modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Sylvania

Rilakkuma is back for another interview! This time he talks to modes4u’s accounting genius, Sylvania!

Hello, who are you by the way?

I am Sylvania. I was born in Hong Kong and grew up here.  HK is an exciting place full of wonderful people.  I have studied abroad but my hometown is still my favorite place to live.   I like to read, and have knowledge in area such as arts, economics, accounting and so on.   I like numbers. 

What is your job at modes4u?

I work all day with figures.  Yes, I think you guessed right – I work in the accounting department.  I have been working in this field since I graduated. It is an interesting area because figures are not just about numbers, they tell you stories. Sometimes the stories behind the scenes are important, sometimes they’re very similar, sometimes they give a big surprise.

What is your favourite product or your favourite category at modes4u?

I love floral fabrics.  Many of our fabrics come from famous well-known suppliers and designers like Robert Kaufman, Alexander Henry and Michael Miller from the US, and Kobayashi from Japan.  They are all top quality fabrics that are beautiful, detailed and have fabulous printed floral designs in Japanese, Asian and European styles.

What do you like most about your job at modes4u?

Modes4u is a growing company consisting of young colleagues full of enthusiasm, warmth, kind hearts and a willingness to help each other.  Modes4u gives me opportunities to learn and to improve.  Besides my accounting duties, I have learned how to wrap packages professionally with the packaging team.  I have learned about fabrics too.  Different types of fabrics have different characteristics like organic ones, flannel ones, knits, laminated fabrics and so on, that I had never thought about before working here.

You’re surrounded by creative stuff the whole day. Do you like to craft or to be creative in your leisure time?

I do not craft but I do like to join workshops to learn about making hand-made soap, as well as cultivate organic vegetables during my leisure.

Our accounting genius!

Our accounting genius!

Sylvania needs to help wake up Rilakkuma for the interview!

Sylvania needs to help wake up Rilakkuma for the interview!

modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Oliver

Rilakkuma has more questions for our staff in a new interview! This time he spoke with Oliver to find out more about our awesome team member:

Here they are, ready for the interview!

Here they are, ready for the interview!

Hello, who are you by the way?

I’m Oliver from Möchengladbach, Germany. I came to Hong a few years ago and started working in an e-commerce company. Hong Kong is a great city, which combines Eastern and Western culture and close enough to my second home in Japan. It’s also a great place to get to many destinations within Asia.

What is your job at modes4u?

I am in charge of all customer related tasks at modes4u. I handle all email inquiries providing our customers with all necessary information. My main task is to solve issues, concerning customer queries and questions regarding their orders and the products in our shops via email, Facebook or phone.

What is your favourite product or your favourite category at modes4u?

The variety of coffee flavors in our office never fails to amaze me. Just joking. I am a really big fan of our Rilakkuma plush dolls and have a special collection of limited dolls. Rilakkuma means ‘relax bear’ in Japanese and I like many things in Japanese culture as well.

What do you like most about your job at modes4u?

It’s interesting to be in contact with our great customers. I have experience in e-commerce and handling customer related enquiries, but I have never met customers as friendly as here. Every day holds some surprises, for example because our customers send a lot of positive feedback often including pictures of their hand crafted cloths and accessories made from our great fabrics.

You’re surrounded by creative stuff the whole day. Do you like to craft or to be creative in your leisure time?

I used to craft a little, but I am more familiar with creative cooking, combining Asian and Western cuisine, and I love sports. I aim to achieve a good balance by doing exercise and travelling in my free time. 

They've got lots to talk about.

They’ve got lots to talk about.

The interview left Rilakkuma exhausted.

The interview left Rilakkuma exhausted.

Our Fabrics in Näh Dir Dein Kleid

A fantastic new sewing book in German, Näh Dir Dein Kleid by Rosa P. was published and it features some of our lovely fabrics! This new book features sewing patterns, tips and suggestions on designing stunning dresses that can be used day to day, at a party or when going to the office. Our fabrics seen in Rosa’s book included a beautiful green floral design, as well as a radiant zig-zag fabric. Check out some of the beautiful images from Rosa’s book below, and some fabric suggestions you can use to create your own dresses!

The front cover of Näh Dir Dein Kleid

The front cover of Näh Dir Dein Kleid

Perfect for a party!

Perfect for a party!

This gorgeous design makes it a great dress to dance in too!

This gorgeous design makes it a great dress to dance in too!

