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
It’s Design Week in Hong Kong and it starts today, Wednesday, November 27th 2013. There’s no official design week in the city, not yet anyway/or not really one worth paying attention for, but if there was any kind of “Design Week”, the next 7 Days will pretty much fill your Design-starved well. Here are the Top 7 Design Things to do for the next 7 Days in Hong Kong.
+ TANGRAM x G.O.D & THE POP UP SHOP / Wednesday 13 NOV 27 and Monday 13 DEC 02 . G.O.D and The Space Hollywood Road . SOHO District
It’s all about HK’s amazing independent fashion tonight, Wednesday, and next Monday and Tuesday, all taking place on Hollywood Road in Hong Kong’s very cool SOHO District. Tangram will be launching their capsule collection with G.O.D. and fashion accessories brands M.I.S.C.H.A. and NIIN spearheads an amazing collection selection of labels, including Seventy Eight Percent, Cecilia Ma Couture, Mary Ching, Cordelia Bradley Millinery, J.J. Threads, and Daydream Nation, OR, Marijoli, Le Petite Caravane, and THYVANE (phew did we forget anyone?) for this one night shopping event at The Pop Up Shop at The Space. And don’t confuse this with another fashion event next Monday and Tuesday hosted by the Fashion Collective, a two day pop-up also at The Space with brands such as ABNS A Boy Named Sue, 15 Squarestreet, NIIN, THYVANE, Mime Vintage, plus vintage furniture by Casa Capriz, and flowers by Gemma Hayden Blest.
+ JOAO VASCO PAIVA / Thursday 13 NOV 28 . Edouard Malingue Gallery . Queens Road Central . CENTRAL District
Joao Vasco Paiva, a multi-layered, multi-media artist who walks a fine line between art and design expressions, is opening his latest solo show in town this Thursday night, hosted by the Edouard Malingue Gallery in Central. Always using Hong Kong as his muse, this particular show for the HK-based, Portuguese native artist, looks further into revealing the collective unconscious layer created by the city dweller. The show will have video, 2D, and 3D sculptural works.
RSVP for Joao Vasco Paiva
+ DETOUR 2013: CURATING THE CITY / Friday 29 NOV 2013 . Hong Kong Island Various Locations
Launching Friday night, 29th November 2012, Detour 2013 will focus on bringing HK’s design exhibits beyond one location (as in previous years) to 5 locations around town; The Central Oasis Gallery, The Police Married Quarters (PMQ) in SOHO, The Henessy in Wanchai, Oi! in North Point, and finally the Shau Kei Wan Tram Terminus. This year’s organizers with Ambassadors of Design Hong Kong, are focused on bringing guests out to Hong Kong via special Detour Trams to discuss urbanism and design via workshops on trams and off. To see the complete programme schedule click on the link below or click on this Facebook Link.
RSVP for DETOUR 2013
+ HONG KONG INDESIGN / Saturday 13 NOV 30 . Hong Kong Island Various Locations
Over 200 brands in 20 Showroom locations, Hong Kong Indesign is Hong Kong’s first ever Architecture and Interior Design oriented showrooms open house. Which means for one day, visitors can experience special project installations, lunches, events, talks, workshops from showroom to showroom over wine and canapes. No one will be walking because several shuttle buses are ready to transport guests from various show spaces from SOHO, to Wanchai, the Eastern area of Hong Kong. Brands and galleries participating and exhibiting include; Dedon, BW, Steelcase, ViA Poltrona Frau, ViA Poliforn Varenna, and much more. Events start at 9AM and end around 6PM.
RSVP for Hong Kong INDESIGN
+ IN BED WITH DESIGNERS + DESIGN TALK / Saturday 30 NOV 2013 & Sunday 01 DEC 2013 . Mini Hotel . CAUSEWAY BAY District
Join us this Saturday 6:15PM at the Mini Hotel in Causeway Bay when we discuss all things design, in bed of course, with other like minded fellows in Hong Kong like industrial designer, Michael Young, HKDC’s William To, KAPOK’s proprietor, Arnault Castel, writer Daniel Kong, and ourselves plus many more. The Design Talk is part of a larger initiative called In Bed With Designers, where for two days, 50 Designers will take over 3 floors in the hotel to display and sell their wares. This event is organized by design e-commerce site buymedesign in association with Maison & Objet Asia.
