Tag Archives: Shopping guide

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 [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Food & dining, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Kyoto, Contemporary craft, Design, Japan and was tagged with Japanese designs, Kyoto, traditional crafts, contemporary crafts, Shopping guide, cafe, Kaikado


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


Design & stationery shopping in Western Tokyo

Posted on June 30, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
d47 design travel store and Tomio Koyama Gallery at Hikarie
 
Shibuya
d47 design travel store (Hikarie 8F 2-21-1 Shibuya) - Muji is now an international brand that many non-Japanese are familiar with, but in Japan, d & department Project is the fastest-growing household and lifestyle brand in recent years. Established in 2000 by the [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Read & write, Design, books and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, stationery, shopping, Shopping guide, bookshops


Design & stationery shopping in Eastern/Central Tokyo

Posted on June 26, 2015 by Toothpicker

My final two Tokyo entries are on shopping, so I hope this will delight a few readers. I have written another entry under the same title 2 years ago, so this is an update/addition to the previous blog entry (click here to read). This entry will focus on Eastern and Central Tokyo:
 
Kuramae
On [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, stationery, shopping, Shopping guide


Shopping in Lisbon

Posted on March 10, 2015 by Toothpicker

Window of a wine shop in Lisbon
 
Shopping in Lisbon is fun because there are many independent shops including vintage and traditional shops that are disappearing fast in London. Unfortunately, I didn't have a lot of time to shop, but I did manage to visit a few 'essential' shopping destinations and stumbled across [...]

This post was posted in Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Graphics & illustrations, Design, Vintage, Lisbon, Portuguese design and was tagged with shopping, Letterpress, illustrations, Shopping guide, vintage shopping, Lisbon, portuguese design


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, shopping, museums, Colonial architecture, Shopping guide, Food & dining, 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 shopping, Colonial architecture, Shopping guide, Singapore, Architectural conservation, Food & dining, street life


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