Retail

fang suo commune

I guess HK is slightly falling behind in terms of the people's reading pattern and behavior compare to both Taiwan and China. Taiwan has Eslite and Guangzhou has Fang Suo Commune -方所 . The name is inspired by a line written by a prince in the Nan Dynasty 定是常住 便成方所.  This book store carries more than 90,000 books and provides unique retail experience and coffee shop for the people in Guangzhou. For me, I am waiting for the Eslite to be opened in Causeway Bay soon this Summer. The additional thing which attracts me is the brand identity which speaks modernity and culture.

fifth & pacific

In November of last year, Liz Claiborne Inc (parent company who owns Kate Space, Lucky Brand, Juicy Couture, Jack Spade) sold its namesake brand Liz Claiborne to J.C. Penney in aims of turning around its balance sheets and focusing on a brand portfolio that promises growth.Renaming was a unavoidable.

As of May 2012, Liz Claiborne Inc will be known as Fifth & Pacific. The name is meant to reflect the company's reach and its coast to coast design sensibilities "where California cool meets New York chic".

It's reflected in its new logo as well. The seriffed typeface and demure grey of "Fifth" gives it a mature, elegant look, while on the "Pacific" half, the tall sans seriffed typeface in a cool ocean blue gives it a young and fun feel.

It's clean, elegant, pretty, and conceptually a great idea! Yet somehow, put together, it doesn't quite gel. "California Cool" seems to take a precedence over the name as the rest of the logo and textual content is washed out in grey. How the full brand comes alive will have come down to the rest of its applications. We can't wait to see!

cam popping up

Long time client CAM aka Creatively Active Minds who specializes in conceptualizing interesting thoughts into objects has recently curated their very bespoke retail space in Singapore at the renowned Paragon up on Orchard Road. If you are into things that has a story and history behind, don't miss out on this opportunity to see and own them and curate your very own creative space.

Visit CAM Popup Store in Singapore at Paragon Shopping Center, 290 Orchard Road on Ground Floor at the Atrium from now till 31 December 2011.

slow and steady wins the race

We're excited to hear that our friends over at Slow and Steady Wins the Race presents its new e-commerce store, a visual online thesaurus offering ideas that are timely and timeless. Here is where you can find what they are working on from inception to evolution. Please visit them often for new things and thoughts.

in the same vein

If you love Scandinavian design as much as we do, then Vie is a must-stop in Hong Kong. This shop is the first spin-off of Vein — a unique retail space that stocks brands from the Nordic circle — and we are already liking what we see! Continuing the same belief and retail concept, you'll find carefully curated and handpicked selections of laid-back womens and menswear from brands such as Filippa K, Muuto, Marimekko, Won Hundred Men's, Dagmar, Stylein, Kosta Boda and Aarikka, together with character items for home & interior. Most of these brands are not available elsewhere in Hong Kong, so the owners behind Vien and Vie have brought their passion and love for Scandinavia right to Star Street. We couldn't be happier.

Whitespace has built the soon-to-be launched website for Vien, and look forward to their opening celebrations in November. Read what The D'Vine has to say about the shop here or visit Vein & Vie, G/F, 2D Star Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong, tel: +852 2528 4988.

tina loves frames of life

Fashion stylist and blogger Tina Leung was invited by Giorgio Armani to participate in their Frames of Life campaign. Whitespace helped to launch her new site, Tina Loves in time for yesterday evening's event at Puyi Optical at 1881 Heritage. Tina captured images of different people, including some of us at Whitespace, wearing Armani's new collection, and the final selection of images were displayed on a massive wall. Hit up Tina Loves for more fashion inspiration and daily musings from one of Hong Kong's most stylish bloggers.

daydream nation

I was just strolling at Wanchai and came across this cute little shop called Daydream Nation. I long read about them and finally see the shop on my own. And coincidentally 1 of the designer, Kay,  is there and we started to chat - about music, about the brand and the store. My new year wishes to Kay and Jing - may your passion never stop and keep all the good ideas & music coming. daydream2

Daydream Nation: 21 Wing Fung Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong.

celebrating new traditions

While Whitespace celebrates our 5th anniversary, Lane Crawford celebrates their 160th! They produced a beautiful book, Celebrating New Traditions, which creative manager Sarah Fung presented to me yesterday after a meeting at their offices. We're delighted to be called 'a pioneer of creativity in Hong Kong' and to share our special memories in the opening forward of this edition. We wish this very special store, a very special birthday, too! lanecrawford2

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scotch and soda, please

scotch-soda_aw2010 We first came across this brand during our travels to Europe earlier this year, but with distribution across 6,000 shops in 31 countries, we're a little surprised they haven't ventured farther this way.

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Established in 1985, the Amsterdam-based menswear label Scotch & Soda has now expanded its family to Maison Scotch for women, and aptly named Scotch Shrunk for kids. Along with launching their first fragrance, Barfly, this season, the menswear A/W 2010 collection continues their 'old school with a spicy twist' in an array of styles and quirky themes such as "Run for the hills", "Workwear Review" and "Homecoming". While Scotch & Soda feels a lot like a Dutch version of Abercrombie & Fitch, the new women's 'la femme selon Marie' is similar to a relaxed APC and not surprisingly draws inspiration from French style. It all looks wearable and workable, and we love the mix of vintage with contemporary, something slouchy with something structured.

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We only wished that Hong Kong got cold enough to wear mohair and angora, but looking at their collection, we may bring out our knitted beanies and chunky cardigans. With recently opened outposts in New York City, Madrid, Toronto and Budapest and plans for further expansion in the pipeline, we look forward to the House of Scotch & Soda's dynasty of brands reach this part of the world, hopefully soon!

behold bothos

BOTHOS appeared rather mysteriously in Hong Kong sometime in 2009. Along with their sister jewellery shop SETHA just down the road, they've become known for their artful window displays and cocktail-infused event launches. We've been a big fan of their brand since the start, which blends a true Eastern-inspired philosophy with a Western aesthetic across a line of beautifully made bags and accessories. The unisex Anil, pictured below is one of our favourites. The BOTHOS Autumn/Winter 2010 collection, Fumeur d'alluscination, opens tonight on 20 Hollywood Road. bothos-anil

uniforme

Our friends over at Paris-based Bleu de Paname have just released their new collection, "Uniforme" for Autumn/Winter 2010. Inspired by professional utility uniforms, their fresh take on traditional workwear shows the label's love and understanding of form and function. Simply put, they'll make you look good even facing the most serious of occupational hazards. bleudepaname_1

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