Nicely Made in China

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

BEZ & OHO / HANDBAGS

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Today Nicely Made in China (NMiC) shares with you a beautiful story and a great product. Annalisa Ryle arrived in Hong Kong 13 years ago via the volunteer route working with the St. Stephen’s Society – in fact her office is still on the charity’s premises in Hong Kong. 5 years ago she founded Bez & Oho (after the biblical characters Bezalel and Oholiab), a company which makes cool handbags out of recycled rice bags while providing jobs to vulnerable people. Read the rest of this entry »

M. LAU ON HING / QIPAO TAILOR

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In the high-speed world that is China today, we at Nicely Made in China (NMiC) find it reassuring to discover that some things don’t change! NMiC recently met with Mr Lau, a qipao or cheongsam tailor, in his workshop in Hong Kong.  A sprightly sexagenarian with a mischievous smile, he has for 50 years been hand-making exquisite qipao – a form of traditional Chinese dress. Originally from Shanghai, he came to Hong Kong aged 14 to learn the craft and is now one of the last remaining ‘Shanghai tailors’, as they’re known in Hong Kong, still working today. Read the rest of this entry »

« JIA-Inc » / HOMEWARE PRODUCTS

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JIA-Inc has been successfully established on the international scene for a few years now. During that time JIA-Inc has carved out a niche for itself with its special mix of Chinese and foreign designed home ware.  Nicely Made in China (NMiC) wanted to know more about the Hong Kong based brand, and what makes president and founder Christopher Lin tick. Read the rest of this entry »

40 UNDER 40 / PERSPECTIVE AWARDS

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Nicely Made in China is proud to announce that last night ceramic and porcelain makers Julie Progin and her partner Jesse McLin from Latitude, achieved recognition from the industry by being among the 40 winners of the Perspective magazine « 40 under 40″ competition 2011 which celebrates excellence in the fields of architecture, interiors and product design.

NMiC featured Julie and Jesse in an article last November.

NERI & HU ARCHITECTS-DESIGNERS

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Surfing the internet recently in search of new ideas, Nicely Made in China (NMiC) came upon a beautifully elegant tea set.  We managed to track down the designers, and were delighted to discover they produce a whole host of other desirable well-designed items.

This week Nicely Made in China is happy to introduce Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, architects and designers. Lyndon was born in the Philippines and educated in the US – a Harvard graduate.  Rossana comes from Taiwan and is a Princeton graduate.  The couple who now works for prestigious design companies like bd barcelona, moooi, meritalia and swarovski give NMiC readers an insight into what China has in store in the coming years with regard to design and architecture. Read the rest of this entry »

ROUGE BAISER ELISE – BED LINEN

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If you live in Beijing or Shanghai you may have noticed a couple of small shops, one tucked away in leafy Sanlitun (Beijing), the other in the trendy Fuxing Lu (Shanghai) with an attractive and strange name: Rouge Baiser followed by the name Elise. Nicely Made in China decided to investigate and met with the French owner, Elise de Saint Guilhem,  to talk embroidery, mixing colors and the differences -or the lack of- between Chinese and Western clients. Read the rest of this entry »

LATITUDE / PORCELAIN

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This week Nicely Made in China (NMiC) presents a couple who has decided to take on one of China’s traditional crafts – porcelain. Born into a Hong Kong-based Swiss family, Julie Progin and her American husband Jesse McLin, have recently created Latitude Design Studio, a young and promising company. In a double interview they tell NMiC about setting up and working with an artisan community in Jingdezhen. 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 »

RECHENBERG COUTURE

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This week Nicely Made in China stays in Beijing to introduce Kathrin von Rechenberg, owner and designer of “rechenberg » the fashion house. The 40 year-old Bavarian and mother of three has taken a winding path from her “début” at the Paris fashion house Jacques Fath in the 90’s to her arrival in Beijing, via Taiwan, in 2000. We sat in her Beijing studio to discuss Paris fashion houses, material and lost traditions. Read the rest of this entry »

SUREN HANDMADE / HANDBAGS

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This week’s story is about a company barely known outside China even though it has been making high quality leather products for many years. NMiC would like to introduce the company “Suren” (pronounced « sue jhen »), together  with Mao Shu Hong, general manager and her husband Yang Bao Guang, the head designer. In order to meet them NMiC took an hour’s drive north of Beijing on a gorgeous blue sky day (Beijingers will appreciate that detail). Ben O’Hara, Canadian TV’s Beijing correspondent came with us, to visit the couple’s design studio and small factory. Read the rest of this entry »