New echino fabrics from Kokka arrived

Bright colours, wild animals, pretty flowers and cool retro prints – we just got the latest echino fabrics with our latest Kokka delivery from Japan and really hurried to put them online as soon as possible. Not an easy task so shortly before Christmas. A lot of the designs are available in four colours, so be sure to check out all the echino fabricsto find your favourite combination of colour and design.

pink echino birds and berries canvas fabric cherry

pink echino birds and berries canvas fabric cherry

black insect echino canvas fabric insect

black insect echino canvas fabric insect

yellow echino airplane poplin fabric airplane

yellow echino airplane poplin fabric airplane

pink echino bike poplin fabric cycling

pink echino bike poplin fabric cycling

black echino retro bus poplin fabric bonnet bus

black echino retro bus poplin fabric bonnet bus

echino poplin stripes fabric kikka purple-black-green

echino poplin stripes fabric kikka purple-black-green

Patchwork piece echino canvas fabric blue-green-black

Patchwork piece echino canvas fabric blue-green-black

teal wildflower echino canvas fabric bird flower

teal wildflower echino canvas fabric bird flower

purple echino canvas safari animals fabric acacia

purple echino canvas safari animals fabric acacia

modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Bianca

It’s time to introduce our fifth team member. And it’s getting international again, because Bianca moved from Germany to Hong Kong to come to our office every day.

Hello, who are you by the way?
I’m Bianca, 31, from Wuppertal in Germany. One year ago I moved here to Hong Kong and started working at modes4u. It’s still super exciting here; the city is surprising me over and over again. In Germany I lived and worked in different cities, most recently as a public relations officer in a ski dome. Before I was a television editor.

What is your job at modes4u?
I am the copy writer at modes4u and work with words every day. My main task is to add new products to our shop. That means every new item for modes4u.com has to pass my desk first to be measured, weighted and described.

Also I am in charge of the German and English company blogs and constantly looking for new ideas and topics to write about. In addition to that I deal with inquiries from media and journalists. And whenever a text for our website, for an announcement or for another occasion is needed, I write it as well.

What is your favourite product or your favourite category at modes4u?
I absolutely adore our Washi Tapes, which I discovered in our shop for the first time. Before I didn’t even know the cool Masking Tapes existed, now I already own a box full of them. No letter or present leaves my house without at least one stripe of Washi tape decoration.

From all our characters I am a big fan of the cute Otogicco Little Red Riding Hood by Decole. I’m always really excited when we get new products from that series. Also I am profoundly in love with our echino fabrics. Unfortunately I can’t sew at all, so the ways I can use those lovely textiles are kind of limited.

What do you like most about your job at modes4u?
There are no limits to my creativity. I have never worked in such a modern and open company. In Germany I often felt that rules and rigid structures slowed down new ideas. Here in many ways I really have the freedom to do whatever I want creatively. I can try a lot and start new things which I really like.

Our team is totally great too and the bosses really care about the well being of their employees. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be natural in many Hong Kong companies and I also had mixed experiences in Germany about that. So I really appreciate it and feel in good hands here.

You’re surrounded by creative stuff the whole day. Do you like to craft or to be creative in your leisure time?
My creative activities always have certain phases. At the moment I’m in my Washi Tape phase; I love decorating glasses, stationery and photo albums with the adhesive tapes.

Sometimes I also design my own T-Shirts by embroidering, drawing or just applying an iron-on. In Germany I loved baking cakes and tarts a lot, but this passion is a bit on hold now. Baking is not that common in Hong Kong so a lot of times I lack the needed materials. Still my Chinese colleagues are always very excited when I bring something self-baked every now and then.

The bear and the girl - Bianca and Rilakkuma chatting

The bear and the girl – Bianca and Rilakkuma chatting

Bianca decorated all these jars with Washi Tapes

Bianca decorated all these jars with Washi Tapes

She also enjoys decorating photo albums with the colourful Masking Tapes

She also enjoys decorating photo albums with the colourful Masking Tapes

The office was super excited about Biancas self-baked cookies for Valentines Day

The office was super excited about Biancas self-baked cookies for Valentines Day

Lots of new echino laminated fabrics arrived

So far we only carried a couple of echino fabrics as laminates. But with our latest Kokka delivery which arrived this week, we got a whole bunch of echino laminate fabrics from the latest collection. This means that you can get designs like the super popular stag with glasses, the frame or Dahlia series as canvas cotton fabrics or as laminate versions.

