Tokyo Trip: Squishies Galore!

During their trip to Japan earlier this year, Sandra and Alan (modeS4u’s Managing Director and IT Manager respectively), stopped by shops to check out some of the newest squishies available! From colorful Hello Kitty squishies to Cafe de N ones, it was certainly a visual treat to see all those squishies at once. Check out some fun pictures here!

Hello Kitty and Sanrio squishies on display

Hello Kitty and Sanrio squishies on display

Fun food squishies

Fun food squishies

A panda squishy

A panda squishy

A penguin squishy

A penguin squishy

Funny faces!

Funny faces!

Miffy Squishies

Miffy Squishies

More fun food squishies

More fun food squishies

Food squishies everywhere!

Food squishies everywhere!

So kawaii!

So kawaii!

Sanrio squishies

Sanrio squishies

Cafe de N squishies

Cafe de N squishies

Time to win a squishy!

Time to win a squishy!

9 Years of Cool and Kawaii Products!

We are really excited to be celebrating our 9th anniversary with you! We decided it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and look back at some of the product trends we kept up with over the years, as well as some that we’re keeping up with now!

One of the earliest we noticed was the Rockabilly trend. As a result, we stocked gloves, T-Shirts, bags, wallets and more as customers were looking for stylish, edgy, nostalgic pieces that were both classic and contemporary.

We then moved on to Tenshi Neko products. This was similar to Hello Kitty and was what actually moved our company towards cute and kawaii products. Tenshi Neko products were super popular and we had many customers who loved its cute and quirky appeal. At about the same time, we also had a lot of customers who were simply crazy for star scarves (we now have lots of star fabrics instead!) so we made sure to stock plenty in different colors and of different material types. We also moved towards stocking Japanese stationery as we noticed a number of customers looking for kawaii products in this category too.

Then came the trend of clay products, for DIY projects, and arts and crafts. This is actually still a big, continuing trend as many of our customers enjoy crafting. We made sure to keep up by adding items that could be used for DIY craft purposes, such as miniature food items, liquid coloring etc.

One of our biggest product categories now though, is fabrics. We recognized that many of our customers also enjoyed sewing and were constantly looking for new and beautiful fabrics to work with. Over the years we’ve stocked more and more fabrics from renowned designers and fabric producers such as Robert Kaufman, Birch, Kokka and more. We also expanded our collection of Japanese fabrics greatly.

And of course, we can’t forget one of the most popular type of products at the moment: kawaii squishies! We love that many of our customers are passionate squishy fans who constantly have awesome suggestions for us of what squishies they want, and we do our best to get those products in! We’ve added in squishies from Puni Maru, iBloom and have so many more coming soon!

How long have you been following modeS4u? Whether you’re a long time customer or only discovered us today, we’d love to hear about some of your favorite products and what you’d like to see more of from us!

Thank you everyone for your continued support of us!

