While beginning to write this post I am looking out of the window. I can see few red color accessories hanging from the head of the windows on almost every floor, on the opposite side of the building. I see…. It’s the Chinese New Year. Now, on retrospection I understand why all the traditional Chinese eating joints are so over crowded and why almost everything is sold out in the shops. It’s the season of shopping, hopping and gifting. In this post I would talk of gifting – The tradition of gifting during festivals in Asia. However as I write about gifting, I must highlight the most sought after gift is American.
It is not new that Apple is the most preferred gifting brand amongst the Chinese consumers. This fever is very much in trend in Singapore for sometime now and peaks during the Chinese New Year. Apple has ramped up its current ‘iphone’ 6 offerings for this occasion at different telecom service providing outlets like Singtel and Starhub in Singapore.
The swanky looking sleek gold and silver handsets are a crucial part of lifestyle and personal statement not only amongst the affluent and semi-affluent sections but also among the youth and senior adults of the asian society (broadly speaking about China, South East Asia and South Korea). It has grown into every conscious, ambitious & fashionable’s brand of desire. Well, I desire this brand and love to own it. Apple has outranked Samsung in technology and luxury brands like Louis Vuitton & Hermes in China.
Now with the Apple ‘iwatch’ expected to come onboard very soon it very soon going to create a huge space for itself in this already-crowded niche market. I am an ardent Apple lover and feel it has truly become the brand of gifting for the moment.
Last week we traveled to Busan. A beautiful coastal city at the southern tip of South Korea. Busan is the second most largest city in Korea both in terms of population and popularity after Seoul. A 2 night 3 day trip which wasn’t very awaited turned out to be one of the most memorable trip of my life. Maximum fun with minimum luggage with free hands to capture what our eyes see in Camera is my husband’s travel mantra. I abide it. Therefore a long light pink shrug, a pair of light leather-like comfortable boots, a pair of black shorts, 2 tops, a bag with essentials and a pair of cool sunglasses.
The pink shrug was so ideal amidst nature and the cool breeze
Seoul is truly a shopping haven. Unlike other destinations of Asia (where I haven’t been yet) Korea prides itself for its made in Korea label. Unlike any other metropolis Seoul has all of Michel Kors, Zara, Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Farrago, Forever 21, Burberry, H&M and all yet here exists a great behavior of boutique shopping trends. The best places of Seoul to check out boutique stores would be Itaewon (where I stay ), Appujeong, Gangnam and Garosagil . It was in Garusagil one day while I was wondering with my camera where I came across two stores about which I would like to mention in post today.
The Full spot Factory – Now this is a popular brand from Italy. Though it has made its presence felt very much in Europe, its now in South Korea for some time. However unlike the trend of getting every single consumer centric name to the glitzy image of ruthless ‘brandism’ the Full Spot Factory is playing it quite and niche among the selective buyers in Seoul. I happened to have strolled into their shop, primarily because of the attractive colors and loved every bit of it. I did not know about this brand before. The Full spot factory Seoul outlet is mainly endorsing bags at the moment and they are worth a buy. Sleek, bright and different would be the 3 words I would like to describe them with. They have different sizes and are priced from $75 (US) and above. Check them out at http://www.fullspot.kr/shop/main/index.php or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/fullspotkorea/info.
Moeum – Honestly, it was their very inviting walkway décor to the store, which got me. Moeum’s footwear style was classic and honestly was not anything I hadn’t seen before. But even the classic designs, which they displayed, were stylishly unusual. Specially the colors used and the intelligent use of leather. Their collection of summer flats and gladiator flats were very distinct which I have not seen in Seoul or other parts of Korea before. Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/moeum/timeline. The décor including the wall art was breathtaking. It will surely attract any buyer’s attention.
It’s peak summer now in Seoul and humidity seems to be in its best form. Though this period is very short-lived yet it gives everyone a hard time to cope up with it. Apart from the experience of the lush green view, bright sunshine and a lovely outdoors culture the site of cool casuals and amazing summer footwears are in abundance to experience in the everyday life.
It was few days back I took my Canon T3i camera and went to try out my amateur photography skills. I thoroughly enjoyed checking out the footwears worn by others. Sharing below some of clicks:
The feeling satisfaction of cool water on your skin in the peak of June is so nice. It gets nicer when you can casually drench yourself purely in joy without giving a second thought about anything. This one piece wonder called “Jumpsuit” makes it absolutely real. The light & soft fabric, a pair of comfortable flats, my glasses and my bag was everything that made my evening so blissful by the Han river in the evening. The continuity of this wear gives it a wonderful look which is classic and would remain so for future generations too.
Guess the pop icon who made this piece a rage among men’s fashion scene – no candies for guessing – ELVIS PRESLEY . Currently Forever 21 has the coolest collection of jumpsuits of all the other clothing brand. They are very ’21ish’ and more ‘street fashion’. however I wish they had more chic designs.