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Cool Places, Design, fashion, Hong Kong

Cool…the little black jacket

30 June 2012

Cool…the little black jacket

My mother’s signature piece is a Chanel jacket…she is lucky to have them in quite a few colours and there are some that she has been wearing for over 20 years.  She always looks pulled together and stylish when she puts one on and it does give her that certain air of European elegance even in Sydney.

Like a Hermes Birkin or Kelly bag, a Rolex watch and a Le Smoking tuxedo from YSL, the Chanel black jacket is an iconic piece that cannot be bettered.   From the cut of the the cloth (preferably some version of Chanel tweed or wool bouclé) to the boxy shape, with or without gold buttons, silk lining and chain detail on the hem of the jacket, allowing it to hang perfectly, it looks great with a dress or jeans alike.

Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld have just launched the Little Black Jacket which is a celebration of its style.   There is also a fab exhibition which is coming to HK between July 7 to July 16.  I managed to get an invite, but alas I am in Australia. I have asked a friend to give me a full report!

The e-experience which you can find here, is a collection of images of celebrities  taken from the book including Georgia May Jagger and Elle Fanning.   Don’t miss the making of the jacket video here-all that pinning and tucking, it certainly is a thing of beauty.

The Little Black Jacket Exhibition

7 JULY to 16 JULY 2012

The Space

Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan


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Blog, Design

Happy Industrial design day!

29 June 2012

Happy Industrial design day!

Today is World Industrial Design day!  You probably already know this- but most of of the day to day objects we use, everything from your tape dispenser to the car/bus/train/aeroplane you travelled to work in today was designed with great thought by industrial designers.

This year marks the 5th anniversary since the inception of World Industrial Design Day, which was created in 2007 on the occasion of Icsid‘s 50th anniversary.  Icsid sent out a global call to ask one simple question – What is industrial design?

The one-minute video was scripted with the help of YouTube videos that design professionals, students and enthusiasts uploaded after accepting Icsid’s video challenge to define industrial design in 10 seconds or less.

There are events happening all over the world today, unfortunately not in HK but you can check the website for an event near you.

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) is a non-profit organisation that protects and promotes the interests of the profession of industrial design.


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Art, Blog, Cool Places, Design

Cool…Louisiana, Copenhagen

29 June 2012

Cool…Louisiana, Copenhagen

A short train ride from Copenhagen is Denmark’s finest collection of modern art, particularly sculpture, which is housed in the very unprepossessing Louisiana.

As we didn’t have much time this trip to visit museums, I was told that this was a must see.    So we took at half hour ride from Copenhagen’s Central station, took a short walk and ended up in what could be the most beautiful setting for a museum I have ever seen.

It doesn’t look like much from the front, but walk inside and you be greeted by Giacometti, Henry Moore, Jean Dubuffet amongst others set beside the most beautiful vistas of the Baltic Sea.

The museum itself is simple but with the Scandinavian touches of exposed wood panelling, large curtain walls and beautiful brick detailing.

Recently, the museum has gone on a huge buying spree, snapping up works by Louise Bourgeois and David Hockney to fill in perceived gaps in the 20c collection.   The collection seemed pretty comprehensive to me and it was an extremely pleasant way to while away a couple of hours on a beautiful evening.

By the way, these images were taken around 9pm and the light was amazing.

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Gl. Strandvej 13
3050 Humlebæk


Opening Hours

Tuesday – Friday 11AM-10PM
Saturday and Sunday 11AM-6PM
Public Holidays 11AM-6PM
Monday closed

You can get there by buying a combined ticket/entrance from a DSB station and getting off at Humlebæk, around 35 mins from Copenhagen. It is a 10 min  level walk from the station.   The combined return ticket cost approximately DKK200. 


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Blog, Design, Interiors

Cool..Heidi Lerkenfeldt

28 June 2012

Cool..Heidi Lerkenfeldt

As I enjoy taking the odd photo, I have turned my hand to interiors and it is a lot harder that you think.

I love the hazy, gentle light of images and the generally monochromatic arrangements with the slightest bit of colour.  These are relaxed and subdued interiors and the images  show that really an effective interior design is made out of a standout chair, some piled books, a sculptural light and some texture: be it in a rug, artwork or even a piece of wood stacked against a wall.

You can see more of her work on her website.  Note…all the greats of contemporary Danish design are represented: GUBI, HAY, Georg Jensen and Menu to name a few.

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Blog, fashion, Hong Kong, Shopping

It’s summer…

26 June 2012

It’s summer…

It’s summer here again and some of us will be hitting beaches and pools in the northern hemisphere with a vengeance.

My favourite lingerie store in HK, Sheer, has just launched their new range of swimwear-perfect for the most dressy poolside event to the most casual beach gathering.

Brands include Ejerby, Violet Lake and  my fave Aussie brand, Zimmerman.

Violet Lake, also stocked at Net-a-Porter, is particularly interesting.   The concept behind Violet Lake is simple; there are six different styles of interchangeable bikini tops and six bottoms and all of these come in five different sizes and in thirteen different colours.  Uniquely, all the bikini tops have tie fastenings so that you can really fit them to your body and make them as supportive as you need them to be. The colours have been chosen so that they harmonise with at least two others within the range, so you don’t have to conform to wearing the same coloured top and bottom and allows you to create a unique ensemble. I also love the Bond inspired names.    If you spend your days  by the water, let a combination of Pussy, Domino or Jinx tempt you! Just make sure you get Bond, James Bond spread that SPF on liberally and keep hydrated with a combo of water and a dry martini.

