Throwback to Tokyo…

September 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

094A1810That’s me and my team getting settled before starting our interview with gyaru group Black Diamond inside a tiny “gal cafe” in Shibuya. Looking back, I still can’t believe that we actually did that and sooner than later you’ll be able to read all about it in the next issue of Scion Magazine. 

In the words of my favourite writer, Pico Iyer: 

“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again — to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” 

Perhaps that’s why I enjoy traveling so much. The sheer joy of understanding things beyond my regular environment, the fun in learning something new, and the discomfort of sometimes never knowing what you’ll find. That last note is interesting… 

IMG_0893Above, a photo taken mere moments before I was almost carried away by a wave on Bansai Beach on the North Shore in Hawaii earlier this summer. Truth be told, I was never crazy about being in the water. But there’s something about losing my footing and the discomfort that comes with not having any control. Part terrifying, part exhilarating. And more often than not, something I seem to find when I’m out of town. 

Which reminds me that I’m overdue a trip. I think I hear Broadway calling… 



buy a bag, get a free magazine.

October 17, 2010 § 2 Comments

The November Issue of 25 Ans with a Christian Louboutin Goodie Bag

You know I like magazines but Japanese magazines just school the west when it comes to lux-ness of their pages and their free gifts from designer collaborations. 25 Ans is an upscale magazine for women (I’m going to assume that 25 ans stands for 25 years in French) produced by Hachette Fujingaho. The publisher’s other titles include Men’s Club and Elle in Japan. You can definitely see the French influence with the various ads and spreads devoted to LV, Chanel and Louboutin. Since my Japanese skills are far from capable of reading anything except for prices and shop info, I pretty much buy magazines according to the free gift. This satin bag is awesome and fits a pair of Lou’s perfectly…so you won’t be surprised to know I shelled out another ¥980 (roughly $10 CAD) for a second bag.

I snapped some shots of a few of my favourite pages for your visual pleasure. Enjoy.

And it’s not just for girls! Men’s magazines also come with a free gift with purchase. Check out this Stussy magalogue which includes a decent sized tote for those confident enough to rock a man-bag (here’s hoping my brother will since it’s currently en route to him via Japan Post now).

tokyo girls collection a/w 2010

September 27, 2010 § 2 Comments

Had the opportunity to check out TGC on September 4th, 2010 for the second time with S during my first weekend in Tokyo. Needless to say we had an awesome time filled with lots of swag, free gel nails and the opportunity to check out the newest collections from some of Tokyo’s finest! It’s a good thing I didn’t have my J-phone set up otherwise I would have had a hard time convincing myself not to buy things by barcode scanning.

The theme of the 11th TGC was “Back to the Classic Future” incorporated the fashion trends of A/W 2010 while looking back at the roots of the brands, rebuilding and creating hybrids. By inheriting the style TGC has accumulated over the years, the team behind TGC hopes to create a new page in history. Making the old, new again.

I remember checking out TGC 2 years ago and you can definitely see the improvement, whether it be the way they handle their press, the larger the venue or the support they’re receiving from the government and tourism agency. It’s a great fit as TGC leaves the heavy duty couture and slightly unobtainable fashion to JFW and focuses on real clothes from Tokyo to the world under the slogan of “Branding JAPAN, Branding ASIA, Branding the WORLD” inviting as many visitors from around the world to Japan (woohoo Canada!)

Participating brands include: Cecil McBee, Frees Mart, Kitson, Liz Lisa, Mercury DUO, +Rich, TopShop JP, AG by AquaGirl to name a few

While participating models included many of the popular faces from JJ, ViVi, CanCam and other Japanese fashion magazines.

There were also performances by: Kishidan, Sataandagi, Kana Nishin, May J and an insanely popular girl group called AKB48 (which contains 48 members who sing, dance, and take turns sharing the spotlight).

Approximately 30,000 idol-crazed girls flooded the crowds and waited patiently since the early morning to see their favourite models and idols despite the scorching weather of the Tokyo heat wave. But who could blame them? There simply isn’t anything else in the world quite like this.

Chanel’s 2.55: The Quilted Revolution

April 10, 2010 § 1 Comment

Received my invite to the Chanel Les Secrets du Sac event next week at the Bloor St. Boutique. I’m so excited for this seminar, last year’s event was on the secrets of the Chanel jacket with the Paris team accompanying a carefully curated collection from vintage tweeds to future prototypes. Between champagne flutes, mini hors d’oeuvres, guests were not sold on the latest offerings but rather offered a glimpse into the rich history of the timeless jacket and the life of Mademoiselle Coco way before the movies and the documentaries came out of Hollywood.

I’m really looking forward to this event. I have loved the 2.55 and its many variations for their timeless quality and ability to go well with just about everything.


The event invite came with a copy of Flare’s April issue featuring a raven-haired stunning Coco Rocha. Inside was a bookmarked article all about the story behind the 2.55. Conceived by Coco senior in February 1955, the bag brought its own revolution. It was the first handbag with a long shoulder strap that gave the wearer freedom and mobility of the hands, and contained functional yet discrete side pockets and compartments to stash lipstick and love letters. Clearly, this woman had her priorities straight.

Whatever you do, don’t waste money on a counterfeit. It’s worth saving  up to invest in a classic 2.55. The higher price reflects a process and an iconic product that has a rich history 55 years old. It takes more than 50 pieces and over 180 different operations to produce a single handbag. Workers at the atelier require at least 10 years to develop the skill and expertise to perfectly create a 2.55. Although it comes in countless finishes and materials, the ohsopopular lamb skins are a perfect illustration of the quality of work this handbag demands. For one, it requires three lambskins to make a single bag because only the center of the skin is usable. It’s delicate texture requires careful construction but it doesn’t take a a highly trained eye to distinguish from the counterfeit. You can’t knock this off.

When Karl Lagerfeld was asked what does Carrying a 2.55 say about its wearer (as opposed to the hottest new trend?) he replied:

“Women who carry the 2.55 don’t need style advice about how to carry it. It is so casual and so friendly you don’t need a lesson. There are no borderlines of generations for Chanel bags.”

Between my mom and I, we’ve curated our own collection of Chanel handbags. Let’s see how our collection stands up to next week’s exhibit.

Be sure to check out the April issue of Flare for Tina Isaac’s complete article.

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