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.
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.
Texas is SPRAWLING.
Below and Above, The Kimbell Museum designed by Louis Khan.
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.
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.
Above, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
From Left to right; it’s a Mexican Cathedral in Panay Philippines, Villa Savoye in Poissy by Le Corbusier, The Gates in Central Park by artists, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, a Harajuku Girl in Tokyo, and lastly the Santa Maria Dela Pace, my favorite church in Rome.
There’s just something about traveling. I LOVE TO TRAVEL. My blog was almost called “The Wanderluster” or “The Wanderlust” if it wasn’t for it being such a popular
if not albeit appropriately cliche and overused word to label almost any travel/style based blog and/or Pinterest mood board these days. IE. The URL was already taken. So, I turned the “u” with an “i” on the title, and as they say… the rest was social media history!
As you can see at the photo collage above, when I travel, I always look out for Architecture old and new, fashion trends I see on the street, and unique exhibitions, both indoor and outdoor. Traveling allows me to break with life’s daily monotony, and I always rely on Traveling to remind me that life is lived in different ways by different people, and their cultures and societal norms can help inform a new perspective, which is definitely something I can utilize in my design work and lifestyle choices.
One of my biggest 2014 resolutions, is to attempt to visit new places i’ve never been in Asia, as well as continue to discover the new in my city, Hong Kong, and in the surrounding Pearl River Delta region. To help me with this resolution, I’ve narrowed down four books to help me with this whole discovery.
Not only are these books really beautiful graphically and to the touch (which totally speaks to my design-oriented sensibilities), the four titles also allow me to plan travel itineraries via 4 unique time scales; lifestyle pampering for just a moment, day long architectural walks in my city, 2-day regional jaunts, and long weekend adventures throughout Asia. By the end of the year, i’ll let you know how it all turned out i’m sure.
+ 0-6HOURS / Wallpaper* City Guides Hong Kong 2014
To be honest in the age of the internet, I almost completely forgot about Wallpaper* City Guides. While there was a time that I relied on these guides solely to help me anchor my urban trips, I’ve found them less useful over the years, especially when there are blogs (like mine) that tell you what’s the cool in a city that continually evolves as much as Hong Kong does.
Based on my last post, as you can tell, most people brought their style to the West Kowloon Cultural District last weekend at the 2013 Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival.
(Which I embarrassingly called “2014” in that post for a whole week, why? Who knows… anyway moving on.)
Here are my Top 3 Best of Style trends I spotted for guys last weekend. Enjoy!
+ MOVEABLE FEAST / Pulled Pork Sandwich 60HKD
Indeed, the most stylish thing I spotted for any guy at the festival is not a fashion accessory, but this damn sexy Pulled Pork Sandwich from Moveable Feast. Growing up in Texas, I was always a step away from amazing Pulled Pork, Barbecue Sauce, Coleslaw, and Buttermilk Bread… someone had the bright idea to slop all those together and serve them at Clockenflap. And best yet, I spotted them everywhere, on guys dressed super stylish, like our Gentleman, Ken, posing above with the sandwich in J.Crew and a very cool pair of New Balance kicks. The last sexy thing about a guy anyone wants to see, is a guy on a diet. Everyone prefers to hang out with stylish guys who eats anything he wants… and sensibly. Carry around Pulled Pork Sandwich! Eat well! Feel well! Look Well!
+ VANS / Single Flap Backpack 600-1200HKD
Okay guys, I give up. I can’t seem to find any more information about this bag online. However, it is VANS, and the color… the big size… the square style… the single flap detail with the leather notch… it’s all really spot on. The best part is that the guy whose wearing it, wears it perfectly with a single v-neck white-T, jeans cuffed just right, and simple leather shoes to match… meaning with a bag like that, it’s the bag that’s meant to be stand out and be the main style piece here.
VANS (an official Brand Sponsor of Clockenflap) is having quite a presence in Hong Kong these days. The best part is, it got me to REALLY start looking at VANS again as a viable accesssory to my wardrobe. And i’m 33 years old! I haven’t worn them since I was 15 or 16 in the 90s. Crazy. I love their upgrade… and obviously, I’m loving their Liberty London collaboration as well since i own two pairs.
