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Eclectic East Movember

Here at Eclectic East, we thought we would get into the Movember mood with this hipster sweatshirt from Japanese t-shirt brand Graniph.
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graniphMr EE and I found this brand whist cycling around a very very cold Kyoto. We had to warm up, so we stopped at this interesting looking store, only to find that it was not only warm and interesting looking, it was full of limited edition t-shirts and sweatshirts using designs from emerging designers and artists. Bonus! Hunting down the quirky and warm option, I went for this novelty number which is very fitting for this Movember month. Mr EE took full advantage of the bulk discount and stocked up on printed tees.

Movember cycling14graniph_04 storeIf you are into printed t-shirts and also into design then Graniph is the brand for you. They work in collaboration with artists and designers from all over the world; I saw artists from Budapest, Tokyo, Sydney, London, Barcelona, Seoul, Taipei and Jersey. I will give a special mention to the artist Jonah Block since his moustaches are also in season it would seem!

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If you are a budding artist and want to work in collaboration with Graniph you can find details here about how to get your work printed up and sold in their stores. Good luck, and happy hipster Movember!

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Behind The Scenes Of Your Wardrobe

Eclectic East beads3Ever 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.

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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.

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Eclectic East fabric3Colour, 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.

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Eclectic East beads2Eclectic East trims1Putting 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!

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Shosa by No No Yes – Leather origami wallet

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.

shosa_by_nonoyesNo 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.

shosa-leather-card-case (1)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.

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shosa-leather-short-walletWe 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.

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Japanese Textiles – Eclectic East Kimono Collection

Japan is hands down, one of the most fascinating and inspirational places I have visited. If you have not already been – it should be on your wish list. The culture is so rich and that richness is carried through into all aspects of life – be it design, food, fashion or art. As you know, my passion is textiles and I have come clean as having an addiction. eclectic east kimono 7

Japan did not disappoint in fueling my addiction, the patterns that adorned so many of the traditional fabrics are unmistakably Japanese in style but, at the same time, incredibly current and contemporary when seen in a modern context. I found a wonderful store in Kyoto where I spent a happy few hours sorting through hundreds of vintage kimonos and somehow managed to select just 7! (Mr Eclectic East explained that carrying more than 7 kimonos around Japan for a week in his backpack was above and beyond the call of his duties as a husband). Here they are for your viewing pleasure in all their patterned glory! Note the beautiful embroidered details, rich silk fabrics and intricate hand stitching on each one.

eclectic east kimono 31 eclectic east kimono 33 eclectic east kimono 32This one is made with a traditional shibori technique which involves hand tying each of these white dots to create this resist dyeing pattern – the pattern and the colours are still very contemporary looking and the tie detail in coral makes a beautiful accent colour detail.

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You get a free cat with this one!

eclectic east kimono 13 eclectic east kimono 12 eclectic east kimono 11I love the fluidity of the pattern in this one as it appears to flow up the Kimono. It is also printed with metallic pigment details which adds a little “bling” to the proceedings – shouldn’t every girl have a bit of bling now and again?

eclectic east kimono 16 eclectic east kimono 15 eclectic east kimono 14This one is the most classic Japanese pattern out of all the Kimonos I bought. I don’t know if it comes across in the photo but it is such a wonderful colour palette, such delicate subtle colours and the fabric (a stiff silk cotton blend) makes it have a formality that the others don’t have – it is stunning in the flesh!

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eclectic east kimono 1By far the most decorative, with intricate hand embroidery. I can imagine this flowing silk Kimono adorning a beautiful young girl at a traditional ceremony. The colours are fresh and vibrant, the pattern is fluid and playful.

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Hong Kong Mini Malls – Eclectic Wardrobe Heaven

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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.

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Handmade shoes from Korea.

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Not so handmade shoes from Korea!

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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!

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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?!

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Designer Fashion – Haus Khas Village

I have always thought of India as being full of wonderful traditional textile techniques, handwork, ornament and colour and it didn’t disappoint in that respect. I had not, however, realised that it was also teaming with fresh new design talent who bring together those traditional elements with contemporary fashion that is so exciting I wished I had had a bottomless bank balance and an endless string of events to attend.IMG_8877

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Haus Khas is home to the National Institute of Fashion Technology so it is the perfect place to go and check out all the latest names in fashion and see who will be the next big thing and also see the more established brands. It is teaming with boutiques that are so colourful and glistening with embroidery that I felt like a magpie being drawn into each store.

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Ole caught my beady eye straight away. It is a concept store in which designers each have a section and can display their collection. All items are made to order so you pick what you like and the assistants will take your measurements and arrange the garment to be made. Normal waiting period is 15 – 20 days. This is a really great opportunity for a new designer to make their name without having to take the risks that are normally associated with starting up a new fashion label. It is also a really exciting and inspiring place to be as a shopper.

I was particularly taken with Samant Chauhan’s collection. Chauhan launched his label in 2005 and has had critical acclaim worldwide. His pieces effortlessly bring together the traditional indian embroidery techniques with flowing ethereal dresses in a neutral colour palette. http://www.samantchauhan.com/

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Other standout brands were Ilk Shikha and Vinita http://www.ilk.co.in/ . Famous by Payal Kapoor and 5x by Ajit Kumar.

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