Nicely Made in China

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ELISABETH KOCH-MILLINERY

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This week Nicely Made in China puts a profession under the spotlight: Elisabeth Koch is a milliner – the word originally referred to someone who came from Milan – . The young U.S-born Dutch woman tells NMiC all about her birth as a hat maker and about making headpieces in this part of the world.

Elisabeth, when did you start Elisabeth Koch-Millinery?

I started as soon as I arrived in China 3 years ago. I was coming from Brussels where I was working in the marketing department of major banks.  As soon as I knew that I would be leaving the European Union capital Read the rest of this entry »

EVERARD+WANG – JEWELLERY

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Jewellery is the Nicely Made in China product of the week. Ariel Welby-Everard, ex-insurer from London and Wang Lei, ex-dancer from Wuhan are a team in life as well as in business and have now created their company Everard+Wang. In a two-voice interview they tell NMiC all about making jewellery in Beijing.

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LE FROMAGER DE PÉKIN

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At Nicely Made in China we like to eat and what better way to end a good meal but with some cheese! But as it turns out it’s not easy to find good cheese in Beijing at decent prices. If that was one of your problems, NMiC found the man who can help. Liu Yang, a Heilongjiang native, makes cheese. All sorts of cheese.  In an interview conducted “dans la langue de Voltaire” he gives NMiC readers a crash course in cheese making.

Liu Yang,  few people would imagine finding a “fromagerie artisanale” in North Beijing.  Can you tell your story for Nicely Made in China readers?

I discovered cheese in France while studying management at the university of Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand in the Massif Central in 2001. To greet the 50 newly arrived Chinese students the university had organized a buffet. I remember there were a lot of different cheese Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

BESPOKE-BEIJING TRAVEL SERVICES

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This week NMIC presents a new kind of travel services.  Sarah Keenlyside the owner of Bespoke-Beijing, her business partner Tom Pattinson  and operations manager Cao Wei tell us all.

When and how was Bespoke-Beijing created?

Bespoke started to operate one year ago exactly, in May 2009. Tom worked at Time Out Beijing for nearly 3 years and so did I says Sarah. During those years we got to know the Beijing scene very well.  What made us think there might be a need for a new kind of travel services is that we kept getting phone calls from Read the rest of this entry »

HUANG YUE – FASHION DESIGNER

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This week we introduce Sichuan-born fashion designer Huang Yue (42).

How long have you been a fashion designer?

I have been a designer for over 10 years. I studied at the the Academy of Arts & Design of Tsinghua University.

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TIME MACHINE IMAGE CENTRE (TMIC)

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The first company we have decided to showcase is Time Machine Image Centre.  We’ve asked Matthieu Torrano, TMIC creative and development director, a few questions:

What is Time Machine Image Centre?

Time Machine Image Centre (TMIC) is a fine art printing centre. We offer our clients complete services from a 65m2 studio – complete with lighting equipment – to scanning, printing and framing.


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