Here’s a problem we didn’t have twenty years ago – the need for a bag that can hold a camera – and its charger – and a laptop – and its charger as well as various other pieces of equipment. Ever on the lookout for niche quality products made in China, here at Nicely Made in China (NMiC) we think we’ve found something that might interest our photography readers. So to learn more, we’ve interviewed two bag designers, Quincy Wong and Yee Chan, founders of Z-Kin, a Hong Kong-based design company specialising in and designing better camera bags. Read the rest of this entry »
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Christmas is upon us – a very cold winter is predicted! – and Nicely Made in China (NMiC) has asked Khunu’s founder Julian Wilson what his company has in store to keep us warm in the coming months. New accessories have arrived – beanies, pompom hats, scarves – plus the classic and timeless sweaters all in pure yak wool from the Tibetan plateau. Below NMiC has selected a few articles to introduce Khunu to new readers who don’t already know the company. Nicely Made in China readers will enjoy a 10% discount on all Khunu products by using the code NMIC10 at the check-out.
For our readers who don’t know Khunu, the first article we wrote about it is here.
|For her: This scarf is knitted using a highly textured seed stitch and is available in plain and marled colour options using mostly non-dyed yarns. Warm, natural and extremely cosy. 10% reduction after using the discount code « NMIC10″ - Click here to buy this Infinity scarf - Price: US$ 90|
|Gift for him and for her: For cold feet these mid-length versatile outdoor socks. Composed of 56% yak wool and very comfortable – check Khunu website for full composition. Great resistance to odour. 10% reduction after using the discount code « NMIC10″ – Click here to buy these Wayfarer socks – Price:US$ 25 per pair / US$ 20 per pair for 3 or more pairs|
|For her: Traditional knit which originated on Fair Isle, a remote island off the north coast of Scotland. Using neutral and mostly non-dyed yarns we’ve combined one of the island’s classic pattern with a heavy knit to create a versatile infinity scarf that can be adapted to a wide variety of uses, and will be super cozy this winter.
10% reduction after using the discount code « NMIC10″ - Click here to buy this Fair Isle scarf - Price: US$ 90
|For him: The houndstooth pattern originates from the Scottish Lowlands, and has become a classic pattern for both woven and knit wear. 10% reduction after using the discount code « NMIC10″ - Click here to buy this Houndstooth scarf - Price: US$90|
|Unisex: The traditional ribbed knit and pompom create a classic winter look that works equally well for boys and girls.
10% reduction after using the discount code « NMIC10″ - Click here to buy this Pompom hat (available in other colors) - Price: US$ 70
|Unisex: The beanies are made from pure yak yarn knitted in using a garter stitch edged with a dense rib finish.
10% reduction after using the discount code « NMIC10″ - Click here to buy this Beanie - Price: US$ 60
|For him: Shawl collars are a dashing and versatile way to keep warm during the winter.
10% reduction after using the discount code « NMIC10″ - Click here to buy this Nansen shawl - Price: US$ 340
|For her: Our latest incarnation of the Travel Wrap is made from 100% pure yak wool sourced from the Tibetan plateau. The black and natural grey yarns are woven together to give a beautiful two-toned texture and a finish that feels both soft and warm.
10% reduction after using the discount code « NMIC10″ - Click here to buy this Plain Weave Travel Wrap - Price: US$ 220
|For her: The latest Khunu women’s sweater is made from luxurious 90% yak wool and 10% silk yarn for a beautiful handle and great comfort.
10% reduction after using the discount code « NMIC10″ - Click here to buy this Freya Sweater - Price: US$ 230
A sad news has landed on our desk today and I am sure that as a Nicely Made in China reader you will think the same way: Shanghai Trio will be closing its doors in the next few days. Virginie Fournier and her business partner Nathalie Baseden were often featured on our blog as lovers and promoters of Chinese culture and craftmanship. Their finely crafted products were produced by hand by local artisans celebrating local « savoir faire ». A fire sale of their home textile decoration, iPad and computer covers, hand-made luxury accessories as well as more urban textile objects – products from their Urban Walkers brand - will be organised in their Paris showroom 25, rue de l’exposition in the 7th arrondissement (nearest metro station: Ecole Militaire or Latour-Maubourg) from Thursday December 4th at 11am until Sunday December 7th at 6.30pm.
