamo’s past creations have been included in publications such as Vogue Paris, Vogue Italia, Dazed & Confused, and Wallpaper*. His one-of-a-kind dream like flower pieces for Chanel’s Spring 2009 Haute Couture collection will also be at Lane Crawford on display.

To commemorate this amazing partnership, Lane Crawford will be exhibiting several striking visual installations with today’s “IT” creatives, KaCaMa, Kim Tang, Fiona Emerald Faerie, Stickyline, Mark Goss, and Ikumi Nagasawa.

Additionally, over 800 mannequins will be draped in Botanica-inspired styles at all locations, which will include works by Chinese Designers, Ms Min, Helen Lee, and Chictopia, and International labels such as Stella Jean, DELPOZO, NO.21.

Check out, Katsuya Kamo’s home here via The Selby. #iLike.

VISIT Katsuya Kamo’s BOTANICA Exhibition . 27 JAN 2014 - 14 APR 2014 . Lane Crawford IFC Mall, Canton Road Harbour City, Times Square, Seasons Place Beijing, Times Square Shanghai 

JJ.

#JJStyle: Red and Blue At The Lonestar State

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Two weeks ago, I decided to give myself a break and purchased a last minute ticket online to fly back for my annual family Christmas get together in Fort Worth, Texas (aka “The Lonestar State”)… my hometown. 

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As expected with most all-American (relatively) mid-sized towns like Fort Worth, everything is all spread out. In Texas we call this spread a “sprawl”, the opposite of Hong Kong density.

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Texas is SPRAWLING.

Below and Above, The Kimbell Museum designed by Louis Khan.

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For this brief non-Asia specific blog post, I wanted to present my photos of Texan “sprawl” as it relates to some of Fort Worth’s most unique cultural treasures, a group of world class museums which emerge lightly like an oasis on a sea of a very flat wintery beige landscape.

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First off, I find the sheer existence of these museums, with their breathtaking and unique collections set… in the middle of Fort Worth’s vast flat grassland really oddly fascinating. How did these clusters of museums get built on this site… amongst the flatness, the occasional taco stand, the gas station, and some 1950’s post-war reconstruction government edifices, in the first place?!

Well thanks to Oil Money and a very philanthropic minded Oil Family (the Bass Family), all these museums stand here today. That said, I’m thankful to have had such an access to the Kimbell Art Museum’s rare permanent collections at such formative years. The Kimbell houses a highly curated and select collection of important works by old-world masters such as, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, El Greco, Velazquez, in an intimate building designed by none other than a master, Louis Kahn. It’s no surprise that I ended up following a creative career path with that kind of cultural influence in my own back yard.

As I recently walked in and around Kahn’s introverted yet timeless building most notable for its series of barrel-vaulted roofs, I was immediately transported back to all those moments when my relationship with art and architecture first bloomed right there in that very museum.

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imageAbove, the Kimbell Extension by Renzo Piano.

Other buildings I visited in the museum complex; the newly opened glass roof extension to The Kimbell, by Italian architect, Renzo Piano. Across the street, and about twice the size of the Kahn’s Kimbell, at two full stories, my other favorite; The Modern, by Japanese architect, Tadao Ando, with a collection of contemporary masterpieces.

Below, The Modern by Tadao Ando.

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Both buildings by Piano and Ando, with their repetitive roof forms, also sit lightly on a generally flat site just like The Kimbell. Both designs are strongly influenced by Khan’s Kimbell planning, the Kimbell being at the core of Fort Worth’s museum complex, tying three beautiful modern buildings together.

Lucky Forth Worth.

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I just want to add that before I flew to Texas, I was graciously gifted one of only 74 limited edition travel satchels… a special red and blue colored Seventy Eight Percent ”Dimitri”, designed by an amazing person, Hong Kong based- Israeli designer, Shai Levy, a creative I covered on this blog several times before. 