+ FLOAT CAPTAIN SURF SUPPLY CO.
So we met these guys from Float Captain Surf Supply Co. for the first time at Clockenflap at the “markets” there. The market in general was so-so Hong Kong standard (trinkets and arts-craft high school variety), but these guys, a Hong Kong-based brand called Float Captain, should really be playing with the big boys and going “POP UP” with the likes of Tangram, niin, MISCHA, and THYVANE. I personally love the black and white cap. Can’t wait to hear, and see more of these guys.
Minus a few hiccups, mainly Canadian band, Metric’s, sound going offline for about 20 minutes, and a bit of early wardrobe malfunction on my end from not sitting properly on the grass… everything was pretty much heavenly at this year’s 2013 Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival in Hong Kong at the West Kowloon Cultural District… probably the best Clockenflap its ever been. Everyone, expats and Hong Kongnese alike, had a band or two they loved to see at the line up, and for the most part everyone was pretty happy with the offerings of indie rock and pop throughout the festival’s three stages over two and a half days. I went to Clockenflap for the first time last year, but I found this year to be bigger and more enjoyable; from the line up selection, the food selection, the drinks selection (two coffee houses!), and the family entertainment… there was plenty of it.
The VANS and Moustache Bearded Lady booths supplied interesting “sideshows” that were quite unique and memorable. At VANS girls had manicures on offer while guys got a real barbershop treatment. At the Moustache Bearded Lady Tent, party goers were treated to Lilian Chang’s traditional Cantonese pop standards of yesteryear, Magic with Magician Stuart Palm, and choreographed burlesque dancing from our girl friends, which included Tangram designer, Paola Sinisterra. The kids also seemed to love the big White Cloud in the middle of the park, designed by Marc & Chantal. My friend, Jason Schlabach, was one of the team’s main designers for the inflatable pavilion’s cloud which housed the light writing activities. The cloud was really beautiful. And Especially at night when it’s all lit up.
I don’t want to get too much into it on this post, but between my drinks at the (BELVEDERE) RED VIP Tent, The Carlsberg Tents, and the Somersby Cider Hangout, I have to thank my lucky stars my pal, Katrina, was there by the end of Sunday night to escort someone like me home… a less than stellar example of Mr. Ole-Dapper-Gentleman-Me. Okay I was practically “sloshed”.
Before I get more into photos of my favorite ‘Flappers from this past weekend, I’d like to thank (BELVEDERE) RED for hosting us this past weekend at CLOCKENFLAP, and for Erica Fong and Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong website for style spotting me in my favorite jumper of the year, the KENZO x Opening Ceremony collab with all the Eyes. I also matched the jumper with my VANS x Liberty London collab paisley red shoes for that last day… (which as you can see in the photographs… it was a crisp winter’s Hong Kong day with not a cloud in the sky!)
(via LIFESTYLE ASIA HONG KONG)
Clockenflap 2014, was by far the best Music Festival Hong Kong has ever seen so far and for proof, check out photos of my favorite people I spotted at this weekend’s event. Everyone’s having such a great time out.
On Friday night… Burlesque Dancers.
Lillian Chang at the Bearded Lady Tent.
Lifestyle Asia’s Editor, Erica and her partner.
Katrina and Jason S.
Australia’s Best (Susan and Jason R), with Jason S.
Danish band, Efterklang’s vocalist, Clasper Clausen.
Melinda of Ztylistas. Check out her awesome Tom Ford Specs.
My Lovely sister, Bernadette, in head-to-toe Denim&Supply.
We both loved Tegan and Sara’s performance. So amazing.
I almost saw everyone there that weekend! Everyone was in great form.
And then… day turned into night…
The party continued forward as everyone went to the Your Mum Stage to listen to my pal DJ Angus Wong play.
And finally… METRIC! In two acts due to the busted speakers. Oh well. They sounded great nonetheless… but just one note… Drugs + Emily Haines + Long Blonde Extensions + Big Screen Stadium TV = Not Flattering. But again, she was professional, and sounded really amazing.
And I barely remembered taking this shot for 2 Many DJ’s. I was exhausted to say the least.
VISIT Clockenflap 2015