Nicely Made in China

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

MARION CARSTEN / JEWELLERY

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This week Nicely Made in China (NMiC) features Marion Carsten. Marion, a goldsmith from Frankfurt, moved to China in 2000. After a few years there, she moved to Bangkok and recently to Paris where NMiC caught up with her. She talked about square pearls, what inspires her work and how to manage a company in China from Europe. Read the rest of this entry »

DESIGN MVW

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For this week’s article Nicely Made in China (NMiC) stays in Shanghai to introduce a Franco-Chinese couple: Virginie Moriette, a French architect who graduated from l’Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Paris la Villette and her husband Xu Ming, a designer/interior architect who graduated from E.S.A.G Penninghen in Paris. They run their own company Design MVW based in Shanghai.   NMiC interviewed Virginie who talks about what defines life in Shanghai in 2010: high energy, harmony, nature and the Shanghai urban environment. Read the rest of this entry »

SUZHOU COBBLERS

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This week Nicely Made in China stays in Shanghai to introduce its second -but very different- shoe designer: Denise Huang owner and designer of Suzhou Cobblers moved back to Shanghai from Hong Kong in 2003 with a business idea. Denise kindly accepted to answer a few questions from NMiC and talked about tradition, modernity and a good looking rooster. Read the rest of this entry »

MARY CHING / SHOES

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This week Nicely Made in China (NMiC) is happy to feature its first shoe designer. Londoner, Alison Mary Ching Yeung, half-Chinese, half-British, created the brand Mary Ching in 2009 in Shanghai . On her way to becoming the « Louboutin of Shanghai » (according to French fashion magazine ELLE) Mary Ching has become in a short time a much sought after brand by fashionistas in China and beyond.  It has already caught the eye of stars such as Beyonce, Cameron Diaz and Zhang Ziyi. In a fast-paced phone interview, Alison tells NMiC what drove her to design shoes. Read the rest of this entry »

PAPERTIGER / WRAPPING PAPER & CARDS

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With Christmas fast approaching, Nicely Made in China (NMiC) wondered how to wrap the gifts which will go under the tree. The choice on offer in shops was disappointing – until we stumbled upon Papertiger wrapping paper and cards. This brand has not been around for very long but is already making its mark on the wrapping paper market in China. NMiC sat with the owner-designer, New-York born Lucy Young –daughter of mainland Chinese- discussing the link between card and paper design and Shanghai architecture! Read the rest of this entry »

NMiC IS IN THAT’S SHANGHAI!

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Dear readers

Nicely Made in China is That’s Shanghai magazine editor’s choice to be website of the month. You can read the article on their website urbanatomy.com!

A nice reward for all the people who’ve accepted to be featured: Adam Healy at Ark Surfboards, Liu Hongyan and David Winter at Red Dragon Yacht Building, Alia and Safi Malik at Shangrila Farms, Nicolas Favard the goldsmith, the double-bass maker Gao Zhenmin, Marianne Friese and her company Malilian, Virginie Fournier, Carole Beaucour and Shanghai Trio, Elisabeth Koch the milliner, the jewellery designers Ariel Welby-Everard and Wang Lei, Hai Chen at Blue Shanghai White, the cheese maker Liu Yang, Dominic Johnson-Hill of Plastered 8, Valérie Nomain at Chocolate Design, Lisa Minder-Wu at The Orchard, Pierre-Olivier Le Magnan at Chiru Bikes, Sarah Keenlyside and Tom Pattinson at Bespoke-Beijing, the fashion designer Huang Yue, and every one at Time Machine Image Center.

A big thank you to the 7300 readers who’ve visited the website since the start of Nicely Made in China!

I also would like to particularly thank all the people who have supported Nicely Made in China and who have been generous with their time, efforts and ideas.

SHANGHAI TRIO / FASHION & ACCESSORIES

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This week Nicely Made in China presents the brand « Shanghai Trio » (上海组合). 12 years old this year « Shanghai Trio » was born in Shanghai as the name suggests. It is now expanding to Beijing and also has a shop in Paris among other places. NMiC spoke to the owner Virginie Fournier.

How did you have the idea to start « Shanghai Trio »?

When I arrived in Shanghai in the middle of the 90′s my head was full of expectations of what I would find in China: the finest silk and  as well as all sort of craftmen working in the streets. Read the rest of this entry »

BLUE SHANGHAI WHITE

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The Nicely Made in China product of the week is as old as China itself.  Chinese ceramics, since it is ceramics and porcelain we’ll be talking about, are back in fashion again. Hai Chen, Blue Shanghai White owner and main designer grants NMiC an interview.

Hai Chen, how did you become a ceramist and when did you start Blue Shanghai White?

I studied fine arts and ceramics from 1987 to 1991 at the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts and at Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts & Design from 1992 until 1996. I created my company in 2003.

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PLASTERED 8 T-SHIRTS

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Nicely made in China product of the week is a T-shirt. The first Chinese street brand was started a few years ago in Beijing by an early school drop out from Surrey who says he  » never let his schooling get in the way of his education » quoting Mark Twain. Since he arrived in Beijing penniless he’s come a long way. Dominic Johnson-Hill self-proclaimed creative dictator of Plastered 8 tells NMiC the story in a fast-paced interview.

Dominic, how did Plastered 8 get its start?

I arrived in China at 20 after 3 years of travels around the world. I started the company on my own 4 years ago with the shop on Nan Luo Gu Xiang. It was the first clothing shop on the street. The concept was Read the rest of this entry »