WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND DECIDING TO START YOUR OWN COMPANY, AND IN THE PR/CONTENT CREATION ARENA SPECIFICALLY?
“I have always been interested in many different spheres in the industry, be it writing, branding, PR or producing content. And I’ve always wanted to combine many of the elements together on one single platform. I remember when I was in PR, I would often receive materials that I thought wouldn’t resonate in our local markets as much as they would in the West. In the industry today I believe good content and good PR needs to go hand in hand. That’s why I wanted to start this agency that allows us to communicate the brand’s message in a meaningful and impactful way, but also participate in the creation process as one of the collaborators. I believe (that this is the best way in which) we can create truly powerful messages that resonate everywhere.”
YOU’VE LIVED IN MANY COUNTRIES AND STUDIED JOURNALISM AND POLITICS INSTEAD OF FASHION. WOULD YOU SAY THAT’S PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN YOUR TRAJECTORY IN FASHION?
“Maybe! I was born in Shenzhen, which is a very new city – very open to new ideas without having a lot of historical baggage. I have been interested in politics, fashion, art and even food, so I was never satisfied with just doing one thing. When I founded the agency I wanted to keep it open and not confine it to a single category. Many of us from the new generation of fashion workers are all talented in multiple ways and don’t want to be labelled as only one thing. I wanted to create a community with like-minded people who are interdisciplinary and open-minded. Only through that can we nurture new ideas and new forms of fashion.”
WHY CHOOSE SHANGHAI AS THE BASE FOR BOH PROJECT?
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Tiger tiger, burning bright
FELIPE OLIVEIRA BAPTISTA IS REMAKING KENZO FOR A MODERN AGE, TAPPING AS MUCH INTO THE ARCHIVES AS ITS FOUNDING JAPANESE DESIGNER’S ETHOS OF CULTURAL CURIOSITY FOR HIS DEBUT THIS SEASON. GORDON NG REPORTS ON HOW HE’S CONTINUING KENZO TAKADA’S LEGACY.
A Fall/ Winter 2020 Collection Report
(And some of the asian models who commanded the season’s runways)
A Place In The Sun
For the multitude of differences that we ought to recognise and embrace, there are some things that Asian women in general share in common when it comes to discussing matters of the skin. For example, scientific studies have shown that the all-protective, outermost layer of the complexi0n known as the stratum corneum in asian women is thin. We also are more prone to pigmentation because of higher levels of melanocyte activity. At the same time, the region’s humidity means that our sebaceous glands – which asians tend to have more of – can overreact (hands up if oily skin bothers you) while UV rays and pollution levels have made sensitised skin a growing condition here. All launched this year, the products on the next two pages don’t claim to cover the skincare concerns of all Asian women, but they do help tackle some of the most common. And – in the spirit of this edition’s theme – they’re all created by brands with roots in asia. Sofia Kim reports.
LOCAL LABEL BEYOND THE VINES HAS COME A LONG WAY SINCE ITS TO MENTION STORES IN FIVE COUNTRIES), IT’S THE ARCHETYPE OF A, ’ INCEPTION FIVE YEARS AGO. WITH AN EXTENSIVE REBRANDING IN SINGAPORE FASHION LABEL MADE GOOD. SO WHO BETTER TO DISCUSS. PROCESS AND A NEWLY OPENED CONCEPT SPACE AT NGEE ANN CITY (NOT THE STATE OF SINGAPORE FASHION RETAIL TODAY? BY KENG YANG SHUEN
On the up
FROM AN IRANIAN MILLINER CRAFTING FANTASTICAL HATS THAT RESEMBLE SCULPTURE TO A GENDER-FLUID HONG KONG LABEL CHALLENGING TRADITIONAL NOTIONS OF MASCULINITY, THE SEVEN EMERGING BRANDS FEATURED HERE SHARE ONE THING IN COMMON: FOUNDERS WITH ROOTS IN ASIA – AND BOLD IDEAS THAT THE WORLD SHOULD KNOW ABOUT. KENG YANG SHUEN REPORTS.
What Does It Mean To Be Asian?
