Friends in Totes - Caleb and Shiren by Enoch Ho

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” ― C.S. Lewis

Friends are such gifts in life.

When we meet friends, we connect with them because there’s often a common thread between us (or multiple common threads), and that reflects a small part of who we are. When we discover those common threads, it’s an unrivalled joy.

We realised that we have some pretty inspiring friends, and so for our blog, we decided to start a series based on our friends. Many of them are very talented, and we wanted to share with everyone who they are, the things they do and thoughts that they have. So we gave them a tote bag, followed them around for a bit, and asked them some questions.

So without further ado, let’s begin the series!

 

 

introducing: Caleb (@calebtwinskitchen) and Shiren (@shirenhomusic).

Left: Caleb with    Piñatex DIAGONAL tote bag     Right: Shiren with    Natural U tote bag

Left: Caleb with Piñatex DIAGONAL tote bag

Right: Shiren with Natural U tote bag

Q: What is your name and what do you do?

Caleb (C): Caleb Ng (Co-founder of PRESET and Interval Coffee Bar, Common Ground).

Shiren (S): Shiren Ho; Interior designer.

Q: What does a day in your life look like? (Feel free to describe a weekday or a weekend)

C: Work, work and work.

S: A typical weekend: Exercise, relax, meeting family / friends, dinner at home made by my husband (if I'm lucky).

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Q: What are the items that follow you on a daily basis, or you love to bring on your day off?

C: iPad Pro, Apple watch, iPhone, sun glasses, black t-shirt, reusable straw.

S: Sunglasses and umbrella.

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Iced Latte from (@commongroundhk)

Q: Coffee or tea? What is your go-to order?

C: Morning: espresso, Afternoon: pourover coffee or tea.

S: Coffee; I usually make my own latte or pour over.



Q: What do you love most about the city you live in?

C: The courage to stand against something wrong.

S: The diversity and interesting people.


Q: Share with us one way you express yourself creatively?

C: Cooking.

S: I write songs (Editors note: Might I add, very beautiful, soothing songs, check them out at https://www.facebook.com/shirenho/)

 

 
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Q: Introduce us to a cause/belief you care about, and why others should too.

C: Freedom of accepting yourself.

S: Reduce food waste and recycling; We are creating our own future. Don't create it with more garbage!

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Q: If there’s a young person who wants to enter your field of work, what advice would you give them?

C: You need to be a workaholic.

S: Be open to failures and challenges.

Q: If you had a free day all to yourself, and could just pick up your bag and leave, where would you go?

C: A hike at Sai Kung!

S: I would go hiking alone.

(I guess they really are made for each other)

 

 
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Q: Share with us an important lesson you learnt over the past few years.

C: Accepting who you are.

S: Learn better by failing.

Q: What is the most attractive quality of a person?

C: Kindness.

S: Humility.

Left: Caleb with    Piñatex DIAGONAL tote bag     Right: Shiren with    Natural U tote bag

Left: Caleb with Piñatex DIAGONAL tote bag

Right: Shiren with Natural U tote bag


P.S. If you haven’t noticed yet, Caleb and Shiren are expecting a new addition soon, join us in wishing these parents-to-be a wonderful journey and efficient sleep cycles!

 
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LAUNCHING: Sustainable leather-alternative tote bags (Piñatex) by Enoch Ho

We’re launching our tote bags in an all-new material: Piñatex®, a sustainable leather alternative, made with pineapple leaf fibres.

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Why Piñatex®

Ever since the launch of our tote bags, plenty of people have asked whether we would be doing leather versions. To be honest, whilst we do want to create a version of these bags in a more durable and luxurious material, we wanted to look for more sustainable alternatives to leather. In our research we came across several options, but when we discovered Piñatex® we immediately resonated with the material, and fell in love with the many different ways that makes it sustainable.

Photo by Jacob Maentz, courtesy of Ananas Anam

Photo by Jacob Maentz, courtesy of Ananas Anam

Ways that Piñatex® is sustainable

1. Agricultural by-product

According to Ananas Anam, the company that produces Piñatex®, there is approximately 13 million tonnes of waste created annually from global pineapple agriculture. As a natural by-product, pineapple leaves require no extra land, water or other resources to produce, and it helps farmers deal with what would’ve been a large amount of waste.

