#theWanderlist: BEP Vietnamese Kitchen Stands Out By Fusing Street Style Viet Meals With Low-Key “Normcore” Branded Design, And It Works

For some new dining destinations in Hong Kong, maybe the best way to stand out is to keep things minimalist, easy, and not look like theres so much effort in trying to stand out. I mean new “must-go” restaurants in this city open almost every week, and this current normcore attitude, you know the “desire to NOT stand out” and the “opposite of hardcore”… is maybe what works if one really needs to make a mark these days amongst the glut of dining choices on offer.

That said, being normcore, is not as easy at it looks. One has to be methodical about materiality, textures, lighting, form, layout, and overall aesthetic planning. There’s a difference between a space or restaurant that’s minimally Designed vs. one that is just… well… empty.

BEP Vietnamese Kitchen opened just recently, and the group who runs it knows exactly what they’re doing since they’ve spent all these years perfecting the casual Vietnamese offer through their other brand, Nha Trang. BEP is located in a little alleyway just behind PURE Gym Soho off Staunton Street with a panoramic glazed window framed in a seemingly untreated silver aluminum cladding. The feeling is that of a diner you’ve seen before, and the immediate familiarity and openness in the facade design (also a row of tall chairs for outdoor seating), makes anyone feel welcome in this joint.

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The interior and exterior work is designed by Candace Campos of ID, originally from Los Angeles, now based in Hong Kong. And Before BEP, Campos has worked on other F&B projects in the city such as Mana, Tate Dining Room, and Heirloom and a few other residential projects under her belt. Campos kept things minimal at BEP with light timber tables, and sexy chairs that look like folded cardboard. Columns are clad in square stark white ceramic tiles with a dark grouting which creates a “subway” style grid, underpinning all the light timber and raw concrete finishes. It feels like a cool easy anteen in Brooklyn or Los Angeles. 

Together with Campos, the branding work for BEP was executed by Danielle Huthart through her firm, Whitespace, with denim uniforms designed by Paola Sinisterra of Tangram (apparently). This is a style trio that’s hard to beat.

Oh and the food… so my friend, Louise, took me here one Saturday, and everything they’ve got are easy to eat shareable snacky dishes like Squid Cakes, Pomelo Salad, Stir Fried Clams, Beef Salad, Sesame Rice Crackers, Garlic Fried Chicken Wings, various options of Bun Chay (dry noodle with fried goods on top), and you know the basic Pho offerings. For those who are into that stuff… there’s plenty of Sriracha for you to plop into your meals. Price wise its a great deal with meals coming out to about 100hkd a person (and it’s Central…AND it’s a place you actually WANT to be seen in!) It could be my new local.

My favorite dish? The Banh Xeo, a thin flour crepe stuffed with shrimps, pork, lettuce, and herbs. I loved it with fish sauce. So delicious. Give it a go. It’s very economical, nothing to lose, lots to gain.

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Some Photos via BEP Facebook. Some Photos by Me.

EAT BEP Vietnamese Kitchen . Lower Ground Floor, 9-11 Staunton Street, SOHO, Central, Hong Kong . T: +852 25227533 / DESIGN Candace Campos of ID / BRANDING Whitespace Hong Kong 

JJ.

 

#JJStyle: Good Girl Gone Bad, JOURDEN AW14

Hong Kong’s hottest womenswear line, JOURDEN, is going global and will be the upcoming line soon at Opening Ceremony stores in New York City and Los Angeles. Their Autumn-Winter 2014 collection is an evolution of a JOURDEN girl growing up.

Via JOURDEN:

The collection presents a number of distinctive silhouettes, including shell & polo tops, sheer ribbed jumpers, pleated, trapeze and marquee skirts, dresses, high-waisted shorts, perfecto bikers and hunter jackets. AW ‘14 showcases the label’s signature skirts manifested in new shapes of trapeze and marquee. While the flimsy confetti fabric is transformed into thicker, stormy black and navy versions, the quilt motif also reappears in white and blue interpretations. Continuing a strong yet subtle love of uniform aesthetics, the looks are completed with polo tops trimmed with prominent zippers, a unique adornment displayed throughout the collection, or crude shell tops embellished with sharp yellow, green, red and navy stripes.

