Ever wonder how the duo behind Creative Collective, your mini me, tweedle dee and tweedle dum met? 我们两个创始人怎么认识的？你好奇吗？
Kidding.. we're just business partners. But seriously, friendship is one of the most rewarding forms of love which can often be more long lasting than your lastest love affair.
Our aquaintance all began oddly enough at 1993's charity flea market on one fine, summer day in 2011. Having recently talked the owner of Dada, Michael, into letting me run their monthly event, the Night Market, I was out in the afternoon heat hunting for vendors.
I noticed Xin Xin pretty much immediately there. She had a wonderfully warm smile and was a generally cute person, which she will kill me for saying, haha.
In those days she was one of the only vendors selling affordable and more importantly, wearable vintage. After buying an amazing bag from her, stingray! I asked her for her contact details with all the awkwardness of a 24 year old.
那时候卖复古东西的摊主不多，欣欣卖的衣服和包物美价廉、可穿性又强。从她那里买了一个珍珠鱼皮包（我是土豪）后，24岁的我很大（bu yao) 胆 (lian)地问她要了联系方式。
She only gave me her Weibo account. Uh-oh, at the time my Chinese was a lot worse, so I literally dreaded sending her a semi retarded message on the social media platform. Luckily we managed to communicate and pretty soon after she had become one of my favorite vendors. Now we're both pretty bilingual, thank god.
结果她伤害了我的骄傲（去看一 下三毛的撒哈拉的故事－太文艺了），仅仅给了一个微博号。 那个时候我的中文很差，想到要写中文就觉得自己很弱智、会很丢脸。还好我们沟通得不错，她经常来夜市摆摊。现在我们都能把对方的母语说得不错。
About a year later, in a Shanghai twist of too close for comfort coincidence, we ended up running into each other in the lane we both happened to be living in.
As neighbors we started to hang out more and became good friends. A few months later she launched her accessories brand RE and by spring 2013 we had agreed to open a studio and event space together. Since then we've been opened for nearly two years and have transitioned to a showroom. Go us...
So if I haven't scared you away and you'd like to meet us scan our QR codes below or drop by our open house this Saturday from 1-6 pm. We're also running a Chinese and English language exchange from 3 pm. Ta!
108 Changshu Lu House 6 1 F near Changle Lu 常熟路108弄6号1楼靠近长乐路