Ports 1961 Spring Summer Collection

PORTS03Powerful display of Ports 1961 Spring Summer collection at ArtisTree.

PORTS02The mid-thigh length boyfriend shirt is a tribute to the iconic blouse the brand was built on.

PORTS04Designer Fiona Cibani draws on panoramic photographic vistas of desert, sun and sky to express the free spirit of the collection.

PORTS07Drop shoulder satin top matched with double lace A-line shirt – Ports 1961’s essential sporty femininity.

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Ports 1961 launched their Spring Summer 2014 collection in Hong Kong last week at ArtisTree. The brand created an almost museum exhibition experience for visitors and for a second I believed those are beautiful art works on display.

The Women’s Collection designed by Fiona Cibani was inspired by Michaelangelo Antonion’s 1970 film Zabriskie Point. The designer draws on panoramic photographic vistas of desert, sun and sky to express the free spirit of adventure with her Spring/ Summer2014 Collection. The entire collection seems to be made for someone like me, the sporty cut, the really feminine dresses and skirts and the beautiful heeled sandals – can’t wait to see the new season in store! Check out more about their Spring Summer collection here.

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Featured business: ODD ONE OUT

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Print shop is something quite common in the Western world, but it took me some serious research to locate one in Hong Kong. Tucked away in the tranquil terrace of Sau Wa Fong in Wan Chai, Odd One Out, a business combining the concepts of a print shop, a cafe and an art boutique, has offers something quite unique to offer to the city’s art lovers. Founded by ex-printmakers and passionate print collector Phemie Cheng in early 2013, the business has successfully matched the demand from existing print buyers and developed its new clientele in Hong Kong.

Bridging the massive gap between expensive original art pieces and movie posters, limited edition prints are something quite exquisite to own but still easy on the wallet. Odd One Out has a fine selection of prints by international artists, prices range between HKD600 to HKD 3,500. The owner of Odd One Out organizes themed exhibition with artists from all over the world, including the very recent 3D exhibition curated by UK based designer/illustrator Stephen Chan. Apart from limited edition prints, Odd One Out also offers a selection of covetable ceramics by Melody Rose and Mellow Ware and some very witty greeting cards

If you are looking to purchase a print, make sure to ask Phemie or the friendly staff there for framing options. And… these are our top picks.

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Prints by Kyoko Imazu. Clockwise from top left. Lidth’s Jay, Tia 1, Rachel, and Geese and Lotus.

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Prints by Kat Libretto. From left Chrysler Building, NYCRockefeller Center, NYC, and Empire State Building, NYC.

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ADDRESS
34 Sau Wau Fong, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
www.oddoneout.hk

On Gifting Well…Giveaway closed.

Here’s a true story. I haven’t received a proper gift for many many years. My parents gave up long time ago on trying to impress their hard-to-please daughter, and my boyfriends over the years tend to settle birthdays with food instead of gifts to avoid the “genuinely disappointed” expression on my face. Have we really given up on giving thoughtful gifts to our loved ones?

Recently I was invited to a blogger event organized by Giftwell. And by the end of it we were given a personalized gift card, selected by the organizer according to the our personal style. I was surprised what a difference this personalized factor made.

The idea of Giftwell is simple. By partnering with some of the most unique local retail businesses in Hong Kong, Giftwell hope to bring the concept of Gift cards to the city and encourage people to shop thoughtfully. A user can simply do a quick search on occasion, location and price range, browse through Giftwell’s recommendations and tips and decide what to buy for the loved ones. With the help of e-vouchers and next-day delivery service, we are all liberated from the numerous last minute shopping trips!

The following are my personal highlights, but please go ahead and see the complete list of partners of Giftwell! Stay tuned till the end for an exciting giveaway!

Vie – St. Francis Yard, Wan Chai

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Vie on St. Francis Yard is your go-to Scandinavian fashion boutique.With a focus on cool designer brands from Scandinavia, the boutique presents a range of home, apparel, accessories, culture and lifestyle items, including the classic Swedish Hasbeens, minimalistic yet colorful TRIWA watches and Aarikka handmade wood necklaces from Finland, all recommended by the boutique.

TRIWA Havana Nevil in Orange | HK$2,500
Swedish Hasbeens Braidd Sky High in White | HK$2,500
Aarikka Necklaces | HK$550 – HK$750

2 ST FRANCIS YARD, WANCHAI, HONG KONG
+852. 2804. 1038
                                                            

MANKS – Sau Wa Fong, Wan Chai

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MANKS introduces the quality and simplicity of Scandinavian living to Hong Kong. The store is located at a quiet corner on Sau Wa Fong, one block away from the buzzing neighborhood of Star Street. The interior design showcases nordic simplicity, but also preserved the original Hong Kong flavor with its window decor. The store offers a carefully-selected range of ceramics, home decorations and kitchenware. If you wish to see their furniture collection, contact their showroom in Wong Chuk Hang.

 

36 SAU WA FONG, WANCHAI, HONG KONG
+852. 3796. 0137

                                                           

KONZEPP I & III – Tung Street & Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan

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Tung Street, Sai Street and Tai Ping Shan Street is another burgeoning creative area in Hong Kong. One can easily spend a few hours in the cafes, art galleries and shops in the neighborhood. KONZEPP, with its not-to-be-missed yellow facade designed by multidisciplinary designer Geoff Tsui, has opened up yet another store – KONZEPP III on Tai Ping Shan Street, focusing on street wear. Good news for us, they carry a good amount of womenswear!

