As promised yesterday, here is our DIY how-to for our super funky feather baubles.
You will need…..
- Clear glass or plastic baubles
- Colourful feathers
- Colourful tape or string for hanging
- A chopstick!
Start by removing the hanging stand from your baubles and pull the feathers off the tape, selecting the colours that you want to use.
Carefully insert the feathers into the baubles, pushing inside with a chopstick. You can use the chopstick to poke them about and make the arrangement look nice.
Once you have put in all the feathers that you want to, put back the hanger stand and add a colourful tape to hang the baubles.
Hang on your tree with the other baubles that you made from yesterday’s post and enjoy your Eclectic East christmas!
Ever wondered where all the fabrics, trims and beads on your new dress come from? Or how the latest colours are so quickly translated from the catwalk to your local Topshop? The chances are pretty high that a little unassuming low rise area in Hong Kong – Sham Shui Po – will have been part of the fashion chain.
Before I moved to Hong Kong 6 years ago, I had heard of this fabled place through industry chatter. It sounded like a textile Mecca but I wasn’t sure if I was just hearing Chinese whispers. Fresh off the boat and straight into my job, I was taken to Sham Shui Po by a colleague on my third day in Hong Kong. Let’s just say I never looked back! The rumours were true; a place where you can freely pick up bundles of fabric swatches, ribbons arranged with scissors for you to cut yourself a free sample, beads by the bucket load, and sequins – well don’t get me started.
Colour, print, texture, wools, silks, nylons, trims, furs, stretch fabrics, knits, wovens, glitter, feathers and the list goes on. You name it – it is here. Fueled by the high street’s love of fast fashion, this is where fashion buyers and designers from all over the world will come to source fabrics and new ideas to create the latest looks for your wardrobe. I see Sham Shui Po as a giant moodboard and colour palette for the latest trends. When I want to see what direction fashion is about to take, making a trip to Sham Shui Po is normally a good place to start.
Putting my magpie tendency aside, I have also grown a special love for Sham Shui Po as an area over the six years I have been coming here. Certain shop keepers never change, the delivery men on bikes still make me smile and it is really quite photogenic when the sun shines! I enjoy coming here, not just for the textiles, but for the glimpses into Hong Kong life that has faded in other parts of the city. An afternoon in Sham Shui Po always puts a smile back on my face after a tough week in the office. Give it a visit if you ever have a spare afternoon in Hong Kong, with all that colour and sparkle – I challenge you not to come away with a smile on your face!
Here at Eclectic East, we love the excitement of coming across an innovative brand creating beautiful products. So when we found the shosa wallets from Japanese brand No No Yes we knew we had to share it with you.
No No Yes was created by designers Taichiro Hashimoto and Makoto Kawamura in 2006. They put together their passion for design and their love of leather to create a clothing and accessories brand which specialises in Leather. They chose leather because of it’s longevity but also because it gave them the chance to use traditional craftsmanship to create unique products that used contemporary styling together with age old processes.
Their Shosa (meaning wallet in Japanese) range cleverly utilises the Japanese paper folding techniques of origami to create wallets from a single piece of leather. Innovation, style, tradition and exquisite craftmanship all rolled into one – simply stunning.
We found our Shosa in Konzepp in Sheung Wan in Hong Kong. Click on the No No Yes link above for a stockist in your area.
A quick post today to share with you some colourful treats I bought on a recent trip to India.
I fully admit I am a textile addict, my collection of fabrics from around the world takes up quite a bit of space in my studio and the problem is I just keep collecting more, like a magpie! So I made a promise recently to start making use of my beautiful hoard and to share it with other textile lovers. So, here it begins! I decided to start with this little bit of neon from India. I’m thinking they would make beautiful linings to clutches, wonderful silk blend scarves or even reverses to some cushions I am in the process of designing. Do you have any suggestions to help me break my addiction and make my collection more than just a colourful addition to my shelves? Let me know any ideas that you have – I would love to hear them.
Hidden in the concrete jungle of some of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping districts (and I really mean busy!) are what we call Honkies’ call mini malls. They are small, badly lit and sometimes hard to find, but here you will feast upon some of the newest trends and most exciting fashion and accessories. Bursting with independent retailers with product sourced from all over asia. Each boutique focuses on a different theme, some stock their own designs of apparel or handmade shoes, some bring in the hottest looks from Korea and others focus on more understated Japanese pieces. Whatever you fancy, there is always something to inspire you. Here are some images from my latest mini mall adventure.
Handmade shoes from Korea.
Not so handmade shoes from Korea!
A local Hong Kong designer creates a collection using the same dress in multiple prints – one for everyday of the week, what’s not to love!
For similar adventures visit Island Beverly, La Foret and Apple Mall in Causeway Bay. You could even get yourself a HK$60.00 Manicure while you are about it – neon nails anyone?!