Stevio...LA LA Lovin' It?

I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Cool hunting in Taipei

Drop Stevio in a city, ANY CITY and I'm gonna hit it!

Coolhunting On this Taipei adventure I got to swing by the BAPE store at the end of my street; I checked out Summit that sells "Futura" (US), "Surrender All" (UK) and "WrongWroks" (Ca); I discovered 1001 store with the hype "RMC Martin Ksohoh" (Hong Kong); and Leftfoot (Singapore) was cool with its gallery events.

But, what of these merchandise meccas if the vibe isn't there? All the shop folks were professional and focused on making shopping the pastime of choice ;-) Fine by me! I love that the stores stayed open till ~9.30pm or later. Yep, I shopped till 10.30pm and then had dinner.

Overload There's so much energy in this city...go visit the boutiques, bars and restaurants in my neighborhood, or head over to Ximen and you'll get suffocated by the noise and sensory overload. Those stores and crowds reminded me of Harajuku, Tokyo.

Hip hop worldwide On my travels I found out about the Intermix graffiti art exhibition. It was organized by electronics company, Proton, and the Institut Francais de Taipei?! Why?

I met Kera working at the event (from San Jose?!) and she explained that the graff artists were chosen from Taiwan and France. Kinda cool. Still weird that a corporation is willing to support 'vandals' to reach the cool youth. I got myself an Intermix 2007 t-shirt in white as a souvenior. Yes, I know I don't *need* another t-shirt. Pah!

Hope you like the pics and videos.

(Psst! I hear the hot spot is the 24-hour bookstore. Hmmm. I never checked time. Seriously!)

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