JOURDEN shies away from an overt sex appeal, focusing instead on reinstating elements of strength from the original perfecto biker jacket. It is offered in variations of cashmere wool, quilted confetti and duvet motif, as well as mohair fun fur paired up with shimmer fabrics.

via Creative Director, Anais Mak:

“The JOURDEN girl is crusty, candid and determined, but also introvert at times. Every season, I try to make the girl speak up a little bit more. The contrasts between the disciplined, time-honored blocks, and the bold fabrics in each piece exhibits unexpected juxtapositions of the girl. In our times, to be proper means very rebellious.”

The rest of the collection will be available at Liger Hong Kong, along with select premium retailers in Tokyo, Shanghai & Taipei.

WEAR Jourden

JJ.

#JJStyle: Form, Shape, Colour, and Matter Matters

Look what i’m very much into at this moment. By the looks of the photographs of the latest products to come out of Hong Kong above… you can probably tell why. Modern Form? Check. Color Blocking? Check. Simplicity? Check. References to to Art and Architectural History like Art Deco, Post Modernism, the Bauhaus, Hopper, Warhol, Hockney, and Max Huber? Check.

The new Hong Kong based accessories label, Matter Matters, puts its fresh designer, Flora Leung, on the forefront of what and why “Design” really “matters” in Hong Kong, NOW. Since launching the brand at a pop-up shop at K11 end of 2013, Leung’s amazingly sharp and classic collection has been covered by the likes of Blouin Artinfo, Refinery29, Vogue Italia, and NOWFASHION. It’s really great that this is coming out of Hong Kong, and too an amazing testament to Leung, who’s had enough of a vision to get her act together to provide a niche product for the local market, which also happens to speak to a global fashion and design audience.

Years of working at a vintage shop selling Chanel’s and Hermes Kelly bags, allowed Leung to observe and see what it is that people are really into. And time and time again, they would always purchase classic bags over seasonal trendy styles. This got her thinking about her own label, Matter Matters, which she actually debuted and developed for her graduate show at the London College of Fashion in 2012. 

"Why do designers have to rack their brains and constantly come up with new designs," asks Leung in an interview, “You can pay a bit more effort and design something timeless that will run for years, even decades.”

The monogram and logo-free label now consists of fun bags… some an homage to the triangle shape, others an homage to dumplings, plus wallets, totes, and watches for both men and women fans of the label. Check out my own Matter Matters “Bay” Wristwatch via my Instagram account, below

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So talented…. and this is only the first collection!

SHOP Matter Matters Online . Matter Matters Gallery at K11 Select, Shop 101, No.18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, HK .T: +852 98894198 . For Stockists in Paris and Shanghai, Click Here

JJ.

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#theWanderlist: Menswear For All, New York City

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Going to New York City for work and play gave me a chance to make some visits to a few cool destination stores by my favorite brands, for men. If you’re a guy and you only have a day or two to fit in some shopping in the city, I strongly suggest highlighting Nolita and Bleecker Streets to your lists, since these two neighborhoods carry a good selection of casual menswear brands to fit most tastes.

Please note, nothing in my NYC #wanderlist covers formalwear or suiting, but there are some selections available at a few of these stores that can offer a full range of styles for most any occasion. (For bespoke suiting, I recommend the NYC outpost of Hong Kong’s iconic menswear tailor, The Armoury.)

+ FINE THREADS // Black Fleece on Bleecker Street

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In 2007, Brooks Brothers launched a youth oriented label,Black Fleece, in collaboration with Mr. Thom Browne, who won the 2006 CFDA Award Winner for menswear just a year before. Yearning to break free aesthetically, from their main Brooks Brothers line, the Black Fleece label allows for the brand to offer a selection of menswear for a new generation of guys who may not be so familiar with the traditional Brooks Brothers suiting, but are ready to embrace elements of “dandy” suiting in their day-to-day lives. With Black Fleece, designer Thom Browne gets to make clothing for a wider demographic of men who seek to embrace his modern look, underpinned by the Brooks Brothers level of quality and craftsmanship.

The corner store on Bleecker Street is intimate, carrying both men and women’s. Customers and staff know each other there on a first name basis, and when I went, everyone who showed up at the store, were pretty much return customers. This is a good thing for me to notice, especially because the clothes are so playfully quirky and a-traditional. I suppose the intimacy in shopping experience for Black Fleece is really about the support of their customers who just “get” the brand concept from the get-go. (And FYI, the service quality in Hong Kong’s flagship on Wyndham Street is absolutely the same level. Top notch and personal. I hope they keep it up!)