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What makes the bag special is that it is Seventy Eight Percent’s first collaborative bag ever, this one with noted New York accessories designer, Eddie Borgo, a jewellery wunderkid who is known for his luxuriously sleek-yet-punk triangular and pyramid shaped motifs. This bag’s print of “interlocking triangles” is definitely a great example of that formal obsession with the triangle…. my favorite shape.

Below, Bag by Seventy Eight Percent x Eddie Borgo, Levi’s Jeans, Club Monaco Blazer, Watch by Daniel Wellington, shirt by J.Crew, Shoes by Ralph Lauren.

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The “Dimitri” Eddie Borgo bag was a perfect travel companion to the States for me. I was able to fit everything in this stress-free and stylish lightweight carry-all… my SLR camera, sunglasses, passport, travel documents, wallet, iPad, keys, diary, and smartphone. With everything that I placed inside, it was still a surprisingly light carry.

Material of the leather is vegetable tanned (great for the environment), and the canvas a Japanese cotton.

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The limited edition Eddie Borgo bag is available now at Lane Crawford Hong Kong (IFC, Harbour City, Times Square Causeway Bay) and Lane Crawford online and comes in Beige and Brown. Another collaborative line is with Brooklyn-based artist, Julia Chiang, available in all Blue and Beige and Green. A portion of the proceeds of the collaborative bags go to the Changing Lives Foundation, a foundation focused on reaching out to underprivileged youngsters in Hong Kong and Mainland.

And because it’s red and blue, it was THE perfect travel accessory for a trip to the U.S.of.A! It was good to be back, albeit briefly.

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SHOP Seventy Eight Percent x Eddie Borgo . Seventy Eight Percent x Julia Chiang / WEAR Seventy Eight Percent / WEAR Eddie Borgo / FOLLOW Julia Chiang Artist / VISIT Kimbell Art Museum / VISIT The Modern Fort Worth / CHARITY INFORMATION Changing Lives Foundation in Hong Kong

Style Photography Courtesy of Travis Guba Los Angeles

JJ.

Seen&Scene: From The Vault Shanghai, DIOR and Lane Crawford Go Big or Go Broke

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Shanghai is so glamorous these days. I don’t live there. I don’t wish to live there, but like Singapore… it’s fun to visit… for a weekend. And like Singapore, it’s glam, but the kind that Hong Kong is glam in the way it’s defined as a luxury brands destination multiplied by 100. Whereas Singapore is glam in a bigger-is-better and a there’s-so-much-green-space-and-fresh-air kind of way… which Shanghai is not.

In my last business trip to Shanghai in October I was able to check out this Esprit DIOR cocktail, previewing a special pop-up exhibition of Dior archived dresses and sketches at the MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai thanks to my pal Katrina. Actually it was a really unique week since most of us Hong Kongers were in Shanghai for our respective jobs and it just so happened to coincide with Shanghai Fashion Week, which culminated at the DIOR MOCA Cocktail and later on for the opening of the new 150,000 sq.ft. (4/5?) story tall Lane Crawford at the Shanghai Times Square. Even ZARA at the Shanghai Time Square had a cocktail party… I mean, ZARA? They never do any marketing of any sort. Who knows how much DIOR and Lane Crawford paid for such glam events, however if you’re a fashion brand, and you don’t Go Big or Go Broke in Shanghai, then you’re probably missing out on Shanghai’s consumer renaissance.

Apologies for these really poor photographs. My early flight made me forget two of my blogging cameras and had to rely on my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to capture the “glam”. Enjoy the photos!

+ ESPRIT DIOR / MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai

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I’ve never been to the MOCA in Shanghai, however as part of the museum’s desire “to promote artistic and cultural exchanges between China and the rest of the world”, they were glad to host the House of Dior for three month exhibition to display their archives. The cocktail evening for guests and clients of DIOR was nice, and the sheer amount of dresses (100 in total) and sketches on display was quite special. I was shocked to learn that the exhibition was not free, especially since it’s essentially a marketing exhibition for fashion brand. However the standard rate at 30 Yuan is really not that expensive, and i’m sure it separates only serious patrons vs the masses. Plenty of photographs by iconic stylists and photographers, like Patrick Demarchelier, and beautiful collaborative works of art made for this exhibit by some of China’s top current artists curated by Florence Muller.

