Happy Rose Monday with Rilakkuma

It’s Carnival Time, especially in Germany. On today’s Rose Monday large parts of the country go absolutely crazy. In some major cities people celebrate on the streets, sing and dance. There are also lots of parades and people dress up in colourful and creative costumes. Back in the day people would dress in scary costumes to scare away winter, but nowadays it’s more about looking good and being creative.

As one of our favourite characters – the lazy Rilakkuma bear – loves to dress up too, we chose a couple of pictures of him wearing classic costumes in German carnival:

1. Bee costume – people love to dress up as bees, because it’s super easy to do. Just dress in yellow and black stripes and you’re done. Of course it looks better if you put more effort into it

2. Sailor costume – A hat, a shirt and a scarf, that’s all you need. Every year you’ll see lots of people in carnival dressed as sailors.

3. Rabbit costume – All animal costumes are super popular in carnival: frogs, cats, elephants, monkeys and so on. We just happened to find Rilakkuma in a rabbit costume.

Have some great carnival days.

Rilakkuma plush toy brown bear as honey bee

Rilakkuma plush toy brown bear as honey bee

Rilakkuma plush toy brown bear as sailor kawaii

Rilakkuma plush toy brown bear as sailor kawaii

huge Rilakkuma plush toy brown bear in bunny suit

huge Rilakkuma plush toy brown bear in bunny suit

 

Our masking tape in the German Couch magazine

A couple of days ago we found the lovely Couch magazine in our mailbox. The German magazine for living & fashion featured one of our mt masking tapes in their November issue for a special about houndstooth pattern. Although the magazine was published some weeks ago already, we’re still super excited. It’s pretty cool to hold the magazine in your hands and see a product from your shop in it. Everybody took a look and you would hear a lot of “Oh’s” and “Ah’s” in the office.

One of our products is featured in the German Couch magazine

One of our products is featured in the German Couch magazine

The cool houndstooth masking tape is from modes4u.com

The cool houndstooth masking tape is from modes4u.com

Pretzels and Beer for Oktoberfest

Even if you don’t know a thing about Germany, you probably have heard of Oktoberfest. Millions of visitors from all over the world travel every year to this big carnival in Munich to enjoy German beer, sausages and the unique party atmosphere in Dirndl and Lederhosen.

Don’t our beer and pretzel fabrics just fit perfectly to this occasion? The 179. Oktoberfest starts today.

black beer glas fabric by Timeless Treasures from the USA

black beer glas fabric by Timeless Treasures from the USA

black pretzels fabric by Timeless Treasures from the USA

black pretzels fabric by Timeless Treasures from the USA

Happy Rose Monday: Enjoy Carnival

Carnival is celebrated throughout the world, but today is Rose Monday, which is definitely the highlight of German carnival. Especially in the western parts of Germany there are lots of parades in many cities where you can see colourful floats and catch some Kamelle, pieces of candy which are thrown into the crowds. Many people will dress up in fancy costumes and it is a time of celebrating, dancing, partying and drinking.

In the carnival strongholds schools are closed on Rose Monday, many shops will close down and a lot of people will take the day off to be able to participate in the celebrations, which are all day long. Heavy carnival fans probably have been celebrating since last thursday, as the street carnival started then with “Weiberfastnacht”.

Whenever and whereever you celebrate, we wish you a wonderful carnival. Have a great time.

colourful carnival mask fabric Robert Kaufman designer

colourful carnival mask fabric Robert Kaufman designer

Welcome Lunch for our new team member Bianca

Bianca from Germany joined our team this week. She just moved from Cologne to Hong Kong a couple of days ago and is very excited to be here. We welcomed her by taking her out for some Dim Sum, a very typical style of Chinese Food. You order a lot of different dishes that are served in small portions and everybody can help himself. As you can see, there was a lot of food on the table. Bianca really enjoyed that Chinese experience and tried as much as she could, although she didn’t always know what she was eating. The only thing she refused to try was a serve of chicken feet, a dish you can find a lot in Hong Kong. She promised to try at one point though, we will see if she actually does .

From now on Bianca will be helping us to support our shop and write a lot of texts for our website in German and English.

Bianca and I eating Dim Sum in the Chinese Restaurant

Bianca and I eating Dim Sum in the Chinese Restaurant

we really ordered a lot of food

we really ordered a lot of food

The whole modes4u.com team in front of the Chinese restaurant

The whole modes4u.com team in front of the Chinese restaurant

Our fabrics in German InStyle magazine

What a nice surprise. Some of our fabrics were printed in last month’s InStyle magazine. InStyle is a really big fashion & lifestyle print magazine in Germany with a run of nearly 500,000. A German Fashion Label made some very cute children’s clothes for the collection Villa Kunterbunt. Two of our fabrics were used in this collection for a cute dress and skirt. Don’t they look incredibly adorable? We can just imagine how children wear the dress made with our gnome fabric or the little cupcake skirt. Thumbs up for this.

Our fabrics in German InStyle magazine

Our fabrics in German InStyle magazine

Meeting with Kokka in Hong Kong

We work with Kokka fabrics closely together, of course it helps that they have an office in Hong Kong. 😉 Therefore, we have a very good business relationship with them and visit their office every once in a while to talk in person, discuss future plans and collaborations and give them some feedback we received from our customers regarding their fabrics. Today’s meeting was very important for us because we wanted to discuss the sales of Kokka fabrics in Germany. When we started working with them they told us that some fabrics are not allowed to Germany because another company has the exclusive import rights for those. We agreed to that and followed their rules. After 2 years we became a very good customer for them and they decided to review this arrangement. Alan and I went to their office to discuss this issue. The meeting was very successful, we are now allowed to sell almost all Kokka fabrics to Germany. We are very happy about that and our customers must be even more happy. I got countless emails before asking why we cannot sell those fabrics to Germany.

After the meeting we had a Chinese lunch together with the boss and one more staff and chatted about business, travelling to Japan and other topics. It’s nice when you know your suppliers in person and also know something private about them. It is a lot more fun doing business like that.

Server Move

Our business is growing constantly and the number of visitors in our online shop and blog is increasing monthly. Until now we used a shared server in Germany for hosting our websites but we are now at a point that our shop has too much traffic for a shared server. Therefore, we decided to invest some money to get our own server. We use All-Inkl from Germany who is a very reliable company for server hosting, we highly recommend them. Their service is great and reliable. They also offer webservers for rent, so we stay with them and only move to a new server. This happened last night and everything went very smooth. Our websites were offline for about 1 hour and after that everything was back up running. We can see already that the sites are much faster and pictures load very quickly. I believe this was a very good investement and makes the shopping experience in our shop even better.

Creative at Home Magazine

An editor of the German magazine “Creative at Home” contacted me because they are interested in featuring one of our fabrics in their magazine. Isn’t that so cool? We are very excited here. Let’s hope they are really going to use one of our fabrics for their upcoming edition. Yay.

Creative at Home Magazine 1

Creative at Home Magazine

We are in the new ‘Alles für die Frau’ magazine

Good news everyone, we are in the new “Alles für die Frau” magazine from Germany. They have a deco & style section and our deco tapes were recommended there as a great way to quickly redecorate furniture, home accessoires and gifts. We are so excited about that! This is our first magazine referral for our kawaii shop modes4u. We actually got a few more emails from other magazines as well, let’s hope they are going to print our products and shop as well 🙂

We are in the new 'Alles für die Frau' magazine 1

We are in the new Alles für die Frau magazine

We are in the new 'Alles für die Frau' magazine 2

this is the deco & style section

We are in the new 'Alles für die Frau' magazine 3

a closeup of the deco tape recommendation