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Chinese New Year greeting from Lula101

Chinese-New-Year (1)It’s Chinese New Year, the most festive holiday season across Asia Pacific!

Also known as Spring Festival, it is marked by the ancient lunar calendar; therefore, the date changes from year to year. Each Chinese New Year is characterized by one of twelve animals within the Chinese zodiac. 2016, the Year of the Monkey, is the ninth animal in the cycle. If you are not quit sure if you are the “Golden Monkey” Here are the birth years: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, and 1968. 

IMG_2001_blog2During the new year holidays, it is an opportunity to restart with a “new beginning”, which you can go forward and leave all of your old worries and fears behind.

For centuries, Chinese culture has celebrated hopes, wishes and dreams with the releases of Sky Lanterns. This beautiful tradition illuminates the night sky, proving to everyone that light can always be found during dark times. As majestic glows decorate the heavenly skyline, our prayers for longevity and prosperity also outlines a fantastic new year ahead.

Thai LanternsAs the leading pioneer in Asian-Pacific distribution of celebrated American original brands, Lula101 provides the coolest apparel and accessories brands to Asian markets: Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, Korea, Hong kong, Indonesia, Malysia, Japan, Singapore!! Fans across Asia Pacific can experience the best American original brands and latest lifestyle trends through our excellent SERVICE, STYLES and SMILES

Celebrate the Chinese New Year and the year of Monkey with Lula101,  along with your favorite brands: Benny Gold, Black Scale, Civil Regime, Crooks and Castle, Denik, Dope, Golden Denim, Fairplay, Melin, Mishka, Odd Future, Publish, Rastaclat, Rebel8, Reshoevn8r, Richer Poorer, Tavik, The Hundreds, Thrasher and Primitive!

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May the new Golden Monkey year brings you wisdom, courage and health. Please keep connect with us from the start of this exciting year! 

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Season of HOPES: Wear it loud, Wear it proud.

Month of November is a season to reflect and appreciate. At LULA101,  it is an opportunity to celebrate the founding inspirations behind each lifestyle brands, and appreciate the prosperous partnerships began with simple dreams and big HOPES.

One of the vibrant lifestyle force had swept worldwide fans of their feet is the Rastaclat® handmade shoelace bracelet brand. The energy preaches on positive vibration and the inspiration was founded in Long Beach, CA. It is rooted by sports, art, music and street culture.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe humble story of the shoelace bracelet start when Daniel Kasidi was a skilled high school skateboarder, with overload of skateboard sneakers sponsored by vendors. He was wondering how to use all of the inventories, and then one day he’d made a bracelet for himself out of the sneaker shoelaces. The creativity soon became a popular trend among friends and on the school grounds. The homemade bracelets became so desired that he started running a small enterprise on campus.

With each bracelet he shared,  Daniel K. discovered, that people shared their personal stories of joy and inspiration with him. He saw the positive vibrations being spread around and realized that a simple creation can come from inspirations that we can all discover in our everyday lives. Little had he knew, Daniel K. started Rastaclat® before he ever had a brand name nor a company vision.

tmQMN1d0WVbxRDL8ENllY23aOVeSxb_p4_jCq6r9DSwRastaclat® is committed to Spread Positive Vibrations and encourage individual style with freedom of self expression. The logo is made up of the prestigious lion head with black and gold color features symbolize the core brand DNA: confidence, independence, leadership and encouragement to continuously innovate.

Rastaclat® represents the cloth of the righteous – an internal commitment to do good and understand the energies we put out into the world define us.

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From mom & pop skate shops, streetwear and sneaker boutiques, Rastaclat® fans have embraced the movement of #CLATLIFE since 2010 across the United States. Today, the positive vibration is celebrated over 31 countries with outstanding international fan-base.

With nearly 15 years of expertise in regional trends and merchandise placement, LULA101 has held a distinctive niche in encompassing celebrated American original and designer brands, collections and accessories to the ever-expanding Asian-Pacific market places. Through LULA101‘s complete streamline solution, the Rastaclat® brand is available in Taiwan, Philippians, Hong Kong and continue to experience steady growth since 2013.

