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April 21, 2015

Shanghai Fashion Week Street Shots.. Extras

Fab outfit but his eyes are closed- d'oh!

Finally China's fashion weeks wrapped up last week. Here are some extra shots (same person, different pose) that didn't end up getting submitted for work so here they are!
April 02, 2015

China Fashion Week Street Shots From The Day Job

February 08, 2015

A Modern Love Story, How I Met Xin Xin 现代的爱情故事,我和欣欣怎么认识的呢?

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!

如果我没有把你吓跑,请您扫一扫我们的二维码。我们这周六下午1-6点有open house。3点也有一个中英文语言交换活动。

108 Changshu Lu House 6 1 F near Changle Lu 常熟路108弄6号1楼靠近长乐路



January 27, 2015

A Taste For Adventure, this weekend from 1-6 pm @ Creative Collective

This weekend Creative Collective is holding a weekend affair, A Taste For Adventure.

In line with our mission to connect and promote the growth of Shanghai's independent, creative community our collaborative event will feature:

A photography exhibit and print sale for Dutch director and photographer, Marc Ressang.

Creative Collective co-founder, Xin Zhao's new collection launch for her own accessories brand, RE.

Elevated simplicity from womenswear brand, Tutto Clara.

Handmade, organically inspired jewelry from Elaia.

Chic yet playful dresses from independent designer label, Echo Cao.

Free drinks and food courtesy of The Eating Project.

It'll be test batch 2 &3 for them chocolate coconut balls.

A Taste For Adventure
Saturday January 31-Sunday February 1 (1-6 pm)
Lane 108 Changshu Lu House 6 1F near Changle Lu


January 22, 2015

A Taste For Adventure: Marc Ressang

Dutch photographer and filmmaker Marc Ressang will be holding a weekend exhibit and print sale for his photographic work at Creative Collective on Saturday January 31st and Sunday February 1st from 1-6 pm.

荷兰制片人兼摄影师Marc Ressang下周末下午1点到6点(1月31日到2月1日)在Creative Collective举办摄影展,届时将会出售其摄影作品。

Self-taught in the medium, his work has been featured on National Geographic's global website and China's print edition, by Vice, Smartshanghai along with other independent publications.

Ressang自学摄影,其作品在<<国家地理>>国际网站,<<国家地理>>中文杂志,Vice, Smartshanghai等媒体发表过。

Originally begun as creative outlet during his undergraduate studies in international business, Ressang has now been working professionally in the field for over three years.

Prior to his upcoming art show we caught up with him about his work:

What do you enjoy about shooting? What do you prefer to shoot?

I enjoy travel photography the most. The most fulfilling feeling comes from being able to capture a moment from your own experience and being able to translate it into something visual for other people to see.


Do you have a favorite photo you have shot so far? Could you tell me a bit about where it was taken and what you find special about the image?

One of my favorite photos is this one [The Tibetan horse rider]. I took it last summer during a trip to Sichuan. I like the way how it captures the pride of the Tibetan people and their cultural heritage.


What has been your most exciting moment so far in terms of either work or milestones?

Getting my work published in National Geographic Traveller China was pretty great. Not the real deal (National Geographic International) but it's a start. Also doing my exhibition on Nightlife in Shanghai was a good way to end that chapter.


Where do you see your work going in the next few years? 您未来几年有何计划?

I'm doing more and more video projects and keeping still photography as a non-commercial creative outlet.

This event is part of Creative Collective's weekend affair:
A Taste For Adventure
Saturday January 31-Sunday February 1 (1-6 pm)
Lane 108 Changshu Lu House 6 1F near Changle Lu


December 09, 2014

The Back Streets Of Shanghai Part 1

November 11, 2014

The REdesigns Showroom x Creative Collective Pop-up Shop Is Officially Open

It's been a pretty wild ride so far trying to build up a studio. It is great though that we are now moving forward from a shared open studio office space/ event venue into a fully fledged showroom for my business partner's own brand RE and a pop-up space for independent designers who are looking for temporary space. We've even enclosed our outside courtyard so now we've got a little art gallery, yeah! I'm really looking forward to how things will continue to develop in the next year. 
November 10, 2014

Bookbag Charity Book Fair Donation!

Sunday's collaborative event the Bookbag Charity Book Fair went pretty well! We raised 2,120 RMB to donate to Shanghai Young Bakers.

October 30, 2014

Hang Out November 12..

I love this poster that Xin Xin, our studio's Creative Director designed, so cute, so happy and fun!
October 29, 2014

China Fashion Week.. Work Tumblr Tumbles

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