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Season of HOPES: Change the world with ART

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.denik bundleThe 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.

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denik school4In 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.SBCUSTOM-Hopes_75sheet-copyIn 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.

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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.

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Season of HOPES – Experience The California Luxury

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.

Since the dawn of this millennium, LULA101 has been providing the coolest apparel and accessories brands to Asian markets. As the time evolves throughout the years, LULA101 had successfully supported numerous original designer brands from the development stage, to maturity phase and achieved full celebration. Some may needs tons of work on introductions, for some, names tag is not a necessity. Some may want to be embraced by the masses, for some, the exclusive clientele is the pristine focus.

The vision is culminating, the product is captivating and the style is trend-leading, LULA101 is excited for the latest brand partner, The MELIN Brand, as it has created the new category of luxury head wear for the hardest working individuals in the world. Melin1

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The MELIN Brand stems from the word “milliner”.

Dating back several centuries ago, if you wanted a custom suit, you’d go see the tailor. If you wanted to a custom hat made, you’d go see the local milliner. The MELIN Brand inherited such hardworking root and inspiration, developed a whole new spin with their own definitions for the new era: dedication, persistence and achievement.

melinHopeszd4The MELIN Brand produces the best-crafted, finest quality and most prestigious hats on the contemporary lifestyle market. By creating snapbacks incorporating the world’s most premium fabrics, proprietary moisture-wicking interior linings The MELIN Brand is set to create top-tier class of following. The main niche is on details, unparalleled design, style, and innovation.

Speaking on premium fabrics, The MELIN Brand collections are made up of some of the world’s finest materials, including: imported Italian cashmere, drum dyed lamb Napa leather, silky pig suede, and the most elite hats of the brand even feature genuine stingray leather and even diamonds.

Wearing the The MELIN Brand is an experience, it not for everybody…This is earned.

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Founded in Southern California in 2012, The MELIN Brand already took premium social class by the storm. From professional skateboard sensation – Ryan Sheckler, Hollywood movie star – Josh Duhamel and NBA basketball super star –  Dwyane Wade, all have been spotted with the top grain snap-back with pristine demonstration on popular fashion and utmost class.

With nearly 15 years of expertise in regional trends and luxury merchandise placement, LULA101 has held a distinctive niche in encompassing celebrated American original and designer brands, premium collections and quality accessories to the ever-expanding Asian-Pacific market places. Through LULA101‘s complete streamline solution, the The MELIN Brand is now available in Taiwan, and continue to experience steady growth across Southeast Asia.

jj14Started in South Orange County,  The MELIN Brand is now set to its glamour debut 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 The MELIN Brand was eager to extend its warmest wishes and strongest support for more prosperous years to come.melinbrNovember is a season to reflect and appreciate,  LULA101, Regain International and HOPES Taiwan want to express the sincere appreciation to Corey R.Brian M. and The MELIN Brand for the continuous support and genuine partnership.

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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: Where Is Your Weird

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.

”born in Brooklyn, raised in Hell” since 2003, МИШКА is the lifestyle brand redefines the standard of popular value and challenges the qualification of norm. МИШКА is the brand celebrates the strangeness of the world, and bucks the exclusionary measures that have plagued anything labeled as “cool.” Anybody who has a passion for the unusual, divergent and strange will find a connection to МИШКА universe and its culture.

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The humble beginning started as a print shop for cool t-shirts. In the past 12 years МИШКА has evolved into a popular alternative culture, and street trend that takes inspiration from 70s dark movies, horror comics books, hip hop, graffiti art and punk rock.

As the “МИШКА Fever” continues to spread, it began its infection across the Asia Pacific in 2004 and took regional fan base by the storm.

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 МИШКА brand is available in 10 Asian countries, and continue to experience steady growth.

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Through solid partnership and popular demand, the master minds behind МИШКА, Mikhail B. and Greg R., had conducted three Asia-Pacific tours in the past decade. Participated from regional events like “weird” pop-up shop, street sporting events to live artistic demonstrations, each tour provided first-hand opportunity to experience the local lifestyle trends and engage with regional grassroots following.

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The brand was found in Brooklyn, МИШКА stores are now located in four international cities: Brooklyn, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Tokyo. Joined this exclusive club, МИШКА is one of the feature brands been embraced at the premium HOPES fashion retail platform in Ximending (Taipei City) – the trendsetting fashion district of Taiwan.

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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 МИШКА brand was one of the front runners eager 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 their sincere appreciation to Mikhail B., Greg R. and the МИШКА brand for their continuous support and genuine partnership.

