Friday, July 30, 2010

A breath of fresh air…

We believe inspiration is everywhere and can spark from everything.

I was at the Slash concert a night or two ago with a composer / musician friend of mine and while the opening band was playing, I asked, "How do you tell if a musician is good? Do you judge the lyrics or if they play the instruments well?" He looked at me, pointed at his heart and said, "It's really how it makes you feel and what it brings up for you."

Very simple, yet very true...that is where all inspiration stems from - the heart. What you do with inspiration after you have found it, depends on you. Does your heart guide you to inspiration or do you wait for inspiration?

Kanch went on holiday to the South of France recently. I had asked her to take a few photos. I've never been to France, so I wanted to see a little piece of France through her eyes. Kanch found inspiration in food, colors, graffiti..a heart potato on a plate. I wanted to share with you bits the photos she shared with me.

My favorite photo: the human with a canine head, holding the dog on leash with a personified head. Dog like person holding human like dog? Ingenious.

Kanch said that she found the South of France inspiring - 'the colors, the food, the people just make you fall in love with life and the calm way of being'.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

"I was made for loving you baby"

IT'S GO TIME. Runway, ready. Hair, done. Make-up, done. Models, ready. MC, in place. Music, on standby. Audience, naked. Wait... Naked?! The nightmares before an event had begun. I always tend to get nervous towards the build up of an event. As the nights progressed, the dreams got more erratic: models tripping (which is actually kind of funny in my head), music choice switched to ‘I was made for loving you baby’ by KISS – don’t ask why, hair & makeup shows up late and we decide - head banging for 20 minutes makes for ideal runway hair… None of this makes sense to me either.

On the 14th of July, we launched ‘Kanch’ by Kanchan Couture at VERO Lounge. It was fun, glamorous, fast paced, and hard work! I have attended fashion show events in the past. You go with your friends after work, have a few drinks, try the canap├ęs, network, tip-toe on your shoes to get a glimpse of the clothes, and either head out to dinner or more drinks to finish off your night. Sounds pleasant… when you’re not working the event!

The night flew by in a blur and before we knew it, it was over. We gathered 300 of Hong Kong’s hippest, our friends, press, and fashion lovers. From the moment the doors opened, there was a light buzz of chatter in the air. There was Kanchan Couture staff flying around from one corner of the venue, to the other. A winding long line of guests waiting to get in. The scent of perfumes and chocolate in each breath of air, was thick. Before we could inhale, it started…

I pressed play from the back of the venue… The music started. Boom boom boom, I was concentrating on the tempo of the song. The crowd was dense. People had their hands in the air, taking photographs with their iphones and digital cameras. Professional photographers clicked away, the flashes bouncing off of the clothes and models. People watched. I ran to the edge of the runway. I made my way through the sea of viewers, who wouldn’t give up their viewing space, ready to make my thank you speech.

I have always appreciated my friends and family. And it is at these types of events, special occasions, and unique moments that you notice who your real friends are. I had personally invited via text message two or three people, whom I just wanted present. For reasons unsure, they were not able to attend. It did make me sad. However, as I was talking on the microphone, I searched the crowd for familiar faces. I saw the happy eyes of my friends who were there. It made me realize that there are friends who cared, loved and adored me. I love my friends who came to support me. I then imagined how Kanch felt on the night. Her feelings must have been a lot stronger, it was her event after all. Had everyone she had been expecting, attended?
Finale, Kanch walked down the runway…she looked so happy, her smile ran from ear to ear. Her mother, a muse in Kanch’s designs, watched and smiled with pride. It was over.

Back stage interviews and press photographers continued through the night, but it all felt like an outer body experience. It wasn’t until the next day I was able to process what had happened the night before. Anyone who has worked in events can tell you, no matter how many events you’ve worked on, the anxiousness before an event, never changes. You’re worrying about guest lists, equipment, stock, models, music, MC, venue, food, drink, etc, but at the same time, you’re fueled by the adrenaline and at the end of the night, it all seems to work out. My first fashion show, done.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Up Close and Personal with Kanch

Dear Blog-readers,

If you've been wondering who's been writing your blogs the last few weeks, then I take this opportunity to introduce myself to you.

