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Monday, September 21, 2009
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August 21st, 2009
Toy doctor Ambrose Lee will fix your vintage teddy bear or GI Joe up as good as new. He talks to June Ng about his love for toys, and why they are much more than just simple fun.
HK Magazine: How did you get into the toy doctor business?
Ambrose Lee: I’ve been a toy collector for a long time, and as such you come across damaged items from time to time. But unlike most electronics where you can buy replacement parts, it’s pretty difficult with vintage toys. That’s why you have to collect duplicates and non-collectable toys, so you can have spare parts. My collection just started spreading and by 1989 I opened my own shop. Then I started getting requests from people to save their beloved toys.
HK: So who are your clients?
AL: Mostly grown-ups. One time this bigwig company CEO brought me his pastel blue teddy bear to repair—you can imagine how poor the condition was since he’s been taking it to bed every night for the past 40 years or so. But this is his security blanket. And you know what, even if I’m an expert in repairing toys, I can’t take every case that comes to me—sometimes it is very time consuming. But if I can sense your sincerity, I can make exceptions.
HK: Your expertise is in toy bears. What got you interested in the fluffy toys in the first place?
AL: I first started to collect toys such as GI Joe, which has always been my favorite. But later on I was introduced to teddies and I was so overwhelmed by the craftsmanship, and the sheer number of varieties. They originated in Germany and as they spread around the world, they developed many different forms and styles—the ones from Germany have longer, more pointed noses. The UK noses are flatter. In truly handsome models, the stitches in the nose are perfectly seamed and symmetrical. Truly authentic teddies will have movable joints.
HK: Did you have many toys when you were a kid?
AL: I didn’t. I have five other siblings and I never had enough toys. But here’s something ironic: when I was young, I didn’t have many toys to play with, but when I grew up and began collecting toys I didn’t have time to play with them either because I ended up with too many. And now it has become my career so it’s definitely not for play anymore. In the end, I’ve never really played with any of them.
HK: What about your own child? Would he be spoiled by your collection?
AL: I would say he has an adequate amount of toys, it’s not excessive. He’s nine years old so he’s not interested in my collection yet. He doesn’t like teddies—he prefers stuffed rabbits because he was born in the Year of the Rabbit, even though I’ve made four or five bears for him. Maybe when he gets older he’ll appreciate it more.
HK: What is a “toy” to you? How do you define it?
AL: A toy is a device that stores your good memories. Why
would someone buy a box of Lego from 1974? It must be because it reminds him of something good from his childhood, or maybe it was given to him by a beloved grandma who has now passed on. A toy brings back your memories of the sweet moments in your life.
Meet Ambrose Lee at the Colorful Carnival from August 28th - September 12th at the Prince’s Building from 10 Chater Rd., 2869-9138
Monday, September 14, 2009
Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January 2008.
He was the star of such movies as "Ghost," "Dirty Dancing," and "Road House." Swayze was named People's Sexiest Man Alive in 1991.
Read more: http://www.tmz.com/#ixzz0R83cT7K1
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Biotest has some of the best Protein out there...I am very happy with it.
Here is lunch. 16 oz Orange Juice, 2 scoops of protein powder equal to about 40 grams of protein and some frozen mixed berries.
Here is a NYT article on the subject:
One of the things he has done is launch the 1969 Denim line. GQ recently named these jeans as of the top 10 jeans for under $100. What makes these really great for "Denim Snobs" is these are true SELVEDGE JEANS. Selvedge = the Nuts off denim...getting this quality is unheard of for under $100....
Definition of Selvedge from Wiki:
Selvage denim (also called selvedge denim) is a type of denim which forms a clean natural edge that does not unravel. It is commonly presented in the unwashed or raw state. Typically, the selvage edges will be located along the out-seam of the pants, making it visible when cuffs are worn. Although selvage denim is not completely synonymous with unwashed denim, the presence of selvage typically implies that the denim used is a higher quality.
The word "selvage" comes from the phrase "self-edge", the natural edge of a roll of fabric. As applied to denim, it means that which is made on old-style shuttle looms. These looms weave fabric with one continuous cross thread (the weft) that is passed back and forth all the way down the length of the bolt. As the weft loops back into the edge of the denim it creates this “self-edge” or Selvage. Selvage is desirable because the edge can’t fray like lower grade denims that have separate wefts which leave an open edge that must be stitched. Shuttle looming is a more time-consuming weaving process that produces denim of a tighter weave resulting in a heavier weight fabric that lasts.
I own a couple of pretty high end Japanese Denim jeans...here was my first pair...RED MONKEY JEANS.
Check the white stitch inside..the usual indicator these are selvedge.
Here is a comparo shot...the top pair are Japanese Selvedge...
On the Left is PENGUIN jeans around $115, and on the Right are SEVENS....you can see the difference.
these are another pair of my "good" jeans. These are YOROPIKO Jeans...again from Japan.
People think all these expensive jeans are like the best...TRUE RELIGION, SEVEN, CITIZEN, PAPER etc..when in fact most are made in China..and are just normal denim.
Here is my 1969 Gap Selvedge Jeans. I had to dump them in water to rinse some of the blue away. After the rinse I will drip dry. I will NOT wash these jeans for a bit. It is typically known that you should not wash your jeans on a regular basis.
Here are the jeans...see the inside edge...authentic selvedge denim...
Now the best part....guess how much I paid for these???
plus $8 for alterations...
Friday, September 11, 2009
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