A very pretty and eye-catching design

A very pretty and eye-catching design

This is a great dress for a day out or for work

This is a great dress for a day out or for work

Robert Kaufman thin zig zag chevron fabric black white Remix

Robert Kaufman thin zig zag chevron fabric black white Remix

Robert Kaufman thin zig zag chevron fabric hot pink dark blue Remix

Robert Kaufman thin zig zag chevron fabric hot pink dark blue Remix

Robert Kaufman thin zig zag chevron fabric dark brown light green Remix

Robert Kaufman thin zig zag chevron fabric dark brown light green Remix

Robert Kaufman zig zag chevron fabric light purple light blue Remix

Robert Kaufman zig zag chevron fabric light purple light blue Remix

Robert Kaufman zig zag chevron fabric green-white Remix

Robert Kaufman zig zag chevron fabric green-white Remix

Robert Kaufman zig zag chevron fabric pink-white Remix

Robert Kaufman zig zag chevron fabric pink-white Remix

sea green chevron organic fabric by birch from the USA

sea green chevron organic fabric by birch from the USA

Robert Kaufman zig zag chevron fabric brown-blue Remix

Robert Kaufman zig zag chevron fabric brown-blue Remix

green colorful Robert Kaufman beautiful flower leaf fabric

green colorful Robert Kaufman beautiful flower leaf fabric

lime green Riley Blake big hot pink flower pattern fabric

lime green Riley Blake big hot pink flower pattern fabric

lime green Riley Blake small colorful flower leaf white flower circle fabric

lime green Riley Blake small colorful flower leaf white flower circle fabric

lime green green-grey Kokka cute flower fabric

lime green green-grey Kokka cute flower fabric

dark purple tie dye green flower batik fabric by Timeless Treasures

dark purple tie dye green flower batik fabric by Timeless Treasures

green heart tree fabric by Michael Miller USA

green heart tree fabric by Michael Miller USA

mint and teal flower bouquet star fabric Rhoda Ruth by Robert Kaufman USA

mint and teal flower bouquet star fabric Rhoda Ruth by Robert Kaufman USA

mint green rose dot retro flower fabric Lucy by Michael Miller USA

mint green rose dot retro flower fabric Lucy by Michael Miller USA

Temarizushi Teamwork!

Recently, we held a delicious team building event, which saw the team at modeS4u working to create Temarizushi (Japanese rice balls) masterpieces! Divided into small groups, each group was tasked with creating and decorating 15 rice balls in all sorts of beautiful and funny ways with yummy ingredients such as seaweed, salmon, snapper and more, within 30 minutes. Leading this activity was Ms. Yuki of Yuki’s Table; she alongside head of modeS4U, Sandra, judged the many colorful designs. They ultimately decided upon the winning group, whose creations included rice balls with a cat face, vampire face and many other designs. After the event, everyone was then able to eat their scrumptious creations so really, we were all winners! Does this post make you hungry? Check out some fun rice bento accessories if you’d like to try making your own food masterpiece!

Ms. Yuki leads the challenge

Ms. Yuki leads the challenge

Everyone's hard at work!

Everyone’s hard at work!

The smell of the food was fantastic!

The smell of the food was fantastic!

Everyone was having a great time!

Everyone was having a great time!

Terrific teamwork!

Terrific teamwork!

Beautiful rice balls with floral designs

Beautiful rice balls with floral designs

Lovely display of gorgeous Temarizushi

Lovely display of gorgeous Temarizushi

Colorful and delicious!

Colorful and delicious!

Can you spot the vampire face?

Can you spot the vampire face?

All smiles!

All smiles!

Proud of their creations!

Proud of their creations!

We were looking forward to the eating part!

We were looking forward to the eating part!

A really fun team building experience

A really fun team building experience

Our beautiful new office space

We’ve been expanding and recently, part of our team moved into a brand new office space! And the best part is, it’s right next door to our current warehouse, where this part of the team was previously working (in the office section of the warehouse). This move now sees a good part of our warehouse freed up for our ever growing range of products such as fabrics, plush toys, bento boxes and more of your favorite items. Check out some of the pictures of our new space below!

It's very spacious here

It’s very spacious here

Our conference room

Our conference room

A flower arrangement for our new conference room!

A flower arrangement for our new conference room!

It's a lovely office space

It’s a lovely office space

Our visit to the Quilt Market 2015 in Minneapolis: Part4

Our overall impression of the Quilt Market fabric exhibition in Minneapolis this year was absolutely great and we certainly like to visit again. We reserved our final post for some American brands, we were able to talk to and already carry in our shop. We loved the creative concepts of Michael Miller and the beautiful patterns of the new collections by Henry Glass. Many new fabrics of these and less known suppliers, like Blank Quilting can already be found on modes4u and more will be available soon. We are grateful for all the inspiration and are sure we can bring you many fantastic fabrics in the future.