We wish you a happy new year of the horse! You may have noticed that we recently had a break from publishing in order to take stock and revitalize our efforts. Now we’re back and glad to continue bringing you news about quality products and services from China.
At Nicely Made in China (NMiC) we like to keep track of the companies we’ve featured in the past. So, to begin this Nicely Made in China 2.0 we caught up with Katrin Reinfurt in Paris. An emerging talent in the fashion world with her brand Magnetosphere Prospecting and Monitoring Program (MPMP), Katrin (normally Beijing-based) was at Paris Fashion show collaborating with Walter van Beirendonck no less!
Irrespective of the size of a company, corporate communications and public relations play a vitally important role in any business strategy. Our new sponsor Rochester PR Group specializes in helping Chinese companies to research the British market and find new potential customers. To learn more about this, Nicely Made in China interviewed Joanna Dodd, CEO of Rochester PR in their Cavendish Square (central London) head quarters. Joanna read Classics and Modern Languages at St Catherine’s College Oxford before moving into P.R. She set up Rochester PR Group in November 2011.
With summer now officially underway, thoughts turn to al fresco dining accompanied by suitably chilled and refreshing wines. Foreign wines are nothing new in China but what maybe new are Chinese wines on foreign tables. More and more, wine critics are giving high ratings to Chinese wines and reputed wine merchants such as Berry Bros & Rudd in London are now importing them. To learn more about the subject of Chinese wines Nicely Made in China recently met Laurenz Moser, an Austrian winemaker who works with Changyu Pioneer Wines.
This week Nicely Made in China looks at publishing, a first for us. Jeremie Thircuir, a French-born entrepreneur, created Thircuir Books in 2011, with a mission to introduce Chinese photographers to the world. We asked him a few questions about the how and why of the venture.
3 years ago, on April 22nd 2010, a new website took its place on the Internet stage: Nicely Made in China (NMiC) published its first story about companies making quality products and services in China. That story was about a photographic laboratory on the outskirts of Beijing and it attracted a total of 9 people from China, France and Australia.
3 years and 80 articles later Nicely Made in China has been visited by over 150,000 visitors who have viewed more than 400,000 pages. Week after week, NMiC has helped you discover that all over China there are both Chinese and foreigners producing quality products and services, often using skills honed over thousands of years by Chinese workers.
We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of you, our cherished readers – from 198 countries – for helping Nicely Made in China evolve into this unique showcase, where those who make quality products in China can present them to the world.
Recently, we decided to take the leap into e-commerce and proposed some interesting and surprising products for purchase through the site. These products, from 3 of our featured companies, can now be bought via Nicely Made in China: Khunu yak wool sweaters, Shanghai Trio accessories and Tranquil Tuesdays tea and teawares.
In the good news department Nicely Made in China has now extended its network to Europe with its sister website Nicely Made in Britain which presents quality products – often handmade – in Britain.
NMiC would like to take this opportunity to thank its loyal sponsors:
- Serge Pierrard who founded Beijing-based travel agency Travel Stone – which specialises in travel advice, hotel bookings and airline tickets in China and across Asia in general,
- Virginie Fournier and her company Shanghai Trio which makes handmade accessories mixing raw materials and traditional fabrics with local know-how and is now making nicely made in china corporate gifts.
And last but not least, we thank our two most recent additions to the Nicely Made in China family:
- Fabrice Turries who runs the Hong Kong arm of Palazzari & Turries, a J.V and mergers specialist firm , and
- Joanna Dodd who runs the Rochester PR group, a London-based P.R company with strong ties to China that also helps Chinese companies settle in the UK.
We would also like to acknowledge the support of Patrick O’Donnell and his company, Links Moving international movers . Their early faith in us and what we were doing, convinced us that we were on the right track and were doing something which even 3 years ago was still considered controversial but is becoming more accepted by the day – that is, to associate in the same sentence the words ‘Nicely’ and ‘Made in China’.
The simple pleasure of a cup of tea can be a very welcome break from the frenetic pace of life. But how to know which tea is best, when there are hundreds to choose from: Lapsang Souchong, Pu’er, Oolong, white tea, green tea…and so on. Nicely Made in China’s (NMiC) guest this week is Charlene Wang, a Californian of Chinese origin. She’s a tea aficionado and the founder of Tranquil Tuesdays, a new player in the world of tea merchants. She has taken it upon herself to bring the best tea leaves from China to the thirsty world.