Video work by Qiu Zhijie lined the entrance ramp, and several paintings of Mr. Dior by Zhang Huan, Yan Peiming, and Zheng Fanzhi, were situated around the path amongst iconic dresses laid out in thematic sections like, Pink and Red, Versailles, Paris, and Garden (all Raf Simons.) I really enjoyed the presence of an actual beading practitioner from the French atelier. It was beautiful to see these pieces go from sketch, to application, to finished works of art. We had a great time.

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VISIT Esprit DIOR . MOCA - People’s Park, 231 Naning West Road, Shanghai 200003, China . 13 SEP 2013 - 20 NOV 2013

+ LANE CRAWFORD SHANGHAI / Times Square in Xin Tian Di

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After leaving the Esprit DIOR cocktail, the gang then went on to Time Square Shanghai at Xin Tian Di to meet up with a larger Hong Kong crew who just so happened to be in the city that night or who were collaborating the Lane Crawford Department Store for their grand opening… 7 years after it closed it’s last shop here. And “Grand Opening” was an understatement as our car pulled up to a red carpet which was complete with strobe lights on all sides. For a moment there I thought this was not a usual LC launch like you see in Hong Kong… this was a Lane Crawford Movie Premier!

It was surprising to see just how many from Hong Kong were there that night. People I saw (and i’m sure there were more I didn’t see since I was only there for an hour) included; Alex Daye and Ellis Kreuger, tailors of Moustache manning their themed bar, bag designer Michelle Lai of MISCHA (they carry her bags there), Tangram designer Paola Sinisterra, jewellery and accessories designer Kate Barnett, my blogger pals Denise Lai and Jason Lam (who are actually based in Shanghai now), style editor and blogger Diviah Harilela, online editor Avery Booker, photographer Laurent Segretier, and of course my buddies, Louise, Katrina, and Hammer & Needle’s designer Jason Reason.

On the run up to it, everyone was on the same crazy whatsapp thread trying to find a place to meet up before the event and after. We all ended up meeting around the Moustache bar on a section of the 4th Floor. Place all of us in a Lane Crawford party in Central IFC and we’d take up the whole party, but our group was only about 5% of who was there, since there was a guest list of about 4,000 people. As our buddy, PR Guru, Nick Cakebread of BBDO who ran the DIOR event said, they must have collated every guest list there was in town. Anyone in Shanghai who possibly went to events were all there that night.

In the age of online e-commerce, it’s interesting to see such investment in brick and mortars like Lane Crawford Shanghai plus the newly opened 10 Corso Como there, and re-opened Galeries Lafayette in Beijing. After all we still need shops like this to help educate “style”, “Taste”, “feel”, and “fit”, in the ever growing luxuries market there… something that’s hard to transcend via a computer screen.

SHOP Lane Crawford Shanghai . Time Square, 99 Huai Hai Zhong Road, Shanghai, China . T: 400-1201483 . H: 10am to 10pm M-SUN

JJ.

KITTY N. WONG Takes On Vogue Fashion’s Night Out

My cutesy-cutesy fashion illustrator pal, Kitty N. Wong, is at again. Just released on her blog, Kitty spots styles and the it-looks of the season at this year’s FNO (Fashion’s Night Out) at Lane Crawford in Hong Kong, an event sponsored by VOGUE Magazine.

This time around she even had the time to make a portrait of me, which I think is pretty cool. In this look i’m wearing a bespoke tuxedo jacket from a local Hong Kong tailor in Sheung Wan, a Club Monaco Henley Shirt, jeans from NEUW, and bespoke tassled shoes. The coin pouch around my neck is a tanned leather triangle holder from Tse Say.