Photo by Jacob Maentz, courtesy of Ananas Anam

Photo by Jacob Maentz, courtesy of Ananas Anam

2. Additional income for farmers

Whilst farmers make a humble living growing and selling pineapples, harvesting and processing the leaf fibres offer them an extra income during low-seasons, making Piñatex® an economically sustainable product.

Photo by Jacob Maentz, courtesy of Ananas Anam

Photo by Jacob Maentz, courtesy of Ananas Anam

3. Biomass

After extracting fibres from pineapple leaves, what’s leftover is considered biomass. The biomass can then be used as a natural fertiliser and returned into farmlands, helping farmers save costs and minimising agricultural waste.

4. Leather Alternative

Piñatex® offers consumers an eco-friendly, vegan and sustainable alternative to leather. Ananas Anam founder Dr. Carmen Hijosa had worked in the leather industry for many years, and after witnessing the environmental damages of leather production in a work trip to the Philippines, she began looking for ways to create an alternative material. With the help of locals, she was led to piña, a fine fibre extracted from the leaves of pineapples that Filipinos have traditionally spun and woven into textiles.

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Photo courtesy of Ananas Anam

Photo courtesy of Ananas Anam

From the pineapple leaf fibres, Dr. Hijosa developed a non-woven material that would serve as the base of Piñatex®, which is a durable and strong material not dissimilar to leather, and at the same time breathable, light and flexible. The process of harvesting pineapple leaf fibres to forming the non-woven material is done entirely in the Philippines, and it is then shipped to Europe for the final treatments of colouring, applying a coating and textures to mimic a leather-like surface. The end result is a material that is luxurious and great eco-friendly alternative to animal leather.

To learn more about Piñatex®, visit their website here.

Photo courtesy of Ananas Anam

Photo courtesy of Ananas Anam

OUR TOTES

Since discovering Piñatex® through our research, we resonated strongly with its goal of sustainability, and wanted to become a part of this revolution in bringing more sustainable and environmentally friendly materials into the market.

To find out more about each style, click on the link or images.

NOTCH Bag in Piñatex® (Charcoal)

Dimensions: 13.5” x 18”

DIAGONAL Bag in Piñatex® (Charcoal)

Dimensions: 13.5” x 18”

U Bag in Piñatex® (Charcoal)

Dimensions: 15” x 25.5”

NOTE: All Piñatex® styles are Made-To-Order only, projected lead-time is 2-3 weeks, based on material availability. For enquiries, please contact us at sales@berayah.com.

Photoblog: Asia Society (Hong Kong) by Enoch Ho

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The Asia Society is one of the best spots in Hong Kong to get away from the visual overload of the city, and enjoy walking through beautifully minimal complex, weaving between its natural surrounding landscape and connecting between the historic buildings that made up the former Victoria Barracks.

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As mentioned, the site is made up of various buildings, new and old. Amongst the historic buildings are those that used to be magazines or laboratories, and are now transformed into gallery, theatre, function and administration spaces. The newer constructions include a multi-function event hall, an amphitheater, a roof garden and a double-deck bridge to connect them all.

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Located in Admiralty, the Asia Society Hong Kong Center is a stone’s throw away from the heart of Hong Kong’s civilisation; and with its beautiful architecture, makes for a great spot to spend a couple hours, to take some minimalistic photos and walk through its well curated gallery.

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Speaking of gallery, the Chantal Miller gallery space regularly houses different exhibitions, which have included artists such as Yoshimoto Nara, Robert Indiana, Feng Zikai, Shen Wei and Pan Yu-Lin. They are currently holding an exhibition based on the theme of light, and features the work of local artist Hon Chi-fun and Yukaloo, an installation by artist James Turrell.

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For more information on visiting the Asia Society Hong Kong Center, visit their website here.

Photoblog: Muji Hotel (Shenzhen) by Enoch Ho

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A couple months ago we visited the world’s first Muji Hotel, located in Shenzhen China.

A little confession, I have been a Muji fanboy since I was a teenager. I frequented Muji shops after school just to get a whiff of its scent and a visual flush from the clutters of city life. I was a fan of the simple elegant everyday designs that stripped away the unnecessary, and deeply bought into its warm, minimal aesthetics. Growing up in Hong Kong, a tightly packed, efficiency-driven maximalist city, Muji represents the antidote, an oasis of minimalism. Every time I walked into a Muji store I felt comfortable, not in the sense I was physically comfortable, but my mental state was at peace.

It’s been many years since I was a teenager, but my affinity to Muji remains, so when it was first announced that Muji was opening their first hotel in Shenzhen, it was only a matter of time before the visit happened. So without further ado, here are photos and some words of my experience.

