As some of you know, I'm in the process of re-designing marijoli.com. The new site is looking fabulous and is on track to go live next month. Here's a little taste of what you can expect...
I'm thrilled to announce I'll be opening my first Hong Kong boutique in PMQ in just a matter of weeks. Launching in April, PMQ is set to become a design hub for over 100 local 'create-preneurs'. There is currently nothing else quite like it in Hong Kong and I'm really excited to be part of it.
The complex is starting to come to life and take shape. Here are a few behind-the-scenes snaps...
The complex is starting to come to life and take shape. Here are a few behind-the-scenes snaps...
2014 is shaping up to be a big year for the MARIJOLI and Marielle Byworth brands. To stay on top of all that's going on in my world, get connected on social.
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COLLABORATIONS & CREATIONS
Discover homegrown brands and distinct designs at the annual Pop-Up Shop.
Join our independent design community for a day of shopping, style and creativity.
Meet the creatives behind the brands; and have the opportunity to find the perfect gifts from homegrown and International creatives.
Collaboration is at the heart of what these talented designers do – whether it’s bringing together cultures, influences or inspiration. This unique experience showcases the a fusion of design, music and fashion for an indulgent day of artistic appreciation and of course, a touch of retail therapy.
Sponsored by Belvedere, join us and mixologist John O’Toole, for a cocktail master class, whilst treating yourself, or shopping for your Christmas gifts. There will also be a milliner workshop by Awon Golding.
The day wraps up with drinks, nibbles and dialogues with a party from 5pm.
Millinery Workshop by Cordelia Bradley : 2pm
Hong Kong-based milliner Cordelia Bradley presents an introduction to hat making. After a brief talk about the history and traditions of millinery, participants will be invited to make their own headpiece. (Materials will be provided) Please reserve your spot at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gin and Tonic Masterclass by John O’Toole : 3pm
An interactive chat and class about the history of the drink, different styles of tonic, garnishing, making one at home, etc. A self-described “booze geek,” John O’Toole has spent the better part of a decade making and serving drinks. Tending bar, running wine lists, and providing training and consultation, there are few aspects of alcohol that have eluded him in his travels around Asia and the world. Based in Hong Kong, you can usually find him behind the stick at Wyndham the 4th, or on his favorite stool at the Globe.
More about our designers:
Cecilia Ma Couture is an emerging designer brand, which debuts the first Ready-to- Wear collection in Paris in 2011. With the great passion towards fashion, Cecilia launches Jewelry line in 2012. They present at Paris fashion Week and international tradeshow every season. The brand is soon very discovered by buyers from high-end department stores and select shop.
Inspired by Tribal culture, designer Cecilia Ma fabricates a very unique jewelry collection by combining unconventional mix of materials and colors along with crochet techniques. The striking fusion of Neon color and vintage assortments is the signature of the Tribal Collection. More information at www.eshop.ceciliama.com
CORDELIA BRADLEY MILLINERY is all things hat related! From headbands to occasion pieces, theatrical hats to high fashion, CBM covers it all. Entirely designed, sourced and hand-crafted by Cordelia Bradley, each piece is treated as a work of art. It’s Cordelia’s belief that the right hat can balance an outfit and make it - and the wearer look more beautiful, more intriguing, and more confident. More information at www.facebook.com/CordeliaBradleyMillinery
Daydream Nation is a Fashion Arts House founded in 2006. Aside from being an international fashion label, Daydream Nation is celebrated for its cross-disciplinary collaborations with other art forms including theatre, dance, music, film and visual arts. With the opening of it's flagship store in October 2010, Daydream Nation is set to become Hong Kong's new creative hub. Alongside its own collection of clothing and accessories, it features the work of local artists and indie bands, and runs a program of creative workshops, events and happenings. Capturing hearts with its inspired designs and whimsical spirit, Daydream Nation has dressed international stars such as Ke$ha and Juliette Binoche; collaborated with a range of brands including Peter Jensen,
Shangri-la, The Old Curiosity Shop and Urban Outfitters; and even caught the eye of CHANEL, whom selected pieces from our AW09 collection to inspire Karl Lagerfeld’s work.
Its work has received awards such as Vogue Italia’s ‘Vogue Talent 2010’; Hong Kong’s Ten Outstanding Designers Award 2009, 2011; Perspective/Cierre Italia’s ‘40 under 40’ Design Award, 2009; and White Milan’s ‘Womanswear Inside White Award’, 2008.
