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CULTURAL EVOLUTION – CHINA 2005 – 2010 / photography by Lionel Derimais / Text by Mary Kay Magistad

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Hello again dear Nicely Made in China readers, 

It’s been a while, I know.  I do hope you are all safe and well as the whole world is in the middle of a second tumultuous year.  Like many of you, I’ve used my time to complete a project close to my heart.  Some of you may know that besides producing the NMiC blog since 2009, I am first and foremost a working professional photographer. 

Today I am pleased to announce that after years of preparation, I am launching a book of photographs called “Cultural Evolution China 2005-2010”.  It is now available for sale via my website – please click on this link to buy the book. Texts in the book (essay, biographies, captions) are in 3 languages: English, Chinese (Mandarin) and French.   

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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 »



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.

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. 
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.
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.
For him: The houndstooth pattern originates from the Scottish Lowlands, and has become a classic pattern for both woven and knit wear.
Unisex: The traditional ribbed knit and pompom create a classic winter look that works equally well for boys and girls.
Unisex: The beanies are made from pure yak yarn knitted in using a garter stitch edged with a dense rib finish.
For him: Shawl collars are a dashing and versatile way to keep warm during the winter.
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.

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.




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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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.

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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.

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Dear readers,

We’re happy and proud to announce that a few weeks ago Nicely Made in China came under the spotlight when it was mentioned in a Wall Street Journal article by writer Mark Ellwood under the title: “The New Cachet of ‘Made in China'”.

Mark Ellwood is the author of Bargain Fever.




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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.

Jeremie, what is Thircuir Books?

Thircuir Editions publishes contemporary photography books by leading Chinese photographers and artists who use photography.

How long have you been in China and when did you create Thircuir Books?

I arrived in China in 2006 after studying economics at the Sorbonne in Paris – I headed off as soon as I received my diploma. My goal was to work in the art world. I believed that cultural development would follow economic development….and so it has turned out. First I worked for a Taiwanese gallery and then for a year for Art+ in Shanghai.  I moved to Beijing in 2008 where I worked for Piech Art, founded by Anton and Xenia Piech. In January 2011 I created my own publishing house – Thircuir Books.

Why create a publishing house in China?

My objective was to give Westerners some tools and keys to understanding China – to make China more accessible.  I think that outside of the country, people have a muddled vision of China, be it on an economic or political level. The books I publish can be seen as a showcase for creativity in China as well as also shedding light on the reality of the country. The photographs are presented in a way that gives insight into the life and work of each artist.

How many books have you published so far and what’s your initial print run?

We started off by publishing 5 books at the same time and now we have 6 on offer, with another 4 ready to launch. Each book consists of 96 pages, and with an initial print run of 6,000 copies, they are priced at £8.90 or US$12.90.

Which photographers are featured?

In China right now, there are many different artistic movements, and I like to think our books illustrate that richness and diversity. Among the photographers we’ve published so far are Song Chao and Yang Yong. Song Chao’s black and white portraits of Chinese miners represent a type of social documentary, whilst Yang Yong’s photographs of young Chinese women in Shenzhen show us a kind of artificial world. Then there is Liu Bolin, already known to many people through his project “Hidden in the city”.

Let’s talk about the printing technique. What type of ink do you use for instance?

We use soya-based inks, as they give much more precise colors. All our books are made of natural papers with U.V. filters which gives a beautiful smooth finish making people want to stroke our books.

Where can Nicely Made in China readers buy Thircuir books?

NMiC readers can buy our books in selected bookstores and major online retailer like Amazon. Check out retailers near where you live:



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:

And last but not least, we thank our two most recent additions to the Nicely Made in China family:

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.

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