The partnership also traveled Daniel K through couple Asia-Pacific tours, with the first-hand opportunity to establish exclusive dialog with local fans and participate in regional festivities. Each trip brought Daniel K. closer to the unique culture and experience the lifestyle trends. The impact had strengthen the regional grassroots following, and expand to various of market opportunities for the Rastaclat® brand.

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Started in Long Beach, Rastaclat® is now one of the feature brands been embraced at the premium HOPES fashion retail platform in Ximending (Taipei City) – the trendsetting fashion district of Taiwan. With an inviting floor plan and inventive decor, HOPES store is an established fashion stage with big spotlight and vibrant energy. It is a regional popular destination, and an exclusive venue to experience the latest American original collections.

In November, as the HOPES store is celebrating its first Anniversary with friends and partners around the world, Rastaclat® was one of the first to extend its warmest wishes and strongest support for more prosperous years to come via social media.

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November is a season to reflect and appreciate,  LULA101, Regain International and HOPES Taiwan want to express the sincere appreciation to Daniel K. and the Rastaclat® family for the continuous support and genuine partnership.

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Season of HOPES: Anniversary of An Awaking Dream

HOPE PIC ONE“Hope is Waking Dream.” – Aristotle

Dreams vary in size, scope and intensity. Some may be shared, and perhaps others are best kept secret. But we’re talking about HOPES here, so we can happily share our big dreams, and hopes, with you.

The dream of HOPES began in founder Sherry Lu’s mind before she ever made her first HOPES store a reality in the working class city of Gardena in Southern California shortly after we entered a new millennium. Well, we survived Y2K, and the dreams kept growing. While that first HOPES was nothing in comparison to today’s incredible Taipei showcase store, it marked the beginning of good things becoming great things, and an understanding that with vision, hard work and a “We Can Do It!” spirit, dreams do come true.Gardena-Hopes-1024x671Growing up in Taiwan in a family with little money, Sherry decided early on that she could do things differently. And although her parents would have agreed that out of many kids, this one was indeed different, they didn’t think at the time it was a good thing. Today, even her parents realize that Sherry’s uniqueness is what led to her success.

Sherry had big ideas, and a big love for American culture.  From old western movies, to English radio programs, she seized each moment possible to hone her English-speaking skills – even trying it out on unsuspecting American teen Mormon boys who were in Taiwan on their religious missions. Today, she wonders if these boys ever traded in their dark suits and white dress shirts for something a little more stylish, like graffiti-inspired streetwear.

She continued to hone her business and language skills, including picking up a conversational knowledge of Japanese. At the same time, she also developed her passion for U.S. fashion and lifestyle brands, and HOPES U.S.A. was soon born.

Beginning with that little boutique in Garden Grove, to thinking bigger and creating LULA 101, today the waking dream is reality, and HOPES Taiwan is the place in trendsetting Ximending to experience the latest in American youth-oriented fashion. The combination of popular and emerging brands are inspired from skateboarding and graffiti to tattoos, music and art. Launched in 2014, HOPES gives Taiwan’s style setters a reason to smile. And the best is yet to come.8OkcK_a6Q9XRKuUfX7mq9GBqHrw6RxfXKcSs8ZEopTkWith an innovative layout and inventive décor, HOPES has unprecedented leverage within the international distribution pipeline. The flagship store is an exclusive venue to showcase the latest American original collections, and on November 12, 2015, HOPES Taiwan its one-year anniversary to celebrate inspirations and the valued partnerships that made the dream real.

Please join us!

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Season of HOPES: Lower Class Royalty

Month of November is a season to reflect and appreciate. At LULA101,  it is an opportunity to celebrate the founding inspirations behind each lifestyle brands, and appreciate the prosperous partnerships began with simple dreams and big HOPES.

One of the longest partner brands had started the journey with LULA101 since the beginning, was the trend-setting iconic lifestyle brand – REBEL8. Founded in Bay area and now home-based in the City of Angels, the story is legendary and classic of its own.  IMG_3493

Started with nothing more than $500 dollars and a prayer, the REBEL8 brand began its humble chapter in 2003 from Josh D.’s bedroom. Not by choice nor design, the inaugural t-shirts were an “friends and family” exclusive and the money from the first sales went directly right back into print more shirts. Nothing came easy, REBEL8 took one-step at a time and flourish as one of the celebrated American original brands in the past decade.