 

Colorful impressions. We know Michael Miller fabrics will always brighten up our lives.

Colorful impressions. We know Michael Miller fabrics will always brighten up our lives.

A wonderful quilt design and tablecloth by Michale Miller.

A wonderful quilt design and tablecloth by Michale Miller.

Great fun. The concept collection 'Color Me' allows you to choose your favorite colors for your fabrics.

Great fun. The concept collection ‘Color Me’ allows you to choose your favorite colors for your fabrics.

This dress look s surprisingly well designed, albeit it was a spontaneous creation.

This dress looks surprisingly well designed, albeit it was a spontaneous creation.

Seamless blending. Achieved with the perfect choice of the fabric's hue matching the wall paper.

Seamless blending. Achieved with the perfect choice of the fabric’s hue matching the wall paper.

Busy at the Blank Quilting both with some beautiful flower patterns in the background.

Busy at the Blank Quilting both with some beautiful flower patterns in the background.

Wonderland in pink and grey make you feel at home at once.

Wonderland in pink and grey makes you feel at home at once.

Great selection. Henry Glass impresses with an outstanding variety of design patterns.

Great selection. Henry Glass impresses with an outstanding variety of design patterns.

The Henry Glass daughter Fabric Editions. Cute, young, but not childish.

The Henry Glass daughter Fabric Editions. Cute, young, but not childish.

pastel colored 'Lady Claire' panel sewing  and writing fabric Blank Quilting USA

pastel colored ‘Lady Claire’ panel sewing and writing fabric Blank Quilting USA

charcoal paisley flower ornament fabric 'Priscilla' Blank Quilting USA

charcoal paisley flower ornament fabric ‘Priscilla’ Blank Quilting USA

violet-red owl forest fabric by Henry Glass

violet-red owl forest fabric by Henry Glass

Michael Miller fabric Gnomeville gnomes dots

Michael Miller fabric Gnomeville gnomes dots

Our visit to the Quilt Market 2015 in Minneapolis: Part3

Although the Quilt Market in Minneapolis is first of all a fabric exhibition for suppliers from the United States, there are also very beautiful Asia fabrics on display. We were able to find amazing new collections from popular brands like Echino and Kokka that will be a great choice for anyone with a soft spot for Japanese designs. We are happy to say that many of the fabrics we chose are already available on modes4u and we are sure that you will love using them to sew wonderful bags, garments and other creative things.

Hokusai's 'Great wave' is a timeless masterpiece and unmistakably Japanese.

Hokusai’s ‘Great wave’ is a timeless masterpiece and unmistakably Japanese.

Many of the designs are colorful and have traditional patterns.

Many of the designs are colorful and have traditional patterns.

Easily carried away. Echino fabrics are perfect for sewing bags and pouches.

Easily carried away. Echino fabrics are perfect for sewing bags and pouches.

A unique style and outstanding quality make Echino one of our favorite suppliers.

A unique style and outstanding quality make Echino one of our favorite suppliers.

Many Asia fabrics depict flowers and animals, but it's really the art style that makes them so special.

Many Asia fabrics depict flowers and animals, but it’s really the art style that makes them so special.

Adorable apple bags and a bear made from cute fruit fabric.

Adorable apple bags and a bear made from cute fruit fabric.

Some of the colorful designs that can be found in our shop.

Some of the colorful designs that can be found in our shop.

We look forwards to see many of the sewing projects made from the cute fabics we carry in our shop now.

We look forwards to see many of the sewing projects made from the cute fabics we carry in our shop now.

colorful polar bear flower rain twill fabric from Japan

colorful polar bear flower rain twill fabric from Japan

colorful town houses canvas fabric from Japan

colorful town houses canvas fabric from Japan

light blue animal sailor oxford fabric by Kokka from Japan

light blue animal sailor oxford fabric by Kokka from Japan

navy blue Asia fabric with purple and pink cherry blossom from Japan

navy blue Asia fabric with purple and pink cherry blossom from Japan

Our visit to the Quilt Market 2015 in Minneapolis: Part2

During our visit to the Quilt Market in the United States this year we were especially keen to look for new organic fabrics. Responding to our customers wish for certified organic cotton fabrics, we were able to find a range of very beautiful designs for our shop. We were very happy to have a chance to talk first hand to great suppliers like Monaluna, Birch and Cloud9 and choose from their amazing new collections.Due to the very good experience with the organic fabrics already available in our shop, we are sure to have the best partners to offer you wonderful fabrics for future children’s clothing and home sewing projects.

New Birch collection. We are always surprised how colorful organic cotton can be.

