Friday, December 10, 2010

Chariots on Fire at Kapok at St Francis Yard

I've covered Kapok in my previous post before but this time is their shop at St Francis Yard which serves both as a shop and a small coffee / tea hangout. close-by to their Sun Street store, the one at St Francis Yard has an even better chill out ambience to me. the shop carries mainly art books, music, design-esque gifts and accessories while the one on Sun Street has more fashion items. hidden in a small alley, facing away from the streets to a bunch of trees, perfect for some quiet time to hang out with friends or picking up something nice for yourself or others.

Kapok is known to be a design hub where they regularly invite design individuals to create unique new products for the store. they also run quite a bit of pop-up shops with different designers / brands that are not available in HK and do launch events for young artists. it happened when I visited them last week they were hosting the pop-up store for Chariots on Fire.

they were still setting up the display when I got there

paper stack display - signature to Chariots on Fire

Chariots on Fire are Ritz Yagi and Orlana Reich. there are essentially two sides of their business - one being a shop based in San Francisco (Wallpaper* magazine named it as one of their "best loved shops") and the other is creative consultancy on almost anything, from sourcing a particular piece of jewelry to designing a logo for a new company.

the pop-up shop this time features a selection of antique, vintage and contemporary jewelry they sourced globally. the range is made up of contrasting designs from bold, edgy, modern pieces to delicate, charming, one-of-a-kind vintage. I fell in love with a particular necklace from the 1960s. it's foldable in different shapes, here's my interpretations:

too bad I wasn't able to join the opening party. you can find the beautiful Opposite Attract collection on show at Kapok until Jan 2. hurry to go grab your piece, many of them are produced in limited quantity and vintage.

see my necklace on the flyer : )

Chariots on Fire has online shop and a blog, follow them:

Kapok has been a local advocate for art and design movement, just to name a few recent and coming events:

Richard Pilnick Photography exhibition: (nov 26 - dec 14, 2010 at St Francis Yard shop)

A Beautiful Mess by la petite mu mu: (dec 16, 2010 - jan 8, 2011 at Sun Street shop)

Facehunter Yvan Rodic book signing: Kapok x Facehunter (dec 22, 2010 5:00 - 8:00pm) - yes, THE Facehunter, Yvan Rodic and how can anyone miss the chance to meet him and get his autograph? there will be a special shooting arrangement at the book signing and maybe a chance to get on the next edition of his book? I, however, am kicking myself for missing it with my travel plan, big sigh...

 follow Kapok's events and everything else on their facebook: Kapok

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