As the “8 movement” continues to spread, it took a major leap over the Pacific in 2006.

With nearly 15 years of expertise in regional trends and merchandise placement, LULA101 has held a distinctive niche in encompassing celebrated American original and designer brands, collections and accessories to the ever-expanding Asian-Pacific market places. Through LULA101‘s complete streamline solution, the REBEL8 brand is available in 10 Asian countries, and continue to experience steady growth.

The partnership also traveled Joshy D. through two Asia-Pacific tours, with the first-hand opportunity to establish exclusive dialog with local fans and participate in regional festivities. Each trip brought Joshy D. closer to the unique culture and experience the lifestyle trends. The impact had strengthen the regional grassroots following, and expand to various of market opportunities for the REBEL8 brand.

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Started in San Francisco, REBEL8 is now one of the feature brands been embraced at the premium HOPES fashion retail platform in Ximending (Taipei City) – the trendsetting fashion district of Taiwan. With an inviting floor plan and inventive decor, HOPES store is an established fashion stage with big spotlight and vibrant energy. It is a regional popular destination, and an exclusive venue to experience the latest American original collections.

In November, as the HOPES store is celebrating its first Anniversary with friends and partners around the world, the REBEL8 brand was the first to extend its warmest wishes and strongest support for more prosperous years to come.

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November is a season to reflect and appreciate,  LULA101, Regain International and HOPES Taiwan want to express the sincere appreciation to Joshy D. and the REBEL8 brand for the continuous support and genuine partnership.

Check out this exclusive interview to learn more about REBEL8 brand story from Joshy himself!!

Celebrate 45 years of Sesame Street with MISHKA!

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МИШКА X Sesame Street = a timeless collaboration with sweetest childhood memories been stretched to the wildest nightmare! Take a trip down the memory lane and join the celebration of Sesame Street 45th Anniversary in style!

What happen when Big Bird is infected by MISHKA Fever?

Have you seen Cookie Monster gone MISHKA mad?

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On the spookiest day of the year, Halloween 2015, the launch of this collection served as the best treat for fans around the world. LULA101 was proud to present this limited МИШКА X Sesame Street capsule collection across Asia-Pacific. Joined by its regional partner in Japan, the MISHKA fever can be sighted and documented through major cities such as: Tokyo, Taipei, Bangkok and Hong Kong. Utilizing social media hashtags: “#MISHKAXSESAMESTREET” and “#I❤MISHKA” fans around the world can join the spook and creep adventure.

Where Your Weird? Wear Your Weird!

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The MISHKA brand is committed to the movement of thinking outside of the box and destroying the ‘norm’! This collection is everything but normal, the spooky twist associated with childhood innocence is only something that a brand engineered to destroy can do!

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Join Lula101 and MISHKA and lets reminisce the good old days!  MISHKA x Sesame Collection available in Tokyo, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Bangkok. If you have not get your own favorite item from this collection, all you need is to wait for another 45 years!

For more updates follow @mishkatokyo @mishka_taiwan @regaintw @regainhk @sinshoptahiland on Instagram!

Coming To South Asia, here is “THE HUNDREDS”

THE HUNDREDS is coming to the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand! 

THE HUNDREDS is the world’s first social merchandising company, and LULA is proud to announce the exclusive partnership with this Southern Californian lifestyle phenom in Southeast Asia!

Inspired by LA’s skateboarding, surf, punk, and hip-hop cultures, THE HUNDREDS crafts popular apparels in graphic t-shirts, denim, wovens, fleece, outerwear, headwear, eyewear and out-of-this-world accessories. THE HUNDREDS is a lifestyle project that remains personal and direct with its fans. It vows to be reflective of the community and culture, with full commitment to its fanbase.

THE HUNDREDS is HUGE, and the wait is over!

Major cities through Southeast Asia, will join this exclusive club along with:  Fairfax District of Los Angeles, Union Square of San Francisco, SoHo of New York, and Santa Monica of SoCal to experience the latest LA lifestyle trends!