My other favorite looks from her drawing set include, the girl in blue wearing a one-of-a-kind Hawaiian Print dress from Tangram and geometric patterned flats from GRAM Shoes via 15squarestreet. I also like the “prep school girls” duo she drew. One was wearing a sky blue dress with a beautiful “godet detail pared with cat photo print clutch and a white wash jean jacket”. The other girl was wearing “a cable knit sweater, with a raw silk pleated skirt and broques, naturally.” 

The Bumby’s, the gents from Moustache Tailors, and blogger Nick Chan, were amongst the other characters illustrated by Kitty that evening. To check out more of her work,or even purchase it, click this link to her blog. Also if you have time, check out her work with us style spotting at this year’s Art Basel in Hong Kong.

DESIGN Kitty N. Wong Illustrator / Kitty N. Wong Blogger

JJ.

Seen&Scene: Striding In Stubbs & Wootton Slippers With Lane Crawford BLITZ

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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.

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#JJStyle: Just for Guys, Cashmere by Club Monaco and Lane Crawford

In these past few days, Hong Kong’s weather has finally gotten down to the teens (I know… gasp) and now this city’s fashion-obsessed believers, and there are many, will finally get to wear outerwear, layers, and winter garb without looking dreadfully silly while doing it. Personally as a guy who spent many years in upstate New York and then New York City before moving to Hong Kong, I’m in love with Winter, and always associate these months with the cold. It’s just not right without it. 

As part of our brand partnership with Club Monaco, we get to report their latest offering in winterwear, and a good thing too, because for this year there’s a bit something extra for Menswear shoppers in Hong Kong only, and that is the offering of a Limited Edition selection of Cashmere fashions only available in Lane Crawford stores throughout the city.

With the help of Stylist/Photographer, Olivia Tsang, Club Monaco was able to capture the these winter garbs on this season’s tastemakers from three different walks of life… Jonathan Yee, Fashion Editor of MANIFESTO (left), musician, Jun Kung (right) and us!

Jonathan wears the Cashmere Cable knit cardigan and Jun is sporting the cashmere hoodie in Navy and Orange.

We’re wearing the Cashmere V-Neck in electric blue looking snuggly underneath a McQueen baseball jacket.

Besides the v-neck i’m wearing above, my four other picks definitely include the cable knit cardigan Jonathan is wearing.

If I wasn’t wearing the McQueen baseball jacket, i’d try this cashmere version on for size…

For something a bit more neutral and subdued, i’d go for this Moss Stitch Cashmere Crewneck. The moss stich is quite elegant and makes a nice and refined shape for the sweater. Definitely it’s a sweater that keeps its form and doesn’t slouch like the others.

But my top pick would have to be this Textured Stripe Cashmere Crewneck in Blue. The design has all the touches of Aaron Levine (CM’s VP of Menswear)… it’s rugged, looks a bit vintage, has that “inside-out” effect, but meticulously crafted and put together. Not to mention super comfortable.

"Every piece in the men’s collection is special," says Levine, "The quality of the Italian cashmere is spectacular and the silhouettes we chose are sophisticated and elegant. We’ve been playing with twisting the yarns and keeping things interesting with a larger range of colors." Levine adds that plenty of inspiration from the collection come from iconic pieces like hoodies and baseball jackets. Its menswear you can slack around at home in, then walk straight out to a casual dinner after.

WEAR Lane Crawford x Club Monaco Cashmere Knit Collection

JJ.

CLUB MONACO is a BRAND PARTNER of theWanderlister+ and BrewandPost.

A Sorta Fairytale With You

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.

Butterfly Ring.

The Mother and Child Pierce.

Weep Rings.

The Brew&Post team, photographer Carmen Chan and graphic designer Denise Lai were on hand to help with the video.

Check out the video here.

SHOP James Jean OVM / ARTIST James Jean Online

JJ.