Nicely Made in China

China news on quality products, lifestyle, design and services.

Z-KIN / Camera bags / Hong Kong

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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 »

KHUNU / YAK WOOL LATEST KNITWEAR PRODUCTS FOR CHRISTMAS 2014

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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.

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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

 

WHAT’S NEW? KATRIN REINFURT MPMP FASHION DESIGN

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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!

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THIRCUIR BOOKS / PUBLISHING

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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.

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TRANQUIL TUESDAYS / CHINESE TEA & TEA SET GIFTS

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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.

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BUBBLE-MOOD / FASHION DESIGN

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Bubble-Mood is a new Shanghai-based fashion brand created by 3 young Parisian entrepreneurs in 2009. Olivia Gurdjian, one of the 3 creators of the company arrived in China in 2006 after media studies at the Sorbonne in Paris. She quickly realised that Shanghai was the perfect place to start a fashion business. With her business partner Margaux Painvin and her husband Lucas Gurdjian, the trio created Bubble-Mood which is now attracting an increasing amount of attention from fashionistas. In the following interview Olivia tells Nicely Made in China (NMiC) how it all started.

 

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ASK4ME GROUP / PRODUCT DESIGN

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Boukje Koch (a Dutch designer in her 30′s) is this week’s Nicely Made in China’s (NMiC) guest. Boukje landed in Jiangsu province 7 years ago with a Master’s degree in industrial design and another one from the Arnheim dance academy. Today she’s at the helm of the Guangzhou-based Ask4me Group, a design company which not only designs, but also organises the engineering and manufacturing of products for clients from Europe and now, more and more from China.

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WHAT’S NEW? THE CHINESE TIMEKEEPER / WATCHMAKER

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China  - and the world – have changed since we launched Nicely Made in China. That is why we feel the need to look back and see how the companies and people we’ve featured during those 2 1/2 years have fared.

We start this series of updates called What’s New with the Hong Kong-based watchmaker The Chinese Timekeeper (CTK). We met the owner Adrien Choux recently to discover what’s new for his company.

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RI.by.CARRIE / DESIGNER LEGWEAR

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Hong Kong-born fashion designer Carrie Chan, 32, got her Master’s Degree in Fashion Design in 2008 at the University of Westminster in the UK after a few years as a fashion and lifestyle journalist at the South China Morning Post. Then, in October 2011 she launched the first RI.by.CARRIE collection and made a name for herself with leg wear and hand printed tights. Nicely Made in China (NMiC) met Carrie in her Hong Kong studio at the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre in Shek Kip Mei.

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TOM DAVIES / BESPOKE HANDMADE EYEWEAR

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Eyewear comes in all shapes, materials and colours. Yet choosing the pair of glasses that not only solves your eyesight problems but also flatters and fits you perfectly can be challenging. While trying to understand why finding the perfect pair of specs can be so tricky, Nicely Made in China (NMiC) met Tom Davies, a London-based eyewear designer and his assistant Stephen Jakub. Tom’s design studio is in Mortlake, west London, and it is from here he produces his handmade eyewear, which is manufactured in China. In the following interview Tom and Stephen tell the story behind the remarkable craftsmanship required to make their handmade bespoke spectacles and why they’re proud of their China connection.

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