Dutch Design II

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After the success of the first Dutch Design pop-up at the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing, they have returned once again.  Conceived of by shoe brand O’Quirey, the pop-up is once again staged in collaboration with Ubi Gallery and Studio Henny van Nistelrooy and will be hosted by the Four Seasons until November 29.

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Not only does the pop-up have a lot more bikes than last time – these are special edition that was made for O’Quirey’s China business – but the opening party was attended by their highnesses King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, who were staying in the hotel at the time.  Click below to see more photos.

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American Rag Party @ The HUB

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Brainwaves Defining Color

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In a notable  example of tech meeting fashion, Hong Kong designer Markus Fung Qihao has developed a garment that projects human emotions onto the wearer’s body as colors through the use of 3D printing and BCI technology. By utilizing an EEG device, the wearer can digitalize brainwaves into different signals and converts them into an array of colors simultaneously as the wearer shifts through different environments.

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Woopin @ FSBJ

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For Beijing Design Week, we have arranged something truly special at the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing.  Beijing design cooperative Woopin, under husband and wife team Jia Li and Gao Yin, have put together a nature-focused installation that celebrates sustainable design as well as natural materials.

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There are over 20 designers, mostly local, featured in a modular pop-up that uses bamboo units that will be transferrable to future sites.  More details on this brilliant project in future posts, but click more to see more photos.

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For anyone who might be worried that the Chinese economy is slowing or that domestic consumption cannot being to take the place of exports or investment,  a visit to Yo’hood would be the perfect cure.  This was the third edition this massive event has the setup of the trade fair, but is really more consumer-oriented.   There may be no better venue  do you have a look at a wide swath of cool youth and all of the things that brands large and small are doing to attract their renminbi.

The organizing company, Yoho, started as a magazine focused on youth fashion and street fashion around ten years ago and was founded by Chao Liang, a native of Nanjing, who was just out of college at the time.   What has emerged in the last few years is a behemoth that is far more than just a media platform or a e-commerce site.  The Yoho  of today is a social and commercial phenomenon that is proving that street culture can become supremely popular for teens and 20 somethings in China today.

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When I was leaving at around 2 PM, there were already a few thousand people in a line that stretched several hundred meters,  but according to exhibitors I spoke to, the lines were even bigger on Saturday.   Some said they went for over a kilometer.  Even when I was there, on Sunday morning, the crowds of youth in trucker hats and cleverly logoed tee-shirts, tattooed beauties, freebies, pop concerts and pumping hip-hop, collaborations of every type conceivable between brand, street artist, and celebrity, and still tons and tons of neoprene everywhere nearly gave me a seizure and I had to leave before I probably should have.

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The Pei Mansion

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The Pei Mansion may be my favorite Shanghai hotel despite its having numerous  interesting competitors.  Built in 1934, the building was designed for the family of I.M. Pei., which was clearly wealthy on the King Midas type of scale at that juncture.  They were financiers, dye merchants and undoubtedly real estate moguls.

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Taciturn Li

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Taciturn Li is one of my favorite brands in China and the first outlet just opened at Yangmeizhu Xiejie (杨梅竹斜街)near Qianmen.  By a young man named Yunze who feels very Beijing, the brand is nonetheless inspired by American workwear while using mostly Japanese fabrics.  Taciturn Li was one of the brands that I selected for the Made in China shop-in-shop at the American Rag in LA and it has been one of the most successful brands there.

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