Check out THE HUNDREDS archives on LULA speaks.

Pestle & Mortar Clothing from Malaysia

Pestle & Mortar Clothing, an awesome Malaysian brand, was established in 2010 showing us their personal lifestyles, culture, and homeland. They are designing products through their eyes for both genders to define what they see, who they are, and where they come from. If you are from South East Asia, we are sure you will find familiarity with Pestle & Mortar Clothing products.

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It has only been five years since Pestle & Mortar started to build up their brand locally; now their production has become huge, not only for home based territory, but also as international business. Pestle & Mortar Clothing is truly proud of the quality they produce that encourages you to be more stylish and provides you plenty of comfort.

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One of Lula’s friendly retailers, MAJOR DROP, owns Pestle & Mortar and opened a flagship store in Kuala Lumpur who purchases some brands items such as ACAPULCO GOLD, BENNY GOLDCIVIL, CLSC, CROOKS&CASTLES, DOPE, PUBLISH, and REBEL8 from Lula.

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They are producing a fashion mini magazine (for free!) spotlighting music, art, street wear brands and retailers whom Lula works with. This magazine called THE DECK is waiting for you at the local stores in Malaysia.

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Pestle & Mortar Clothing states loud and proud, “We want to show the world what Malaysia is capable of.” Contact us if you’d like to request a free copy of The Deck magazine.

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Rastaclat Retailer Spotlight : HOPES

Lula owned streewear store –  HOPES – had it’s grand opening back in Nov 2014, owned by Sherry Lu who is deeply involved and inspired by the positive American culture.

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HOPES carries the coolest apparel and accessories brands that representing art, fashion, street culture and action sports, including Rastaclat. Rastaclat yield great pride in its hand made accessories and uncompromisable quality designed in the United States of America.

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Sherry, the founder of Lula 101 and HOPES, was featured in Rastaclat blog, and here are some highlights from the interview:

What differentiates your shop from the rest?
External look: Original U.S. style
Internal concept: Focus on promoting positive American culture

What is your favorite cereal?
Honey Nut Cheerios
What does your dream outfit grid consist of?
Madewell dress, Tory Burch scarf, Rastaclat myth bracelet, Ugg boots
Best and worst trends of the moment?
Best trend of the moment: Internet/technology is rapidly progressing everyday that will change the world.
Worst trends of the moment: Internet/technology is progressing so rapidly that people can’t live without it, andI’m afraid we won’t be able catch up with one another personally or be able to disconnect.

You can learn more about this from the Rastaclat blog.

If you are in the neighborhood, check out Hopes at 4F, No. 77, Sec. 2, WuChang St., Taipei, Taiwan (Eslite Department store WuChang branch)  Follow Hopes on Instagram.

The infinite artistic possibility: Xaime Hernandez for Stussy

In addition to Jon Naar, Stussy’s artist series this fall also includes Xaime Hernandez aka Jaime Hernandez. He is the co creator of the comic LOVE& ROCKETS. Xaime’s projects also include WHO, NELLIE!, PENNY CENTRUY AND MAGGIE AND HOPEY COLOR FUN.

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Xaime designed 4 different styles for the Stussy T shirts each with 4 different colors. The comic designs give T shirts a special look- Xaime incorporated Stussy in to each of the T shirts design as the characters are yelling “Stussy” out: they’re singing with tears, rockin’ it from death, yelling it out loud with passion and just saying it carelessly.

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Each designs bring out the brand name with a different character, and of course, a fresh look for the T shirts. Don’t get it? well…

…And T shirts also have the infinite comic artistic possibility.

we’re sure Xaime feels the same way.
Do check out Stussy for Xaime’s great comic desgins.

除了之前提到的攝影師Jon Naar 以外, Stussy 今年秋天的artist 系列T 恤的另一位藝術家是知名漫畫加Xaime Hernandez。Xaime 最有名的作品是LOVE&ROCKETS, 他特有的漫畫風格帶給Stussy T恤不一樣的新感受。他為stussy所設計的4件漫畫作品將印製在T恤上,漫畫人物分別以不同的方式呼喊「stussy」。請至stussy網站查詢。

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