+ STREET STYLE // Saturday’s Surf NYC on Crosby Street

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Yes, Saturday’s is an urban shop in New York City for those into surfing culture. I know… crazy right, because where can you actually surf in Manhattan!? While I was there, twice, during my last trip, I did witness a guy purchase a surfboard and then packing it up on the spot. So yes, in New York City, surf sells at Saturday’s Surf NYC.

Saturday’s is essentially a casual men’s shop selling “street style” with a splattering of elegant buttoned down looks and up-market T’s and sweatshirts. The reason why I support this local brand, which first opened its doors in 2009, is that while it speaks to a particularly niche and quirky customer (urbanites who are engrossed in surfing culture), its collection… from apparel, to bags, to shoes, to accessories, pretty much have a strong and consistent aesthetic base line which a broader design-focused demographic can appreciate. Everything is either grey, black, or primary colors in palette, and for the patterns or stripes that appear in their collection, it’s pretty bold in a pop art kind of way… yet clean and modern. This kind of stylistic integrity is a great position to be in, especially for a young brand wanting to make a mark in casual street wear.

Some of my favorite things about the shop… browsing Saturdays Magazine, the brand’s modern take on the classic surfer magazine and checking out the back garden where you can just sit and chill with a cup of delicious La Colombe coffee from their destination coffee shop in store.

+ ARMED CANDY // Miansai on Crosby Street

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Miansai’s Crosby Street location in Nolita has only been operating for less than a year (opened in December 2013), but already it seems like the flagship has been there since the establishment of its brand in 2008. Founded in Miami, by New York born, Michael Saiger, Miansai’s men’s jewellery is now coolly retailed in 40 US States and 36 countries, including Mr. Porter (which ships internationally), and Kapok, Harvey Nichols, and Lane Crawford, here in Hong Kong.

The Crosby street location offers the full array of Miansai’s products, plus leather goods, with all items Made in the USA by its team of 30 craftsmen. If you’ve been shopping in Asia, and think you’ve seen all of what Miansai has to offer re: nautical themed bracelets, think again, this tiny shop in New York carries everything you’ve seen and so much more, including new designs, fixings, and clasps, recently launched for its 2014 collection of wares.

My favorite is the cuff design,  made of .925 Sterling Silver, 14K Gold and Rose Gold, and for some items, 18K Gold. Have a sip and sit in the in-house tea room as you enjoy browsing and the trying on of all things Miansai. (FYI. You can also build your own bracelet.)

+ CURATED STYLE // Odin New York on Lafayette

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10 year old menswear boutique, Odin, has been on the curated menswear scene way before menswear became a staple on everything from everyone’s Pinterest and TUMBLR boards, to their multiple-broque closets. Founded by partners, Paul Birardi (ex-buyer at Macy’s) and Eddy Chai (ex-advertising art director), Odin has held their own, courting working gents from all walks of life who care about fashion and style, plus now college students and even some female shoppers.

The store on Lafayette Street, a 2000 square foot, ex-Chinese Noodles factory, was a hands-on experience for the founders, building and designing everything themselves to house menswear multi-brands from the ground up. Since establishing the boutique, Odin has collaborated with American retail giants like Target, the Gap, and boutique labels like Matsuda, Rag & Bone, Common Projects, Mark McNairy, Alex Mill, Todd Snyder, and Engineered Garments.

The Lafayette Street shop offers personal styling services for a wide range of products available from the house’s own label to the likes of Thom Browne’s main line, which I bought a few pieces on sale.

+ ALL AROUND STYLE // Club Monaco Men’s on 5th

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Not quite in Nolita and Bleecker (we’re talking 5th Avenue), but just a walk away from the iconic burger joint, Shake Shack in Madison Square Park where my friend Andy and I had our lunch, is the heaven that is Club Monaco’s 5th Avenue store. I don’t know about you, but I’m obsessed about all things Club Monaco (and its been a few years now), since I’ve done style collaborations with them in Hong Kong years ago and since their menswear line was taken on board by Menswear designer, Aaron Levine.

The 5th Avenue store is indeed a mecca for those who are “Club Monanites” (okay Made this moniker up) offering a full selection of CM classics, essentials, and specialty seasonal items in playful prints, colors, and elegant (ie. non baggy) and fitting menswear silhouettes. Accessories and outerwear complement easy to wear CM items from the brand and partner “Made-In-America” labels. Shoes include a great selection from Grenson and New Balance. The huge two-story store looks like an old-time Department Store from the turn of the century, and also fits a florist, a bookstore by the Strand, and an outpost by my favorite Williamsburg café, Toby’s, for those inclined to stay awhile after a full shopping experience.

