Have been saving up on updates- here comes a whole series. We are doing new and different things.
For those who don’t know, Diamond Cab is a local barrier free taxi company that offers specialised transportation services to wheelchair users.
Diamond Sedan will be the second phase of Diamond Cab – they are now offering barrier free access to Hong Kong’s country parks. The disabled are usually precluded from these beautiful parks as the rugged terrain makes them impassible to wheelchairs. This is where the sedan chairs come in.
Everyone remembers sedan chairs as part of Hong Kong’s past – along with rickshaws they were HK’s proto-taxis. We’ve combined old school sedan chair know-how with modern materials and technology.
We started by interviewing an 80 year old former sedan chair bearer, Auntie Bao. Auntie Bao once made her living by carrying sedan chairs, with her friends, from Tung Chung to Tai O. That’s a 3 hour journey up and down hill!
Auntie Bao was able to explain how sedan chairs used to be made and out of what materials. She also told us about sedan chair carrying technique and attire. We've learned all about tradition and technique from her - now we're going to blend them with modern materials. Let's see what happens.
Hi all, it's been a while since we posted- feels nice to be back :) Happy CNY and all the best to everyone. We've been quiet for a reason- new things are happening here and we've actually been working... What could this mean for Handsome in the year of the Dragon? I don't know, but we'll soon see- I'm going to treat this as an adventure.
Meanwhile- here is a video which Shue Yan College students, Connie, Zoey and Kwan Kwan made about us making our lamps for Detour. Enjoy!
After a long month of product development and working closely with our seamstress, Kwan Tse, we have come up with a version of the taxi bag which we are very VERY happy with. The new version has a canvas interior and not 1, not 2, not, 3 but 5 pockets (if you count the exterior pocket). The lining is in the familiar bright red and proudly displays our 'Made in Kowloon' tag that was designed by Linda Huang.
We will be at the Mini Design Mart AND at Sandymama's studio this weekend, info on Sandymama to come:
Our Location; Do not be misled by 'Salvage Design Company' - that will have changed on the day:
The talk at the annual Hong Kong Book Fair went really well. A good crowd showed up and asked lots of great questions and we got a chance to rub shoulders with experts from the Poly U School of Design, CUHK Centre for Entrepreneurship as well as ECOLS eco store. Managed to hold my own in Cantonese for an hour and a half too.
We are taking part in a panel discussion on Upcycling and businesses that promote upcycling in Hong Kong- please come and support.
Venue: Meeting Room S425
Time: July.24 (Sat) 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Register for your free seat here (3rd event):
Got down to lots and lots of cutting over at the Handsome Bag Company (we like to call it 'the HSBC'). Design Mini Mart is coming! Must get to work - also purchased the most expensive pair of scissors I have ever encountered. These bad boys better last for the rest of my life!
We never imagined that the Taxi Bags would be such a hit and we are very grateful and overwhelmed by the positive response and encouragement- thank you!
The Taxi Bags are now available to order, please contact us for information (prices / 'fares' available on request). We will also be at various stores and events- in particular we will be at the Mini Design Mart from the 13th to the 15th of August . It would be fantastic to see you there.
Just picked up bag #3 on Thursday- big improvement! #3 was a surprise, I wondered how the material was being used up so fast and then I discovered that the ladies at the Women's Worker's Association had been experimenting with using the piping for the front pocket- only thing was they'd given up half way for some reason! I thought it looked great and asked them to finish the bag and this is the result:
The interview for Roadshow is out- as of last week this segment has been playing on buses all across Hong Kong- also, Chet Lam gets his bag on Friday. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=af2PQZTBNkQ
Just got this photo back from the folks at Roadshow who filmed a feature on Kevin Cheung's recycled amp/speaker/light and our taxi bag at the Jockey Club Creative Art Centre in Shek Kip Mei last week- it was very hot as you may be able to tell from all the sweat, but it was great. Chet Lam ordered a Taxi Bag!
The Handsome Bag Co. is pleased to be taking part in 'Carpet, Banner and Leather', an exhibition put together by the School of Design at Polytechnic University and the Community Museum Project. Lots of great work, so please come take a look- doors open on the 10th of June and it will go on till the 30th at the CC Wu Building 302-308 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai. Check out the flyer for more info.