The Leeum Museum has been on on my museum list for a while. Before, me and my friend were always too busy to visit and then I left Korea.. Now, that I had returned the opportunity to finally visit the museum was a must. So on a rainy public holiday, these two art lovers set out to fulfil our museum goal.
Besides it’s amazing natural beauty and outdoor hiking trails, Jeju Island is also famous for it’s many museums and theme parks around the island. One of its most recent attractions is the new exhibition hall, Hello Kitty Island. A new complex built to indulge in the ultra-cute world of Sanrio’s most beloved character…Hello Kitty! I first heard of the place two years ago when I spotted it on Instagram. As fate would have it, I was going to spend a weekend in Jeju….and Hello Kitty Island was on top of my to do list!
While walking about the streets of Hongdae recently, I noticed that the Hello Kitty Cafe was not longer in its usual alley way off the busy shopping street. However, further down towards the university campus, I was surprised to find a large gate entrance with the Hello Kitty Cafe insignia and logo on the front. This cafe got one serious upgrade! So I’ll share some of the pictures in this post!
In 2011, I went to the Hello Kitty and Friends’ convention in Seoul. Cute characters are serious business in Asian countries, and Korea is not an exception. Practically, everything can be made into a cute character much to my delight. It’s also appreciated and enjoyed by both adults and children.
I first spotted the Hello Kitty pink café while roaming the streets of Hongdae in Seoul, South Korea in 2011. It was my first year in Korea and I was amazed at all the amazing cute things you could buy and see. I had no idea there was even a thing such as Hello Kitty Café, but I was in Asia and this is where Hello kitty thrives much to my happiness.
The fashion scene in South Korea, is one of my biggest interests and passions. During my time as an ESL teacher in Seoul while saving up money for fashion school, Korea’s trendy fashion scene really took my interest in fashion and lifestyle trends to a new level.
As you know Haute Couture week only exists in Paris, France. France is the home of Haute Couture, the art of making custom made-to-fit fashion. Its origins can begin back to the famous Queen Marie Antoinette, who had her own dress maker to ensure her needs and tastes for fine fashion were met. From then, France’s haute couture scene flourished in all areas from fashion, architecture, food and design. Due to trade, the French industries became synonymous with the latest trends in style and excellent quality.
In my previous post on why the fashion industry has increased its runway shows (click here), I pointed out the emergence and growing popularity of Men’s Fashion Week. It got much attention last year, when New York finally joined in and made Men’s Fashion Week and official event on the calendar.
“We are playing our part in the kingdom of the imagination. Embroidery can be a woman’s dream become reality.” -François Lesage.
Last year, I got yet another amazing opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at what goes behind the creation of beautiful French fashion. I got to visit the famous Lesage, which was once a small workshop, and now a booming multinational business specialising in hand-made embroidery mainly used for Haute Couture.
I had the rare and extremely amazing privilege to visit to the Parisian apartment of the founder and creator of the brand Chanel, Gabrielle Bonheur Coco Chanel!!!
I would never have thought a Cape Town girl like myself, would get THIS opportunity!