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The first time you unlock the doors to your room, the curtain automatically draws open, letting the light softly flood the room through the veils. There’s an immediate sense of welcoming, that the space recognises your presence. As anything Muji, the room is very clean, with wooden floorings and furnishings, beige walls and tall ceilings.

Stepping in, it feels spacious, and the room is furnished with everything you’d expect from a hotel room, nothing more and nothing less. Almost all the products, barring the television set, is Muji’s own products, and the fanboy inside me was well pleased.

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The toilet is worth a mention, which automatically lifts its lid when you swing open the door, I mean, who doesn’t love an inviting toilet?

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The overall feel of the room is very comfortable, both physically and mentally. And the beautiful aesthetics and brilliance use of light is extended throughout the entire hotel, which also includes a large reading room/meeting area and a gym. Here are some more photos of the rest of the hotel.

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The one word to describe the entire experience would be “zen”, a sense of wholistic peace. I enjoyed every moment there, being wrapped in thick bath robes and donning the cushioned slippers, the whole nine yard. After all, a hotel is supposed to provide respite, and where many others succeed in providing comfort, Muji excels at providing rest, for both the body and the mind.

For those who are visiting, it’s located in a new development called 深业上城, it is unfortunately not near any metro stations, but if you’re visiting from Hong Kong it is a short taxi (or Didi) ride from Lok Ma Chau border crossing. The development also has an interesting outdoor shopping area above its mall, which is a popular location for locals to take artsy photos, so be sure to explore a little.

This is also the first time we’ve made a video, if you haven’t seen it, please check it out from the first image/thumbnail or click on the link here.

Photoblog: Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) by Enoch Ho

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Any day you get to see Rothko is a good day.

We managed to catch the Mark Rothko: Reflections exhibition at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, entering through the Seeking Stillness exhibition consisting of other contemporary minimal artworks.

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Back to Rothko. This was a particularly interesting exhibition, as it showed Rothko's work from various time periods of his career, and gave context to his style journey until he arrived at the iconic coloured blocks.

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As Rothko developed into his eventual settled style of blocks of deep, complex hues, he described his abstract style as "the elimination of all obstacles between the painter and the idea and between the idea and the observer". By removing all elements that could lead to external references, Rothko's paintings manages to isolate and engage the viewers' emotions by submerging them into an enveloped experience of colours.

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Ultimately, like many abstract expressionist artists, his work invites the observer to give meaning to the art, and for what it's worth, your interpretation and experience as the viewer is as important as anyone else's. That is the precious equality that can be found in Rothko's art, along with his contemporaries of the field.

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People often describe standing in front of a Rothko painting as a religious experience. If you're presented with the opportunity to see a Rothko piece, we highly recommend spending some time, submerging into the experience and engaging with the dynamics between the art and one's internal being.

Designing a Minimal and Meaningful Wedding Dress by Enoch Ho

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Kaki and San

When Berayah first began, we didn't set out to make wedding dresses. but slowly we have seen an increase in requests, and often times people want to know the process so we thought we'd share a bit about the process of creating a custom wedding dress.


1. Consultation Meeting

It is important to get to know the person wearing the dress, after all it is their big day. A wedding is a big deal, it's a celebration of the couple's individuality and their unity, so often times when brides-to-be want a custom dress, it's because they want something that not only fits their BODY uniquely, but moreover something that fits their PERSON uniquely.

Image Source: Pixabay

Image Source: Pixabay

So during the consultation meeting, we try to get to know the bride-to-be. From aesthetics they identify with, things that have special meaning to their relationship, to lifestyle choices and hobbies, every piece of information help us understand who the bride is, what they're about and how to best represent them on their big day.

Practically, we will try to get a good understanding of what the bride's body type is, what type of clothes most flatters her, what features she wants to accentuate and what she wants to discreetly draw attention away from.

Shirleen, Image courtesy of    Lauhaus Photography    and    Timeless Events Design

Shirleen, Image courtesy of Lauhaus Photography and Timeless Events Design

2. Design

After the initial consultation meeting, we go into the design stage. We generally try to come up with a variety of designs that include different silhouettes, details and style concepts. We research and develop ideas based on the bride's preferences, and if possible come up with ideas that have symbolic meaning to the couple. When we have an initial set of designs (usually between 10-15 ideas), we present them to the bride in our first review meeting. At this point, the main goal is to work with the bride and narrow down to 2-3 workable designs, seeing which silhouettes and details the bride favours. We highlight elements that the bride likes from different designs, so we can proceed to the 2nd stage of design with a bit more focus, and can build on existing ideas that the bride identifies with.

