#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

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#JJStyle: PROUDRACE SS2014, Styled By Tribe

One Filipino label, making style waves pretty much everywhere these days, is PROUDRACE. The brand, now seen on bands and indie-personalities world wide, has launched a collection of easy outerwear with non-so-easy prints focused on traditionally “occult” symbolism as seen in their just released Spring-Summer 2014 look book.

This season, the street wear label extracts inspiration from actress and photojournalist, Gina Lollobrigada’s, book on the Philippine’s indigenous tribes. Proudrace’s SS14 colelction seeks to translate their own interpretation of the tribe, as a way to link modernity to Filipino heritage. The overall finish is classic PROUDRACE with tongue in cheek prints, baggy yet formed silhouettes, and with that dark punkish undertone. Photos are by Everywhere We Shoot.

WEAR PROUDRACE

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#JJStyle: Channeling Faye Wong HK Chic With MVT Atelier’s Launch

Back to basics indeed and channeling a bit of Faye Wong ala Chungking Express, Hong Kong based model Chris L, appears in new lookbook, photographed by Oliver Clasper, for a campaign launch of the label, MVT (formerly Magnan Tse). The photographs went live first on the MVT Facebook page and we have decided to reprint them on Wanderlister.com for you.

In an interview with South China Morning Post’s Diviah Harilela MVT Designer ex-architect, Yuen Man Tse, states that the newly relaunched label is focused primarily on “luxury basics, made from natural fabrics like silk, organic cotton and viscose.” Her aim with the new MVT line is sustainability, ie. making good quality items that will last, unlike the way we tend to toss clothes away with our fast-fashion practices.

MVT’s new collection of 27 styles will be available at Kapok stores in Asia as well as Galeries Lafayette in Beijing. According to the SCMP article, some items include oversized biker vests with chunky zips, plus modern basics like jersey skirts, button down oversized blouses, and loose tops made of cotton silk.  She only uses Japanese fabrics, with nothing in the collection retailing more than 2,000HKD. This is definitely one independent designer we love to support!

WEAR MVT Atelier / FOLLOW MVT Facebook / PHOTOGRAPHS Oliver Clasper

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#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.

Have Books, Will Travel. Discover New Cities in 2014 With These Top Travel Guides

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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.

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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. 

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+ 0-6HOURS / Wallpaper* City Guides Hong Kong 2014

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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. 

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#JJStyle: Made In Paradise AW 2013 - 25% Off Wanderlister Code

It’s not all that strange to be posting this now… 1) Australia has hot sunny Winters and 2) They make great gifts for Christmas, and especially after when people fly the city yet again to spend some beach time during Chinese New Year. Made in Paradise is a Hong Kong based men’s swim trunks label debuting for the first time this year. The newest collection is focused on retro memories of its founders; Maurice Maghnagi and Sani, namely their pre-occupation with Urban Lifestyles, Technology, and Party Raving. The designs reflect “rebels who play a gentlemen’s game.”

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From Now until midnight, December 31st, just type in the promo code “MIPWL” and you will get a 25% off discount on their website. Enjoy!

WEAR Made In Paradise

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Trend Forecasters, WGSN, Likes Us! #BlogoftheWeek Yo!
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This week’s #blogoftheweek is Wanderlister chosen by Sharon Tsang, associate editor for APAC who says: “Wanderlister is an all-rounded  lifestyle blog, covering news from award-winning architecture, boutique hotels, art exhibitions to hidden alleys and artisan around Asia. Based in Hong Kong, JJ Acuna is the brain behind this inspirational and well-connected platform.”
Image by Tod’s courtesy of Wanderlister

AAAAAND The Weekend is off to a good start!
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Trend Forecasters, WGSN, Likes Us! #BlogoftheWeek Yo!

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This week’s #blogoftheweek is Wanderlister chosen by Sharon Tsang, associate editor for APAC who says: “Wanderlister is an all-rounded  lifestyle blog, covering news from award-winning architecture, boutique hotels, art exhibitions to hidden alleys and artisan around Asia. Based in Hong Kong, JJ Acuna is the brain behind this inspirational and well-connected platform.”

Image by Tod’s courtesy of Wanderlister

AAAAAND The Weekend is off to a good start!

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#JJStyle: Clockenflap, Men’s Best of Style x 3

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

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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!

EAT Moveable Feast Hong Kong

+ VANS / Single Flap Backpack 600-1200HKD

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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.

WEAR Vans

+ FLOAT CAPTAIN SURF SUPPLY CO.

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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.

WEAR Float Captain Surf Supply Co.

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