Business

Our new theme: PLAY

Posted on November 5, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
In the past few years, I noticed a "back to basic" trend happening in the developed countries, and even in product designs, many designers have opted for less decorative style and creating products from natural material. Simple wooden toys also seem to have made a comeback, which I am quite happy to [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Business, Paper art & craft, Anything Japanese, Taiwanese design, Designers & artists, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, paper craft, Taiwanese design, business


Garrison & the moreTrees project

Posted on October 24, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
A long overdue post on our 'last' product launch before the theme changes this week. Garrison was a brand I was introduced to at the Tokyo Gift Fair back in February.
After being introduced to different company directors who were all very formal and polite, it was quite refreshing to meet the passionate [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Business, Eco designs, Eco living & sustainability, Social issues, Anything Japanese, Designers & artists, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, eco designs, eco living, wood products


Make, do & meet workshop

Posted on September 12, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
We have been selling on Notonthehighstreet.com for almost one year now, and it has helped us to grow our U.K. market. And as Christmas is approaching, we are anticipating our busiest Christmas yet.
I have never attended their events or workshops before because they are usually sold out early. I registered on the [...]

This post was posted in London, Business, Talks and was tagged with London, talks, business, Notonthehighstreet.com


Natural and eco-friendly: Charcoal

Posted on August 16, 2013 by Toothpicker

Unlike other e-tailers, I rarely promote our products on this blog, but this time, I feel the need to write a bit more about charcoal and our newly launched product, Sumi eco KuKKu shoe deodorisers made from recycled charcoal paper. This is our second eco-friendly charcoal product from Japan, after Chikuno cube [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Business, Eco designs, Eco living & sustainability, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, eco designs, eco living, recycling


Retreat aftermath

Posted on August 7, 2013 by Toothpicker

Stunning scenery from the train journey between Edinburgh and Newcastle
 
It has been about 5 days since I returned from Scotland, and I am still feeling slightly disorientated ( which seems to always happen after a week-long retreat).
I remember on the day of departure, some retreat friends and I had some spare time [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Business, England, Transport and was tagged with meditation, business, Scotland, retreats


Navigating through the social media world

Posted on August 2, 2013 by Toothpicker

This entry is all about social media because I want to share my journey/ experience with those who are as overwhelmed, confused and sometimes fed up as me.
When this blog entry is being published, I will be 'unplugging' from the internet for a week in a remote and scenic part of Scotland [...]

This post was posted in Business, Read & write and was tagged with books, business, social media


Pulse & May design series in London

Posted on May 31, 2013 by Toothpicker

Main: Taste Taiwan at Pulse 2013; Bottom left & right: Our Taiwanese supplier, 25 Togo's products on display
 
May is packed full of trade events in London, so I had to run around town even though I had lots of work to be completed at my desk!
I met Ashley from 25Togo in Taiwan [...]

This post was posted in London, British designs, Business, Trade fairs, Design festivals & shows, Taiwanese design, Design and was tagged with London, design show, Trade fair, British design


Hong Kong Houseware & Gifts Fairs

Posted on May 2, 2013 by Toothpicker

Houseware and gifts fairs at the Hong Kong Convention Centre
 
April was a busy month for trade fairs in Hong Kong, two large fairs: Houseware and textiles, Gifts and printing fairs all took place within two weeks. Apart from local design studios, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors, there were also companies from around [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Japanese designs, Travel, Business, Talks, Trade fairs, Hong Kong design, Design and was tagged with Hong Kong, Japanese designs, talks, Trade fair, Hong Kong design


Tokyo Gift Fair Spring 2013

Posted on February 20, 2013 by Toothpicker

Tokyo Big Sight
 
Even though I have a slight phobia visiting trade fairs, sometimes it is the easiest and most direct way to meet potential suppliers and designers and see their products in person. I found out about the Tokyo gift fair while I was planning my annual trip to Asia, and decided [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Travel, Business, Trade fairs, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, Trade fair


Disappointing gift fairs in Bangkok & Hong Kong

Posted on May 27, 2012 by Toothpicker

 
I must be the slowest blogger out there, I have a backlog of entries that I started but never quite finished, including this which was on supposed to be published after the trade fairs last month...
I visited the biannual Bangkok International gift and household fairs a few years ago, and I decided [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Business, Bangkok, Trade fairs, Thai designs, Design and was tagged with Bangkok, Trade fair, Thai design, Thailand


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