This year I flew to Hong Kong but didn’t get to spend a lot of time in town. To be honest, I think I spent more or less 12 hours in town, just enough to do a quick visit to my favorite places and to catch up with the Obellery Jewellery team at the PMQ building.
If you missed the studio visit I did in 2014, go check them out here. They have a very cool studio and gallery, they do some amazing contemporary jewelry, they support local designers as well and teach jewelry classes. And they did pretty much everything around the studio as well (the mirrors, the benches, the jewelry… you get the point). And they said yes to my studio visit when I was just starting my blog, so I’m eternally thankful!
Since this time I didn’t planed to stay in Hong Kong, this was a surprise visit. Lucky me, Hugo and Belinda were there on a Sunday afternoon. Kody was on vacation and I got to meet the new member of their team, Wing Chan who does these amazing necklaces with old Hong Kong mail boxes. And I had only my phone with me, so these are all iPhone photos
Both Bel and Hugo were doing well and I learned that they are currently the finalists of Lane Crawford’s PLATFORM initiative, that helps to nurture and grow emerging talent. Basically they’re looking for emerging young entrepreneurs, brands and designers to pitch their product or their work for promotion in Lane Crawford stores across Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu and online. Obellery is currently a finalist and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they are selected to sell at the Lane Crawford stores (go Obellery team!)
I also asked Hugo about that ring he was doing last time I visited (approximately one year ago) and we all laughed cause it’s not finished yet. And the truth is, I don’t think it will ever be. He tells me it has evolved into other shapes and he’s coming up with new pieces based on geometric forms and angles. And bear in mind, all of this is fabricated.
As for Bel, she was working on some cool opal earrings and I got to see some of her new brooches and work. I also spotted her cool protection glasses, that looked pretty much like the sexy librarian style. She wouldn’t put them on for me (she knew I would post them on the blog), so there’s just this shot of the glasses. To be honest, I think I’m gonna buy a pair for me as well.
It was fun to catch up with the Obellery team and I promised that next time I would not rush and do a proper recap of their studio.
And because I know Hugo hates to take photos I asked for one, with the whole (available) team. So sad that had to be so quick, but it’s a promise, I’ll be back next year. Thanks Obellery team!