November 28, 2013
I had a kind of funny conversation with my bestie from college yesterday where she asked how I had the energy to do so much. I don't... it's just that I'm Asian I responded.
While the statement ended there I smell comedy so let's expand! Overachievement is any average ABCs norm that they'll never be impressed or pleased by because our parents have always let us know when we've failed, will question us about what we did wrong or ask how you could of done something better. It's kind of funny because the older you get the more neurotic you realize your parents are on this point and when you try to let them know that what they say could be construed as somewhat negative they will respond with I'm just telling you because I care I don't know why you think I'm being critical, how can you think I'm saying bad about you. Right...well so much for constructive criticism being a two way street. At least I've acquired the patience of a saint.
Anyways looking at this shizz my name and shopping suggestions got featured in the December issue of Travel & Leisure (US edition).
Xie xie William for the photo capture. x
November 09, 2013
So its funny I was having a conversation the other day with a friend that I've known since '08. Somehow we started talking about Creative Collective (which I should really start linking each time I mention it) which led to them ask about my blog. They joked that they had to read more than they should have to even figure out if Shanghai Style was run me or somebody else. Which is great! I don't actually like to get noticed or have people know what I do unless it helps me move towards my vaguely defined goals which are/is doing something interesting that involves brings people together in an enjoyable way. I like collecting information and writing because its a challenging process and hopefully someone out there reading it finds it useful/interesting/possibly amusing or deluded which could be funny too. Plus I just love organizing anything social because it makes me really happy when people enjoy themselves. I know, I should throw in some rainbow farts.
Anywho as I like to say my convoluted thought process made me really think about how I've been neglecting this baby which has come up time and again in posts over the last year or so. Writing this blog has been really fun way to explore, learn and open doors for myself which has led to a career change along with interesting hobbies so watch this space I am hopping back on the blogmobile. And on that note, look if you dress like an urban pirate met Frida Kahlo you might get street snapped like I did.
Shot by Justin Ventura for WSJ
I appear about once a year on my blog, guess you now know how I look and a little bit about what I do. I have a real job too...
My younger brother William who writes the wonderful blog Minimalism
even sketch glorified me. I'm like famous yo
I counter with this old watercolor/sketch I did of you napping note the date..
October 14, 2013
CitiJ recently launched their e-commerce platform on Taobao! The webshop currently carries apparel and accessories from independent designers. To check it out click here.
September 30, 2013
Drop by we have a lot on next month! My pet project has been a pretty busy little bee.
September 17, 2013
I've always been a big fan of menswear inspired watches so I'm pretty happy to say I'm now the proud owner of a Classic St Andrews wrist watch from Swedish brand Daniel Wellington.
I love how big the watch face is and that the band is almost the same color as the watch I use to have when I arrived in China five years ago. Leather like this only gets better the more battered it gets. I've never girly girl so it's kind of a perfect match for me and a great example of something classic with a touch of sexy tomboy appeal my fall fashion inspiration this year.
September 01, 2013
Since I don't have time to post lately I thought I'd just you all know what's happening this month at our studio :)
And we even have a networking night happening at the Apartment! x
We also have an open studio weekend for the last weekend of the month but I don't have the poster just yet...