New Birch collection. We are always surprised how colorful organic fabrics can be.

We received great information and advice on organic fabrics throughout.

We received great information and advice on organic fabrics.

We can't wait for these dreamy Birch fabrics.

Some wonderful dreamy Birch fabrics.

Dream team. Together we found so many beautiful Monaluna designs.

Dream team. Together we found so many beautiful Monaluna designs.

Cute Monaluna apron and quilt blanket with charming flowers.

Cute Monaluna apron and quilt blanket with charming flowers.

Aren't colorful fruit fabrics always refreshing. Especially if they are organic.

Aren’t colorful fruit fabrics always refreshing. Especially if they are organic.

All of the booths are decorated with amazing attention to detail.

All of the booths are decorated with amazing attention to detail.

A lovely pastel colored Cloud 9 collection.

A lovely pastel colored Cloud 9 collection.

The garments on display really showed that these organic fabrics have a unique beauty.

The garments on display really showed that there is unique beauty to organic fabrics.

white 'Shine Bright' colorful bright spot Cloud 9 Voile organic cotton fabric

white ‘Shine Bright’ colorful bright spot Cloud 9 Voile organic cotton fabric

white monaluna mini flower organic fabric Jacks

white monaluna mini flower organic fabric Jacks

Peonies Blue peony flower birch organic fabric from the USA

Peonies Blue peony flower birch organic fabric from the USA

Our visit to the Quilt Market 2015 in Minneapolis: Part1

This year we had a wonderful experience travelling to the United States to visit the Quilt Market in Minneapolis. The international fabric exhibition was a great chance to be inspired by an abundance of amazing designs. We had the opportunity to talk to all of our favorite suppliers like Robert Kaufman, Riley BlakeAlexander Henry and many more and selected a lot of beautiful patterns to complement the great collections we already carry in our shop. While we really love all of our brands, we also found some gorgeous new fabrics of less known exhibitors like Andover that have just become available on modes4u.

Great team. Choosing the best fabric designs for our shop is a hands on job.

Great team. Choosing the best fabric designs for our shop is a hands on job.

Alexander Henry always have many new fabric patterns and design ideas.

Alexander Henry always have many new fabric patterns and design ideas.

Lovely fruit tablecloth at the Alexander Henry booth.

Lovely fruit tablecloth at the Alexander Henry booth.

We all love handbags. Especially those made from our favorite fabrics.

We all love handbags. Especially those made from our favorite fabrics.

At the  Quilt Market 2015 we had the chance to speak to many experts.

At the Quilt Market 2015 we had the chance to speak to many experts.

We can't wait for Halloween with this super cute owl quilt designs.

We can’t wait for Halloween with these super cute owl quilt designs.

Compared to other international trade fares, the Quilt Market in Minneapolis has a calm and professional feel.

Compared to other international trade fares, the Quilt Market in Minneapolis has a calm and professional feel.

Andover's 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' now available in our shop.

Andover’s ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ now available in our shop.

A very cute caterpillar and butterfly apron.

A very cute caterpillar and butterfly apron.

white animal and dot fabric 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' Andover USA

white animal and dot fabric ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ Andover USA

white Riley Blake animal forest fabric Wildflower Meadow

white Riley Blake animal forest fabric Wildflower Meadow

Our amazing modes4u Christmas dinner

This year we had an amazing Christmas dinner with the whole modes4u team. We got to have an awesome Christmas dinner buffet at the very nice Cafe of Hyatt Regency Hotel in the district Sha Tin. The whole buffet area was decorated with snowmen, Santas, gingerbread houses, Christmas trees and lots of other Christmas symbols. The food was delicious too, it was a great selection of foods from all over the world, but of course there were some special Christmas treats like turkey and lots of wonderful Christmas desserts. They even had a chocolate fondue and you could dip biscuits and fruit into hot chocolate. So yummy.

We had a great Christmas dinner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sha Tin

We had a great Christmas dinner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sha Tin

The Christmas decoration was amazing

The Christmas decoration was amazing

Everyone loved the dessert section of the buffet area

Everyone loved the dessert section of the buffet area

There even was a gingerbread house

There even was a gingerbread house

A chocolate fondue - so christmassy

A chocolate fondue – so christmassy

Fun Christmas figurines

Fun Christmas figurines

Lots of Santa Claus decorations

Lots of Santa Claus decorations

The modes4u team at the restaurant - still with empty plates

The modes4u team at the restaurant – still with empty plates

There was a great selection of food with lots of different cuisines

There was a great selection of food with lots of different cuisines

The food was delicious!

The food was delicious!

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