Check out this exclusive interview to learn more about МИШКА brand story from Greg R.  himself!!

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!!

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Clear Weather Brand Shop- In- Shop in Taipei

HOPES, our fashion-forward retail store in Taiwan, has teamed up with premium footwear brand, Clear Weather, a lifestyle footwear brand independently owned and operated by brothers Josh and Brandon Brubaker, for an exciting shop-in-shop. This special happening, which takes place only in July, connects to the official launch of Clear Weather in Taiwan.

The unique set-up in HOPES for Clear Weather combines a modern and fresh look in a setting that highlights the brand’s story. From the store’s displays and graphics to its art and product presentations, HOPES’s shop-in-shop is the perfect setting for you to experience how Clear Weather shoes can ramp up your style profile!

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Clear Weather’s online presence is progressively increasing and is said to be the next new thing. Celebrities, taste makers, bloggers, etc. are all big fans of this new brand. Clear Weather has been featured on BANG! and COOL magazines, and e-Zine like Juksy, Overdope, Masterhands, Keedan and Mixfit.

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11659382_422056981312299_1591092740509830188_nIf you’re lucky enough to be in Taiwan, then go check out the new shop- in shop while you can! Clear Weather Brand Taiwan Location: 4Fl., No. 77, Section 2, Wuchang St, Wanhua District, Taipei 108, Taiwan

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Taiwanderings with Publish

This episode of “Taiwanderings” features Publish Brand, the innovative creator of “Jogger Pants” and one of LULA’s great friends. The Publish team toured Taipei, Taiwan during their Asia trip last April, with LULA 101 serving as their host and tour guide. While out and about, the Publish crew was treated to the amazing sights and sounds of Taipei, including its night markets (offering stinky tofu and unknown meat products), crazy cafes, shopping districts and nightclubs complete with top DJs and, of course, hot go-go girls.

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Since this was also a business trip, Publish was also here to visit key retailers like Phantaci and the Prime Store. Drawing attention wherever they visited, Publish was interviewed by the media, including KEEDAN and MILK magazines (see the full interview here:)

 

In just two short days, the Publish crew had a phenomenal time during their stay in Taipei. They tried different foods, met exciting new people, and found new inspiration for the brand in a city half a world away from their headquarters in coastal Southern California. The Lula 101 crew had big fun hosting Publish in Taipei, and we look forward to sharing more adventures with them soon!

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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.

TAIWANDERINGS WITH CLSC

Josh’s first ever pop-up shop is located in a country he has never been to before – Taiwan. See what he thinks about this journey, and what happened on the event day. Also see how he wandered around in the city of Taipei, and trying new, cool, or even bizarre food.

1st Day
Josh’s journey started from wandering around Taipei city(in the morning. After a series of interviews in the afternoon, he made it to some of the famous spots such as Long-Shan Temple ”龍山寺”, Wan-Hua Sector ”萬華區”, and Hua-Xi Street ”華西街” a.k.a. Snake Alley.  He had a great experience and a big culture shock with Taiwanese culture and foods on the very first day.

2nd Day
This is the day when all the events will be unleashed. And Josh finally visited his very first pop-up shop.

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When Josh first stepped into the store, he was greeted by the CLSC’s theme decor filled with their signature red and “world map” pattern design.   We invited “IP Lockers” to perform “Locking” as a starter, following by a quick interview and social party (special thanks to Heineken!). We also have a CLSC backdrop which allow selfie lovers to preserve this precious memory forever.

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Josh decided to shoot lookbook photos in Ximending “西門町”, which is most of the young people’s favorite location. Ximending Station Exit #6 is the busiest area in Ximending, and that’s exactly where we started our shooting. The main purpose of this was to create some local contents. Josh was surrounded by a lot of people and we’re wondering what he was doing.

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Cruising through the city, Josh headed to the Skate Park with some cool graffiti paintings to do more lookbook shooting.

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4th day
On the last day of his trip in Taiwan, we took him somewhere nice to visit. Tamsui “淡水” is the northern part of Taipei, an actual riverside town. Josh had a blast at the castle called Fort San Domingo ” 紅毛城” that was originally built by the Spanish in 1629. After this awesome trip in Tamsui, he enjoyed Shinlin night market “士林夜市”where all the good foods are served.

John visited Endless Sun (Xiao Mao) who is one of the most famous tattoo artist . He got  a cool tattoo “經典台灣” which means classic Taiwan!

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Not only for business, Josh had a nice trip to Taiwan for these 4 days. We hope we can have him again in Taiwan.