Julia, image courtesy of    Jack Lui Photography

Julia, image courtesy of Jack Lui Photography

A 2nd review meeting then takes place, this time with fewer but more focused designs. The bride will be able to see more developed ideas, and can visualise how different elements previously selected come together into a full look. The goal of this meeting is to further narrow down the designs into 1-2 looks according to the bride's liking, so that we can develop the final design. This is also the stage where we will discuss fabric options, as we now will have a better idea on what the final dress will look like, and what materials will work best to achieve the look.

The final design stage involves fine-tuning the design and provide minor variances. It is normal that the bride will have trouble deciding between final options, so we try to be as flexible as possible and this stage is to offer a visualisation of these variances.

3. Toile & Fitting

Toiling is the process of creating a mock-up garment for the purpose of fitting. It is generally created in a cheaper fabric with less finished construction, but will give important indication on how the final garment will sit on the bride. We will have a fitting session with the bride, and at this stage the shape and feel of the final dress should be more apparent. We will make necessary fit adjustments to the pattern, but also check with the bride about things such as length of dress, sleeves, width of openings and such.

This stage usually takes place around 2-3 months prior to the wedding date.

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4. Making of the dress and final fitting

After fitting the toile and making pattern adjustments, we proceed into making the final garment. This process generally takes several weeks, and after we complete the majority of the dress, we meet the bride for a final fitting, usually about 3 weeks prior to the wedding day. Here we make sure the dress fits the bride perfectly, and make any final alterations necessary before the final delivery. To our experience, almost all brides lose weight as their big day approaches, so it is not uncommon for the toile and the final dress to fit differently, and we factor in this fitting/alteration specifically for this reason.

The entire process can take up to 6 months, and every step along the way we make sure the bride is well-involved, ensuring that their wedding dress is not a designer's isolated creation, but that they are every-bit part of the design and creation, making it something that is uniquely theirs.

5. Minimalism and Meaning

As a brand, our aesthetics are minimal, so in creating wedding dresses we try to adhere to our principals, whilst respecting the input from our brides. That generally means geometric and elongating seam lines, relatively simple elegant silhouettes and clean finishings. We employ different techniques, such as creating angled back openings and pointed armholes in order to create subtle but visually slimming lines.

When possible, we also try to use various details to embed symbolic meanings into our designs, such as a marble lining signifying an inner strength, overlapping panels signifying the coming together of two people, or a waist knot that signifies the unifying marriage.

Caleb and Shiren, image courtesy of    Lauhaus Photography

Caleb and Shiren, image courtesy of Lauhaus Photography

Shiren, image courtesy of    Lauhaus Photography

Shiren, image courtesy of Lauhaus Photography

Jason and Shirleen, Image courtesy of    Lauhaus Photography    and    Timeless Events Design

Jason and Shirleen, Image courtesy of Lauhaus Photography and Timeless Events Design

Shirleen, Image courtesy of    Lauhaus Photography    and    Timeless Events Design

Shirleen, Image courtesy of Lauhaus Photography and Timeless Events Design

Michael and Julia, image courtesy of    Jack Lui Photography

Michael and Julia, image courtesy of Jack Lui Photography

Kaki and San

Kaki and San

And that's it! As previously mentioned, we never set out to make wedding dresses, so this has been a learning process and an interesting journey for us too. We want to sincerely thank the brides that have decided to put their trust in us, giving us the privilege of taking part in their memorable day.

For any custom inquiries, feel free to contact us at sales@berayah.com.

Photoblog: Ether Dome (Boston) by Enoch Ho

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Obscure places are fun to visit, especially when they involve a light blue sky dome in a surgical amphitheater built in the 1800s. We recently followed this link from Atlas Obscura and found the Ether Dome at Massachusetts General Hospital, where the first use of ether anaesthetic was used in 1846.

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The Ether Dome is located at the 4th floor of the Bulfinch Building, feel free to ask the information desk staff and they'll gladly point you to the right direction. Note that there'll be times where the dome will be closed, since it's still in use for occasional medical seminars/events. 

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We loved how historical this place is, so gracefully preserved, yet feels very modern and minimal at the same time. We highlight recommend paying this unconventional space a visit next time you're in Boston.

