Ametora means “American traditional” and started in the ’80s in Japan. It refers to collegiate American East Coast or what we usually call Preppy. “Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style” is also the title of a book by Tokyo-based W. David Marx that delves into the cultural history of Japanese menswear.
David will be at our shop, Pawnstar, tomorrow (Saturday 4/22) at 5:00pm to sign copies of his book and talk about Japanese dandy style and how it preserved and shaped American preppy.
The address of Pawnstar is Room 104, Bldg. 1, The Clement Apartments 1363 Fuxing Zhong Lu,Xuhui district 徐汇区复兴中路1363弄克莱门公寓1号楼104室
Here are reviews from GQ and Japan Times and get a copy on Amazon! Click more for additional pics.
Upcycled ties become tiaras at Pawnstar with designer Shen Tian! Click below for more photos.
We just received the print version of the coverage of Pawnstar from TimeOut Beijing. You can see the digital copy here.
An interview with me focusing on Stylites at elitesem.com as part of their expert interview series. Elitesem is a marketing company with HR practices that seem very attractive, including flex-time and salary transparency. This article from entrepreneur.com has some interesting elite SEM This company is ranked No. 1 in our large-company category on our Top Company Cultures list.
This focuses mostly on Stylites as a Chinese street fashion blog and my endeavors as a consultant and doesn’t really touch on my latest ventures related to shopping in Shanghai and eco fashion.
The top Shanghai vintage and secondhand shop, Pawnstar, just came out with some new fliers:
Our message to Chinese customers is that people have way too much stuff, so there is no reason to buy something brand new especially when you consider the environmental impact of the fashion industry. Instead of paying retail every time or just wearing something that is overly recognizable since it is from the latest season, women (and men) should consider shopping on consignment. At the moment, we are more-or-less the major option that is available as the Shanghai vintage and secondhand store par excellence.
We want people to give up that urge – that pressure – to always be seen in the latest trend and start incorporating vintage accessories with designer pieces that may be a season or two old. Hey, for people who really will only wear the latest trend and wear it just once, please just bring those items to us!
This time long-time collaborator Woopin brought Beijing Design Week and managed to get the Four Seasons Hotel on the official schedule.
Thanks to reporter Dominic Ngai from That’s Shanghai for coming by to the Clement and interviewing Jane. Click more to see the story.
Yiwen Studio is not a brand that gets talked a huge amount by Western fashion media, bloggers, etc. Former actress Cao Yiwen started her brand about five years ago and has a very loyal following of stylish, affluent ladies in Beijing and Shanghai, where she has boutiques in Sanlitun and Julu Road in the Former French Concession, respectively. She has also shown at Shanghai Fashion Week.
Her pop-up at the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing just started. Click below for more photos. Continue reading
Today is the last day of the Woopin pop-up at the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing.
Creators Jia Li and Gao Yin knew that Children’s Day was June 1 so they curated a great selection of items for the little ones. Head there right now for a gift.
Designers Jia Li and Gao Yin of Woopin return to the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing a second time with yet another exciting pop-up.
You can see some pics of their studio here and here are photos of the last pop-up.
Here is the Bifu by Chen Xing pop-up being set-up.
And some photos from his latest fashion shoot. Chen Xing is taking off this time as he again brings a chic pop-up lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing. The fashion show for his latest collection will also be the first event on Opus Terrace this year. It will be taking place on April 9.
Above is a dress by Haus of MoHawk (Ireland) currently displayed at the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing as part of a special exhibition of designer pieces that appeared at London Fashion Week in a show by House of iKons. Click to see more pictures and the press release.
Some coverage of the recent pop-up Zamani x Rechenberg pop-up at the Four Seasons includes this interview with founder Matin Zaman from Jing Daily. Matin explains that Chinese are just now getting into having a nice space to live in. He also notes that “people don’t like the rugs that are used in China. People like brand new things. Therefore, in our exhibition we’ve been more successful with the modern pieces,” and that his role is to educate on the “difference between hand-spun wool and machine-spun wool, or what’s the difference between chemical dye and natural dye, or what’s the difference between doing a double knot and single knot” so that people understand why they are paying so much.
Coverage of the pop-up also appeared in the Beijinger as well as here and here.
Together with House of Ikons, the Four Seasons Hotel present an opportunity for Beijing-based fashion designers to explore the possibility of participating in London Fashion Week. If you’re interested in learning more througb speaking with House of Ikons founder Savita Kaye, stop by the hotel on Friday afternoon!
This is part of an exhibition that will be in the hotel from March 23 till 31 that showcases some of the gowns and shows that House of Ikons brought to London Fashion Week over the past year.
Click more for the details.
Literally on top of the Xintiandi subway exit sits the former Lafayette Cinema, which will be the new venue for The HUB, Asia’s leading premium fashion trade fair.
This truly fantastic venue is now called the Art & Design Centre, at 323 Middle Fuxing Road. This is definitely the most beautiful large-scale venue in the Xintiandi region. One of László Hudec’s masterpieces, the building first opened in 1933 and was renovated again in recent years and has played host to quite a few fashion events, including one by Louis Vuitton, and was also the site for the Kick the Gong Around market in 2014. The HUB will be happening there from April 9 to 11, the same time as Shanghai Fashion Week.