cute cream funny cat animal pencil case by Mind Wave

cute cream funny cat animal pencil case by Mind Wave

funny beige orange cat tsuchineko pouch plush toy from Japan

funny beige orange cat tsuchineko pouch plush toy from Japan

funny white pale grey cat tsuchineko pouch plush toy from Japan

funny white pale grey cat tsuchineko pouch plush toy from Japan

red Robert Kaufman fabric cute star Space Explorers

red Robert Kaufman fabric cute star Space Explorers

light blue Robert Kaufman mini white star fabric Sevenberry Classiques

light blue Robert Kaufman mini white star fabric Sevenberry Classiques

dark blue Robert Kaufman fabric yellow light orange star Monsters

dark blue Robert Kaufman fabric yellow light orange star Monsters

cream Robert Kaufman fabric red blue orange star Monsters

cream Robert Kaufman fabric red blue orange star Monsters

Fuwa Fuwa mousse clay whipped cream Japan decoden white

Fuwa Fuwa mousse clay whipped cream Japan decoden white

Fuwa Fuwa mousse clay whipped cream Japan decoden pink

Fuwa Fuwa mousse clay whipped cream Japan decoden pink

Fuwa Fuwa mousse clay whipped cream Japan decoden brown

Fuwa Fuwa mousse clay whipped cream Japan decoden brown

yellow paper clay Magical Clay from Japan

yellow paper clay Magical Clay from Japan

dark green paper clay Magical Clay from Japan

dark green paper clay Magical Clay from Japan

cream Kokka double gauze colorful flower nani iro fabric

cream Kokka double gauze colorful flower nani iro fabric

cream beige stripe Canvas fabric with animal flower Kokka Japan

cream beige stripe Canvas fabric with animal flower Kokka Japan

light orange-yellow Robert Kaufman flower shape fabric LA Provence

light orange-yellow Robert Kaufman flower shape fabric LA Provence

light cream brown grey flower circle metallic fabric Robert Kaufman Studio RK

light cream brown grey flower circle metallic fabric Robert Kaufman Studio RK

cute big pink croissant bread scented (faulty) squishy by Puni Maru

cute big pink croissant bread scented (faulty) squishy by Puni Maru

cute big light brown butter croissant bread scented (faulty) squishy Puni Maru

cute big light brown butter croissant bread scented (faulty) squishy Puni Maru

kawaii pink strawberry chocolate covered banana fruit scented squishy by iBloom

kawaii pink strawberry chocolate covered banana fruit scented squishy by iBloom

kawaii blue mint chocolate covered banana fruit scented squishy by iBloom

kawaii blue mint chocolate covered banana fruit scented squishy by iBloom

See us in Näh was mit Wachstuch !

We were featured in a special patchwork edition of Näh was mit Wachstuch in which you can see many of our stunning fabrics including our laminate fabrics! In this edition, you’ll find our Echino laminates, Hello Kitty laminates and more. Take a look below!

Our fabrics in Näh was mit Wachstuch

Our fabrics in Näh was mit Wachstuch

The Näh was mit Wachstuch edition

The Näh was mit Wachstuch edition

light pink Hello Kitty face text laminate fabric Sanrio Japan

light pink Hello Kitty face text laminate fabric Sanrio Japan

orange grey cloud stripes border glitter laminate fabric Kokka

orange grey cloud stripes border glitter laminate fabric Kokka

echino grey-blue canvas laminate fabric orange triangle bird from Japan

echino grey-blue canvas laminate fabric orange triangle bird from Japan

echino moss green canvas laminate fabric green triangle bird from Japan

echino moss green canvas laminate fabric green triangle bird from Japan

grey fox animal premium laminate fabric 'Fabulous Foxes' by Robert Kaufman

grey fox animal premium laminate fabric ‘Fabulous Foxes’ by Robert Kaufman

grey Robert Kaufman vintage sewing fabric Sewing Studio

grey Robert Kaufman vintage sewing fabric Sewing Studio

Join Our Giveaway with Craft Gossip

We’ve teamed up with the excellent Craft Gossip for a fun fabric giveaway! One lucky winner will receive an amazing bundle featuring 9 super cute Hello Kitty fabrics. To enter the giveaway contest, simply head on over to Craft Gossip‘s site and tell them within 50 words why you want to win. The giveaway ends September 22nd.

Make sure to check out some of our other Hello Kitty fabrics for your projects.

Good luck!

Our Hello Kitty fabric bundle giveaway with Craft Gossip!

Our Hello Kitty fabric bundle giveaway with Craft Gossip!