+ BUSINESS OF DESIGN WEEK BODW / Monday 02 DEC 2013 . HKCEC . WANCHAI District
BODW Business of Design Week is Asia’s leading annual event on Design, Innovation, and Branding… as it relates to Business. Now in it’s 9th year, the latest BODW will focus on works by this year’s partner country, Belgium. For 1 week, industry visitors and design fanatics will get a chance to visit 11 Major Programmes, listen to 100 international speakers, and visit a variety of booths and exhibits. Special guests this year include Sou Fujimoto, Toyo Ito, William Lim, Six Lee, Joyce Wang, and Codelfy.
RSVP for BODW
+ MARC & CHANTAL x CLOCKENFLAP MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL / Fri 28 NOV - Sun 01 DEC 2013 . West Kowloon Cultural District
Okay not really a “Design” event per se, but this three day music festival in Kowloon, Clockenflap, is really one of a kind. There will be design and art installations throughout, including an amazing series of interactive light installations all around by Marc & Chantal who are celebrating their 20th year anniversary. Here’s a little series of previews of the “light drawings” that guests will be able to play with…
RSVP for CLOCKENFLAP
Intense. I guess Hong Kong is not a “Cultural Desert” anymore.
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
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.
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
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
New denim darlings on the scene, RPMWEST, founded in May 2012 by Manuel Rappard, a former Google employee and NYU Graduate, has successfully raised over 100,000 USD this year via their Kickstarter campaign to launch amazing jeans for gentlemen, that is democratically ethical, as much as it stylish. I first heard about the brand via my friend Paul S., a cross-continental fashion photographer, who’s cousin is married to an RPMWEST collaborator. Paul S. also shot the latest lookbook which can be seen in this blog here. The San Francisco based brand prides itself on the quality of the denim, a Raw Japanese Selvedge, and its artisan craftsmanship, 100% made-in-the-USA.
Not that “none-made-in-the-USA” items are bad, per se, it’s just that in this day and age when it’s tough to guarantee exploit-free labor practices, an investment is made to go towards building an artisan trade in close proximity to where the jeans are actually designed and conceptualized. This idea of USA made jeans is not new, but the price tag, under 100USD, makes the production of artisan jeans more accessible to a market beyond the luxury buyer… which is great!
With the success of their Kickstarter campaign, the RMPWEST guys are now able to not only make their dreams (high quality fancy homegrown jeans at a not so fancy price) come true, but also implement a “Home Try On” program, where they can send three pairs to anywhere in the world (including Hong Kong), and you keep the pair that fits you the best. Right now, RPMWEST is shipping single pairs to kickstarter investors and brand supporters (including me!) and will open their website (hopefully) in November to a growing wait list, just in time for the Christmas shopping season.
A few more details… i’m wearing the New Classics with a stiff raw selvedge. (Less stiff over time.) The name “Selvedge” is reserved for denim made on vintage shuttle looms, which is how it was usually produced by classic brands prior to the 1970’s. This selvedge is usually heavier and higher quality than other denims you’re used to. Another thing that most brands these days get wrong with new Selvedge or Selvedge reproductions, is that the cutting is all wrong for the material. Thank God the moment I tried RMPWEST New Classic’s on, I immediately loved the fit. It’s roomy where it needs to be (around the thighs and knees), and fit snuggly where you want it to be (around the hips, bum, and calves.)
Photos above also show the details that come along with the Jean; Chain Stitching, 100% Leather brand patch, Metal Tack buttons, reinforced front pockets, reinforced back pockets (plane with no crazy design), and tucked belt loops (Will not rip off.) I’m truly proud of these guys’ Kickstarter project, and that they’re actually making less of a brand profit with zero retail markup, in order to make socially conscious jeans more available to a market looking for high quality that doesn’t break the bank.
Photos of me in my RPMWEST Jeans taken at the old lanes and the playground in and around Hong Kong’s Wing Lee Street off Bridges Street. Check out RPMWEST’s successful Kickstarter page here for more information on their brand and videos.
If you’ve been following me on my Instagram page, then you’d probably already know two things about me; 1) I post quite ALOT and 2) I love #menswear. Any cool new fashion thing I find, love, and purchase or get, then I pretty much manage to share on there. The two photos above are typical my #JJStyle shots, and show my newest obsession, the Swedish casual watch brand, Daniel Wellington, which launched in the summer of 2011.
