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18 Mar

Too brilliant for words. I am attributing this to all of Asia.




Chinese Tailors Part 1: Tuxedo Jacket

18 Mar

In China, if you either can speak Chinese or if you have a Chinese friend who wants to go with you to help you bargain, you can get an awesome suit tailored for less than $30. Here is a white tuxedo 80s clubbing jacket I had made in Beijing for about $15 out of “bu tou” (left over fabric) and silk trimming detail:



The secret is to buy your fabric at Muxiyuan in the southern part of Beijing, or for you Shanghai-based peeps to get really friendly with tailors in Shanghai. Fabric should cost you less than $1 -2 per meter for regular stuff, a bit more for high thread count fabrics, high quality silk or nice tweed or leather. For labor costs, a suit costs about 100-150 RMB for the jacket, 30-50 RMB or less for the pants. Dresses are 100-150 for labor costs, depending on how demanding you are. My tailor in Beijing is called Gu Shifu, but I call him Pierre, which he loves. Don’t make button down shirts, they tend to suck royally. Coats and suits are the way to go with tailors.

Who rocks hip hop style the best?

27 Feb

So here we have China/Taiwan’s three versions of Justin Timberlake. (Actually, their music is even lighter than that. Asia loves the ballads, and artists can’t really succeed musically there without some soft singin’ for the ladies…).

So! Who rocks the Asian hip hop style the best?

1. Chinese-American Wang Lihom


2. Taiwanese rapper Huang Lixing


3. Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou


(I’ll give you a hint–it’s Huang. He’s the only one who consistently features bitches in his music videos, an essential component for any self-respecting hip hop artist. Here he is ripping the skirt off of some girl and then showing off his t-shirt. Classy).


The Copper Mullet

23 Feb

During my time in Nanjing a few years back, the popular haircut among the club-going Chinese ladies was a hairstyle we called, “The Copper Mullet.” Sort of punk meets alien hick. Not the most attractive haircut, but a valid style experiment. Props for trying.

The Copper Mullet #1

Copper Mullet #2

I could only find the male equivalent to the hairstyle on-line. Imagine slightly orange-er and on a girl, and you have it. The Copper Mullet. Pictures courtesy of I Spy Shanghai, another fantastic blog on China.