Sheer HK

4/F, W Place, 52 Wyndham Street


Tel: +852 2147 3887

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Cool…danish brunch

26 June 2012

Cool…danish brunch

My trick to surviving a long flight is to sleep as much as possible.   This means that I try to eat before I board and I pack some snacks just in case I get peckish during the flight.

However, this also means that by the time I get to the hotel, I am hungry enough to eat a large and satisfying meal.   During my recent trip to Denmark, one of the best things were the delicious brunches that are served in a lot of restaurants. With eggs and bacon, sausages, smoked salmon, salad, yogurt, fruit, pancakes, cheese and nuts- it is basically a sublime combination of breakfast, lunch, dinner & dessert all on one plate!   Heaven to my jet-lagged stomach.   I highly recommend it.   Yum!

This one is from the Cafe Hovedtelegrafen on top of the Post and Telegraph Museum which also has a pretty fabulous view of Copenhagen.

Post & Tele Museum  •  Købmagergade 37  •  1150 København K  •  Tel. +45 33 41 09 00  •  museum@ptt-museum.dk

Monday-Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Blog, Cool Places, Design, Hong Kong, People

Cool…Peggy Bels Interiors

25 June 2012

Cool…Peggy Bels Interiors

Those of you who live in HK will probably be familiar with designer, Peggy Bels’ interior  in the most stylish HK kids’ store, Petit Bazaar in Gough Street.   Using a palette of greys, punctuated with a bright fluoro pink, Bels’ design is hip and sophisticated but still retains its appeal to children.

Since arriving in HK 4 years ago from Paris, she has made her mark on its interior design scene, creating designs that  all have  common elements of a neutral grey palette mixed with strong brights, graphics and a very refined industrial aesthetic.   The use of metals in her interiors are particularly distinctive, characterised by metal framed windows and milled steel detailing, used for everything from cocktail tables to cabinetry.

Peggy describes herself as ‘contemporary’ with a vintage industrial aesthetic.   She loves the challenges of HK’s small spaces, creating comfortable interiors using a combination of light and dark.

She uses HK’s light to advantage. HK is reknowned for its grey, smoggy days- there is plenty of light, but the light is filtered to create an almost smoky atmosphere.   Peggy’s interiors soften this light: the semi matte surfaces reflect without glare and give the interior a warm glow.  Soft, natural textiles, timbers and metals such as copper and brass  are used to add  luxurious texture.

You can see more of Peggy’s work in Hong Kong on her website here.


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Cool…J.Crew loves HK

21 June 2012

Cool…J.Crew loves HK

Loving the style of the  2 HK’ers J.Crew chose to be photographed by Scott Schumann when he was recently here in HK.

Hilary Tsui is the founder of  hip Liger Boutique in Causeway Bay and TST and TK Mak  is the founder of Milk magazine.

You can see the more images here, and sign up to be   J.Crew Insider.

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Blog, My Hong Kong, people

My Hong Kong- Claire Edwards of Image Unlimited

20 June 2012

My Hong Kong- Claire Edwards of Image Unlimited

It is  said that most of us form an opinion about the people we meet in the first few seconds, so it is important to put your best foot forward by making sure that you look and feel your best.   An image consultant, such as the very elegant and assured Claire Edwards, can help you sharpen your first impression.

Services include wardrobe advice, personal shopping and colour and style analysis. Claire’s experience in retail can help you navigate the multitude of stores in HK and she also uses her training in counselling and coaching to improve confidence and self-esteem.   You can visit her website here.

Like every week, I have discovered new places to shop and visit.  I am loving the tip about Wild Swans…who not only stock the fab Danish brands, By Malene Birger and Day Birger et Mikklesen but also the fabulous Rabens Saloner- not stocked in HK at all.

Also looking forward to a great French meal at La Fleur which I have seen but not visited.

La Fleur

4/F,16 St Francis Yard Wan Chai

+852 2866 7337

Salon Chandler

14th Floor, Tak Woo House  

17-19 DAguilar Street, Central
+852 2537 3737

Chapin House

Level 2 Oceanic Industrial Building

10 Lee Lok Street 

Ap Lei Chau ( across the road from Eclectic Cool)


 15/F Horizon Plaza,

2 Lee Wing Street

Ap Lei Chau

+852 2518 7771


3/f, The Factory
1 Yip Fat Street
Wong Chuk Hang

+852  2522 2115






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Art, Blog, Design

Cool…note to self

19 June 2012

Cool…note to self

Have you ever wondered what you would tell your 14 year old self if you could?  CBS has a popular news segment that asks people do exactly this.

Artist, Chuck Close, was on recently.   He talked about his learning difficulties and developing his approach to art but his most resonant message, for me at least, was this:


Why is this meaningful to me?   Sometimes I get asked why I have my finger in so many pies.    I have my blog, take a few photos, interview people, work on my webstore, source products, talk to designers,work with designers on collaborations,  distribute my own and others brands, design furniture, homewares and jewellery.  Of course, this means that I am actively working most of the time.

Of course it would be easier to stick to just one thing, but I am just not built that way I guess.   I just get on with it: the business and joy of creating something that is finally finding its shape and is going somewhere.

For me, my approach is like Chuck Close: I try not to wait for inspiration to strike, I just go to work.


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