Photoblog: Cafe Onion (Seoul) by Enoch Ho

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We're on holiday!

En route to spending time in Boston MA, we had a quick 6-hour layover in Seoul, so like any under-prepared traveller, we did some last-minute research at the airport and found an absolutely stunning coffee shop/bakery called Cafe Onion. Their first location in Seongsu-Dong is often lined with crowds longing for their baked goods and caffeine. With rustic interiors and a semi-abandoned industrial vibe, it's not a surprise that they're popular amongst the artsy crowd. However, it is their latest Mia-Dong location that has caught our eye.

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Nestled in the unassuming Mia-Dong neighbourhood north of Seoul, Cafe Onion found their second location tucked behind the main road of Dobong-Ro, and with just a small sign at the front, it's almost too easy to miss, but all that changes once you walk inside.

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The space is simply, breathtaking. The interior is intentionally barebones; industrial and minimal, yet with a very distinct modern twist. Upon entering, you're greeted with two distinct sides of the space, to your front/right is that industrial and minimal space, but the left space, undivided from the rest of the interior, is an ambient wall of light, as if it's a James Turrell installation. Along with a simple slow piano piece playing on loop, harrowingly echoing through your presence, the entire space feels like a modern museum exhibition. The entire experience is very zen-like, with a calming weight of peace as you sit and take it all in.

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Towards the back of this central space is the cafe/bakery area, where they serve up their famous pastries and a variety of carefully curated coffees. 

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We happily spent minutes watching the coffee steam rise from the cup, soaking in the environment and simply be present to the surrounding and our senses. Sight, smell, sound, touch and taste, they're all carefully considered. In fact, every corner of this shop is carefully considered, the shape, texture and details, broken bits and smoothened surfaces, satin glass and angled stools. It is truly a remarkable space. Here are the rest of the photos we took, just to give you a sense of what Cafe Onion has achieved, but really, nothing beats visiting in person, and despite taking us almost 2 hours to get there from the airport, it was well worth the trek.

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Cafe Onion

Address: 127-9, Mia-dong, Gangbuk-gu, Seoul

Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 - 22:00, Saturday to Sunday 10:00 - 22:00

Photoblog: The Tabernacle by Enoch Ho

We found a beautifully minimal space in Shenzhen called The Tabernacle (帐幕), located on an industrial site in the Shekou (蛇口) area.

Image by Enoch Ho

The Tabernacle is a prayer and worship space built by local Christian architects, open 24/7 for the general public as a shelter for the soul. After passing through wooden doors, you enter a quiet foyer space equipped with a couch and a bookshelf, with a narrow entrance to the tabernacle space to the left.

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Between grey concrete, white walls and wooden furnishings, the Tabernacle is clean, minimal and naturally lit. The space is separated into the large main tabernacle area, and a smaller narrow space divided by vertical wooden blinds, which is equipped with musical instruments. To the front of the room is a small stage, and at the far corner is a glass door that lets in natural light.

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The space is open 24/7 free of charge for the general public, and is tended at all times by a caretaker. As you visit, please be reminded to respect the sanctity of the space, mute all your sounding devices and limit any conversation to 30 seconds or less. Photography is allowed but please exercise your discretion in consideration of others.

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Below is a video of The Tabernacle made by Chinese society and culture website Yitiao:

Video by 一条 YIT

Address:

帐幕-深圳市南山区蛇口TCL研发工业园D栋

Block D, TCL Industrial Park, 9 Gongye 6th Road, Shekou District, Shenzhen (English address roughly translated)

Baidu Map Link: https://j.map.baidu.com/oaSmO

Recounting 2017 by Enoch Ho

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Recounting 2017, even though there were a lot of achievements and milestones, the overwhelming feeling is that of thankfulness. Especially to each one of you who have supported us, by placing trust in our products or following and liking our content, your support means the world to us. We’re also thankful to the organisations and individuals who have offered us invaluable opportunities, advices and support. To our fellow designers, working partners, and new friends we’ve made in the creative field, thank you for your camaraderie. And to those who have sent us private messages on your appreciation of our work, we’re so grateful for the encouraging words. Finally to our team, interns and volunteers, thank you for all the contributions that make it all possible. They say it takes a village to raise a child and Berayah is the child you’ve all helped raise, so thank you.

Though there may be ups and downs, we hope that you too had the opportunity to reflect upon 2017, and find the things to be thankful for. As we step into 2018, may we all vision well, and step forth courageously into the journey.

