Thursday, April 7, 2016

Happy Travels!

Spring has finally sprung! If you're the adventurous type, you're probably already planning your next destination to explore. We are excited to introduce Edith! Our newest convertible fanny pack ideal for your next adventure (or just running around town managing your daily errands). Either way, this stylish compact fanny pack will keep all your essentials close to your side and handsfree! You can wear this bag in three ways: fanny pack, crossbody and/or clutch. It's really the only compact bag you will ever need for all your travels and beyond :) We also designed a matching slim wallet (coin pouch included) made for him and her! Visit our shop!
Enjoy springtime and happy travels!

Convertible fanny pack

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Mei Vintage + Bezar

Hi! It's already June and that means Summer fun is about to start!! We would like to share some exciting news from Mei Vintage! We're doing our first Pop-up Shop with Bezar.com, the Design Marketplace. We have lots of great handbags that will go on sale starting early Sunday, June 7th (that's tomorrow!!). You're invited so be sure to stop by and join through this link, and get $10 towards your first purchase!

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Thank you for supporting local designers and small businesses!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Art of Indigo Dye

April was the perfect month to take a trip  back to my motherland, Taiwan. It was low tourist season so it wasn't so crowded. The weather was in its  low 70s and a lot of my favorite tropical fruits like pineapple, star fruit, guava, dragon fruit, and papaya were all in its peak season! This trip took a bit of planning and I had a list of  things I must do and see while I'm there. One of the items on my list was to learn about the ancient art of indigo dying. I've heard about the indigo dying center through my mom's friend. This place was a hidden gem tucked away in a small historic town called Sanxia. It's a charming little town with small streets filled with shops selling nostalgic souvenirs, beautiful handcrafted ceramics and signature treats.

Sanxia

Sanxia was well known for its history as a dying center.  I spent a day there learning and testing natural tie dye techniques, which reflects the tradition of using indigo. To create the beautiful indigo blue dye, they extract  the color from local plant called goldfussia formosanus.

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In order for the indigo to release its dye molecule and attach itself to fibers and bond, excess oxygen must be removed from the molecule; this particular vat you see below used the chemical reaction between a mineral alkali and a natural reducing agent to do so (a process called reduction). The color inside the vat is more of a teal green than blue  and gives off a strong odor. The vat can be reused. However, every so often the vat needs to be rebalanced.

indigo vatTo get the deep shade of indigo, I had to squeeze out all of the water and dip the fabric and expose it to sunlight and air. Repeat this step process several times until the fabric turns deep blue. Let the pieces dry overnight before unwrapping the pieces. Below are some finish pieces using binding techniques (using pieces of wood and rubber bands) and pole wrapping techniques (scrunching and tightening all fabric). There are so many ways to experiment using these techniques and they are all unique and beautiful!
Indigo dye final pieces
I found few popular blogs from Design Spongefreepeople Blog, and Elle Fashion that have easy to follow instructions so you can experiment your own indigo dye project at the comfort of your own home, including easy Indigo Dye Kit you can purchase online. Enjoy and have fun! Have you tried indigo dyeing? If so,  please comment below and share some of your finished creation!

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Lookbook Sneak Peek

Spring is one of the best season for capturing the beauty of  our natural surroundings. Here are some advance preview of our latest lookbook photo shoot taken in Palos Verdes and some in the studio.  Thanks so much to talented Dylan Kronen, Mathilda Bernmark and our beautiful model Sasha Zimnitsky! It was a pleasure working with all of them and so excited to introduce our latest collection with everyone!

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Textures. Patterns. Oh My!

This is my first blog post of 2015! How exciting! One of my goals this year is to spend more time blogging and share my creative process with you! I always feel like doing something more with my pins to help me with my creative process so here you go! Lately, I've been obsessing over nature inspired prints (both organic and abstract) with minimalist and dreamlike interruptions using textures such as paint brush strokes, motifs, and watercolor patterns just to name a few.
Blog Prints
1/ Boro Asa, Textile  2/ Rikka Ayasaki "Twlight" painting 3/Ceil Touchon, Asemic Calligraphy 4/Lee Ufan "Line" painting 5/ Vintage Kimono, Unknown
I've recently added few new kimonos to my personal collection with various abstract patterns and made few samples that will be part of the upcoming 2015 collection.  I'm really happy with the way it turned out so you’re getting a sneak peak here! Stayed tuned, I'll be rolling out fresh designs in the beginning of 2015!
Cheers to an amazing new year! Thank you for your support and for being part of Mei Vintage! Wishing everyone peace, joy and much love! May all your dreams come true in 2015!
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

LA Holiday Market

This holiday show your love and support by shopping local! Skip the mall and shop from over 250+ designers at Unique USA in Downtown Los Angeles this weekend. You can still buy your tickets here. Stop by and say hello! I will be there at booth #T15 (across from DIY craft zone) with tons of great handbags for you to choose from! Thanks in advance for supporting creative small businesses! Hope to see you there!

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Some of my favorite things

I recently took time out to declutter my closet as I believe in keeping only quality, timeless, and unique items whenever possible. Spring is the time when I donate my old clothes and make room for new ones. This season, I'm in love with Lauren Moffatt's Plumeria quilted top dress and I think our new kimono clutch/crossbody in powder blue goes perfectly with it, as well as some of my other favorite finds. Spring is finally here! I can't wait to go outside and enjoy all the activities spring has to offer!

1. Plumeria quilted dress by Lauren Moffatt, $410
2. Kerfuffle nail lacquer by Butter, $15.00
3. Creamy coral pink lipstick by Anna Sui, $30.00
4. Kimono clutch in powder blue by Mei Vintage, $89.00
5. Narrow band by pollywales, $2,400
6. Fedora Hat by Barts Aveloz, $50.78
7. Volcano no.6 candle by Capri blue, $35.00