Shopping guide

Our new retail stockist: Anthropologie

Posted on December 15, 2014 by Toothpicker

 The facade of Anthropologie store on Kings Road
 
We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with Anthropologie, one of America's most popular retailers this autumn/winter. The company is our first major retail outlet, which is a big step forward for us. It is exciting to see Gongjang's eco balance monthly [...]

This post was posted in London, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Business, Korean stationery, Visual merchandising and was tagged with London, architecture, Korean stationery, business, Gongjang


36 hours in Manchester

Posted on December 4, 2014 by Toothpicker

The historical Castlefield is a conservation area
 
Whenever independent travelers arrive in an unfamiliar city, the first hurdle that they have to overcome is the initial disorientation stage. Although Manchester is much smaller than London in size, it was still a bit daunting arriving at a station full of busy commuters. Luckily, I [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Art, England, Contemporary and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, shopping, Manchester, contemporary architecture


Foyles & the comeback of bookstores

Posted on November 29, 2014 by Toothpicker

Living in this fast-paced world today, is there even time for nostalgia? Changes are inevitable in big cities, but not all changes are necessarily positive. In Hong Kong, I often complain to my local friends that 90% of the lovely spots that I discovered the year before are likely to disappear within [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Shopping, Shopping guide, Read & write, Contemporary, books and was tagged with books, Shopping guide, contemporary architecture, Foyles, bookshops


Design shopping at London design festival

Posted on October 12, 2014 by Toothpicker

My last entry on the London design festival is related to shopping... As someone who is involved in the retail business, shamefully, I don't think I am out and about enough, and so the design festival was gave me an opportunity to see what is happening in the design retail world.
 

The Saturday [...]

This post was posted in London, Shopping, Shopping guide, Graphics & illustrations, Design festivals & shows, Design, Visual merchandising, Pop ups and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, shopping, pop up shop, Shopping guide, visual merchandising, London Design Festival


Revisiting Hong Kong's Western district

Posted on June 8, 2014 by Toothpicker

The Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences 
 
Last year I wrote about Hong Kong's mid-levels and Sheung Wan districts, and within a year, the streetscape has changed immensely in this rapidly-changing city, so I have returned to see what is new and how things have changed.
My journey began from Mid-Level's Caine Road, the [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Hong Kong, Food & dining, Exhibitions, Architecture, Photography, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Markets, Street life and was tagged with Coffee, Hong Kong, Food & dining, shopping, museums, Colonial architecture, Shopping guide, street life


Sights, colours & tastes of Sinagpore's Chinatown

Posted on May 9, 2014 by Toothpicker

 A view of the city of Ann Siang Hill Park
 
When I visit urban cities, aside from the price, the location of the accommodation is a crucial factor for my decision-making. In Singapore, reasonably-priced accommodations are hard to find, even on Airbnb, options are limited and uninspiring. After some extensive search, I chose [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Architecture, Photography, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Singapore, Architectural conservation, Street life and was tagged with Food & dining, shopping, Colonial architecture, Shopping guide, Singapore, Architectural conservation, street life


Singapores's Tiong Bahru neighbourhood

Posted on May 6, 2014 by Toothpicker

Tiong Bahru estate
 
Tiong Bahru is home to Singapore’s first housing estate, built in the 1930s west of Chinatown. Yet the term 'Tiong Bahru' means new cemetery because it was a swampy land used as a burial site since the late 19th century. Eventually the area was redeveloped and the first set [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Architecture, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Singapore, Singapore design, Architectural conservation, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, books and was tagged with shopping, Shopping guide, art deco architecture, Singapore, Architectural conservation, bookshops, social housing


Eat, drink & shop in Shanghai French Concession

Posted on March 31, 2014 by Toothpicker

The former French Concession in Shanghai is a large and historical where you will find beautiful colonial architecture, Western-style eateries, cafes and bars as well as glossy shopping malls and independent shops selling fashion, gifts, furniture, design and home accessories.
This is not a comprehensive guide, it is only a rough guide to [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Food & dining, Exhibitions, Architecture, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Chinese design, Traditional arts & crafts, Shanghai, Design and was tagged with Coffee, Food & dining, art and design exhibitions, shopping, fashion, traditional crafts, chinese design, Shopping guide, Shanghai


The joy of (window) shopping in Andalusia

Posted on February 14, 2014 by Toothpicker

The reason why I don't write much about shopping in London is partly because I don't enjoy it these days and do most of my shopping online. I avoid Oxford street and Tottenham Court Road like the plague, and I find shopping in central London extremely uninspiring. Specialists and independent shops are [...]

This post was posted in Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Andalusia, Visual merchandising and was tagged with shopping, fashion, traditional crafts, Shopping guide, seville, Andalusia, Cordoba, Granada, visual merchandising


Eat, drink and be merry in Andalusia

Posted on February 11, 2014 by Toothpicker

Dining out in Andalusia is a social activity with friends or with your local bartenders and neighbours
 
For some reason, Spanish cuisine is not as popular and as 'recognised' internationally as Italian cuisine. Perhaps it has something to do with its cooking varying a great deal from region to region, and that authentic [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Food & dining, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Markets, Andalusia and was tagged with Coffee, Food & dining, shopping, Markets, seville, Andalusia, Cordoba, Granada, tapas


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