Visit from Kokka Japan

Today we had a visit from a Kokka employee because they wanted to show us the newest designs they just released. That’s so super convenient when the suppliers come to your office to show you their newest collection. I must say, I LOVE LOVE LOVE their new collection. There are so many adorable, cute, kawaii, lovely fabrics, it will be really hard to choose which ones we will order. Unfortunately, I cannot order all of them because there is a budget limit 😉 Below you can see some of my favourite new fabrics from Kokka. I hope we will get them for our shop soon.

Matryoshka Fabric from Kokka

Matryoshka Fabric from Kokka

monkey with black kitty Japanese fabric

monkey with black kitty Japanese fabric

pink hearts with glitter girls Kokka fabric

pink hearts with glitter girls Kokka fabric

pink Japanese fabric with cupcakes, candy and more

pink Japanese fabric with cupcakes, candy and more

DIY Hello Kitty Curtains

How to make your own Hello Kitty curtains? It’s easy. You only need the right Hello Kitty fabric, a sewing machine and a bit of sewing know-how. A customer of us made some really cute Hello Kitty curtains for her daughter’s bed. She also made matching Hello Kitty bedclothes. Have a look at the pictures she sent us. For a closeup look, please click on the picture.

Hello Kitty Curtains DIY

Hello Kitty Curtains DIY

Hello Kitty Bed Curtains

Hello Kitty Bed Curtains

Q-Lia Order arrived from Japan

Today, we got our new order delivered from Japan. We ordered lots of Q-Lia items including bags, flip flops, bento boxes, memo pads, stickers, chopsticks and notebooks. They are also super cute and so kawaii! My favorites are a Alice in Wonderland notebook, the blue bear bag and some capsule stickers with a pudding with faces on it. Super CUTE!!! I took a few pics of some of the items after we opened the boxes.

cute Q-Lia bags from Japan

cute Q-Lia bags from Japan

kawaii bento boxes, chopsticks and stationery

kawaii bento boxes, chopsticks and stationery

super cute Japanese flip flops

super cute Japanese flip flops

Delivery of Kokka fabrics from Japan

Today, we received a delivery of almost 40 bolts of Kokka fabrics from Japan. I was waiting for them impatiently because I couldn’t wait to see all the new cute patterns. We got Kokka fabrics with Matroshka dolls, kittens, Alice in Wonderland, toadstool, peach blossom, deers, monkeys, skulls and many more.

We had some fun in the office building a fabric pyramid with all the fabric bolts and took some pics.

Alan sitting on our self-made Kokka fabric pyramid

Alan sitting on our self-made Kokka fabric pyramid

me sitting on the Kokka fabric pyramid

me sitting on the Kokka fabric pyramid

Visit from our Japanese Supplier

Today we had a visit from our supplier from Japan. He represents all the popular fancy stationery brands like Q-Lia, Kamio, Crux, Poolcool, Mindwave, Kutsuwa etc. from Japan. His responsibility is exporting these items overseas. We are working with him for just a short while, as I wrote about in an earlier blog post: New Fancy Japanese Stationery Supplier. He was visiting a trade fair here in Hong Kong and we set up a meeting so we could finally meet in person and discuss our future business collaboration. It went really well, he brought lots of new catalogs (he sends us new catalogs every 2 weeks from Japan) with the latest collections and some samples. We are going to place another order shortly as the Japanese stationery items sell really well. I can’t wait to get the new cute stationery items. It is always very exciting to open those parcels 😉

New cute hoodies

We ordered some more cute hoodies as our bear ear hoodies are really popular among our customers. This time we got a cute brown hoodie with long bunny ears and short sleeves. It is a Korean design and just super cute for a girl or young adult. It can be worn as a normal sweater or as a longshirt/dress with boots.

kawaii hoodie with bunny ears

kawaii hoodie with bunny ears

Another hoodie we got is a grey hoodie with a giraffe print on it. It is also quite long, has fake fur in the hood and a really cute mother giraffe with baby giraffe print on it.

cute hoodie with giraffe print

cute hoodie with giraffe print

And another hoodie we got is a teddy bear hoodie. It is pink, long, has a fluffy teddy bear in the front and also a fluffy hood. Taylor Momsen from the popular TV series “Gossip Girl” has one as well. That hoodie looks great with a pair of leggings and boots.

hoodie with teddy bear

hoodie with teddy bear

Cute kawaii bento boxes

Bento Boxes are a new trend for making attractive lunch boxes for children for kindergarten or school. In Japan, mothers prepare their kids’ lunch in so called “bento boxes” and the food is presented in a very cute way. There are Hello Kitty shaped vegetables, rice balls with faces and so on. It is getting more popular in Western countries as well. The bento boxes themselves are usually really cute lunch boxes with characters like Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma or some really cute animals. The most current trend is bento boxes with fairy tale prints like Alice in Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood or Snow White and Matryoshka. Matryoshka is the famous Russian doll with a set of dolls of decreasing sizes placed one inside the other. They are the most popular designs at the moment.

Our customers asked to get these bento boxes for our shop and therefore we sourced a supplier with really cute animal bento boxes and cutlery sets. The bento boxes are 2-layered lunch boxes with a pair of cute chopsticks. They come in 4 different colors and animal patterns: pink (piggy), green (frog), blue (bear) and yellow (bear). We also have the matching cutlery sets with chopsticks, fork and spoon. We just found another bento box supplier from Japan who will ship us our first order at the end of this month.

Bento boxes can be used as many different things, including their original use as a lunch box, as a sandwich box, for keeping bits and pieces, as a make-up case or many other things.

Below you can see some really cute prepared lunch boxes and our new bento boxes.

Hello Kitty bento box

Hello Kitty bento box

cute panda bento box

cute panda bento box

bento box with 3 cute pink piggies

bento box with 3 cute pink piggies

cute yellow bento box with a bear

cute yellow bento box with a bear

cute green bento box with frog

cute green bento box with frog

cute cutlery set

cute cutlery set with chopsticks,fork and spoon

New camera for taking Pics

We bought a new camera for taking product pictures. We used the Canon 30D and replaced it with the newest Canon 7D. It was released today and Alan went and bought it today. He was afraid it will sell out immediately, so he had to get there on the release day. This new camera will help us to take even better pics of our productsand make it easier and faster to take detailed pictures with very nice colours. Of course the camera will be used for other occasions as well, as Alan is a passionate photographer during his free time. 😉 We are going back to my hometown Bregenz in Austria during Christmas and I am sure the camera will be used there very often. 🙂

our new camera Canon 7D

our new camera Canon 7D

New order placed with Kokka

I have another update from Kokka: We sell the fabrics from our first order with Kokka crazily and therefore we decided to place a new order now to prevent running out of stock. We got one wholesale order from a shop in Germany and therefore we can combine the 2 orders, ship them together and save some shipping costs. We ordered over 35 bolts of Kokka fabrics! They will be shipped by ship. I am looking forward to get them, the expected arrival date is 21.10.2009. I will definitely post a blog post when the fabrics arrive. So keep coming back for news!

Alan’s First Day at work

OK, so finally the day has come: Alan started working at my office today. I wrote about this before on this blog post: My husband quit his job. He quit his fulltime job to join my business selling cute things in our online shop www.modes4u.com and other channels. His first big project will be programming a software tool to help me adding new items much faster. We have a big problem with that because we get new items all the time, often a few times per week but it is very time consuming to put them one by one into our database. Therefore Alan started writing a software program to make this process faster. This will also help us to make our shop much bigger because we will be able to order more often. I can’t wait to use his tool.

Welcome Alan, have a good start working for our business and Good Luck! 😉