+ GROOMING // Fellow Barber on Crosby St,

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On Crosby Street adjacent to Miansai and Saturday’s, be sure to check out, Fellow Barber, one of four of these barber locations in New York City and Brooklyn. Fellow Barber is committed to offering all patrons a traditional barbershop experience without the pretense of a salon. Because everything is “traditional”, all Fellow Barbers are expertly trained to provide classic men’s cuts with straight-razor shaves.

The shop on Crosby Street carries a wide array of products, including shaving kits, body soaps, and moustache/beard wax for the discernible gentleman.

SHOP Black Fleece West Village . 351 Bleecker Street, New York NY 10014 . T: +12129292763 /  SHOP Saturday’s Surf NYC . 31 Crosby Street, New York NY 10013 . T: +12129667875 / SHOP Miansai Nolita . 33 Crosby Street, New York NY . T: +12128589710 / SHOP Odin New York Nolita/SOHO . 199 Lafayette Street, New York NY . T: +12129660026 / SHOP Club Monaco on 5th Avenue . 160 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010 . T: +12123520936 / VISIT Fellow Barber Nolita . 33 Crosby Street, New York NY . T: +12129296014

JJ.

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DESIGN NOTES: The Judd Foundation, Intimate Artist’s Studio on Spring Street
I thought I would just drop a quick note about my amazing New York trip so far. It’s now Day 3 of a 10 Day long trip to the Big Apple, and i’ve been re-discovering and #wanderlisting the city’s streets non stop. Definitely as stated on my Instagram, the biggest highlight of Day 2 was being able to have a chance to visit the newly opened Judd Foundation on 101 Spring Street, home to the late great artist, Donald Judd’s private residence and east coast workshop (the other one being in Marfa, Texas). The five storey plus basement building was owned entirely by Judd, and purchased in 1968 for about 68,000 USD, which I guess was a lot of money at the time, though it doesn’t seem much by today’s standards.
The building was built to house garment factories in the late 1800’s, and according to one of my Instagram followers, is actually the oldest cast iron structure in New York City. Groups of 8 ppl maximum are led throughout the house by two art guides who give a sneak peek into the intimate lives of Judd’s family and private work spaces. Works by Judd’s friends, including his closest artist pal, Dan Flavin with furniture by Judd and Aalto, are dispersed throughout the house. It’s definitely a must see, but book early… theres a 2-3 month wait!
jjthewanderlister:

Today’s #nyc Highlight, visiting the home and work studio of the late great artist, #DonaldJudd. Now open to the public by online request only. We loved our private tour of 101 Spring Street. Works by his best pal, #DanFlavin everywhere. #style #travel #destination #wanderlust #newyork #soho #interiordesign #architecture #art (at Judd Foundation)

VISIT Judd Foundation on 101 Spring Street, New York City / T: (212) 219 2747

JJ.

DESIGN NOTES: The Judd Foundation, Intimate Artist’s Studio on Spring Street

I thought I would just drop a quick note about my amazing New York trip so far. It’s now Day 3 of a 10 Day long trip to the Big Apple, and i’ve been re-discovering and #wanderlisting the city’s streets non stop. Definitely as stated on my Instagram, the biggest highlight of Day 2 was being able to have a chance to visit the newly opened Judd Foundation on 101 Spring Street, home to the late great artist, Donald Judd’s private residence and east coast workshop (the other one being in Marfa, Texas). The five storey plus basement building was owned entirely by Judd, and purchased in 1968 for about 68,000 USD, which I guess was a lot of money at the time, though it doesn’t seem much by today’s standards.

The building was built to house garment factories in the late 1800’s, and according to one of my Instagram followers, is actually the oldest cast iron structure in New York City. Groups of 8 ppl maximum are led throughout the house by two art guides who give a sneak peek into the intimate lives of Judd’s family and private work spaces. Works by Judd’s friends, including his closest artist pal, Dan Flavin with furniture by Judd and Aalto, are dispersed throughout the house. It’s definitely a must see, but book early… theres a 2-3 month wait!

jjthewanderlister:

Today’s #nyc Highlight, visiting the home and work studio of the late great artist, #DonaldJudd. Now open to the public by online request only. We loved our private tour of 101 Spring Street. Works by his best pal, #DanFlavin everywhere. #style #travel #destination #wanderlust #newyork #soho #interiordesign #architecture #art (at Judd Foundation)

