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.
It’s never an easy task to start a business venture. The entrepreneurial spirit requires strong heart, solid demeanor and broad vision to achieve any levels of success. When an adventure is devoted for social missions and community values, this would require bigger heart, stronger determination and greater selflessness to truly make the differences. The good deeds give us greater returns in appreciation, fulfillment and achievement. LULA101 is proud to present the story of DENIK.The inspirational story of DENIK began with a few college pals from Utah State University, and it has been blossomed from a grassroots street team of book-slingers to creative artsy-ecletic masterminds. DENIK provides books to customers, corporations and clients across the globe. The mission is a simple one, and with a mighty heart: To sell art work and use portions of the proceeds to help build schools around the globe.
In 2015, DENIK has teamed up with hard working partners and roll-up their sleeves to make their dreams of building schools a reality. “The Denik Middle School” has opened its door in Zambougou, Mali. The safe heaven would empower the children of Mali by expending educational opportunities within their own communities. Before the tears of joy could dry off, DENIK team is already vowing for more schools to come, as this is just the beginning of a great mission!
Since the dawn of this millennium, LULA101 has been providing the coolest apparel and accessories brands to Asian markets. With distinctive niche in encompassing celebrated American original and designer brands, and collections to the ever-expanding market places, LULA101 is proud to stand by DENIK and serve as a global partner for the great cause.
The partnership offers collaborations for Asian market places, each special collection offers the fans to experience the artistic creativity and be part of this global community. Each project brought DENIK closer to the regional grassroots following, and expand to various of market opportunities for the brand.
Founded in the great state of Utah, DENIK is now one of the feature brands been embraced at the premium HOPES lifestyle 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 trendy 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, DENIK offered its warmest wishes and strongest support for more prosperous years to come.
In the wintry season to reflect and appreciate, LULA101, Regain International and HOPES Taiwan want to express the sincere appreciation to Tyler T. and the DENIK team for the continuous support and genuine partnership.
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.Growing 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.With 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.
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On June 1, Lula 101’s direct-owned retail store in Taipei, HOPES, will begin carrying the highly desired lokai Bracelet. This hugely popular bracelet is quickly becoming a must-have accessory as more celebrities and influencers are posting their “#livelokai” selfies on social media.
Carrying lokai in HOPES has great meaning to Sherry, the owner of HOPES store, on a personal level. Some of you may know her story (here and here), and the challenges she had to convert her “waking dream” into the American dream. Therefore, Sherry can really relate to what Steven Izen, the founder of lokai, said: “Life is full of joy and sadness, and we can all relate to its highs and lows. I hope that lokai will remind you to stay balanced and centered along your journey.”
The value behind the lokai bracelet is to encourage you to find your balance. The product expresses the best and worst conditions you might possibly encounter in life, represented in white and black beads. Water from Mt. Everest is embedded within in the white bead, while the black bead is infused with mud from the Dead Sea, and the rest is connected with the clear beads. This is to remind us that life is a circle, nothing is eternal – >stay humble when you’re on top of the world and remain hopeful when you hit its lows.
Because so many star personalities are participating in the “#livelokai” selfie on social media, people all over the world are taking notice of lokai. Not just for the valuable meaning behind it, but because of the positive action they’re taking as well. Furthermore, lokai donates 10% of the net profits that come from your purchase to a variety of charitable alliances.
Follow us, and you can join the circle of lokai and #livelokai!