And we restocked some of our echino cotton fabrics too, so check our shop website if your favourite textile item has been sold out.

echino laminate fabric Buck stag deer with glasses pink

echino laminate fabric Buck stag deer with glasses pink

green echino laminate fabric Gothic leopard & ornament

green echino laminate fabric Gothic leopard & ornament

turquoise echino laminate fabric Frame owl giraffe deer

turquoise echino laminate fabric Frame owl giraffe deer

echino laminate fabric black zebras & stripes Japan

echino laminate fabric black zebras & stripes Japan

off-white echino laminate fabric Dahlia bird & flower

off-white echino laminate fabric Dahlia bird & flower

echino laminate fabric scooter Vespa purple

echino laminate fabric scooter Vespa purple

blue echino laminate fabric with cars

blue echino laminate fabric with cars

echino laminate fabric turquoise forest stag owl

echino laminate fabric turquoise forest stag owl

Japanese Fabric giveaway on The Cottage Home

What? Another Christmas Giveaway already? Yes indeed! Together with Lindsay from the beautiful Cottage Home Blog we’re giving you another opportunity to win our stuff. It’s all about Japan this time. One winner will get a fabric bundel with 10 amazing fabric fat quarters from Japanese labels like Kokka, Cosmos and echino. Two Japanese Washi Tapes also belong to the prize package.

Visit the Cottage Home Giveaway website until September 18th to join. Good luck everyone.

Visit The Cottage Home Blog to enter our Fabric Giveaway

Visit The Cottage Home Blog to enter our Fabric Giveaway

One winner gets 10 Japanese fabric fat quarters plus 2 Washi Tapes

One winner gets 10 Japanese fabric fat quarters plus 2 Washi Tapes

Giveaway with our fabrics on Petit Citron

Here is your next chance of winning some of our products. We teamed up with the French blog Petit Citron and give away 5 beautiful echino and Kokka Fat Quarters. If you want to win this fabric bundle just visit the Petit Citron giveaway site and join the competition. The Blog is in French only and the giveaway is open until July 29th. Good luck to everyone.

Win these cool Fat Quarters in the Petit Citron giveaway

Win these cool Fat Quarters in the Petit Citron giveaway

Our favourite product of the week: the new echino collection

We added the latest echino collection to our shop this week and – as usual – fell in love. The 5 designs of the Decoro collection therefore are our favourite products of the week. Each one is available in different colours, so check them all out to find your favourite. They are absolutely beautiful, but the stag with glasses fabric just stole our heart away. That is such an eyecatching but still discreet design that you can use for so many projects. We totally see this fabric as a totebag, skirt or pillow!

echino canvas fabric Buck stag with glasses pink

echino canvas fabric Buck stag with glasses pink

purple echino canvas fabric Gothic leopard & ornament

purple echino canvas fabric Gothic leopard & ornament

turquoise echino canvas fabric Frame owl giraffe deer

turquoise echino canvas fabric Frame owl giraffe deer

echino canvas fabric yellow zebras & stripes Japan

echino canvas fabric yellow zebras & stripes Japan

black echino canvas fabric Dahlia bird & flower Japan

black echino canvas fabric Dahlia bird & flower Japan

New echino collection, Kokka fabrics and Robert Kaufman in our shop

In the last weeks we added lots of new fabrics from Robert Kaufman and Kokka to our shop. Just last week the newest echino collection followed. And the designs are so lovely and powerful again. We got each one in several colours, so you can see how it looks in different shades and pick your favourite. We also have some additional colours of “older” designs, such as the funny echino London fabric or the echino glasses fabric.

Besides that our last echino delivery also contained the whole “dot dot dot” collection. That means 13 pretty polka dot fabrics in different colours. And we also got a few items of the “Solid” collection. Those are probably the first single-coloured fabrics we ever had in our shop, we’re all excited to see how you like them.