This preppy watch for gents and ladies is known for their simple and thin watchcase which comes in rose gold and silver. A big trend these days is the “interchangeable” strap. With Daniel Wellington’s they come in natostrap and leatherstrap. Actually, i’ve seen a new collection from TIMEX which has the same idea. But what I love about these DW’s is that its really elegant and unassuming. You see in my two photos above I paired the same watch with a Pal Zileri Jacket in one photo and Club Monaco shirt in another.
Even my friend Liz, an architect, ordered one online. This one below is hers, which is an Instagram photo I took over brunch at Classifieds.
The DW watches are sold in over 30 countries and have been featured in magazines like Vogue, GQ, and Elle. And now all styles are available for Asia online. I even saw them at the Kapok Shop on Sun Street in Wanchai a few weeks ago.
From now until the end of November, as in November 30, 2013, if you order a watch at Daniel Wellington ONLINE, Wanderlister.com readers can get a 15% discount with the CODE: “WANDERLISTER” for all online orders. Regular mail usually takes 14 days, via UPS it’s 2-5 days.
Dress well and See you out and about!
WEAR Daniel Wellington
#theWanderlist: Imelda’s Modernist Edifice Complex in Manila, Top 4 Retro-Architecture Projects To Visit
Plenty has been said (and in singer/songwriter David Byrne’s case, sung) about history’s most famously fierce modern day first lady, the Iron Butterfly herself, Imelda Marcos. For those who do not know, Imelda is the crazy other half of ex-Philippine President (and some call dictator), Ferdinand Marcos who was in office from 1965 until they were exiled by a nationwide coup d’etat in 1986 to Hawaii.
What’s been mostly said about the now 83 year old Imelda is her glamorific (some say “Imeldific”) collection of 3,000 pairs of shoes (all looted by her friends when she escaped) and her equally lavish collection of modern architecture projects… most of which are still standing now all over Manila and other parts of the Philippines. Without Imelda’s “edifice complex” (literally referring to all her buildings located on Roxas Boulevard in Old Manila’s Reclaimed Land), the Philippines may never have been able to foster an adequate modern architectural history and help mentor it’s own homegrown architects who have used this as a platform for their careers. As her husband, Ferdinand, was focused on Nation Building, Imelda, an ex-professional beauty pageant contestant, was more focused on nation building via an architectural and cultural framework… no matter what the cost. Bless that woman, in a poverty stricken third world, and at the time, mostly agrarian country with still very heavy colonialist-scars… Imelda rush-built most of these buildings via minimal resources (some stolen, some donated), but with a kind of obsessive building gusto that has never been seen again in the region, until the last 8 years in China!
Some of these structure are still in amazing condition, like the Cultural Center of the Philippines (ex-Theatre of Performing Arts) and the Philippine International Convention Center, which are both still open to tourists and visitors. Some other buildings are in okay condition, like the Coconut Palace, home of the Vice-President, and is open to the public for tours, but with reservations made one week in advance. And other buildings, like the allegedly haunted, Manila Film Center, is in very bad shape, and plays host to the “Amazing Show”, a transgender variety show.
If you’re keen and in Manila, travel back in time and check out these “Imeldific” 70’s and 80’s structures. In today’s post, I #Wanderlist four of the buildings I’ve visited with my architect friend who went to visit the city for the first time. I dare you to relive the glam, and actually wear one of those iconic butterfly-sleeved dresses that Imelda made famous, while reliving the glory days.
Those who follow me on my Twitter account will note that yesterday I posted a tweet of a signage I spotted at Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui. The very fresh Zara Home brand just got a boost when it was reported exactly one year ago that this home brand with a "Downton Abby-esque" bent, launched an American debut via their e-commerce site, www.zarahome.com.
Now People in Hong Kong will be able to bypass online shopping and go straight to an actual flagship store on Canton Road, with an entrance almost right across the new Apple Store in The Toy House Building. hkharbourcity tweeted back saying that the Zara Home store has an estimated launch of mid-end of October.
Check out the collection below from their Fall-Winter 2013 online catalog.
So when are we getting Pottery Barn / Crate & Barrell / Restoration Hardware and everything else?
SHOP Zara Home . Hong Kong Harbour City, Canton Road, Kowloon, TST, Hong Kong