checkered light purple white Hello Kitty strawberry oxford fabric

checkered light purple white Hello Kitty strawberry oxford fabric

beige Hello Kitty cute colorful comic manga story oxford fabric

beige Hello Kitty cute colorful comic manga story oxford fabric

dark grey Hello Kitty small flower butterfly mini dot oxford fabric

dark grey Hello Kitty small flower butterfly mini dot oxford fabric

red Hello Kitty small flower butterfly mini dot oxford fabric

red Hello Kitty small flower butterfly mini dot oxford fabric

white Hello Kitty colorful comic manga story laminate fabric Sanrio Japan

white Hello Kitty colorful comic manga story laminate fabric Sanrio Japan

red Hello Kitty teddy bear lips laminate fabric Sanrio Japan

red Hello Kitty teddy bear lips laminate fabric Sanrio Japan

light grey Hello Kitty face text oxford fabric

light grey Hello Kitty face text oxford fabric

black Hello Kitty teddy bear lips letter oxford fabric

black Hello Kitty teddy bear lips letter oxford fabric

red Hello Kitty red bow oxford fabric

red Hello Kitty red bow oxford fabric

red Hello Kitty comic manga story oxford fabric

red Hello Kitty comic manga story oxford fabric

white Hello Kitty sitting red blue yellow outfits oxford fabric

white Hello Kitty sitting red blue yellow outfits oxford fabric

red Hello Kitty sweet food double border oxford fabric

red Hello Kitty sweet food double border oxford fabric

light purple Hello Kitty bear costume oxford fabric

light purple Hello Kitty bear costume oxford fabric

white Hello Kitty sweet heart bow oxford fabric

white Hello Kitty sweet heart bow oxford fabric

red Japanese shadow Hello Kitty oxford fabric by Sanrio

red Japanese shadow Hello Kitty oxford fabric by Sanrio

white pastel Hello Kitty Smile oxford fabric garden flower by Sanrio from Japan

white pastel Hello Kitty Smile oxford fabric garden flower by Sanrio from Japan

40% off Hello Kitty Donut Squishy – for 24 hours only!

We now have over 10,000 products in our store & we’re celebrating! From now until next Thursday, 1 special featured item will be on sale for 24 hours only; act fast to catch this special price!

Today’s item: Hello Kitty Donut Squishy

Sale time!

Sale time!

brown sprinkles Hello Kitty donut squishy charm for cellphone or bag

brown sprinkles Hello Kitty donut squishy charm for cellphone or bag

April Showers Bring May Flowers!

Have you heard of the expression ‘April showers bring May flowers’? It essentially means rainy weather in April will bring lots of beautiful flowers next month. April has just kicked off and over here in Hong Kong, the weather is actually quite lovely and sunny! But still, it’s best to be prepared for the rain, isn’t it? Check out some of our beautiful laminate fabrics which you can transform into numerous waterproof items such as bags, bibs, raincoats etc. Our laminates include awesome Hello Kitty designs and more! Or if you happen to like rainy weather, check out some of the stunning rain themed fabrics we have available!

white Hello Kitty colorful comic manga story laminate fabric Sanrio Japan

white Hello Kitty colorful comic manga story laminate fabric Sanrio Japan

red Hello Kitty teddy bear lips laminate fabric Sanrio Japan

red Hello Kitty teddy bear lips laminate fabric Sanrio Japan

light pink Hello Kitty face text laminate fabric Sanrio Japan

light pink Hello Kitty face text laminate fabric Sanrio Japan

cream My Melody rabbit dot laminate fabric Sanrio Japan

cream My Melody rabbit dot laminate fabric Sanrio Japan

orange-yellow Gudetama funny yolk cracked egg laminate fabric Sanrio Japan

orange-yellow Gudetama funny yolk cracked egg laminate fabric Sanrio Japan

orange grey cloud stripes border glitter laminate fabric Kokka

orange grey cloud stripes border glitter laminate fabric Kokka

white pink raindrop fabric by Michael Miller USA

white pink raindrop fabric by Michael Miller USA

white grey raindrop fabric by Michael Miller USA

white grey raindrop fabric by Michael Miller USA

white coral orange raindrop fabric by Michael Miller USA

white coral orange raindrop fabric by Michael Miller USA

white blue raindrop fabric by Michael Miller USA

white blue raindrop fabric by Michael Miller USA

light blue raindrop fabric with umbrellas boots design Michael Miller

light blue raindrop fabric with umbrellas boots design Michael Miller

light blue cats & dogs rain oxford fabric by Kokka from Japan

light blue cats & dogs rain oxford fabric by Kokka from Japan

colorful polar bear flower rain twill fabric from Japan

colorful polar bear flower rain twill fabric from Japan

light blue raindrop water fabric from Elizabeth's Studio USA

light blue raindrop water fabric from Elizabeth’s Studio USA

white Robert Kaufman navy blue raindrop fabric

white Robert Kaufman navy blue raindrop fabric

Hello Kitty Halloween 2015

In a few days it will be Halloween and what better way is there than celebrating with Hello Kitty and her friends. Sanrio‘s cute cat will star a big Halloween event at Harmony Land in Japan. Looking at last year’s pictures, the party with the kawaii characters will be great fun with amazing live stage performances, dance and music. To get into the mood for the spooky celebrations you can already choose a funny Halloween costume using Sanrio’s Chanrio Maker to dress your digital characters after uploading photos or creating your avatar online. In addition, for those who simply cannot wait for their Halloween candy, we found this Tokyo bakery, which sells adorable Halloween cakes with Hello Kitty and My Melody designs. We say “trick or treat“.

