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.

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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?

 "Night and Day", shop this look and other SS2014 outfits at  Berayah.com/shop

"Night and Day", shop this look and other SS2014 outfits at Berayah.com/shop

Stories of SS2014 - Light by Enoch Ho

 "Light"

"Light"

Light gives sight where darkness hides.  It not only brings to light what is hidden, but it gives life upon all that is under it.  Light is the absence of darkness; darkness is the absence of light.

We all have darkness in our lives, darkness that brings fear, harbours hurt, covers shame and cripples sight.  It is a cold, lifeless place.  In these dark areas, a sudden presence of light may cause great struggle and discomfort, but it will also bring forth the healing and breathe life into these desperate areas.

Where is your darkness?  And where is your light?

Berayah @ Caelestis 2014 Charity Fashion Show by Enoch Ho

We were proud to be sponsors of the Caelestis 2014 charity fashion show, organised by local students from various high schools, supporting the Hong Kong charity organisation Mother's Choice.

Mother's Choice is one of the best organisations in Hong Kong, in their own words, "Mother's Choice is a grassroots non-profit organisation that provides and promotes loving, nurturing care for babies and children needing permanent homes, and for single girls and their family facing crisis pregnancies."  Although that's the short version, they do so much more.  That's why we were quick to jump onto this project, especially when it's proposed and ran by students.

The students did a fantastic job putting together the show, featuring many other designer labels and jewellery brands.  Below are some of our favourite photos featuring Berayah Spring/Summer 2014 outfits!

 Model: Caitlin | Photography: SH Design House

Model: Caitlin | Photography: SH Design House

 Model: Sille | Photography: Milani

Model: Sille | Photography: Milani

 Models: Lianne & Natalya | Photography: Jasmine Yu

Models: Lianne & Natalya | Photography: Jasmine Yu

 Model: Kayla | Photography: Kasia Cheng

Model: Kayla | Photography: Kasia Cheng

 Model: Bhumika | Photography: Kelvin Lee

Model: Bhumika | Photography: Kelvin Lee

For more photos of the event, visit the Caelestis 2014 Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/Caelestis2014

Stories of SS2014 - Over the Surface by Enoch Ho

The little black dress, the immortal must-have piece in your wardrobe.  We've decided to do our version by treading a fine line between classic elegance and modern sensibility, using unique geometric cutting such as an elongated armhole, a beautiful drop back, and yes, pockets.

Graceful and effortless with a touch of flair, this is the perfectly versatile dress.  Throw on a jacket for a classy office look, or put on a nice necklace for a playful cocktail look.

Check out more photos of this style, and other beautiful spring looks at www.berayah.com/shop