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The art of shibori at Bunzaburo in Kyoto

Posted on September 10, 2018 by Toothpicker

Katayama Bunzaburo Shoten's flagship store in Kyoto
 
When I was going through my pile of leaflets/ business cards that I picked up from my previous trips to Kyoto, one particular leaflet caught my attention. It was from Bunzaburo, a tie-dyed/ shibori (the term means “to squeeze or wring”)  company in Kyoto. Oddly enough [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Kyoto, Contemporary craft, Design, Japan, Textiles, shibori and was tagged with Japanese designs, shopping, Kyoto, traditional crafts, contemporary crafts, Shopping guide, textiles, shibori


Kaikado tea caddies shop & cafe in Kyoto

Posted on September 7, 2018 by Toothpicker

Since I only had four days in kyoto (including a day out at Miho museum with my friend), I didn't manage to fit much shopping in. Hence I targeted a few shops either close to where I was staying or near a sight I wanted to visit. One of the shops that [...]

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Pop-up shop at White Conduit Projects

Posted on December 9, 2017 by Toothpicker

 

The vibrant Chapel market
 
Gentrification in many parts of London has turned the city a soulless place dominated by chains and corporate companies. When I was a student a long time ago, my cousin and I hired a stall selling vintage fashion at the Camden Stables market, and it had a very [...]

This post was posted in London, Shopping, Business, Vintage, Pop ups and was tagged with London, business, Christmas shopping, pop up shop, vintage shopping, Chapel market


4-day X'mas pop-up shop in Angel

Posted on November 22, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
We will be popping up with our Japanese partner Di Classe for 4 days next week from 30th November until 3rd Dec in Angel just off Chapel Market. This is the first pop-up shop that we organised and we are very excited!
The idea of doing a joint Christmas pop up shop came [...]

This post was posted in London, Shopping, Business, Pop ups and was tagged with London, Christmas shopping, pop up shop, White Conduit Projects


Hong Kong's vintage toy & stationery museum – Silver stationery shop

Posted on April 24, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
Top: The entrance of an industrial building in San Po Kong
 
Since I started this business, I was lucky to have met and made friends with many like-minded designers and entrepreneurs in Asia and London. After working with Hong Kong's ten Design stationery for years, I became friends with their designer Paul [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Stationery, Shopping, Hong Kong design, Design, Vintage and was tagged with Hong Kong, stationery, shopping, Hong Kong design, vintage shopping, Silver stationery shop


Design & craft shopping in Myanmar

Posted on April 13, 2017 by Toothpicker

Inle heritage shop, Inle Lake

 
When I was in Myanmar, I was genuinely surprised by its diverse craft industry. Aside from traditional crafts, we were quite delighted to have come across some contemporary craft/design brands as well. My favourite shop of the trip was an accidental find in Inle Lake... We had hired [...]

This post was posted in Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Contemporary craft, Design, Myanmar, Burmese design and was tagged with shopping, contemporary crafts, Shopping guide, Myanmar, Burmese craft, textiles, Burmese designs, Yangon


London Christmas fairs 2016

Posted on December 22, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
Left: Selecting products for the Christmas fairs; Right: New postcards with info of the Christmas fairs
 
Since our e-shop first started 5 years ago (I can't believe it has been 5 years already!), we have participated in different pop-up Christmas fairs around London. They serve as our opportunity to meet customers/ potential [...]

This post was posted in London, Shopping, Business, Designers & artists, Pop ups and was tagged with London, business, Christmas shopping, pop up shop, Christmas markets


New York art book fair 2016

Posted on September 21, 2016 by Toothpicker

MoMa PS1, Queens
 
As a newbie to art book fairs, I had no idea what to expect at the New York art book fair hosted by Printed Matter at MoMA PS1 in Queens. I have visited the London Art Book Fair at the Whitechapel Gallery in 2015 (there wasn't one this year), but [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Shopping, Travel, New York, Read & write, books, Publishing, illustrated books & zines, Book fair and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, books, New York, illustrated books & zines, New York art book fair


East London Comics & Arts Festival 2016

Posted on June 18, 2016 by Toothpicker

The Grade II listed Round Chapel, Hackney
 
Organised by London-based Nobrow Press, the fifth annual East London Comics Art Festival (ELCAF) took place over three days at the Round Chapel and MKII gallery in Hackney.
The festival is designed to showcase some of the most exciting works in comics and illustrations, and it features [...]

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Christmas markets 2015

Posted on December 29, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
Three weekends of Christmas market at the Barbican Centre
 
I admit that I am not a natural salesperson. I have always worked behind the scenes, and selling face to face is a 'skill' that I had to learn when I started this business.
I know that popping up once a year is not [...]

This post was posted in London, Shopping, Business, Designers & artists, Design, Pop ups and was tagged with Barbican, Christmas shopping, pop up shop, Christmas markets


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