Daydream Nation is currently selling to over 10 countries, stocked in over 80 shops around the world. More information at www.daydream-nation.com
Creativity, customization, and community are the principles behind the online shirting company J.J. Threads. By providing a range of fabrics, customization options, and fits, J.J. Threads is the online equivalent to bespoke tailoring. Customers can browse a comprehensive database of the finest cloths from the world's most respected mills, including Thomas Mason, Monti, Albini, and Liberty of London. Using an interactive design interface, customers can choose the fit, design details and finishes that best reflect their personal style. Unique in the industry, J.J. Threads strives to bring together people from all over the world to share their designs and collaborate on new ones via its online community. More information at www.jjthreads.com
La Petite Caravane
A French children's clothing company, La Petite Caravane celebrates childhood through a rich palette of unexpected prints and vibrant colors. Made with care and in limited edition, our designs are vintage-inspired and use quality fabrics hand-picked from around the world. We design clothes to do cartwheels on the beach, pick berries from hedgerows and climb up trees. Elegantly.
Marijoli is jewellery that plays with the tension between contrasts. These are beautiful wearable art pieces that embody a philosophy and lifestyle espousing simplicity yet richness, that borrow from history as much as modernity, and are delicate as much as they are avant-garde.
Having launched her collection in 2006 in Tokyo where she was based at the time, the young, dynamic, Swiss-born jeweller, Marielle Byworth, rapidly created a cult following for her unique easily identifiable signature Elema collection and its organic shapes.
Since then she had pushed the boundaries of jewellery design with her unorthodox combinations of precious and semi-precious stones and modern materials, which have made her pieces highly coveted staples for women internationally- from her home city of Hong Kong, to the red carpet of Cannes. Diamonds are combined with black vinyl, rubies are paired with wood, and coloured stones are layered atop leather to create a look of modern elegance. Fusing influences from her childhood in Switzerland, the urban environment of her former home in Tokyo and elements of Asian spiritual philosophy, each piece of Marijoli jewellery is a work of inspiration and imagination.
Trained at the Graphic Art School of Swiss Romande (ERAG) and the University of Art and Design of Lausanne, Switzerland (ECAL), Marielle has an eye for detail and technical perfection while always maintaining functionality and emphasizing the beauty of design.
Since relocating to HK from Tokyo, Marielle has redirected much focus to creating special bespoke pieces for men and women. All pieces are produced in either her atelier in Hong Kong or Switzerland. More information at www.marijoli.com
The MISCHA label originated as an expression of founder Michelle Lai’s aesthetic aspirations and love of vintage Japanese kimono and obi. In 2004, her penchant for the ancient embroidery arts inspired the designer to debut her work of handmade clutches, crafted from her personal collection of treasured fabrics. Embracing Asian aesthetics in a uniquely Western context, the pieces soon developed a cult following, and by 2008, they were coveted in cities around the world.
In 2010, the brand launched a line of luggage featuring its signature monogram, inspired by ancient Japanese geometric motifs. Embodying chic simplicity, the interlocking hexagon pattern has become the brand’s iconic mark. Designed with a globetrotter’s lifestyle in mind, the line of coated canvas and leather-trimmed totes and accessories have become a staple of the jet set and are found in multi-brand boutiques, luxury department stores and online retailers worldwide.
MISCHA was selected as one of eight brands to represent Hong Kong in a collective known as Fashion Guerilla, during Paris Fashion Week 2013. In the same year, MISCHA became one of the first brands to be part of a new retail model, Shop Elsewhere, pioneered by Ogilvy & Mather, winning a Bronze medal at the 60th Cannes Lion Festival.
MARY CHING is a British-Chinese designer brand of opulent footwear and desirable objects.
Alison MARY CHING Yeung had a vision for a world where she could fully embrace her mixed heritage: a contrast of East and West. This resulted in the creation of MARY CHING, a brand that thrives on the Tension of Opposites.
MARY CHING became China’s first luxury shoe and accessories brand in 2009, with every collection featuring provocative stilettos, elegant flats, indulgent leather and cashmere slippers available in tantalizing textures and materials. The collection has since expanded to include luxurious pashminas and rich cashmere travel sets. More information at www.mary-ching.com
niin is positioned as an International 'affordable-luxury' brand, which through its ethos and use of unique materials presents one-of-a-kind pieces where the basics of nature become luxury with a conscience.
n i i n built its name on its passion for design and raw creativity with a penchant for the chic and wearable. Its commitment to natural beauty and environmental responsibly inspires its unique aesthetic. Relying on natural finds for materials, you'll discover simple pieces of nature transformed by hand into inspiring treasures.
Jeanine Hsu’s background is from Central St. Martins and after spending a number of years in London building the brand, relocated to Hong Kong where she now has a showroom on Wyndham Street in Central.
