Last Thanksgiving, my friends Jiki and Kester cooked an amazing Turkey feast at their new home in Discover Bay. Aside from having the chance to devour a great home cooked meal, I had the pleasure to meet for the first time a friend of theirs Mr. Andre Eichman, who turned out to be a very talented and seasoned photographer whose 25 year experience ranges from fashion editorial, and extending to portraits and architecture in and around China.

We got to start chatting about his personal projects at the moment, the most exciting being an on-going series of work titled, Post Cards from the Concrete Jungle, where he takes snapshots of Hong Kong, writes notes on each shot, then mails the work to himself as a postcard, when once received, he then scans them and uploads each every card to his blog here. 

Andre’s second most exciting personal project (not any less exciting than the first of course) is now a book, titled The Chairman and I, a collection of intimate Mainland Chinese portraits with statuettes of Chairman Mao. 

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A few works from this vast series will be on display at Above Second in Sai Ying Pun, May Wong’s fringe gallery known more for her curated exhibits of “street art”. A fringe photographer himself, Andre’s personable and humble nature is not reflective of the thorough and somewhat obsessive attitude he puts in towards the literal documentation of “everyday Hong Kong” in the postcard series and the sheer effort of collecting stories/portraits across the Mainland for The Chairman and I.

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I truly recommend Mr. Eichman’s show at Above Second. Definitely something not to be missed.

Andre Eichman’s work has appeared in the Sunday Times Magazines, the Royal Geographic Magazine, Wanderlust, Vogue, and W Magazines. Globally, he’s exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai, and California.

PHOTOGRAPHY The Chairman and I: Original Photographs by Andre Eichman at Above Second. 31 Eaastern St. Sai Ying Pun 

JJ.

The Little Shop That Could; Six Years Blossoming With Kapok

It’s really incredible, KAPOK, a very curated shop of design clothing and goods just celebrated its sixth year of business this past month. From its very humble roots in Tin Hau, 6 years later, KAPOK has grown into Hong Kong’s premier go-to shop for the world’s latest craftsmanship, creativity, and design.

Curator and Shop Owner, Arnault Castel and Me.

Over the years Kapok has had very successful collaborations with many brands, artists, and creatives like Japan’s Fennica, Whitespace HK, Ilustrator Tania Willis, Furniture maker Naihan Li, Artist partners Lio Beardsley and Hei, U Hei Sing and was one the first shops in Hong Kong/Globally to carry Diptyque Candles, Seventy Eight Percent Bags, MISMO, Daydream Nation, and Wm J. Mills & Co, Common Projects, and VOID Watches JUST to name a few. Phew!

Kapok’s 6th Year Anniversary Party, earlier this Month.

And recently, Kapok presented its latest fun collaboration for the Holidays with KIOSK (NYC), a collection of things from New York and around the world that are designed and defined by necessity and cultural needs but generally go “unnoticed”. It’s whimsical, playful, and lovely.

A Hotel Key Ring from Michigan.

A red sugar bowl from Portugal.

A Wiffle Ball Set from Connecticut.

And Portuguese Beer Glasses.

Additionally, Kapok is now the first store to launch a new brand of watches called MEMENTO, the creation of Kapok’s Baptiste, his brother Jeremy, and their partner Thomas.

I love it. These MEMENTO watches are very #JJStyle.

The watches are defined by their Sandal Wood (from South Africa) and Maple Wood (from China) finishes. It is also aimed at guys who like to wear anything from jeans to a more unique and gentlemanly “dandy” look.

Bap’s MEMENTO watch below.

The great thing about these watches is that the natural wood finish and hairline stainless steel and alloy allow for color and tone changes over time due to your relationship with the watch. The movement inside is a two hand movement by Miyota Co. Citizen quartz from Japan.

Bap and Me chatting about MEMENTO.

Also spotted at the party; Shai Levy, designer of Seventy Eight Percent and Henry Temple holding a Seventy Eight Percent Bag.

VOID Watch’s Davd Ericsson and Carrera’s Khan-Linh

HK Magazine’s Hana R. Alberts in Cobalt, the color of the season.

Pals, Juan, Michael, and Kapok’s Chris

Kapok’s friends and in complimentary Navy and Red, also colors for the season.

Marc and Chantal’s Jason Schlabach in #JJStyle colors; Mustard and Denim.

And the Naked Table’s Lindsay and Chef May.

Also, if you’ve seen Jasmine Webster’s column for Lifestyle Asia this past week… you know if you’re a guy… it’s okay to wear a backpack now. I say it’s okay… as long as it’s one of these…

Congratulations Kapok!

MEMENTO WATCHES ONLINE

KAPOK is located in #3 Sun Street in Wanchai / KAPOK on FACEBOOK / KAPOK BLOG and ONLINE STORE / KAPOK on TWITTER

JJ.

Taco Tuesdays Arrives in HK via Yardbird x HECHO, One Day Only!

Oh fine. I blogged it. But I really wish I didnt. Now I’m probably out of a Taco.

Lindsay, Matt, and Chef May, the team behind Yardbird and LC Library CAFE are at it again, and will be giving Hong Kong something they’ve been missing since forever…an official “Taco Tuesday” via Yardbird x HECHO (what the heck is HECHO?). A pop-up to be located at the Shake ‘Em Buns on Lyndhurst Terrace.

FYI. NO RESERVATIONS. They said about 300 Tacos etc. only available. And come early or it’s gone. Got it? We don’t want you to miss out like you did when In-N-Out was in town for one day only right????

(via JESSIECHLOE)

Thanks Lindsay for the tip!

Yardbird x HECHO / One Night Only, No Reservations, Mexican Food / Tuesday, March 6, 2012 / 6pm to 3am / 76 Wellington Street (Shake ‘Em Buns), Central, Hong Kong / info@hechorestaurant.com / OFFICIAL FB RSVP

JJ.

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