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Some tunes for you! by Enoch Ho

We came across this beautiful tune, "Lying to you" by Keaton Henson, heart-wrenchingly prying open the pains of a fading relationship.  No, it's got nothing to do with our clothes, but we just found it so beautiful and wanted to share with you all.

[Resources] Amazing video on how to start a fashion business by Enoch Ho

If you're a fashion student, graduate, designer or simply fashion lover, who's looking into starting their own business, we've stumbled upon this amazing video taught by Mercedes Gonzalez from Global Purchasing Group about how to start your own fashion business. It covers incredible insights on how the business end should be ran, and we sincerely hoped that someone had taught this at all fashion schools across the globe. 

Designers, spare an hour and 30minutes, watch this video and be prepared to take notes: 


Photobooth fun :) by Enoch Ho

Over this weekend we had our first ever event!  We sincerely appreciate those who came and showed support.  Here are selected photos from the photobooth we set up, which can also be seen on our Facebook Page.  Enjoy!

f/w.14 collection - pilgrimage of a poet by Enoch Ho

This has been a long time coming, but I'm proud to announce the launch of the 2nd collection - "pilgrimage of a poet".  The lookbook can now be found under the "collections" section of the website, or simply click here.

For the 2nd collection, I really wanted to go deeper, into exploring not just part-by-part Biblical story, but rather the journey that one goes through.  It is modelled after King David's journey that precedes and follows Psalm 51, and it is a journey that most people would tread through in some relative degree through their life.  So I split the collection into 3 Acts, and I'll briefly explain what each Act entails.

Act 1 talks about when we are in our youth, we act in a way that the world teaches us how to, thus putting forth a strong front, a prim and proper, well put-together exterior, almost like an armour.  We want to appear like we have it all together, flawless.  David in the times preceding Psalm 51, committed adultery with Bathsheba, his soldier Uriah's wife.  As a result, Bathsheba became pregnant and as an attempt to cover up his crime, David killed Uriah.  Like us in our youthful ways, we will cover our insecurities with a false exterior.

However, as life happens, we will enter into Act 2, when the tensions of life causes us to finally ask the tougher questions, and look into who we really are.  These times are like storms, confusing and often destructive, painfully tearing down false foundations and leaving us in a rubble.  The Prophet Nathan rebuked David of his actions, and the subsequent death of his and Bathsheba's child led David into a valley of darkness, a place of painful reflection.

Act 3 is the place after the storm, where whatever is shakeable has shaken off, and whatever is unshakable remains.  We now have a much clearer picture of who we are, and more importantly finding out what our true foundations are.  Upon the ruins, we rebuild our strengths based on our unshakeable foundations, and this strength in contrast with that of Act1, is rooted and assured.  Much like David, rising from the pits of despair and offering again His worship to God.

This collection came from a very deep place, and is very personal.  I hope by briefly explaining each Act, you're able to walk through this journey with me.  Ultimately, I hope that my art serves as a time and space for reflection for you, and by walking through this journey, you too are able to rise up from your ruins, and build something beautiful.

Stories of SS2014 - Night and Day by Enoch Ho

"There was evening, and there was morning - the first day."

A day in our traditional sense begins in the morning.  We rise from our sleep, as the sun rise upon us, and then we labour.  After a day's hard work, we commune and rest, as the sun rests from the horizon.  Day and night, day and night.

However, in the Jewish tradition, God first created night, and then day, and therefore the Jewish day begins at nightfall, and ends at nightfall the next day.  For the Jewish people, they begin their day in rest, and they labour and work from the foundation of having received rest.  The cycle of day is fundamentally different, but why is this significant? 

It is because God's design for the human life is different from how we now see it.  We work because we needed to produce, and we rest because we're tired from our labour.  However, God wanted His people to begin in rest, and truly rest upon the fact that He had already worked and set things in motion.  The mindset of rest and work is therefore flipped upside down.  We rest because we can rely on God's work, and we work knowing He has laid down it's foundation.

We were never meant to work out of a need to produce, and never meant to rest out of sheer exhaustion.  God in His love for mankind created night, and then day, so that His people would rest out of assurance, and work upon His establishment.  This order of rest-work is also mirrored later in the story of creation, when Adam, the first man, was created on the 6th day.  Adam was created at the end of God's labour, so that he may enter into life on the 7th day, Sabbath (rest).

What would your life look like, if your day began in rest?

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