I'm a Hong Kong girl, born and bred. I love to travel, love to try new cuisines, love to read, and learnt all my fashion knowledge from spending quality hours shopping at the malls and stores through the years.

I started working for Kanchan early last month. When I first met Kanch at my interview, she wore denim shorts, a button up shirt, thick rimmed glasses and a very cool attitude. I had heard of and knew of Kanchan Couture, but I didn't know much about Kanch. In my quest to find out more about her and her experience as a designer, I sat down and asked her a few questions...

Define what Fashion means to you.

"Fashion means expressing who you are to the world and adding value to people's lives. Fashion is being in love.

I am a creative person and this felt like the most natural way to express myself."

What was your first Fashion memory?

"It wasn't like at the age of 2 I knew I wanted to be a designer. It kind fell upon me like the rest of life does...However, when I was younger and my family lived in India, I remember my father traveling a lot for business. Once, on his way back from Hong Kong, he bought my mother a beautiful black-silk, pleated dress. I loved the way this dress looked. My mom has promised to pass this dress on to me...when she can part with it!"

What was your most difficult moment when starting your own fashion label?

"I cannot re-call one particular moment but yes there are times when you doubt what you're doing and why you're doing it. It is very difficult to juggle being different parts of the company all at once, you're the creative director, the sales, the PR, the HR, the cleaner..its an all in one role and often it can be overwhelming. But then you calm down and re-assess it all and just do one thing at a time, take one day and a time and breathe!"

Knowing everything you know now about starting your own designer label,
would you have done it all again?
"Yes Yes Yes, without a doubt and I wouldn't do anything differently. It has been the most amazing experience of my life. Sure there are ups and downs, like anything else in life, but I cannot describe the feeling of waking up in the morning knowing that I am lucky enough to do what I love. I have met some amazing people, learnt a sea full of knowledge that no job could have given me, which has helped to build character in ways I could have only dreamt of. I am sure that this is not the only label that I'll have ever started - who really knows where life takes me. Just be sure to love what you is too short!"

I have learnt a lot about Kanch since I've started working here. She likes to listen to songs that have been stuck in her head, over and over... and over again, until I know all the lyrics. She likes to do things differently from everyone else, which makes her stand out. She likes 'char siu fahn' for lunch, when we're having a really busy day at work and can't step out. All I know is working with her has been a breath of fresh air in this smoggy city, because she does what makes her happy...

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Launch of 'Kanch' by Kanchan Couture at VERO Lounge

We are super excited for the launch of 'Kanch' by Kanchan Couture, at VERO Lounge next Wednesday. Our guest list has been filling up quick and we have a lot planned.

We can't wait to try the “Kanch Cocktail” by VERO Lounge’s mixologists and try all the freshly made chocolates and premium delicacies.

Kanch's fashion shows in the past have constantly attracted, socialites, local celebrities, as well as the 'who's - who' of Hong Kong, so we are really looking forward to seeing some old friends and making new ones. We hope that all of you can check out The Spring / Summer Collection of 2010, 'Kanch' by Kanchan Couture. For those of you who can't make it on the night, stay tuned in for the experience blog of the fashion show...

Blog fans, if you wish to attend, please RSVP to

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Kanchan Couture is now ready to wear, are you?

The Spring / Summer Collection of 2010, Kanch by Kanchan Couture, are all 100% cotton, funky, feminine, and urban in style. For the first time, women around Hong Kong can now get stylish, casual, comfortable, yet sophisticated couture-looking clothes, at an affordable price.

Paired with the launch of our first Ready-to-Wear Collection ,we simultaneously launch our first video campaign. Inspired by the works of Wim Wenders and Quentin Tarantino, this "Pulp Fiction" style video features just a few of the fun clothes we have in store for the Hong Kong woman. We smiled, laughed and had a lot of fun with creating the video and we hope you enjoy the video too...

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