So there it is, lots of beautiful stuff waiting to be turned into colourful shirts, skirts, dresses, curtains, table clothes or all the other things you want to use it for.

echino canvas fabric pink berries birds from Japan

echino canvas fabric pink berries birds from Japan

blue echino canvas fabric leaves & birds from Japan

blue echino canvas fabric leaves & birds from Japan

black echino canvas fabric colourful flowers from Japan

black echino canvas fabric colourful flowers from Japan

purple echino canvas fabric with lilac polka dots

purple echino canvas fabric with lilac polka dots

mustard echino canvas fabric with white polka dots

mustard echino canvas fabric with white polka dots

echino canvas fabric bus brown & polka dots from Japan

echino canvas fabric bus brown & polka dots from Japan

green echino canvas fabric from Japan

green echino canvas fabric from Japan

We met the echino catalogue cover model

Of course echino stands for beautiful Japanese fabrics designed by Etsuko Furuya,but did you know that they also offer already manufactured goods sewed with their material? Every now and then we get little catalogues showing really beautiful items like bags, cushions, dresses, shirts, skirts and more. But this time especially the model presenting the latest stuff caught our attention. She looked somewhat familiar. And then we remembered: We knew here from our last trip to Japan where part of our team went recently. The pretty cover model Hannah is actually working for Kokka, the fabric company distributing echino products. But being a part-time model is not a bad idea either, we think she does a really great job.

So here are a few impressions of her first big model job. Although we have to admit it is a bit hard to pay attention to her when there are all these colourful echino items around. If you ever need inspiration what to use those fabrics for or are not sure how a certain type looks ‘used’, take a look at those pictures. Echino fabrics are just stunning when used for bags and also make incredibly unique clothes. Our favourite is probably the wonderful skirt on the last picture sewed with the amazing echino canvas bird fabric in blue that we also sell at our shop. Most of the items you can see on those pictures are made with the latest echino collection.

Hannah in a colourful dress made with echino fabric

Hannah in a colourful dress made with echino fabric

You almost do not know where to look - pretty things everywhere

You almost do not know where to look – pretty things everywhere

Black, green, pink - that echino fabric just looks great in all colours

Black, green, pink – that echino fabric just looks great in all colours

Which one to choose? All those bags are just beautiful

Which one to choose? All those bags are just beautiful

This dress is an absolute eyecatcher - but the funny animal pillows are too

This dress is an absolute eye catcher – but the funny animal pillows are too

One of our favourites: a skirt made with a blue canvas bird fabric

One of our favourites: a skirt made with a blue canvas bird fabric

All echino and Kokka fabrics now online

Pretty, beautiful, gorgeous. We finished adding all the Kokka fabrics from our last delivery to our shop. So now you can find the latest echino collection, which looks amazing. The designs by Etsuko Furuya are always really lovely, but each time we get new fabrics, we are blown away how vividly coloured they are. For example check out that new scooter fabric. Isn’t it super cool and colourful? We got the design in 4 different colours, so you can pick your favourite one.

We also got a couple of new Kokka fabrics designed by Nancy Wolff. These super cute animal prints will be great if you want to sew something for children. On two designs you find the word ‘Hello’ translated into many different languages, so the kids might even end up improving their language skills :-).

echino canvas designer fabric scooter Vespa purple

echino canvas designer fabric scooter Vespa purple

echino canvas designer fabric London blue  from Japan

echino canvas designer fabric London blue from Japan

echino canvas fabric Wish purple birds flowers

echino canvas fabric Wish purple birds flowers

colourful animals canvas designer fabric by Nancy Wolff

colourful animals canvas designer fabric by Nancy Wolff

Hello animals canvas designer fabric by Nancy Wolff

Hello animals canvas designer fabric by Nancy Wolff

Animal heads canvas designer fabric by Nancy Wolff

Animal heads canvas designer fabric by Nancy Wolff

Airport airplane canvas designer fabric by Nancy Wolff

Airport airplane canvas designer fabric by Nancy Wolff

Our favourite product of the week: echino forest fabric

Bright and colourful times. Currently we’re adding echino fabrics from the latest collection to our shop and just love it. Especially one fabric we found so incredibly pretty that we want to make it our favourite product of the week.

Maybe it’s the hart and the owl, maybe it’s all the colourful leaves, maybe it’s the funny rectangular design with lots of pretty patterns, maybe it’s all of that together. We don’t really know what it is that creates the fascination of that canvas fabric, so we just enjoy it. We now have the echino forest fabric in 2 different colours in our shop. Think of all the wonderful things you could create with it.

echino canvas fabric forest hart owl Japan

echino canvas fabric forest hart owl Japan

echino canvas fabric forest hart owl Japan

echino canvas fabric forest hart owl Japan

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