Pringle of Scotland

Another great experience this week is my first days working with Claire Waight Keller at Pringle of Scotland.
It was funny that I was greeted to jump by Harry at the first time we meet at the project brief. Pringle is located in Sloane Square, close to the Saatchi Gallery, and I love popping into the Teschen shop in between lunch time.
A lot videos from Pringle I wanted to show and here is 2: the brand one is so cute!
and here is Claire: I love people who are organized, calm and having a very good balance between family and a successful career. x


Agent Provocateur dream came true

AWWWW!!!! I have yet got the right words to describe my delight working with Agent Provocateur recently!! Loving AP since 2005, I was at La Perla in Lane Crawford when they opened the first Asia concession store right next to me! Remember the time I told my tutor I wanted to design for Agent Provocateur and she said “Everyone wants to be there, it’s only a dream.”
Know I am a bit too obsessed that I couldn’t take the advice much seriously and kept dreaming. Thank you so much for Sara being so sweet and introduced me to the creative director, Sarah Shotton. Below is a vedio of her with Joe Corre, the founder and former director.

Besides the exquisite lingerie, their head office is just as beautiful! Have you ever image working everyday on a gold glitter desk? And the walls, shelfs and wardrobe are painted in the prettiest pink ever!  You will have a feeling of being really spoiled in this fantasy place! Also very convenient for visiting McQueen’s Polar Bear office which is on the same street. xx

Loss of our genius

I was talking through my work from Alexander McQueen to a client.
Meanwhile, she got a call, looking serious.
I went “Bad News?”
She replied, “Lee committed suicide.”
“What!?” I thought she was joking and it’s such a bad joke.
My phone started to ring and people ran around about the news.
Heat started going through into my head.
Recalling those days I had already fallen in love with his early work.
I totally cannot believe it and imagine tears running across the studio.
It is a terrible loss of our genius.
I wish him everything better in the other world. x

Been back to De Montfort University for a lecture on digital printing. I asked about how many students wanted to intern in a top fashion house before and after the presentation. I should have taken a picture to show the difference. Meanwhile, the above email is for students and enquiry on the personal/group tutorial. I am excited to join the assessment and see their work again soon. x

Dear Sir Paul Smith

I thought I am one of the luckiest person on the earth today. Thank you so much for Mr. Smith seeing my work and listen to my not very well presentation. Again, the same as the first time I met him, after all my hyper-excited emotions could settle, the thought came up my mind is ” OMG! He’s such a gentlemen!” I am glad to see people working there are all so happy and a lovely girl gave me a warm hug before I leave. Everything there touches you, like the little stories framing on the wall, a sushi clock make you smile, a signed basketball and a rabbit on the self saying each of their own story behind. There was a young boy’s letter to Paul Smith on the wall which caught me immediately. When seeing how others thought and feelings are being take care, you know how nice the atmosphere in this place would be. I can’t wait to soak into this lovely world again x

I just read a very good book, which is blah …

Recently, I just can’t stop reading a few chapters of my piled up books before going to bed. My friends are now used to my beginning of a conversation which is “I just read a very good book, which is blah blah blah…” It seems like I have become a salesperson of Amazon and I actually did some sales. Though I couldn’t have earn some commission, I did earned some passion and value through these unconscious sales. I particularly love those books written by the authors after they retire or a long battle through their life journey. Listening and watching how they look back on their lives, mistakes and achievements is so inspiring. A summary of those many years and research only cost a few pounds and even cheaper and greener to get the used books. They deserved to have they stories spread around the world and even each person just learn one little thing a day would be fantastic. I understand the youngsters would be difficult to make their choice while everything is trying to get their attention with different purposes. This would be one of the many things on my very long list I want to work on – how to educate the youngsters to make their own good choice. It is very upset when people think they are living independently while they are not. The poorest people are the most ignorance people in the world that they do not even know that they don’t know. What can we do about it? The first thing is grow yourself so you learn how to grow others and keep your mind open to ask questions and listen. Even the most silly questions will be better than sitting there doing nothing.

after all so many books, lets list those I sent to my friends in Xmas –>
Rich Dad Poor Dad
How to Win Friends and Influence People
It’s not how Good You are, It’s how Good You Want To Be
Ignore Everybody, and 39 other Keys to creativity
The Art of Looking Sideways

The lesson from two lemonade stands(Seth’s Blog)

The first stand is run by two kids. They use Countrytime lemonade, paper cups and a bridge table. It’s a decent lemonade stand, one in the long tradition of standard lemonade stands. It costs a dollar to buy a cup, which is a pretty good price, considering you get both the lemonade and the satisfaction of knowing you supported two kids.

The other stand is different. The lemonade is free, but there’s a big tip jar. When you pull up, the owner of the stand beams as only a proud eleven year old girl can beam. She takes her time and reaches into a pail filled with ice and lemons. She pulls out a lemon. Slices it. Then she squeezes it with a clever little hand juicer.

The whole time that’s she’s squeezing, she’s also talking to you, sharing her insights (and yes, her joy) about the power of lemonade to change your day. It’s a beautiful day and she’s in no real hurry. Lemonade doesn’t hurry, she says. It gets made the right way or not at all. Then she urges you to take a bit less sugar, because it tastes better that way.

While you’re talking, a dozen people who might have become customers drive on by because it appears to take too long. You don’t mind, though, because you’re engaged, almost entranced. A few people pull over and wait in line behind you.

Finally, once she’s done, you put $5 in the jar, because your free lemonade was worth at least twice that. Well, maybe the lemonade itself was worth $3, but you’d happily pay again for the transaction. It touched you. In fact, it changed you.

Which entrepreneur do you think has a brighter future?

[PS a few hours after I posted this, Elizabeth sent in this photo of her daughter doing exactly what I imagined. She said, “she made a fortune.”]