Numerous International celebrities can be seen wearing niin such as; Kate Moss, Poppy Delevigne, Nicole Scherzinger, Amanda S, Rosemary Vanderbrouke, Karen Ma, Claire Hsu, Lady Lucy Tang etc. www.niinstyle.com
Ox & butcher
Ox & butcher shoes are created to make men stand out in a crowd, with classic designs complemented by bold, stylish colours.
The shoes are designed in collaboration with a fashion model who understands what makes a man look good, a designer who sees the importance in detail, and a Spanish shoemaker who has been in the industry for more than half a century.
The concept of our brand is to make a new statement in footwear by blending the old and the new, and adding unique details.
Each and every pair of our shoes is carefully handcrafted in Spain. The shoes are made with the highest quality suede, using traditional shoemaking methods with contemporary, colourful designs that allow you to create your own personal footprint. More information at www.oxandbutcher.com
OR is a design collaboration between two French Canadian designers, Nadine Ouellet & Maxime Rheault. Bringing their experiences in design, education and parenting to the task of designing objects that can be extended to play, reading, art objects and even clothing accessories. OR is inspired by childhood and traditions.
For the families resolutely contemporary & creative who cherished history!
More information at www.or-atelier and www.or-play.com
Por Do Sol
Por Do Sol is a collection of swimwear and resort wear pieces for women which embodies the glamour and playfulness of its founder and creative director Wendy Puyat.
Por Do Sol designs are adorned with semi-precious stones, embroidered appliques, hand beading and much attention to detail. All swimwear is made from Italian-grade fabric that has passed all UV and chlorine testing and comes in a wide array of colors and finishes. Even the most daringly cut swimsuits can be worn for intense water activities.
The resort pieces are made from 100% silk, tulle and intricate embroidered appliques to bring richness and volume to the dainty yet thoroughly attention-grabbing designs. They are the perfect compliment to the swimwear collection transitioning seamlessly from day to evening. More information at www.pordosolstyle.com
Seventy Eight Percent
Seventy Eight Percent is a Hong Kong-based brand focused on creating high quality functional bags and fashion accessories for creative professional men. The brand was founded by Shai Levy, an award-winning Israeli designer, who moved to Hong Kong ten years ago and has made it his home.
Having years of experience designing outdoor bags, Shai adapts the performance and functional qualities of outdoor gear to the urban environment. He does so by melding functional features with the edginess of sophisticated street-style and the craftsmanship of haute couture.
The brand was launched in Lane Crawford, Hong-Kong, in October 2009; It was immediately featured by a long list of global design and style publications, who nominated it as one of Asia’s noteworthy emerging designer brands. It became popular among trend- setting urban professionals worldwide, gaining recognition for its innovative designs, sophisticated style and quality.
Seventy Eight Percent is now being sold in over forty high-end fashion, luggage and design stores in Hong Kong, Japan, North America, Australia, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, and Indonesia.
Thyvane is dedicated to ties, bow ties and special collaborations. Launched in August 2013, Thyvane was founded by Australian Roger Thyvane Ouk out of a desire to create luxurious neck pieces that spoke to the contemporary gentleman. Drawing inspiration from the diverse histories and cultures of the contemporary man, Thyvane's neck pieces are evocative and laden with meaning. They feature different cuts and folds and are made in exquisite lace, leather, wool, silk and other sumptuous materials. Select styles are available on Thyvane's online store and at Kapok in Hong Kong and Fokus in Melbourne. Alongside the collections, Thyvane is also working with inspiring people from art, technology, design and other creative fields on special collaborations beyond the traditional sphere of fashion, with the first premiering at the brand's launch a short film Promise and Power. More information at thyvane.com
On Monday, November 25th, from 11:00am – 8:00pm, join us at KEE Club
(6/F, 32 Wellington Street) for KEE Club and Dim Sum & Then Some’s 5th Annual Holiday Bazaar,
a full day of fabulous festive season fun featuring holiday grooves, mulled wine, mince pies, Christmas cakes and cookies, and all day free flowing dim sum.
Featuring 20 of Hong Kong’s best brands
Pendant MAKRA 9ct gold with aquamarine
From holiday cards and wrapping, to beautiful organic foods for your next dinner party, to accessories for your table and gorgeous gifts for the home, to stunning candles and spa products, to glittering jewellery, plush cashmere and sparkling kaftans, to adorable children’s wear and toys this is one of the most show-stopping shopping event of the season!
ring MACTOR silver goldplated with ruby
Entry is complimentary and all guests are welcome, including children, for this very special one-day-only festive fair.