Hello Kitty celebrates Halloween 2015 with costumes, parties and cake.

Hello Kitty celebrates Halloween 2015 with costumes, parties and cake.

The colorful Halloween party at Harmony Land promises to enchant all Hello Kitty fans.

The colorful Halloween party at Harmony Land promises to enchant all Hello Kitty fans.

This cute Hello Kitty Halloween cake is surely the sweetest pumpkin of the year.

This cute Hello Kitty Halloween cake is surely the sweetest pumpkin of the year.

Get into the right mood for Halloween and choose from many funny costumes.

Get into the right mood for Halloween and choose from many funny costumes.

Last year's a Halloween party decoration included amazing illuminations.

Last year’s a Halloween party decoration included amazing illuminations.

Visitors can enjoy fun live stage performances, dance and music.

Visitors can enjoy fun live stage performances, dance and music.

Hello Kitty on stage in a cute pumpkin costume.

Hello Kitty on stage in a cute pumpkin costume.

funny Hello Kitty Halloween stickers with gold metallic by Kamio from Japan

funny Hello Kitty Halloween stickers with gold metallic by Kamio from Japan

funny black Halloween pumpkin card holder figurine from Japan

funny black Halloween pumpkin card holder figurine from Japan

Hello Kitty in Wonderland Art & Exhibition

This weekend Sanrio opened an exhibition called Hello Kitty Wonderland in Nagoya, Japan. Apart from funny optical illusions and a card game maze, the event location delights with lots of cute Alice in Wonderland inspired Hello Kitty art, created by the woman behind the cat, Japanese character designer and illustrator Yuko Yamaguchi. Just like the white bunny designs, the kawaii art of earlier successful Hello Kitty exhibitions show her strong influence on Sanrio’s most famous character, as seen in her lovely strawberry designs. We are sure Hello Kitty is in very good hands and can’t wait for her next cute creations.

An Alice in Wonderland inspired Hello Kitty Wonderland exhibition opened in Japan.

An Alice in Wonderland inspired Hello Kitty Wonderland exhibition opened in Japan.

In wonderland Hello Kitty is transformed into a white bunny.

In wonderland Hello Kitty is transformed into an adorable white bunny.

At the event venue Hello Kitty Alice greets the arriving visitors.

At the event venue Hello Kitty Alice greets the arriving visitors.

The card game maze attracts young and old for an amazing time.

The card game maze attracts young and old, who are in for an amazing time.

This awesome optical illusion casts a cute Hello Kitty shadow. Or is it?

This awesome optical illusion casts a cute Hello Kitty shadow. Or is it?

Hello Kitty Art has become a successful event series throughout Japan.

Hello Kitty Art has become a successful event series throughout Japan.

The woman behind the cat. Third appointed Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi and her protegee.

The woman behind the cat. Third appointed Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi and her protegee.

One of the earlier exhibitions with cute fruit artworks turned Hello Kitty into a strawberry.

One of the earlier exhibitions with cute fruit artworks turned Hello Kitty into a strawberry.

Colorful Hello Kitty sculptures at the exhibition 'Hello Kitty Art'.

Colorful Hello Kitty sculptures at the exhibition ‘Hello Kitty Art’.

double border Little Twin Stars Alice in Wonderland Sanrio oxford fabric pink

double border Little Twin Stars Alice in Wonderland Sanrio oxford fabric pink

double border Little Twin Stars Alice in Wonderland Sanrio oxford fabric Japan

double border Little Twin Stars Alice in Wonderland Sanrio oxford fabric Japan

cute pink white Alice in Wonderland pencil case from Japan

cute pink white Alice in Wonderland pencil case from Japan

white Hello Kitty Smile oxford fabric garden tulip flower by Sanrio from Japan

white Hello Kitty Smile oxford fabric garden tulip flower by Sanrio from Japan

Hello Kitty waffle pink bow squishy charm

Hello Kitty waffle pink bow squishy charm

Chanrio Maker: Design your personal Sanrio character

Have you ever wanted to enter the world of Sanrio? Now might be your chance. With the new Chanrio Maker you can create your own digital character to meet Hello Kitty and My Melody.