What does it mean to be asian? That question is so large, so vast, that answering it is nearly impossible. The truth is that Singaporeans today straddle multiple cultural identities: our own ethnic heritage, our place in the world as global citizens and our communal sense of a nation. So instead of trying to find an unattainable answer, we went in search of the particular. Image-making has the power of influencing how we view, imagine and define ourselves. Through their work and research, the three Singapore image-makers we spoke to here each deal with specific perspectives of asian-ness. All start unsurprisingly from some place (or something) personal then delve into bigger, more mercurial ideas: the dominance of eurocentric beauty ideals; the challenge of conceiving and creating a postcolonial identity; the fragility of heritage and history in a modern world. And in doing so, each offers a different viewpoint on what it means and looks like to be asian. Gordon NG goes in for a close-up.
Asia's True Top Models
A diversity report on the fall/winter 2020 runway season by the fashion spot – drawn from 194 shows that took place in the four major fashion week cities – found that 40.6 per cent of models cast were people of colour. In contrast, when the popular online portal started tallying diversity reports five years ago with the spring/summer 2015 season, that figure was 17 per cent. It’s commendable change, some might say – one that reflects the fashion industry’s growing interest in and recognition of the importance of representing a wide range of faces and ethnicities. Based in different parts of asia, the three modelling agencies featured here aren’t just vital players in this revolution; they’re expanding the conversation by championing specifically models from home. Gordon NG finds out how they’re changing the look and perceptions of Asian beauty.
The Power Of Joy
K-pop has undoubtedly been one of the biggest cultural exports out of asia and the same might just go for one of the scene’s most popular young female stars of the moment: the chameleonic style icon and multi-hyphenate entertainer joy.
In 2019, Louis Vuitton introduced its Artycapucines project, which invites leading international artists to reimagine its Capucines tote – named after the Parisian street on which the brand opened its first boutique and known for its extensive craftsmanship. For the second edition – limited to 200 pieces worldwide per design – hitting selected stores (including the one here at Ngee Ann City) on oct 30, the Maison Ropes in for the first time two asian names: Xinjiang-born Zhao Zhao and Beijinger Liu Wei. Here, an exclusive with these chinese luminaries on their art and how they’ve transformed an artisanal handbag into a true objet d’art. Keng Yang Shuen reports.
Fortune Favours The Boh
Fashion PR, writing, modelling – bohan qiu has tried his hand at all of them. In a way, the Shenzhen-born 26-year-old exemplifies the contemporary fashion multi-hyphenate with his latest turn being the entrepreneur behind boh project, a PR and digital content agency based in Shanghai. Founded last year, the company is already staking a claim in the chinese fashion scene, counting clients that range from giants (calvin klein, selfridges) to emerging names. Among the latter is the fashion and art presentation platform Xcommons, which made global headlines in march for producing a virtual reality presentation for the chinese labels Xu Zhi, Andrea Jiapei Li and Roderic Wong, and garnering over 4.8 million visits within the first day. So who better to speak to for insights into the fascinating, fast-moving and growing chinese fashion industry?
The Very Public Humbling of Jack Ma
He was set to raise $35 billion from Ant’s IPO. Then China showed him who’s boss
IOS 14: Everything new in Maps
Apple continues to improve its Maps app, steadily turning it into a viable alternative to Google Maps.
MARKET DEBUT OF CHINESE E-FINANCE GIANT ANT GROUP POSTPONED
The planned stock market debut of the world’s biggest online finance company, Ant Group, was suspended in Shanghai and Hong Kong, disrupting a record-setting $34.5 billion initial public offering that highlighted China’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
How U.S. Colleges Are Keeping China's Lucrative Students
With travel thwarted, students enroll at partner campuses in Shanghai and other cities
CHINESE FINTECH COULD SHATTER RECORDS WITH $35B SHARE OFFER
The world’s largest fintech company, China’s Ant Group, will try to raise nearly $35 billion in a massive public offering of stock that would shatter records.
Hao Noodle's Zhu Rong on Reopening in China— and on Sixth Avenue
“I love New York, but it’s just a different situation.”
ALIBABA'S ANT GROUP FILES FOR IPO IN HONG KONG, SHANGHAI
Ant Group, the financial technology arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, filed for a dual listing in Hong Kong and Shanghai, in what may be the largest share offering since the coronavirus pandemic began.
ASTENJOHNSON ADVANCES EMPLOYEE PROTECTION
AstenJohnson, a global supplier of advanced fabrics, advanced employee safety with lessons learned from the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Alibaba-Backed Ant Group To Go Public in Shanghai, Hong Kong
Ant Group, the online payments arm of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, announced plans for an initial public stock offering that could become the world’s biggest since the coronavirus pandemic began.
PROJECT CARS 3
So many improvements we could barely fit them all in one article