Wood Wood (Denmark) Peplum Top | HK$ 1,900
Wood Wood (Denmark) Printed Skirt | HK$ 1,000
None The Wiser (Singapore) Bamboo Shades |HK$1680

14 G/F TAI PING SHAN STREET, SHEUNG WAN, HONG KONG
+852. 2803. 0339

                                                           

Kapok – Sun Street, Wan Chai

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Kapok carries a well-edited selection of international and local brands and is known for introducing emerging exclusive brands to Hong Kong. In Kapok, you can find your daily fix of novelty candies, fashion accessories and lifestyle products. The store combines the concept of a lifestyle shop and coffee bar where visitors can enjoy a cup of coffee under the “community roof” and find inspiring designs. 

 
G/F. 3, SUN STREET, WANCHAI, HONG KONG
+852. 2520. 0114

                                                           

LOVERAMICS – Tung Street, Sheung Wan

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The Concept store of LOVERAMICS is located on Tung Street. The finest collection of their own designs are on display in the store. LOVERAMICS comprises aesthetic craftsmanship and practical usage, and is known for being affordable. My favorites are definitely the “A Curious Toile” and the new “Flutter” Collection.

  
 
37 TUNG STREET, SHEUNG WAN, HONG KONG
+852. 2915. 8018

                                                           

Russell Street – St. Francis Yard, Wan Chai

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Previously at a blogger event organized by Giftwell, we were all given a personalized voucher and mine is for Russell Street, a fashion boutique on St. Francis Yard. It is very thoughtful of the founders of Giftwell to do so, and I think their selection represents my personal style very well. I had a styling session at their store and here are two of my favourite outfits.

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Wearing FUNKTIONAL jacket (HK$ 1,480), Clover Canyon dress (HK$2,280) and ATALANTA WELER heels (HK$ 3,980).

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Wearing FUNKTIONAL jacket (HK$ 1,480) and Zoe Jordan pants (HK$ 4,600)

NO. 6, SAINT FRANCIS YARD, WANCHAI, HONG KONG
 +852. 2866. 0800

                                                           

Outfit photos by Inga Beckmann. Rest by me.

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Already contemplating what to buy from these amazing businesses? The founders of Giftwell, Connie and Shirley Lee, had kindly offered the readers of The Style Voyager ONE HK$1,000 cash voucher for any ONE of Giftwell’s partners (see list). You only need to follow 2  simple steps:

1. Like Giftwell’s Facebook page here.

2. Comment below with
a) thoughts on your favourite local shops;
b) your Facebook profile name for us to cross-check your participation.

The giveaway is open from 3 to 10 May, 2013. (One day before Mother’s Day!!!)

Terms and conditions

This giveaway is open to Hong Kong readers only.|The winner is picked randomly.| Please leave your correct email address when commenting, I will inform the winner through this channel only.|The Giftwell voucher can be used in one shop of your choice only (See list of Giftwell partners.)| The Giftwell voucher is valid for 2 months from the day received.| Giftwell will be in touch with you about the delivery of the voucher.|We will not transfer your personal data to any third party without your permission.

Disclaimer: I was gifted a HK$500 voucher to shop at Giftwell partner Russell Street. The HK$1,000 gift voucher which will be given away in this post is also sponsored by Giftwell. I have no further commercial ties with Giftwell and I am not affiliated with any of the shops listed above.

Island East Markets

Island East Markets must have been the happiest place in Hong Kong for the past two months. Initiated by Hong Kong based food writer and blogger Janice Leung and Vincent Poon, Managing Director of EVOLVE, the market has managed to capture the attention of both  eco-conscious consumers and mass media. I know it is again an untimely post as the market is now closed for the holidays. But a little birdy told me that it’ll come back by the end of January. So there’s something we can all look forward to!

I’ve only managed to take photos for two weeks of the market when I was volunteering as photographer. These are my personal highlights. Hope you like them! Do support eco-conscious business to make HK a better and healthier place to live.

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Gorgeous Grassroot Pantry girls and their homemade organic jam. I can’t wait to try out their holiday menu!

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Lovely Jocelyn of GOOD LUXE and her goodies, all with an ethnical story to tell! My favorite would be the Bird Project Soap. Read her Sassy That Girl interview here.

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Delicious scones at Classified Hong Kong stand.

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One of the most creative stands presented by A Boy Named Sue. Homemade sea salt cookies by Sam. I think Sam should totally start a side business just baking cookies and pies.

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Co-founder of A Boy Named Sue and our beloved blogger Sam; Rina of Bite Communications; Co-founder Tania and intern Katz.

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Homegrown Foods Hong Kong presents fresh veggies!

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Didn’t get to try the yoghurt by Sour Times Dairy Company but I really like the idea. Contact them for wholesale orders.

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Bathe to Basics Founder Gia and Creative Director/mascot Edmund. They make great soaps and do wonderful branding.

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I must confess that I’m a sucker for all homemade soaps. I purchased the Basic No. 2 soap which contains no perfume. Believe it or not I’ve been using this soap for face and hair for a month now, and the result is beyond amazing. I’ve also tried out the Lavender, White Tea and Ginger Orange soap, great soaps but not recommended for face and hair.

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The CArelendar project by Hong Kong Conservancy Association. Great concept and design. Your 2013 will look very green if you take one of these home!

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Jennifer of Copa Cabbana and her festive display.

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Beautifully decorated Teak.ha stand.

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Spice Box Organics promised to have sumac in stock sometime soon! Now you know where to get the spices and herbs you need!

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R.J. Asher a.k.a. the Ultimate Pie Guy of Tai Tai Pie Pies and his crew. Their Creamy Chicken, Back Bacon and Mushroom Pie is like heaven. You really can’t go wrong with them for house parties!

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Artisan cupcakes at Blisscious.

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My friend Hannah in A Boy Named Sue cardigan and cute H&M men’s bow tie. Look what she did to the hat display!

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All Photos by me.

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