A skillful carpenter in southern China has wowed netizens after making a pair of “Chanel” heels out of bamboos.
In a video filmed on Aug. 26, the carpenter, known only by Yang, is seen collecting two bamboo branches to create his version of high heels from the luxury label.
The Chinese take-out box is a culinary icon. Easily recognized by its simple white folds and red font, the box has become a mainstay of Chinese-American culture, as many traditions are passed on through our stomachs. To some, it is a symbol of delectable morsels; to others, like myself, it brings thoughts of comfort with familiar foods and faces. With such a big cultural presence, it is no surprise that the Chinese take-out box has served as a muse to many fashion designers; however, what may be troubling is what the box means exactly to these designers.
This past September, the Chinese take-out box made headlines when the Jenner sisters released a handbag in the likeness of the box which read “KK Express #3”, supposedly modeled after an imaginary Chinese restaurant. The bag caused an uproar, as many were upset and quick to call out the Jenners for cultural appropriation — of which they have a lengthy record. What some may have missed is that the box has been previously used by other big name designers, such as Kate Spade and Chanel. Kate Spade released their “hello shanghai cruz” purse in 2014 as part of their collection of “wanderlust” pieces. The purse is described on Kate Spade’s product page as, “whimsical crossbody–for a whole new collection of globetrotting pieces that are sure to spark a smile (and a desire to travel colorfully)”. Similarly, Chanel sold a take-out box purse in 2010 as part of their Shanghai collection. Clearly, the box is a symbol of Shanghai and China to these White designers, but what may come as a shock is that the take-out box is not found in China at all.
On June 27th, Chanel released their latest ad campaign with brand ambassador G-Dragon (Birth name: Kwon Ji-Yong).
Pure art, right?
A woman who casually strolled into a store in Thailand and stole a Chanel bag has recently gone viral after a video and clear photos of the incident emerged online. After being shamed on social media, the thief returned to the store and surrendered the bag, Matichon reported (via Coconuts Bangkok).
The surveillance camera footage, uploaded by shop owner Natthapat Moongwattanasanti, showed a lady stealing the expensive item from a shop at Central Westgate. The store sells several authentic luxury bags and other fashion items from top international brands.
China loves Chanel. It has the highest brand awareness among wealthy Chinese, far ahead of Dior, Hermes, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Chanel is also the most-purchased luxury brand by legions of rich Chinese, according to a study by Bomoda, a research firm that focuses on Chinese consumers.
The report was derived from a survey of 2,268 luxury Chinese consumers who had on average either purchased or received at least two luxury-branded items in the last year.