VISIT Judd Foundation on 101 Spring Street, New York City / T: (212) 219 2747

JJ.

jjthewanderlister:

T Minus 2 Days. Hotels via @smithhotels and @airbnb are booked! Places to #wanderlist are set and ready to go! A little work, a little play… NYC you are mine! More to come in the next few days! #JJTravel #travel #destination #style #newyork #design #hotelamericano #smithotels #airbnb #mccarrenhotelandpool #brooklyn #manhattan #williamsburg

#JJTravels: New York City in less than 2 Days!
I’m hitting the Big Apple in two days for a little work and a little play. I’d like to thank Smith Hotels in APAC for getting me connected with stays at two cool hotels while I’m there, and Airbnb for letting me experience four nights in Williamsburg at my first Airbnb adventure. Also thanks to my pal, Bite Me editor, Katrina Tran, for amazing tips on places to go and things to do. I can’t wait to share these with you when I end up #Wanderlisting them!
Any more tips on what’s cool to eat, shop, see, and do in NYC, now? Let me know. Send me an email at info@wanderlister.com or info.wanderlister@gmail.com and I’ll see if I’ve got time to check it out!
JJ.

jjthewanderlister:

T Minus 2 Days. Hotels via @smithhotels and @airbnb are booked! Places to #wanderlist are set and ready to go! A little work, a little play… NYC you are mine! More to come in the next few days! #JJTravel #travel #destination #style #newyork #design #hotelamericano #smithotels #airbnb #mccarrenhotelandpool #brooklyn #manhattan #williamsburg

#JJTravels: New York City in less than 2 Days!

I’m hitting the Big Apple in two days for a little work and a little play. I’d like to thank Smith Hotels in APAC for getting me connected with stays at two cool hotels while I’m there, and Airbnb for letting me experience four nights in Williamsburg at my first Airbnb adventure. Also thanks to my pal, Bite Me editor, Katrina Tran, for amazing tips on places to go and things to do. I can’t wait to share these with you when I end up #Wanderlisting them!

Any more tips on what’s cool to eat, shop, see, and do in NYC, now? Let me know. Send me an email at info@wanderlister.com or info.wanderlister@gmail.com and I’ll see if I’ve got time to check it out!

JJ.

Bite Me Butt

Last month, Hong Kong based Bite Me magazine launched at Kapok on Sun Street (where else), one the city’s long time cultural anchors, to great fanfare. In attendance of course is the founders, editorial team, Katrina Tran, the Chief Editor, and Jason Schlabach, the Art Director, to host friends, guests, and fans at a pre-Art Basel soiree.

Bite Me magazine, is an “independently published art magazine”, with a “not-so-serious, cheeky perspective of Cultural Phenomena”, according to their website. The Bi-Annual magazine, filled with content from various accomplished contributors from different creatives fields such as graphic design, photography, art, illustration, and literature; have already made its big jump beyond the city into the global arena with stockists located in New York City’s MoMA PS1 Store and Printed Matter, LA’s Creatures of Comfort, London’s Serpentine Gallery, Tate Modern, and White Cube, Paris’ Colette, and Sydney’s Incu… just to name a few. 

The opening, which quickly turned into a block party, drew a huge crowd of over 300 guests, including fashion editor, Grace Lam, graphic designer, Danielle Huthart and RONWAN, branding expert, Marc Brulhart, photographer, Jason Capobianco, accessories designer, Michelle Lai, illustrator / jeweller, Kate Barnett, and Kapok’s founder, Arnault Castel, of course. 

We chat briefly with the Bite Me team about the concept for Bite Me and what they plan to do with this ultimately successful project from here on out.

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theWanderlister+: Tell me where did the idea for Bite Me Magazine come from?

BITE ME: After years of coming up with magazine ideas, the reason that this one finally made it to the printer and into a finished product is that it was the perfect combination of a cheeky idea and a serious dedication to quality. What started as an offhand joke about removing the identity and ego from modelling in fashion magazines by only showing butts, turned into a months long creative journey to make a cultural magazine with the very best of high- and low-brow contributions. While the first issue is all about butts (every page of it), we wanted to create an attitude that can be applied to other themes as we work on the second issue.

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theW+: Speaking of Cheeky. The first issue, as you said, is definitely all about “butts”. What’s the best butt in the history of visual culture, and whose butt is trending now?

