Fei Wang Eyewear

As Bella and I hit the pavement, we bumped into my friend, Fei, and her film crew offloading a heap of bags and cases from a car. ‘Bella needs to go and spend her penny. We’ll be right back!’ They were here at my apartment to shoot video clips for her new website.

Fei is an owner / designer of a luxury eyewear brand, Fei Wang. The brand specialises in handmade bespoke sunglasses and spectacles made from vintage acetate sheets. All her high-end models are made in a small independent factory in UK by a team of highly skilled technicians.

I learnt about her brand by chance during my hunt for sunglasses which would compliment my Asian facial feature. Her designs were chic yet individual. And the testimonial of her creative philosophy was overflowing with her passion about making beautiful eyewears. They impressed me so much and I decided to meet her in person and to order a pair for myself.

Her collection is amazing and highly covetable…

I honestly can’t remember how long ago we first met but my first impression of her is still vivid and alive. She was courteous and elegant yet her easy manner put me at ease instantaneously. Her warm personality soon won me over and we chatted like we had known each other for a long time. And we became good friends ever since.

While Bella and I kept ourselves tucked away so we wouldn’t photobomb accidentally, Fei, an art director, a D.O.P (director of photography) and a stylist were busy setting up the scenes…

The stylist, checking Fei’s make-up & hair…

The atmosphere of the shoot was very chilled and happy.

Another touching up before shooting another clip…

Fei is a very hands-on kind of designer…

She oversees a whole process of manufacturing by keeping in close touch with the workshop and exercising a rigorous quality control. The result is not only amazing looking sunglasses but also they are very comfortable to wear.

Late autumn afternoon was so short and the outside was already dark at 5 pm…

Fei gets her inspiration from the glamorous world of old and new…

Those individuals express themselves without giving themselves away. The paradox is created by them not baring their souls by hiding behind their shades.  As a result they transform themselves to a beautiful enigma. How intriguing and seductive is that?

You can see more of Fei’s inspirations in her Instagram here.

This is one of my Fei Wang shades…

From the distance, the frame appears black. However, the acetate has a fine geometric pattern.

Fei sources acetate sheets from vintage stocks in Italy, and therefore, the number she can produce from them is limited…

While most of the well-known big name fashion houses use injection-moulded plastic for their eyewear lines and charge several hundreds of pound for them, her products are truly hand-made and luxurious…

I love this pair of cat’s eye because it makes me feel like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s!

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

Sunglasses & Cake @ Maison Bertaux

Yesterday. was one of those days which I was so out of tune, every single thing I did ended up making me utter ‘Augh!’
The day started with chaos of my own making. While my face was covered with facial soap, I opened my eyes for no apparent reason – I still don’t know why I did that. The soap ( especially, Dr.Alkaitis‘s one really hurts!) stung my eyes so bad, I was weeping while I rinsed my face furiously. Then, I was off to post office. Only after coming back, I realised that I did not follow a web return request procedure (for my defence, nothing was mentioned on a paperwork accompanying the original order!) and panicked. After a few frantic emails and international phone calls, I managed to explain my blunder to the customer service and the matter seemed to be resolved (please refund me!). For late lunch, I decided to have two brioche rolls with raspberry jam and a cup of Darjeeling tea. When I was squashing an empty brioche bag for binning it, the bag broke and fine breadcrumb went everywhere!
What on earth is wrong with me? I was so let down by myself. Did I take it too easy on sunday? Is my brain still in weekend mode? I sincerely hoped that the next day would be another day…

Anyway, the story goes back to where I left it in the last entry.
Fei, SC and I headed to our favourite haunt, Maison Bertuax, for a post-ramen chat and tea & cake.

Charmingly disorganised Maison Bertaux…

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So  chi chi & girly.

Fei handed out her beautifully crafted collection one after another for SC to try on…

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Rather conveniently, the walls of the ground floor cafe were clad with mirrors…

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So we were busy with putting on different pairs and checking ourselves in the mirror. We also had a large pot of tea and cakes too…

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In the end, SC found the pair she loved and we decided to call it a day.
It was a long Saturday filled with lots of walk and fun!

By the way, I rarely see Mr.B puts his foot wrong but even for him, there is a ‘augh!’ moment…

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While he was poncing around with his harness after a quick dash to outside last night, the lead was caught with the stool and he found himself stuck.
You see, it’s because you are dilly-dallying too long. He must be muttering ‘Augh!’ in his head…

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Wild Kingdom @ Siren Gallery, Dalston

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending “Wild Kingdom”, the event showcasing a select group of designers at Siren Gallery, Dalston.
When I got to the venue around 19:00, the place was already buzzing with an excited crowd, exchanging pleasantry and ogling beautiful offerings on display…

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I brought Mr.B with me because of the fireworks. It appeared some idiots still could not get enough of lighting stupid rockets in their backyards. *SIGH*

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The event was organised by Jacey of Jacey Withers London who founded his jewellery line which was highly acclaimed and well received home and abroad …

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The collection seemed to be inspired by the beauties of nature…

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Animals, feathers, plants, mystical creatures, legendary motifs, they were transformed to ultra seductive jewellery pieces. The way Jacey worked with materials was so complicated and awe-inspiring.

My friend, Fei Wang, who invited me to the event was also showcasing her highly coveted collection…

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Her sunglasses were greatly in demand, especially by discerning oriental ladies who love to have original and fashionable shades but also want them to be comfortable to wear…

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Each frame was lovingly hand-made in UK…

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Fei’s frames were not plastic but made from top quality Italian acetate. At her factory, sheets of acetate were plied according to her specification in order to create a highly unique finish.

Another items intrigued my antenna was Feather.M

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The brand was founded by Leo Featherman in 2012.  Her iconic pentagonal bag came in various sizes and finishes. Her attention to detail did not end on the outside but it was carried on reflecting on the material and finish employed for the inside of the bags. They were lined beautifully and it was a pleasure to slip in my hand into them.

Another amazing point of her product was this python bag, named as “Friday Clutch”…

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Could you believe that the clutch would glow in the dark? How cool would it be?
It would be very useful when I were to be lost in a dark night club. I would just hold up the bag above my head and my friends could find me.

Next to Leo’s sleek handbags, there were lovely silk scarves on display…

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They were by Silken Favours, the brand created by Victoria Murdoch. Ever since Liberty of London picked up her silk cushions, her collection had been amassing fans of her kitsch yet irresistable artworks…

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“HEDGEHOG SWEETHEARTS”…

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“I LOVE EVERYTHING” in pink…

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It was a lovely occasion to catch up with old friends as well as to meet new people. I was so inspired and energised.
Like Earl Nightingale famously quoted,  “Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm”, we, all like-minded creators, have to fuel each other with our enthusiasm in order to move forward together and fill our environment with beautifully original things…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

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