In order to design your own cute Sanrio avatar you can upload photos, customize your style and choose from many colorful outfits, costumes and accessories.

Once you are happy with your own Chanrio, just name and download your character as a png file. In addition you can get a Chanrio Card printed with your character that allows you to get discounts at Puroland, Sanrio’s theme park in Tama New Town, Tokyo. We have tried it out and already feel a bit closer to our favorite characters.

With the Chanrio Maker you can design your personal Sanrio character.

With the Chanrio Maker you can design your personal Sanrio character.

You can choose from many outfits and costumes that fit your style.

You can choose from many outfits and costumes that fit your style.

You can also choose many Sanrio accessories to accompany your avatar.

You can also choose many Sanrio accessories to accompany your avatar.

Our Chanrio and her cute Sanrio friends make a great team. What do you think?

Our Chanrio and her cute Sanrio friends make a great team. What do you think?

white Hello Kitty Smile oxford fabric garden tulip flower by Sanrio from Japan

white Hello Kitty Smile oxford fabric garden tulip flower by Sanrio from Japan

Sanrio birthday cake Re-Ment miniature blind box Hello Kitty Little Twin Stars

Sanrio birthday cake Re-Ment miniature blind box Hello Kitty Little Twin Stars

Hello Kitty Fashion at Supercute Friendship Festival USA

Hello Kitty fans with a passion for high fashion will be amazed by Sanrio’s extravagant designer dresses. The kawaii apparel creations are part of this years Supercute Friendship Festival. The little white cat and her friends and are currently touring the United States in a bright extravaganza with dance and music. Part of the show are live stage performances, fun exhibits like a Hello Kitty movie theater and a festival merchandise shop. The dresses featuring the cute Sanrio characters would definitely make great Halloween costumes, although they don’t seem to be for sale. However, fans can visit the final festival event on August 22nd and 23rd in Phoenix Arizona and enjoy superb fashion styles whit Hello Kitty on a truly cute ‘cat walk’.

An amazing Hello Kitty dress made with hundreds of red ribbons.

An amazing Hello Kitty dress made with hundreds of red ribbons.

Hello Kitty has never looked more beautiful. The dress really expresses her character.

Hello Kitty has never looked more beautiful. The dress really expresses her character.

A pink funky interpretation of My Melody with a stunning wig.

A funky pink interpretation of My Melody with a stunning wig.

A pretty My Melody dress with flower dress for the summer.

A pretty My Melody dress with flowers for the summer.

A cool Badtz-Maru penguin dress with feathers. Looking quite mischievous.

A cool Badtz-Maru penguin dress with feathers. Looking quite mischievous.

The designs represent the Sanrio characters, while not looking like costumes.

The designs represent the Sanrio characters, while not looking like costumes.

All the cuts have a very classy touch, like this Purin princess dress.

All the cuts have a very classy touch, like this Purin princess dress.

Frog green hair and a funny Keroppi sequins dress.

Frog green hair and a funny Keroppi sequins dress.

Of course Hello Kitty takes part in the dance and fashion shows.

Of course Hello Kitty takes part in the dance and fashion shows.

Visitors can get kawaii temporary tattoos with their favorite Sanrio characters.

Visitors can get kawaii temporary tattoos of their favorite Sanrio characters.

This cute kitten in a cup is part of a bigger exhibition with a lot of art work and funny  movies.

This cute kitten in a cup is part of a bigger exhibition with a lot of art work and funny movies.

We are not sure which size these Hello Kitty slippers are, but maybe they could also be used as a bed.

We are not sure which size these Hello Kitty slippers are, but maybe they could also be used as a bed.

Hello Kitty on stage. Ready to rock with all her friends.

Hello Kitty on stage. Ready to rock with all her friends.

 

red Hello Kitty oxford fabric chef soup apple by Sanrio from Japan

red Hello Kitty oxford fabric chef soup apple by Sanrio from Japan

Hello Kitty waffle pink bow squishy charm

Hello Kitty waffle pink bow squishy charm

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