BM: Well, it has definitely opened our eyes to all the butts that paved the way for a Kim Kardashian or Jen Selter rear selfie to get hundreds of thousands of ‘likes’. One of the first big impacts in mainstream culture was Sarah Baartman in early 19th century London, covered in an essay on objectification and embracing real butts written by Christian McQueen for the magazine. Best butt has to go to Michelangelo’s David, inspiring butt envy for 500 years!

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theW+: I totally agree with you guys on David, it made your cover after all! You guys have only been on newsstands several weeks and already you’ve received quite a positive reception! Why do you think this is? And what have you heard in terms of feedback? Is it something the world needs right now?

BM: The reception has been really encouraging, first with the contributors who were so generous with their talents and then with the readers. I think a big reason has to do with the theme of the first issue. People are responding to the obvious fun we had making the magazine and a much-needed sense of humour in our cultural observations.

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theW+: Tell us about your the two-person team that makes up the editorial staff of the magazine… What’s the process like? And how many of these can we expect a year?

BM: The big creative decisions are all joint, from the contributors list to the flow of the content. But when it comes to producing the magazine, our roles don’t overlap much which is one of the key to us working well together. We review the work constantly, but when it comes to sitting down and making it happen, we do so separately and that keeps our two perspectives from merging too much. We want to maintain our distinct points of view as we work together. We’re aiming to publish BITE ME bi-annually.

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theW: Lastly, what are the magazines from Hong Kong that you guys absolutely love, and what are your thoughts on the publishing offerings here in the city? And how could you see contributing to the bigger picture within the city or the world?

BM: We’re proud to have made this in Hong Kong. Our contributors, such as Kate Barnett, Ron Wan, Ada Hung, Hakan Celebi and others, and printing partner, Asia One, have made it a great experience. There is a lot of creativity emerging in the city and the cultural potential is enormous.

We love independent publishing, such as Ha Wan Pao. That being said, we strive for a global perspective and don’t consider BITE ME to be a Hong Kong focused magazine. We didn’t see anything with this blend of content and attitude in Hong Kong and that further inspired us to make the magazine. If our contribution to the scene would simply be to make people think more broadly about what is possible in this city, we’d be really proud of that.

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Congratulations guys! You’ve done well! I can’t wait to read the next issue! :)

READ Bite Me Magazine ONLINE / READ Bite Me Magazine

JJ.

theWanderlister+ turned 3 today!
Happy Birthday To Us indeed!
Thanks so much for reading this blog. I can’t believe it’s been three whole years already! Initially when I started this hobby, (i’m an architectural and interior designer full time)… the whole point was to try to bring all the sub-cultural cool stuff about Hong Kong, China, and Southeast Asia (basically wherever I travel), to a palatable and more visible level. I also started the blog to force myself to really go out there and appreciate all that living and being in Hong Kong and Asia can offer.
In the three years i’ve worked building this website, Hong Kong has changed so much. I think I just started this blog at the right time when the cultural momentum was only revving up in the city. Now I can hardly keep up! There’s so more stuff going on than the amount I can possibly write about, while still doing all of this part time when I’m free to sit on my iMac and blog.
Anyway, it’s all been fun, and continues to be fun. I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for me and Wanderlister.com! Hope you can continue to join the journey with me as well.
And this month… it’s Art Basel for the second time in Hong Kong. I’m very excited to say the least.
JJ.

theWanderlister+ turned 3 today!

Happy Birthday To Us indeed!

Thanks so much for reading this blog. I can’t believe it’s been three whole years already! Initially when I started this hobby, (i’m an architectural and interior designer full time)… the whole point was to try to bring all the sub-cultural cool stuff about Hong Kong, China, and Southeast Asia (basically wherever I travel), to a palatable and more visible level. I also started the blog to force myself to really go out there and appreciate all that living and being in Hong Kong and Asia can offer.

In the three years i’ve worked building this website, Hong Kong has changed so much. I think I just started this blog at the right time when the cultural momentum was only revving up in the city. Now I can hardly keep up! There’s so more stuff going on than the amount I can possibly write about, while still doing all of this part time when I’m free to sit on my iMac and blog.

Anyway, it’s all been fun, and continues to be fun. I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for me and Wanderlister.com! Hope you can continue to join the journey with me as well.

And this month… it’s Art Basel for the second time in Hong Kong. I’m very excited to say the least.

JJ.

#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

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.